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Google launches four new home products
Google has made a bunch of announcements around the Nest Mini, Pixel Buds, Pixelbook and the Pixel 4 this week – here’s a quick roundup of what you need to know.
Steady growth for smart home devices, IDC says
"Content and services are going be at the forefront for the smart home market as video entertainment products erve as an on-ramp for consumers entering the world of connected home products."
Bose's new smart speaker puts the bass back in the beat
If you’ve got a few spare hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket and love portable speakers, you might have another contender to add to the selection list.
Five ways attackers can create havoc in smart homes
Attack motives include burglaries, cyber stalking, botnet creation, cryptocurrency mining hubs, theft of personal information or financial information.
Control your appliances with a D-Link mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The device can be set to turn your TV off when you’re asleep, power on your coffee maker before you wake up, or automatically turn on your living room lamp while you’re on holiday.
Philips Hue Play adds ambient lighting to movies, music, and games
Lighting firm Signify is expanding the popular Philips Hue smart lighting range to include new mood lighting for entertainment areas in the home.
Cherry Mobile's smart home line gets welcome boost
Cherry Mobile’s ‘Cherry Home’ smart home line is about to get a major boost, thanks to a partnership with global AI & IoT platform Tuya and Skyworth.
Amazon admits storing Alexa recordings until users take action
Amazon’s Alexa voice service is storing all user voice recordings and transcripts on its servers by default – and people who want to delete those recordings must do so manually.
UPDATED: Orvibo & Arlo smart home products patched to prevent attacks
The security of smart home devices is once again under the spotlight this week, as two different device manufacturers come under fire for major vulnerabilities.
Voice control to account for one-third of smart home market
Interoperability with the platforms that support voice control devices is vital for OEMs and service providers.
Hands-on review: LIFX A60+ LED Smart Light brightens the day
he colour changes have got me grooving like it’s the 1970s all over again, man!
LG releases raft of new smart appliances
Includes fridges, freezers, washing machines, an auto-steamer, and a robotic vacuum/mop.
GlobalData: Automated home device spend to hit $75bn by 2025
According to the company’s latest report, much of that growth will be driven by two types of devices: smart thermostats and smart speakers.
NordVPN: Are kids’ smart toys spying on you?
Any internet-connected toys that have cameras, microphones, or location tracking may put children’s or parents’ privacy and safety at risk.
Hands-on review: The illuminating TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulbs
ve been feeling somewhat in the dark with developments in the growth of the ‘smart home’, so it was a great opportunity to find out how things work.
D-Link hooks up with Alexa and Assistant with new smart camera
The new camera is designed for outdoor use within a wireless smart home network.
EV campervans to hit NZ roads in July
Jucy Rentals is about to unleash the first wave of fully electric rental campervans in New Zealand in July – and each camper will be able to travel approximately 200 kilometres on each charge.
Samsung left Bixby & SmartThings code wide open to the public
If you’re someone who likes to use apps and platforms with some level of confidence that they’re secure, you may want to take another look at how much you trust big brands like Samsung.
Consumer spending on tech to reach US$1.32 trillion this year
If you ever thought the tech industry for consumers was beginning to wane, the International Data Corporation has some stats for you.
Nova Energy & Plume launch family-friendly WiFi controls
Nova Energy and smart home internet platform Plume have teamed up to offer New Zealanders a new range of family-friendly internet services and parental controls.
Toyota & Panasonic to create 'connected towns' in Japan
Panasonic and Toyota have plans to create ‘smart towns’ across Japan, where transport, homes and services are all connected. Here’s a quick look at what they’re planning.
Quick facts about Google Assistant & Nest Hub Max
Google I/O has been something of a boon for smarthome lovers, especially when it comes to Google Nest and Google Assistant. Here are five things you should know about each of them.
Dashcams save lives & wallets, says insurer
Dashcams are lifesavers – and more people should consider investing in them, according to QBE Insurance and road safety organisation Brake.
Soon you could earn cryptocurrency as you drive
Jaguar Land Rover is trialling technology that could earn drivers cryptocurrency and rewards as they travel.