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Amazon Echo Button set to get more games and expanded capabilities in 2018

Amazon’s voice-orientated Amazon Echo line-up makes it the perfect gadget for quiz-show style applications, something the company capitalized upon with the release of its Amazon Echo Buttons. The connected push-to-play pucks add a tangible element to interacting with an Alexa device, and at CES 2018 the company revealed that it’s …

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Kohler has created a smart bathroom range that you’ll actually want

So far CES 2018 has been awash with products that are touting voice assistant integration, and when we first heard that there was a smart bathroom range coming from American luxury bathroom manufacturer Kohler we were initially thought it was going to be some pretty unnecessary integration. But we we …

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It’s all about the screen: Facebook’s Echo Show rival has a possible name and price

Facebook is entering the world of hardware manufacture with an Amazon Echo Show rival called Portal. That’s if anonymous sources close to the project are to be believed. Speaking to Cheddar, sources claimed that Facebook Portal will be a chat device with a screen so that users can stay connected …

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Lenovo Smart Display is a sleek-looking Amazon Echo Show rival

Lenovo has unveiled its own Smart Display at CES 2018, throwing its hat in the ring of new display-touting devices backed by the Google Assistant.  The Lenovo Smart Display basically looks like a tablet that tapers out to a wedge-shaped stand. It has a 10-watt full-range speaker on the side, …

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Samsung Gear S3 and Sport get SmartThings wrist-mounted smart home control

Got one of the latest Samsung smartwatches? If so then smart home control is headed to your wrist, as the company has just announced, at CES 2018, that it’s squeezing its SmartThings smart home management app onto its wearable devices. If you’ve got a Samsung Gear S3 or Gear Sport, …

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GE’s next smart home appliance? A giant tablet for your kitchen

GE Appliances wants you to buy a massive 27-inch tablet called the Kitchen Hub for your culinary sanctum, and no, it’s not intended as a replacement cutting board.  Instead, the tablet, announced during CES 2018, will sit perched directly above your stove, doubling as an exhaust hood while somehow avoiding …

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Meet your new Facebook friend: your smart home

European smart home manufacturer Netatmo has used CES 2018 to unveil its new way to control your smart home: Facebook Messenger. By texting Netatmo’s dedicated Smart Home Bot, you can request that your heating be turned up, your lights turned on, and even an update on who’s currently in your …

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This AI camera uses a 110dB alarm to keep pesky kids off your lawn

While having a security camera means that you get a good picture of the person who’s broken into your house, what would be much better is a device that stops them from breaking in at all.  That’s the principle that seems to be at work in European home tech company …

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You can now control your smart home devices with Samsung Family Hub refrigerators

Above: Samsung’s 2017 Family Hub refrigerator Continuing its tradition of making your icebox one of the savviest devices in your home, Samsung announced at CES 2018 that it’s offering improved integration of its SmartThings ecosystem into its line of Family Hub refrigerators.  SmartThings is Samsung’s connected home hub, allowing various …

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The Hive View is a security camera that won’t look out of place in a home

Hive, a company most famous for its smart heating system, has released a new security camera that is quite a departure from most security cameras on the market.  A design collaboration with Yves Behar (who designed the Hive Active Heating 2 thermostat), the Hive View comes in a couple of …

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