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Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner will soon have another job aside from tidying up, with iRobot set to turn the 'bots into roving WiFi analysts. The company has had connected robot vacuums in its line-up for some years now, but a new software update iRobot plans to trial will allow them to not only connect, but assess wireless signal strength.

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GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

Alexa and the Google Assistant may soon be living in your ceiling lights or light switches, with GE Lighting announcing plans for new, voice-assistant enabled fixtures for the smart home. The updates will come to the manufacturer's C by GE range, which already includes wirelessly-enabled light bulbs and lamps.

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Otto smart lock maker stops operations just after 4 months

Otto smart lock maker stops operations just after 4 months

The smart home, a.k.a. connected home, market is fast-growing one that is luring big companies and ambitious startups with the promise of the next big thing after smartphones. Unfortunately, just like many promises, that doesn't always stand up to reality and some companies crash hard. One such big dreamer is Otto, who unveiled its rather pretty smart lock not too long ago. In August 2017, to be precise. But now the company's doors have practically closed, and CEO and Founder Sam Jadallah offers what he hopes will be a cautionary tale for other Silicon Valley hopefuls.

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Google Home Max reported to have latency with line-in connection

Google Home Max reported to have latency with line-in connection

Google’s latest foray into the world of smart home speakers hasn’t been exactly smooth sailing compared to the first gen Google Home. The Google Home Mini had a manufacturing defect that ruined the touch controls for everyone. And now the Google Home Max, which only just started shipping in time for the holidays, has its own issue as well. Fortunately, it might be something that can be fixed by a software update and might not even matter much to the majority of the speaker’s users.

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5 must-have accessories for your new Amazon Echo

5 must-have accessories for your new Amazon Echo

So you found an Amazon Echo under the tree, and now you're wondering what to do next. Amazon's best-selling smart speaker line-up was its star of the holiday 2017 shopping season, with millions sold. Once you've got Alexa set up to your liking, however, there are some easy first-steps to wade into the smart home, accessories that address some of Echo's lingering annoyances, and general usability improvements that needn't break the bank.

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5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

Amazon's Alexa turned out to be the holiday guest in millions of homes this year, and that means plenty of people getting to grips with everything their new Echo can do. Although she may be most often seen as a joke-telling, fact-searching assistant, Alexa can do plenty more than that. Read on for five things to do in order to get the most out of Alexa.

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Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Amazon has acquired Blink, the wireless security camera company that launched back in 2014 and then subsequently closed a million-dollar Kickstarter campaign. The deal was announced today, and for the moment will see Blink continue to operate as-is, with no changes to the company's line-up. That includes the recently announced Blink Video Doorbell.

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LG ThinQ brand consolidates its AI tech and products

LG ThinQ brand consolidates its AI tech and products

AI is the big thing this year and for the foreseeable future. You’re starting to see it in cars, phones, and, of course, home appliances. Some of the biggest names in the consumer electronics market, some of which also happen to be the biggest names in the smartphone market, are jumping aboard the train. That includes Samsung, Sony, and, now, LG. The Korean OEM has just announced a new brand that should also sound old. Dropping “Smart” and “Deep” prefixes, the new LG ThinQ brand embraces anything and everything it can get its hands on that’s related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Blink Video Doorbell is easy on your DIY skills and wallet

Blink Video Doorbell is easy on your DIY skills and wallet

It's been a little while since we last heard from Blink, but the company is back today with a new video doorbell on offer. Known simply as the Blink Video Doorbell, the mission of this little device seems to be combining Blink's existing efforts in the realm of security cameras with the functionality of a doorbell.

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Echo Spot vs Echo Show: Amazon’s Alexa screen showdown

Echo Spot vs Echo Show: Amazon’s Alexa screen showdown

It's not unfair to say that Amazon's Echo line-up is getting pretty crowded. The arrival of the Echo Spot brings a second display to the range, but there's more to the spherical smart home gadget than that. The big decision many are facing is do they pick a new Echo Spot or go for the existing Echo Show... read on for five things you should consider before ordering.

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Amazon Echo Spot Review: Alexa’s cutest container

Amazon Echo Spot Review: Alexa’s cutest container

Of all Alexa's various enclosures, the Amazon Echo Spot is undoubtedly the cutest. Its body is spherical - larger than a baseball, but much smaller than an Echo Show - and fronted with a 2.5-inch circular touchscreen. That's a display shape still rare enough to make the whole thing eye-catching; question is, has Amazon done enough to make the Echo Spot more than just that gimmick?

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Amazon Cloud Cam can now relive and share its last 24 hours

Amazon Cloud Cam can now relive and share its last 24 hours

If you thought the Fire Phone was going to be Amazon’s last controversial product, you might not have heard of Amazon Key. While that service definitely raises eyebrows and ruffles feathers, it sadly overshadowed a related product that could stand proudly on its own. The Amazon Cloud Cam is the retailer’s entry into the smart security camera market and exists independently of giving delivery personnel access to your abode. And with the latest update, it sets itself apart further and makes it even more useful as a standalone product.

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