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No Assembly Required: Sonos and IKEA Smart Speakers Begin Shipping
Sonos and IKEA announced the first products in the IKEA Symfonisk line. Image: Sonos and IKEA.

No Assembly Required: Sonos and IKEA Smart Speakers Begin Shipping

It’s no secret Sonos and IKEA have been working on integrating Sonos speaker technology into IKEA home furnishing designs. With the latest news from these two companies, it has been confirmed consumers can now purchase the first fruits of the collaboration through the new IKEA…

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Amazon Primes the Smart Home Pump with Early Prime Day Deals
Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. Image: Digitized House.

Amazon Primes the Smart Home Pump with Early Prime Day Deals

For Amazon Prime subscribers, it's often possible to augment their collection of connected home tech at lower costs when the online retail giant hosts its annual Prime Day event. But this year, you can begin deal-shopping earlier since Amazon has begun quietly releasing some deals…

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How to Use Google Assistant for March Madness Listening
March Madness bliss: Listen to your favorite game on Google Home speakers. Image: Digitized House Media.

How to Use Google Assistant for March Madness Listening

As March Madness rolls into its final days, the drudgery of work can get in the way. But seriously, what's more important than NCAA hoops this time of the year, particularly when your alma mater is still in the mix? Solve that dilemma by asking…

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Native Amazon Alexa Controls Debut in Bose Smart Speakers
The Bose Home Speaker 500 is one of 3 new Bose products with the Amazon Alexa assistant built in. Image: Bose.

Native Amazon Alexa Controls Debut in Bose Smart Speakers

In a play to make its audio gear more relevant in today’s connected home, Bose has launched new smart speakers and soundbars with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant built in. New products from the company include the Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700,…

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Facebook Bets on Smart Video Calling with Portal Displays
From the new line of hardware from Facebook, the Portal+ features smart two-way video capability on a 15-in. screen. Image: Facebook.

Facebook Bets on Smart Video Calling with Portal Displays

Putting a new face on the social network, Facebook has announced its Portal line of countertop video displays and cameras, designed to enable video calling with Facebook friends or Messenger contacts. Clearly ideated to embrace the video-everywhere mantra of the Menlo Park company, the two-way…

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4 Smart Home Upgrades for Smooth Entertaining
Getting ready to entertain? The Nativ Vita High-Resolution Music System is a versatile option for easy-to-use music. Image: Nativ.

4 Smart Home Upgrades for Smooth Entertaining

A smart home can be uniquely positioned to create a welcoming atmosphere for guests. Smart home capabilities provide homeowners with the ability to select from a variety of products, all of which can contribute to a fantastic source of entertainment for guests. These products range…

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Your Apple TV is now an AirPlay 2 speaker and HomeKit accessory
Finally, some synergy with Apple HomeKit, Apple TV, and the Home app: With iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4, Apple TVs will appear in the Home app and can play AirPlay 2 audio. Image: Digitized House Media.

Your Apple TV is now an AirPlay 2 speaker and HomeKit accessory

Since the launch of Apple iOS 10 and the Home app, Apple TV devices have been stealth-like participants in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem as HomeKit hubs, but have never made an appearance in the Apple Home app itself. That all changed with the release this…

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First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm brings speaker and Amazon Alexa to ceilings
First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm and speaker. Image: First Alert.

First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm brings speaker and Amazon Alexa to ceilings

First it was our walls getting smarter with the addition of audio features, such as in the case of the iDevices Instinct wall switch. Now, smoke alarm maker First Alert brings similar audio capability to our ceilings with the Onelink Safe & Sound, a smart…

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Conversations with your walls: iDevices Instinct smart switches to debut
iDevices Instinct smart wall switch. Image: iDevices.

Conversations with your walls: iDevices Instinct smart switches to debut

Aiming to elevate the lowly light switch, connected home accessory company iDevices has announced their Instinct line—smart wall switches with onboard voice activation capabilities. Designed with the Amazon Alexa digital assistant built in, homeowners can issue voice commands by talking directly to an Instinct wall switch…

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Apple HomePod speaker set for February 2018 debut
The Apple HomePod voce-activated speaker arrives in February 2018. Image: Apple.

Apple HomePod speaker set for February 2018 debut

After creating buzz around the Apple HomePod speaker at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June of 2017, the Cupertino company has announced their first play in the voice-activated speaker game will be available for pre-order on January 26 and reach the shelves of Apple…

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