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This year at CES, it seemed like every manufacturer was boasting of voice assistant integration; Alexa and Google Assistant found their way into cars, bathroom mirrors, and even smoke alarms. And while initially it felt a little gimmicky, it...

By admin on Jan 20th, 2018

After months of anticipation, Apple may finally be on the verge of releasing its HomePod smart speaker. Earlier today we reported that clues along the Apple supply line suggest that the device might ship in February, and this afternoon word dropped that Apple had finally gained approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the device. In...

Amazon’s launch in Australia may have had a few road bumps along the way, with a few false starts eventually making way for an underwhelming catalogue, but the online retail giant did promise to bring its own smart AI assistant to our shores...

By admin on Jan 18th, 2018

What started as a lineup of just one speaker, the original Amazon Echo, has recently expanded to include almost a half-dozen different devices.  Now as well as a newly revamped standard Amazon Echo you’ve got a beefier Amazon Echo Plus,...

By admin on Jan 17th, 2018

If you’ve noticed that your Wi-Fi has gone a little funny recently, and you’re the owner of a Google smart speaker or Cast device, the two may be connected. The good news is, Google is aware of the issue and “is working quickly to share a solution”. That’s according to an official Google spokesperson. The problems started to occur with Google’s...

From the way Google and Amazon have been pushing smart speakers it’s clear that the two companies won’t be satisfied until you have a Google Home or Amazon Echo in literally every room in your house.  But while that’s easy enough when a room is full of surfaces, it’s a little more difficult in rooms like the hallway which are...

Smart speakers are big business, with about 39 million Americans now owning one according to a recent poll undertaken by US radio syndicator NPR and Edison research. That roughly translates as 16% of all Americans, one in six. That’s a 128%...

By admin on Jan 15th, 2018

The smart home was out in force at CES 2018. Well, more specifically the voice assistants that live in our smart speakers were out in force, with pretty much every device on show boasting about including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Samsung Bixby under the hood. But while our assistants spreading their wings and leaving the smart home was big...

You could summarize CES 2018 pretty simply: “That tech thing you own? Now you can talk to it with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.” Voice-activated functionality through these two popular platforms is dominating the discussion in Las Vegas.  But...

By admin on Jan 11th, 2018

One of the big talking points of home security in 2017 was around the Amazon Key service, the one that allowed its delivery drivers to access your home while you were out.  And while the response was definitely mixed, that hasn’t stopped others from trying their hand at this service. August, a manufacturer of top-quality smart lock and video doorbell...