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Your Hue lights now play nicer (and smarter) with Xfinity Home

Your Hue lights now play nicer (and smarter) with Xfinity Home

If you've embraced the smart home with Philips' Hue connected lights, and you're an Xfinity Home subscriber, your fancy lighting options are now becoming even cleverer. The two companies have announced a deal this morning which sees Hue light control brought under the umbrella of the Xfinity Home app. There, it joins IoT gadgets like Nest's smart thermostat and August's connected locks.

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SNL’s Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

SNL’s Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

Let's admit it. Today's fancy gadgets and technologies are really designed for younger, more agile consumers. While market dynamics and profits do demand that, it doesn't have to be that way. Good technology is inclusive technology. Take for example the new Amazon Silver Echo, as seen on Saturday Night Live and only on Saturday Night Live. It's a super limited and nonexistent version designed with well-aged users in mind, responding to almost any name even loosely sounding like "Alexa".

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Lighthouse is Android inventor Andy Rubin’s secret project

Lighthouse is Android inventor Andy Rubin’s secret project

The fight for smart home dominance is a pretty stacked one, especially when it comes to cameras, but Lighthouse is hoping that a few standout features draw your attention to its own interactive assistant. Masterfully named Lighthouse, this new smart home assistant is launching out of Andy Rubin's Playground Studio. At its core, Lighthouse is an Internet-connected security camera, but to leave it at that undermines what all it can do.

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Here’s how Cortana will follow you from home, to car, to work

Here’s how Cortana will follow you from home, to car, to work

Microsoft's vision for Cortana goes beyond sitting in a smart speaker on your kitchen counter, with the company showing off some of the ways its assistant could follow you at home and on the road. Bringing Cortana's latest enclosure, the Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker, on-stage at the BUILD 2017 opening keynote today, Microsoft showed how the agent can expand into the car. It's part of a big expansion in what developers will be able to do with Cortana themselves.

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iDevices adds Google Assistant support for its smart home products

iDevices adds Google Assistant support for its smart home products

That's probably one of the most ironic things you'll hear. A brand that is so easily associated with Apple's ecosystem is adding support for an exclusive Google product. But don't let the name fool you. iDevices line of connected home products is actually compatible with more than just Apple's HomeKit platform. In fact, with Google Home now in the bag, its smart switches and sockets now support Apple's, Amazon's, and Google's smart assistants.

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Amazon Echo Show gives Alexa a screen and free video calls

Amazon Echo Show gives Alexa a screen and free video calls

The new Amazon Echo Show, the latest way for Jeff Bezos & Co. to sneak Alexa into your home, has been officially revealed, complete with both voice and touch. The first Echo device to include a display, the Echo Show has a 7-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera for video calls. There's also a total of eight microphones packed into its fairly blocky housing.

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Amazon “Echo Show” details leak hours before official launch

Amazon “Echo Show” details leak hours before official launch

We're probably just hours away from the official event, but that's not going to stop last-minute details about Amazon's next smart home speaker from leaking out. Just as how the Amazon Look was an Echo with a camera, this Amazon Echo with a screen is apparently going to be called the "Echo Show". And, as expected, it's going to cost a lot more than the original Echo, but strangely not that much compared to the Echo Look launched just weeks ago.

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New Amazon Echo with a screen to debut this week

New Amazon Echo with a screen to debut this week

The smart home speaker competition is heating up. Just a few hours ago, Microsoft and Harman Kardon launched the Cortana-powered Invoke speaker, whose design is an obvious jab at Amazon Echo. As early as tomorrow, however, Amazon might be biting back by releasing the next gen Echo speaker, which might not be a speaker at all. Instead, if all the leaks do pan out, it will basically be a smart intercom with a touch screen and, yes, VoIP functionality.

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Invoke, Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker, revealed

Invoke, Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker, revealed

It seems that Microsoft is really putting the heat on Google, among other competitors. Just days after it unveiled its Windows 10 S answer to Chrome OS and the first batch of Chromebook rivals, the company is partially unveiling its take on the smart home speaker niche market. For this round, it has partnered with the famed Harman Kardon to create Invoke, your premium, and most likely expensive, Cortana in a can.

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Google Home now helps you relax with ambient sounds

Google Home now helps you relax with ambient sounds

Most of the time when we report features of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, they are more often than not geared towards boosting your productivity or, at the very least, satisfying your entertainment cravings. But the home, whether smart or traditional, isn't just a place for work and play. It's also a place to just sit back and chill. So it is indeed appropriate that Google is now giving its Home speakers some relaxing ambient sounds that could put your soul at peace or, ironically, get you even more productive.

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Apple VP shares thoughts on voice-powered speakers with screens

Apple VP shares thoughts on voice-powered speakers with screens

In a recent interview with Apple's Phil Schiller, the SVP of Worldwide Marketing shared some thoughts on the state of voice assistant-powered home speakers and how they could be improved by screens, possibly hinting at Cupertino's own debut of a device to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices. There have been rumors for weeks now about Apple unveiling a Siri-powered connected speaker at WWDC in June, and Schiller's comments seems to indicate that the company has been thinking about a device for some time now.

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Danalock V3 adds military-grade AES256 encryption

Danalock V3 adds military-grade AES256 encryption

As homes start to get smarter, the need to protect the people and hi-tech devices inside also gets stronger. When it comes to smart home security, however, there is almost always a compromise between ease of use and strength of security. Danalock, who has been making smart locks for years now, offers a solution. The third version of its smart lock product, the Danalock V3 offers the same ease of installation, speed of reaction, and remote convenience while, at the same time, utilizing the same level of encryption used by government.

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