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LG’s XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display finally goes on sale for $200

What’s in a name, I hear you ask? Let’s take Google’s Home Hub as an example, ‘Home Hub’ simply rolls off the tongue like a good quality brandy. By contrast, the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ model WK9 rolls off the tongue like you are spitting out Lego bricks. In case you were wondering, the XBOOM […]

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Polk Assist smart speaker review: Sound quality above all else

Google has its own set of Google Home smart speakers, but they’ve also opened up Google Assistant to other speaker manufacturers to essentially craft their own unique, Assistant-powered speakers to compete with Google’s own lineup. The results have been a mixed bag, with some speakers offering excellent takes on the smart speaker market, while others […]

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Smart arm bracelet warns of nighttime epileptic seizures

Nighttime epileptic seizures can be genuinely dangerous. If you have therapy-resistant epilepsy or a mental condition, you may have a one-in-five chance of dying from them. Thankfully, researchers at TUe may have a viable way of detecting and respond…
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Amazon fixes security flaws allowing smart home hijacks

Some smart home device owners may have dodged a bullet. Amazon recently patched 13 security flaws in an operating system for the Internet of Things, FreeRTOS, as well as Amazon Web Services connection modules. The holes let intruders crash devices,…
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[Download] Updated Home app gets a redesign, smart controls, and household sharing

A couple of days after Google launched the new Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate, and the new Home Hub; the search giant has begun rolling out an update to its Home app that brings a new design and a focus on smart controls for smart home devices. Join us after the break for more […]

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Amazon Echo Sub and Smart Plug leak ahead of event

You might just be looking at some of the Alexa-powered devices due to show at Amazon's rumored hardware event this month. Pocket-lint has spotted listings (since pulled) for the Echo Sub wireless subwoofer (above) and Smart Plug (below), both of whi…
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JBL Link View: A Google Smart Display that puts audio centerstage

Even though Amazon was the first to come up with the smart display concept (via the Echo Show), it's Google that transformed it into a whole new consumer category. Much of this is due to Google's hardware strategy: It partners with different manu…
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Sonos IFTTT recipes let your smart home control your music

Last month, Sonos promised to open up its API to third-party companies, and it's off to a great start by partnering with IFTTT. IFTTT lets you automate smart home devices like door locks, thermostats and lights, which opens up some interesting possib…
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Samsung is offering a major Galaxy S9 smart home bundle for Amazon Prime Day

If you needed a good promotion to finally jump the Galaxy S9, Samsung is bringing something huge. Exclusively for Amazon Prime Day, if you purchase a Galaxy S9 through Amazon today you’ll get a bundle worth over $ 400, including some smart home monitoring stuff and some Echo devices. Dollar for dollar, this is easily the […]

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Cori HD Smart Home Security Camera review: Peace of mind on a budget

Home security cameras have come a long way in the last several years, seamlessly allowing homeowners, businesses, etc. to watch live streams of living rooms, warehouses, offices and more from anywhere in the world, right on their smartphones. A comprehensive setup used to cost hundreds of dollars, but Momentum offers a pair of their new […]

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[Sponsored] BESTEK’s Smart Plug is a new, affordable way to automate your home

Automating your house and buying smart electronics can be a headache at times, and honestly, it can get pretty expensive. BESTEK wants to make that experience a little bit better, though. Their newly announced Smart Plug is a WiFi-enabled smart outlet that’s simple to use, and best of all, isn’t ridiculously expensive. The Smart Plug […]

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Pizza Hut’s ‘smart’ shoes turn you into a fashionable couch potato

When it comes to fast-food PR stunts, Pizza Hut doesn't hold back. Seriously, this is the company that's made a jacket that keeps you as warm as, well, a pizza. The ridiculous garment came with the same insulating materials as those used in Pizza Hut…
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LG’s ThinQ smart display appears briefly for pre-order on B&H website

For a brief period of time, the “LG ThinQ Google Assistant Smart Speaker With Touchscreen” or LG ThinQ smart display, made an appearance on the B&H website for interested consumers to place pre-orders for the device. The listing has since been taken down indicating its appearance was likely an error. However, if you are interested […]

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Expanded support for Google Assistant added to August Smart Locks

Support between smart speakers or virtual assistants like the Google Assistant used on Google Home devices and the variety of home automation devices on the market continues to expand and become more intuitive. This week August announced they made some changes to their August Smart Lock devices and how they interact with the Google Assistant […]

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One in six Americans owns a smart speaker, according to study

There's no doubt that smart speakers are selling like hotcakes, but how many people own them, exactly? Quite a few, according to NPR and Edison Research. They've published findings of a study which estimates that one in six Americans (16 percent) o…
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CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device categ…
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JBL joins the Google Smart Display platform with the JBL Link View

We’re incredibly excited about Google’s Smart Display platform, and it looks like other manufacturers are, too. Lenovo is likely the most high profile name making a device for the platform, but JBL is throwing their hat in the ring, too. Called the JBL Link View, the device sports a high-resolution 8-inch display with stereo speakers. […]

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Lenovo’s Smart Display comes with 8 or 10-inch HD displays and Google Assistant baked in

It’s long been rumored that Google has plans to release a Google Home device with a built-in display. Indeed, it’s perhaps one of the reasons that the search giant pulled YouTube support for Amazon’s Echo Show, a direct competitor. One such product is the Lenovo Smart Display, developed in partnership with Google. The Smart Display features […]

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Google and Amazon likely lost money on smart speakers this year

Amazon and Google were extremely aggressive with their small smart speakers this holiday season, cutting the price on both the Echo Dot and Google Home Mini to just $ 29 for months. That was down from a $ 50 price point on both units before Q4. That move was great for customers, and I’m sure both Google […]

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Wink pairs with Sonos to auto-tune your smart home

Sonos announced it was opening up its ecosystem a couple months back and, sure enough, controls for Tidal and Pandora followed, with Airplay 2 support also inbound. Unsurprisingly, its upcoming Alexa integration hogged the limelight, but the smart sp…
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Sling TV now streams directly on your 2017 Samsung smart TV

If you bought one of Samsung's 2017 smart TV models, you can go ahead and ditch the device you're using to pipe in Sling TV. The live TV streaming company announced today that its app is now available directly those models, which will nix the need fo…
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Samsung reportedly eyes first half of 2018 for smart speaker debut

Astonishingly, Apple's long-delayed HomePod speaker might not be the last to market when it launches early next year. Samsung will release its own smart speaker in the first half of 2018, according to a Bloomberg report. Unsurprisingly, it will repor…
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Jim Beam’s smart decanter will pour you a shot when you ask

What do you want in a smart speaker assistant? It might be to manage calendars and appointments. For others, it could be the ability to ask the speaker to play your favorite music. But for some, the real value in a smart speaker is its ability to dis…
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Control Ecobee’s smart thermostats with Google Assistant

You no longer have to be picky about which voice assistant you use to steer Ecobee's smart thermostats. Google Assistant now offers control over Ecobee3 and Ecobee4 models, letting you tweak the temperature from your phone or an Assistant-equipped s…
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Netgear’s smart security light alerts you of unwanted guests

Netgear is taking another stride into smart home security under its Arlo banner. The company has already released a bunch of comprehensive surveillance cameras, and its latest piece of connected hardware is a wireless, outdoor security light. Like sm…
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The Pokémon Company bringing Pikachu! to smart speakers

Over the past year, as competition has heated up notably between Amazon and Google for the smart speaker market, we have seen a significant expansion in the capabilities of AI-infused home assistant devices. Both Google and Amazon have worked to build features to help users put together their own scripts and third-party developers have been […]

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Google Allo gets a web update including ‘volume’ and Smart Smileys

Google has been quite slow to expand the Allo ecosystem since first revealing yet another messaging platform from the tech giant. One piece that seemed to take forever was the launch of a web interface for users wanting to access Allo from their desktops. Google finally released a web interface last month, but users quickly […]

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Ben Heck’s smart bike, part 2

The team is on the road with the IoT on Wheels design challenge, trying their best to make their smart bike, well, smarter. Using ST Microelectronics Nucleo hardware with Bluetooth Low Energy means the device can pair with other devices, such as a…
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Samsung working on a Bixby powered ‘smart speaker’ device

Although Samsung is struggling to complete development and deployment of its Bixby artificial intelligence/assistant technology to English-speaking markets, the company is apparently unfazed by the critics and is working on a new product based on that same technology. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is jumping into the market for “smart […]

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Qualcomm’s new chips will give rise to more smart speakers

The smart speaker trend started with Amazon's Echo, and now includes Google Home and Apple HomePod, but it could get a lot more crowded thanks to Qualcomm. It has just unveiled a reference "smart audio" design, including microphone, speaker and voice…
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Smart Reply being added to Gmail on Android and iOS

One of the themes, if there is one, that seems to be emerging from Google I/O 2017 is the expansion of existing Google technologies to a wider array of platforms. An example of that was the announcement today that the Smart Reply function that Google developed for their Inbox and Allo apps will be added […]

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Indiegogo backers get their smart lock… two years later

Friday Labs has finally begun shipping the smart locks it promised its Indiegogo backers way back in 2015. Long waiting periods like this are definitely one of the most important things to take into consideration when backing crowdfunding projects. B…
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You can now control Samsung smart devices with a Connect IQ-powered Garmin watch

Garmin has kicked off its Connect IQ Developer Summit, and one of the more noteworthy announcements to come out of the conference is about the company’s new partnership with Samsung SmartThings automation.

