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Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

It seems that Amazon has become such a dominant force in the online shopping market that even big box retail stores are bending over backwards to cooperate with the company. Best Buy is the latest to add support for Alexa, the Echo speaker's digital assistant, allowing users to both shop and place orders using a simple voice command.

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IKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support

IKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support

IKEA may have somewhat become a household name when it comes to minimalist, modular and hip furniture, but it isn’t known for jumping into the smart home arena head on. That should have changed last August, when it promised to add support for the three major smart home and AI assistants in the market. Fast forward three months later, it is only now that the IKEA Tradfri line of connected bulbs is getting integration with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, with Google Home still left behind.

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Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

August's DoorSense system, which alerts users if their door hasn't properly closed, has been added to the company's Alexa skill. The update, which requires certain lock models in August's line-up in order to work, means that those with an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-powered device can now ask the smart assistant for an update on whether their door is actually closed or not.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV 6.1 update bring YouTube TV, smarter Assistant

NVIDIA SHIELD TV 6.1 update bring YouTube TV, smarter Assistant

Google just recently gave Android TV is own, dedicated YouTube app, perhaps years in the making. While there really isn’t much Android TV devices left to go around, it will naturally arrive on at least the one Android TV device that does matter: the NVIDIA SHIELD. The graphics chip maker has just announced the next version of its SHIELD Experience, now at version 6.1, that brings more than just the YouTube TV app to the US. It also reinforces the SHIELD’s potential to become both entertainment and smart hub for your home.

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Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon's smart home dream sounds an awful lot like living on the Starship Enterprise, and in that dream the new Echo Plus is there gateway to an automated future. At $149.99, it undercuts the original Amazon Echo it so closely resembles, but counts on better audio quality and an integrated smart home hub to warrant its premium over the 2017 Echo and the bargain Echo Dot. As I found, though, Alexa's insistence on treating all her Echo children as equal may undercut some of the Echo Plus' advantages.

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Xperia Touch projector gets Android 7.1.1, still unaffordable

Xperia Touch projector gets Android 7.1.1, still unaffordable

It was just earlier this month that Sony launched its Android-powered, touch-enabled short throw projector, the Xperia Touch. Sony has been more or less consistent in keeping its smartphones up to date, but it wasn’t known how fast it would be when it comes to non-smartphones. Fortunately, it seems that it isn’t making any exceptions. It has just announced the rollout of Android 7.1.1 for the smart projector that, unfortunately, is still something you won’t and can’t easily buy.

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Noon smart lighting replaces switches with OLED touchscreen

Noon smart lighting replaces switches with OLED touchscreen

For most of us, the entry point to the smart home is connected lighting, and that's where startup Noon Home aims to make its mark. Rather than persuading people to switch out their bulbs for wireless versions, like Hue or LIFX, or the lamps themselves, Noon replaces the light switches with smart versions.

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Logitech Circle 2 security cameras get Google Assistant integration

Logitech Circle 2 security cameras get Google Assistant integration

Logitech has announced that its Circle 2 models now work with Google Assistant, the latest functionality to arrive for these small circle-shaped home security cameras. This announcement follows Logitech's addition of Apple HomeKit support for the Circle 2 this past September. With the new support, owners can access their security camera feeds using voice commands.

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Wink Lookout IoT home security system is an all-in-one bundle

Wink Lookout IoT home security system is an all-in-one bundle

Wink has unveiled a new home safety system called Lookout, an IoT option for home owners and renters who want a connected way to protect their home. Wink Lookout is described as an all-in-one offering that is composed of three different products: sensors for windows and doors, a motion sensor, and a Siren & Chime device. These components are connected together via the Wink Hub.

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Amazon Key in-home delivery is asking for your trust

Amazon Key in-home delivery is asking for your trust

As expected, Amazon has turned its eye toward in-home delivery with today's introduction of Amazon Key. The service, which will be available to Prime members beginning next month, will grant Amazon delivery drivers with keyless access to your house so they can drop off your packages safely inside. Amazon Key will be available in "37 cities and surrounding areas" throughout the US to start, with more locations coming online after launch.

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WyzeCam is the smallest security camera you can afford

WyzeCam is the smallest security camera you can afford

Smart security cameras are the new poster child for smart homes, now that smart lighting has more or less become normal. Because of that, there is no shortage of options available in the market, ranging from the well known giants like Nest to newcomers trying to upset the market. Wyze Labs is one of the latter, and it definitely has an tempting proposition. The WyzeCam is one of the smallest security cameras you can find that packs more than just the basics into a package that costs no more than $20.

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Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon couldn't have hoped for a better response when it created the smart speaker market three years ago with the original Amazon Echo. What once seemed like a vaguely creepy gimmick - a virtual assistant housed in a slender black totem - has gone on to spawn multiple models along with numerous competitors. Now, Amazon has a new version of the Echo for 2017: smaller, and - at $99.99 - more affordable, but can it impress like the original did?

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