Google Assistant New Features for the Holidays

Google Assistant launched at Google I/O 2016 as the software for Google Home, the nemesis of Amazon Echo and its voice operated software Alexa. Since that day, countless new Google Assistant features and new compatible devices have been released. Today, Google Assistant is rolling out new features for the holidays, some will be available immediately and others in a few weeks. We met the product team in charge of Google […]


Amazon Echo Buttons Can Now Perform Entire Routines

Late last year Amazon launched the Echo Button. This is a button that would work with Alexa-based games, where users could use it as a trigger to respond to games. It seemed very much like a novelty and didn’t really have much use beyond gaming, but now it looks like Amazon has decided to make it a bit more powerful.


IKEA’s Smart Blinds Could Cost Around $113

IKEA has been expanding their lineup, and while the company is known for their affordable furniture, they have expanded their catalogue to include devices like smart light bulbs, smart speakers, and have also worked with Apple to dabble in the use of augmented reality to help market their furnitures.


Samsung Galaxy Home Spotted At The FCC, Coming Launching Soon

Several months ago Samsung announced the Galaxy Home which is basically Samsung’s take on the smart speaker. However what Samsung did not mention during the announcement was when the device would launch, but the good news is that it looks like we could be getting pretty close to a release.


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Google Could Be Considering A Rebranding Of Nest

Nest is a brand that many are familiar with in terms of smart home products like security cameras, thermostats, and smoke detectors. However it seems that despite the popularity of the brand and how well-known it is, it seems that Google (who owns Nest) could be considering rebranding it.


Google & iRobot Team Up To Help Improve Smart Homes

In the recent years, Google has managed to find their way into our homes through devices like Google Home, where it works together with various smart home devices for voice activated features and also automation. Now it seems that Google will be teaming up with iRobot, the makers of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, to improve on our smart homes.


Walabot Home Is A Sensor That Can Detect Falls In The Home

Some of us who are younger probably think that slipping or tripping and falling in your own home isn’t that big of a deal. However when you’re older and your bones are more brittle, falling down can pose a whole new set of risks and dangers, and that’s something the folks at Vayyar Imaging hope to solve with their Walabot Home sensor.


Breville Launches A $800 Countertop Pizza Oven

Pizza, especially really good ones, are so readily available that the only reason you’d want to make one for yourself at home is because you want to have better control over the ingredients, or maybe you’re living in a place where there is no good pizza around you. However making your own pizza isn’t as simple as tossing it into the oven.


Data Collected From Facebook Portal Could Be Used For Targeted Ads

With all the backlash Facebook has faced with regards to how the company handles user data and also the privacy scandals, the company’s decision to launch the Portal home video device seemed really questionable. However Facebook attempted to playdown concerns by saying that the device doesn’t listen to, view, or keep the contents of your video calls.


Amazon Bundles Echo Dot With Every Purchase Of An Xbox One

Last month Microsoft announced that Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant would be arriving for the Xbox One. Now it looks like both Microsoft and Amazon are further cementing their partnership as Amazon appears to now be bundling a free Echo Dot device with every purchase of the Xbox One console (including the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X).


C By GE Bulbs Starter Kit Will Now Include The Google Home Mini

These days smart speakers and smart home devices such as smart bulbs seem to go hand in hand. However setting up the entire thing can prove to be an expensive process, but if you don’t mind using GE’s own smart solution, their C by GE bulbs, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the starter kit will actually come with a Google Home Mini bundled with it.


The Google Home Hub Has Been Officially Launched

It has been rumored for a while now that Google is planning on launching its own smart speaker + display combo also known as the Google Home Hub. In fact earlier today Google seemed to have accidentally confirmed its existence and for those who want more details, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Home Hub is now official.


Google Assistant Now Supports More Than 10,000 Smart Home Devices

In the early days of the smartphone where it was more than just iOS and Android, companies struggled to get their platforms noticed by developers. While there was nothing wrong with those platforms, the lack of support from developers saw users stick to more popular platforms like iOS or Android.


Philips Hue App Now Supports Siri Shortcuts

One of the brand new features that Apple introduced in iOS 12 comes in the form of Siri Shortcuts. Basically these are actions that have been grouped together so that by speaking a single phrase to Siri, all those commands would be executed at once, kind of like a macro. For those who use Philips Hue smart lighting, it seems that the app now supports Siri Shortcuts.