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Your smart home won’t be full of smart speakers if everything is a smart speaker

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 actually solves one of the major niggling points of the smart …

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Here’s another sign the Apple HomePod could launch soon

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 …

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HomePod release date could be as early as February

It’s all been a little quiet on the HomePod front since Apple abruptly announced that its new smart speaker wouldn’t be arriving in December 2017 as it had previously announced.  But now new information from one of Apple’s HomePod suppliers, Inventec, suggests that shipments of the speaker could start as …

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Best Amazon Echo speaker: the Dots, Spots, Shows and Pluses compared

Amazon’s Echo smart speaker range started with just one device, the original Amazon Echo, but has expanded to now include five different devices.  Now, as well as a newly revamped standard Amazon Echo you’ve got a beefier Amazon Echo Plus, and the budget Amazon Echo Dot. But that’s not all. …

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Amazon finally brings Alexa to Aussie shores

Amazon’s launch in Australia may have had a few road bumps along the way, with a 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 in “early 2018” and that promise has been …

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Google Home Mini wall mount will let you place it anywhere and everywhere

From the way Google and Amazon have been pushing smart speakers it’s clear 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 …

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Google device disrupting your Wi-Fi? A fix is on the way

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 things may be connected. The good news is that Google is aware of the issue, and “is working quickly to share a solution” according …

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The rise of the smart speaker: now owned by one in six Americans

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% increase in the numbers from January 2017. While that …

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Canary launches sub-$100 camera and goes all-in with Amazon integration

Security company Canary has unveiled a new security camera called Canary View at Vegas electronic show CES 2018.  The Canary View is a more streamlined version of the original Canary camera, for $99 (about £70, AU$120).  The original Canary (now being referred to as Canary All-In-One), was a huge Indiegogo …

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Your Nest smart home hub is the key to the new Yale smart lock

You’ve kitted your home out with loads of pricey top-notch smart tech – but what’s keeping a smart crook from getting in and pilfering your connected wares? At CES 2018, traditional lock manufacturer Yale is again trying its hand at smart-focussed equipment, this time partnering with smart home veterans Nest …

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