Philips Officially Announces A Bunch Of New HomeKit Compatible Hue Lights

Back in July thanks to some leaks, it was revealed that Philips was working on new Hue lights for the home. This included an outdoor Hue LightStrip and also the Adore bathroom mirror with smart lighting features. For those wondering about those products, you’ll be pleased to learn that those products have been officially confirmed.


Apple Joins ‘The Thread’, Could Lead To More Advanced HomeKit Tech

Apple has been steadily making a push into creating smarter homes with its HomeKit platform, and for those who are wondering what the future holds for HomeKit, Apple could have clued us in as the company has apparently joined The Thread Group. This is a group dedicated to creating smart homes and Apple is now listed as a member.


Google Assistant Could Arrive On Sonos Speakers By End Of The Year

Early last year Sonos expressed their interest in getting digital assistant baked into its speakers. For Sonos users this sounded like a great idea and it was a wish that later came true when Sonos launched speakers with Amazon’s Alexa built into them. However if you’re more of a Google Assistant user, not to worry.


Google Home Now Gets Smarter About Adjusting Your Lights

Smart speakers are supposed to be smart, but there are some things that AI still can’t quite grasp yet and that is context. This is why sometimes speaking to digital assistants can feel a bit unnatural, but clearly work is being done to improve on that. In fact Google Home seems to be getting better at understanding context.


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JBL Link View With Google Assistant Now Available For Pre-Order

Earlier this year during CES 2018, JBL announced the Link View. This was a smart speaker with an 8-inch touchscreen display that also came with Google Assistant built into it, which seemed like Google’s way of taking on the Amazon Echo Show. The good news is that if this was something you were interested in, it looks like it is now available for pre-order.


Philips Adore Brings Smart Lighting To The Bathroom Mirror

Philips has its Hue smart lighting system which lets users install smart light bulbs into lamps, into light holders, and more. They also have smart LED lightstrips which does the same thing, except in lightstrip form which allows for more flexibility when it comes to choosing parts of the house to light up.


Google Home Scheduled Routines Have Been Launched

One of the features that was launched on Google Home a few months back was Routines. Basically it allowed users to group multiple commands together and execute all of them at once with a single command. For example you could say, “Good morning” and it would turn on the lights, start the coffee machine, and so on.


Philips Unveils New Hue Outdoor Lightstrips

While the Philips Hue might have started out as a lightbulb, over the years the company has expanded on the Hue lineup where it also now includes lightstrips. The lightstrips were a good way of adding illumination behind desks, televisions, along the walls, and more, but if you’re looking to use it outdoors, you’re in luck.


TP-Link’s Latest Mesh Router Is Also A Smart Home Hub

For those new to smart home devices, how it connects to each other and to your phone is through a smart hub. This is a separate device that you’ll need to get and is also one of the problems with smart home devices as each brand would prefer if you got their hub, which means that it adds up to quite a lot of devices.


IKEA Teases Symfonisk Smart Speaker In Collaboration With Sonos

IKEA, everyone’s favorite Swedish furniture maker, has been keeping up with the times in the past few years where they have been following certain tech trends and attempting to incorporate them into their lineup. For example we saw the company create wireless chargers and build them into furnitures, then we also saw IKEA launch their own series of smart light bulbs.


Smart Speakers Expected To Be More Popular Than Wearables This Year

Without a doubt smart speakers is the tech industry’s latest trend, where we’re seeing digital assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri move into devices that aren’t smartphones. In fact smart speakers appear to be so popular to the point where some have forecasted that they may very well overtake wearables in popularity this year.


Philips Hue Sync App Now Available On Windows And Mac

The Philips Hue lighting system is one that is probably known by many who are looking to make their homes smarter. For those who aren’t familiar, the Hue system consists of a series of light bulbs and light strips that can be remotely controlled via a smartphone app. This allows users to change color, set a schedule, adjust the mood, and so on.


Google Assistant Can Now Lock Schlage’s Smart Locks

With there being several digital assistants in the market today, it’s not surprising that support for some of them might come later than others, if at all, but the good news is that if you own Schlage’s Sense Smart Deadbolt, the company has announced that it will play nicely with Google Assistant where users can use the digital assistant to lock their doors.


AT&T Takes On Amazon’s Dash Button With The LTE-M Button

When Amazon first launched its Dash buttons, it almost seemed like an April Fools joke. However it seems that the Dash buttons have proven to be a success, allowing customers to order items at a press of a button without having to go through the process of loading up the website, checking it out, and so on.