Amazon Key, the delivery service that uses a smart lock to allow dropoffs inside your front door, is expanding to work with five additional smart locks today. The service is growing from three supported models to eight in total, all from Kwikset and Yale. Kwikset is adding three new models today, and Yale is adding two. The three models from Kwikset include two with touchpads … [Read more...] about Amazon’s in-home delivery service now supports eight smart locks
Amazon has a new music feature for Alexa Routines — those automated sets of linked smart-home actions you can initiate on Echo speakers with timers or voice commands. For example, you can assign the phrase “Alexa, good morning” to a Routine that gradually brighten the lights, open the window shades, and start the coffee maker if you already own all the … [Read more...] about Alexa now lets you play music with smart home Routines
Smart cameras might not be as “smart” as initially thought, according to new research by Kaspersky Lab which found many popular products are vulnerable to cyber-attack. First, many cameras have a flaw which one might expect – they can be broken into and used to spy on people. However, there’s more to it. Kaspersky says smart cameras can also be used to … [Read more...] about Hackers could spy on you through your smart camera
Smart home hubs, the devices that are used to control and secure all other internet-connected devices in a home, is quite vulnerable to cyber-attacks. This is according to a new report by security researchers from Kaspersky Lab. Researchers claim the smart home hub is a 'vast attack surface' for intruders, mostly because its weak password generation algorithms and open ports. … [Read more...] about Smart home hubs could be vulnerable to attacks
The HomePod isn't the only smart speaker that can damage your furniture. White rings caused by the Apple HomePod (left) and the Sonos One (right) When I learned yesterday that Apple's HomePod speaker—which I had been testing—can damage oil-stained wood, I was more than a little concerned, as it had been sitting on my … [Read more...] about Guess What? Sonos One Speakers Also Damage Wood
We all knew that genius in high school who wouldn't be happy getting anything but an A. Being handed a B would literally ruin their week. And a C? Get ready for a meltdown. It might as well be an F. It's hard not to view the lukewarm reception to the HomePod in the same way: 3 out of 5 , 7 out of 10 , 7.5 out of 10 . The less-than-laudatory marks for … [Read more...] about The HomePod Launch Is Officially a Fail, So What Now?
Now that Apple is taking pre-orders for its HomePod speaker, and allowing critics to test the speaker outside of Apple's offices, the first full reviews are out. And while critics praise the pint-sized speaker for its excellent sound and Siri's excellent speech recognition, not all is perfect. Is the HomePod worth $350? Credit: Apple … [Read more...] about HomePod Review Rounndup: Superior Sound, But What About Siri?
You can now rest easier using Google Home. The smart speaker (as well as any other Google Assistant-enabled gadget) can now play an assortment of ambient noises, from fireplaces to rainfall to white noise. It's fairly simple to activate this feature, but you need to know what to say. If you want Google Home to choose the relaxing sound to play, say "OK Google [or 'Hey Google'], … [Read more...] about How to Play Relaxing Sounds on Google Home
If you have trouble waking up in the morning, you can now recruit your favorite musician to help nudge you out of bed. Google updated its Google Home smart speaker on Wednesday with a couple of nice quality of life features. The main one will let you set an alarm that wakes you up with your music of choice.Google Home is a voice controlled smart speaker with Google's digital … [Read more...] about Google Home will now wake you up with your song of choice
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.How does Amazon solve a problem?By throwing money at it.I deduce this from its full-length Super Bowl ad, released Wednesday, which features a veritable plethora of stars. … [Read more...] about Amazon replaces Alexa with stars in Super Bowl ad