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Upcoming Google Home will be Gaana, Saavn enabled in India

Gaana and Saavn, two popular streaming services of Indian content in the country, will now be available on Google Home and Google Home Mini. The news comes smack in the middle of Google’s reveal of its ambitious plans for expanding into the Indian market and the upcoming Google launch on …

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Apple is on a hiring spree to make Siri smarter

Although Siri was the first voice assistant to enter the market, it now faces stiff competition from Amazon and Google. Therefore it comes as no surprise that Apple is allegedly on the hunt for 161 new employees to join the Siri team and make it smarter and more sophisticated than …

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Hive’s latest move lets you set up a smart home on a budget

Setting up a smart home is an attractive proposition, one which gets less attractive as you add on the price of each individual item. Before you know it you’ve racked up a bill of hundreds of pounds, and you’re still short a smart plug. If this sounds familiar, then you …

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Amazon Echo and Google Home patents show the power they have to compromise your privacy

Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home always listen to everything we say; but until they hear trigger phrases like “Hey Google”, they aren’t supposed to record or respond, preserving our sense of privacy. But patents recently uncovered by the New York Times show that Amazon and Google …

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This Amazon Alexa-enabled lamp could be the first in a wave of new smart speakers

Image credit: Adition Smart speakers may be incredibly useful for our daily lives, but in terms of decor, let’s be honest: they’re basically dark, cylindrical paperweights that you probably keep in a corner.  For people looking for a speaker that won’t stick out like a sore thumb, the Adition Lamp …

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Google Assistant to get custom Routines for full smart home control

Google may be set to open up even more control of smart home commands to users of its Google Assistant helper. Code found in the latest beta release of the Google app suggests that custom Routines (the smart home instruction tool kits that let a single command trigger multiple device …

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MicroBot Sense is a tiny multi-function sensor for a tiny price

MicroBot Sense is a tiny sensor that can monitor a vast array of different inputs – including temperature, CO2, light, sound and movement – and alert you when the levels get beyond a pre-set level.  Combined with its portability, this means that Sense can work as an anti-theft device, an …

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Leviton smart switches will protect your home with Nest

Smart home developer Leviton has a simple philosophy towards making its smart switches useful for consumers: make the switches compatible with every conceivable smart hub, network and speaker on the market.  In a press release today, Leviton announced a partnership with Nest to make its Decora Smart technology compatible with …

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The house that Apple built: a tour around a purpose-built HomeKit smart home

We’ve long been promised the voice-activated, automated, robot-butler-equipped home of the future, a nuclear age dream of the 1950s that’s inspired everything from The Jetsons to Back to the Future II. And while the smart home concept is now finally, slowly becoming mainstream, there remains a crucial barrier to entry …

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Save £70 on the Ring Floodlight Cam in Amazon’s Early Easter Sale

Ring is one of the biggest names in video doorbells and cameras, and for good reason; its products are excellent and reasonably priced. And for a short period one product in particular is even better value.  As part of the Amazon Early Easter Sale the Ring Floodlight Cam is reduced …

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