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Smart bandage uses nanosensors to track how a wound is healing

Researchers at the United Kingdom’s Swansea University have developed a new smart bandage capable of tracking how a wound is healing and sending that data back to doctors via 5G technology.

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Smart bra sends good vibrations when you need to take a breath and relax

Imagine if your everyday clothing could remind you to stand up straight or when to calm down and breathe. That’s the goal of a new tech-heavy sports bra that’s just arrived on Kickstarter.

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Hopes for early U.S. release of performance-tracking ‘smart condom’ premature

Jokes about second brains will gain new meaning when men wear British Condom’s i.Con smart condom. Performance metrics are one-shot only although you can download them to your phone and share on social media, or not.

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Google Gnome makes smart lawns accessible to everyone

Smart devices make our lives so much better, whether it’s a smartwatch on our wrist or smart appliances around our home. Companies are constantly looking to improve the quality of life for customers, and Google is bravely charging into the smart lawn market with the brand new Google Gnome. Google Gnome, which is most definitely not a […]

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IKEA launches its own low-cost smart lighting range

For many people, their first foray into the world of home automation begins with lighting. There's a good reason for this: smart bulbs easily fit into existing furnishings and can be operated using just a smartphone, which (mostly) everybody now owns…
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Xiaomi steps further into the wearables market with a pair of smart shoes

Your smarts may originate in your brain, but that doesn’t mean they can’t manifest themselves in your feet. At least, not if Xiaomi has anything to say about it. The company has just released a pair of smart shoes.

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Bags with brains: Smart luggage and gadgets are making travel smoother

The bag you use to tote your stuff can affect the experience of any trip. Suitcases are wising up, and there are options for smart luggage with scales, tracking, and more.

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Apple could be planning new wearables, starting with Carl Zeiss smart glasses

Apple might be looking to get in on a risky market where Google famously failed with its botched Google Glass project. According to rumors, Apple is currently exploring smart glasses as part of a push into augmented reality.

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From smart cradles to contraction trackers, CES 2017 had tons of tech for parents

Baby tech stole the show at CES with meaningful innovations that make life easier for moms, dads, and their babies. Here’s the best baby tech, Here’s the best baby tech, including the Willow breast pump, which is Digital Trends’ award-winner for best wearable.

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LeEco’s Android-powered smart road bike is for hardcore cyclists

LeEco, the eccentric maker of TVs, phones, cars and bikes, has a new pair of high-end smart bikes to show off here at CES 2017. The company hasn't even brought its original Super Bike to market yet, but it's already refined the concept to make its ne…
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Wearable fingerprint sensor uses whole hand to control multiple smart devices

Move over Touch ID! Tapdo is a wearable fingerprint sensor that lets you map a variety of shortcuts for your different smart devices to various parts of your hand. Here’s how it works.

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Google-owned smart spoon will counteract unwanted hand movements

The Liftware Level is a smart eating utensil that will help people with uncontrolled movements, such as hand tremors, by recognizing the orientation of their hands and actively counterbalancing their movements.

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Smart glasses and a bed that makes itself

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You can’t buy this stuff yet, but there’s no denying that it’s fun to gawk!

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Put a ring on it: three smart rings with plenty of beauty and brains

Smartwatches may be all the rage right now, but the the future of wearables may reside on your finger opposed to your wrist. Check out three of our favorite smart rings, whether you’re looking to make mobile payments or track your fitness metrics.

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Stop using plastic water bottles and check out smart water cooler Bevi

Staying hydrated may be good for you, but if that hydration involves using thousands of plastic bottles, it may not be so good for the planet. Luckily, there’s a solution that will keep you healthy without destroying the planet – meet Bevi.

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Sensoria’s smart garments and app will help monitor your workouts and fitness

At the IDTech Expo in Santa Clara, California, Sensoria unveiled new smart garments and a redesigned app and web interface. The apps are launching in beta and the new garments are available for pre-order.

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Google Allo updated with Smart Smiley emoji suggestions and chat themes

Google may be having a hard time getting enough users to switch over from their messaging app of choice, but that isn’t stopping the Mountain View company from continuing to add new features to its Google Assistant-powered chat app Allo. Today, they are announcing an update to Allo that brings in contextual emoji and sticker suggestions, a […]

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