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New Philips Hue smart switches have a clever installation aid

New Philips Hue smart switches have a clever installation aid

While there are plenty of ways to control Philips Hue connected lights - including by voice, smartphone app, or smartwatch - sometimes there's nothing quite so convenient as a regular light switch. Now, integrating the Zigbee bulbs into a more streamlined smart home is about to get easier, the announcement of a range of new Friends of Hue light switches at IFA 2018.

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Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are an IoT starter for Smart Displays

Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are an IoT starter for Smart Displays

Lenovo's Smart Display works with any connected home tech the Google Assistant supports, but now it's getting into the action with a range of Smart Home Essentials. The new line-up of accessories kicks off with three products, all of which will work with the Lenovo Smart Display as a hub.

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Google Assistant embraces bilingual speech and more smart home tech

Google Assistant embraces bilingual speech and more smart home tech

The Google Assistant is going multilingual, with the ability to recognize and then reply to more than one language at a time, alongside a host of new smart home features. Announced at IFA 2018, the new language feature means smart speakers like the Google Home and Google Home Mini will be able to differentiate automatically between two languages, and respond in the same.

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Google Assistant now talks with Nest x Yale Lock, smart security systems

Google Assistant now talks with Nest x Yale Lock, smart security systems

As houses become increasingly smarter, so too does the temptation to break into them increase. And we’re not talking about some hi-tech hacking of IoT products. Just plain old breaking and entering will do. It would be almost too ironic if your newly set up smart home wasn’t smart at protecting you. That’s why Google is now announcing a new set of integrations that can help homeowners monitor and control their house’s security, even and especially when they’re far away.

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Bose Home Speaker 500 expands Alexa’s reach

Bose Home Speaker 500 expands Alexa’s reach

Amazon Alexa lives inside the newest Bose speaker, a Bose Smart Speaker, made to sit on your counter-top. The first of several machines was made to deliver "the acoustic excellence and superior design Bose is known for - all hands free." It'll do so as it serves up Amazon's own products as quick as possible. This is the Home Speaker 500, and it's made to do battle with Apple's HomePod and the Google Home Smart Speaker right out the gate.

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JBL Link Bar pre-order starts for Android TV soundbar

JBL Link Bar pre-order starts for Android TV soundbar

Neither Google Assistant nor Android TV is exactly new. You’d see one or the other in this or that new smart product. In fact, Google Assistant is pretty much part and parcel of the Android TV experience. But what about a non-TV Android TV with Google Assistant device? Well, that’s the rather unconventional proposition that the JBL Link Bar made with the first ever Google Assistant-enabled Android TV soundbar. With pre-orders now starting, it’s finally time to see whether people will actually buy that idea.

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Philips Hue Signe Collection and Hue Play are slick, sleek & smart lamps

Philips Hue Signe Collection and Hue Play are slick, sleek & smart lamps

Philips Hue is gaining two more connected lighting ranges, with the Hue Signe Collection and Hue Play joining the line-up of wirelessly-connected lamps and bulbs. Rather than retrofitting existing fixtures with new, smart bulbs, however, the two new ranges are standalone lamps in their own right, with installation promising to be as straightforward as plugging them into an outlet.

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GLAS thermostat adds Alexa and Google Assistant support as preorders open

GLAS thermostat adds Alexa and Google Assistant support as preorders open

The striking GLAS thermostat has gained Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, with the two new AIs joining Cortana as the smart home gadget goes up for preorder. Announced last year, the voice-controlled HVAC controller has a distinctive translucent OLED screen which stands proud of the wall it's mounted on.

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Alexa-Cortana integration: How to get started

Alexa-Cortana integration: How to get started

If you're in the mood to combine your Amazon and Microsoft-made smart assistants on any one device, today's your day. Alexa can open Cortana and Cortana can open Alexa. Because there might be a very rare instance in which you want one or the other, this particular tie-in is live. It's just live in preview mode when this article is first published, but live nonetheless.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Smart Home Edition is a bundle with a dongle

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Smart Home Edition is a bundle with a dongle

NVIDIA has a smart TV device called SHIELD TV which, as of this week, has a fourth individual bundle. A bundle includes the SHIELD TV itself and an assortment of controllers. This week the device was officially wrapped up in a bundle called "SHIELD TV SMART HOME EDITION" complete with a SmartThings Link. That SmartThings link otherwise costs approximately $40 on its own.

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Samsung SmartThings Wifi: 5 things you should know

Samsung SmartThings Wifi: 5 things you should know

Samsung wants to tame your smart home and end your WiFi deadspots, with its new SmartThings Wifi mesh router system. Promising not only smoother internet access for things like online gaming, streaming media, and general browsing, the mesh networking system also integrates an IoT hub that could leave you spending less time jumping between apps and more time letting your connected home do the hard work in the background.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home will live or die by AI

Samsung’s Galaxy Home will live or die by AI

Samsung's Bixby speaker didn't look like anything we expected, with the Galaxy Home a bulbous alien egg promising to take on Apple's HomePod, Amazon's Echo, and Google's Home. Announced at Unpacked 2018 in Brooklyn this week, alongside the Galaxy Note 9, the unusual smart speaker has already been compared to a sci-fi movie prop, a cauldron, and even cyborg cow udders. The biggest question, of course, is whether Samsung - and Bixby - has what it takes to compete.

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