Articles about Connected Objects

The Next HomePod Could Come With Touch-Sensitive Fabrics
At the moment, Apple’s HomePod is designed in such a way that the controls are placed on the top of the speaker where users can control music playback. They can also control it using Siri. However, it seems that in the future, HomePods could sport touch-sensitive fabric that would allow users to control the speakers by touching anywhere around the speaker.

Philips To Discontinue Support For First-Gen Hue Bridge In April
Remember the good old days of buying a product and it was essentially yours to keep and it would just keep working until it didn’t? These days, it’s starting to feel that the things we buy aren’t really ours, and Philips’ recent announcement is certainly not doing any favors at getting rid of that sentiment.

This Mist Diffuser Can Be Controlled Using Your Smartphone
Mist diffusers are pretty simple and straightforward devices. You will it with water, drip in some essential oils, turn it on, and you’re good to go. However, the folks at Air Wick have decided that maybe, just maybe, there could be a market for a “smart” mist diffuser and they have since launched a new model that can be controlled using your smartphone.

Shine Is Here To Automatically Clean Your Toilet
Listen, nobody likes cleaning the toilet and we get it, but unfortunately, unless you don’t mind a dirty toilet, someone’s got to do it. However, thanks to the advancement in technology, perhaps we don’t have to. This is where Shine comes in, where with the bathroom assistant, it will automatically clean your toilet for you.

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Ring To Make Two-Factor Authentication Mandatory
Ring has recently come under fire when some of its practices, which involved collecting data and sending it to third-party companies, were discovered. The company later came forward where they stated that in a future update, they plan on beefing up its privacy and security and also giving users an option to opt out of data collection.

Samsung Has No Plans To Sell The Galaxy Home Mini Separately For Now
Last year, Samsung kind of launched the Galaxy Home Mini. However, its launch was classified as a beta and it was only available in South Korea. It was expected that the company would launch the device at its Galaxy Unpacked event last week, but that did not happen. Instead, Samsung once again kind of launched the device as a bundle with Galaxy S20 orders.

Samsung’s Galaxy Home Mini Is Now Available, Sort Of
galaxy home miniAccording to the rumors and reports, Samsung was expected to officially announce the availability of the Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker at its Unpacked event. That did not happen, but it seems that the speaker is actually now available, although not exactly in the way that many of us imagined.

Amazon Leads The Smart Speaker Market, And Google Isn’t Even Close
Smart speakers have been around for a few years now, and we have to give Amazon credit for kind of kicking it off. While digital assistants aren’t new, Amazon made a very smart move early on by opening up Alexa to third-party developers, thus allowing them to flood the market with smart speakers.

A Cheaper HomePod Might Finally Be Released This Year
As far as smart speakers are concerned, Apple’s HomePod is definitely not one of the cheaper options out there. At an initial launch price of $349, it was definitely more expensive than many of the options out there, plus reviews of the speakers aren’t exactly glowing, meaning that it is an expensive pill to swallow for would-be customers.

Philips Hue Bulbs Had A Security Flaw That Allowed Hackers To Remotely Control It
If there is one problem with many smart home devices is that how secure they are depends from device to device. This is because at the moment, there is no standardized security amongst these devices, and as such, it’s not surprising to learn from time to time that a smart home device could be compromised.

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini Could Be Released On February 12
Last year, Samsung kind of confirmed the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini when they launched a beta program for the smart speaker over in Korea. For those who are wondering when they might be actually able to get their hands on the speaker, you might be interested to learn that it will be soon.

Nebia Launches Its Third-Gen Eco-Friendly Shower Head
Several years ago, Nebia launched a new shower head for the bathroom. While there are plenty of companies that make shower heads, what makes the Nebia special is that it is supposed to use less water compared to other brands, while at the same time claiming to cover a wider area of your body.

Kwikset’s Halo Touch Can Unlock Your Door Using Your Fingerprint
If you’re looking to equip your home with a smart lock, there are plenty of options to choose from, and Kwikset is tossing their name into the ring with their latest offering in the form of the Halo Touch. This is part of the company’s Halo series of smart locks, but with the main difference is that the Halo Touch will support fingerprint unlocking.

Arlo’s Latest Floodlight Camera Comes Without Wires
These days securing our homes with security cameras has gotten a lot easier and cheaper, thanks to the rise of connected devices. If you’re in the market for a new security camera for the outdoors, Arlo has you covered as the company has announced their latest offering, the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera.