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Forthcoming Features in Apple iOS 13 You Should Care About
The forthcoming iOS 13 will include a new Sign in with Apple feature for websites and apps. Images: Apple.

Forthcoming Features in Apple iOS 13 You Should Care About

Whenever Apple announces a new operating system, people immediately start assessing which features are the most important and which might be mere hype. iOS 13, slated for release in September, is no different. Here's a rundown of some of the offerings that seem to be…

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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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The Amazon Echo Show Line Just Grew Larger
The Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display has a privacy switch for its camera. Image: Digitized House.

The Amazon Echo Show Line Just Grew Larger

If you’ve been hanging onto the edge of your seat for news of another smart hub device, you’ll be happy to hear Amazon’s release of the Echo Show 5. The 5-in. smart display—which resembles the 7-in. Google Nest Hub—is available from the Amazon website and…

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KB Home Trickles Down Smart Tech from Concept Home to Production Builds
In Irvine, California, KB Home is selling homes with smart tech trickle-down from its KB Home ProjeKt concept house, revealed at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Image: KB Home.

KB Home Trickles Down Smart Tech from Concept Home to Production Builds

Shall we call it KB Homenomics? The national home builder has just trickled down smart health, wellness, and automation technology from its futuristic KB Home ProjeKt concept home to production builds in California. Located in the Genoa at Orchard Hills community in Irvine, the new…

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Google Nest Backtracks on Works with Nest Hard Line
Google Nest says they will not be turning off Works with Nest integrations en masse on August 31, 2019 after all. Image: Google Nest.

Google Nest Backtracks on Works with Nest Hard Line

Responding to fallout from developers and consumers alike, Google Nest has revised their plans for sunsetting the Works with Nest (WWN) integration program. In a blog post on The Keyword, Google’s corporate blog, Google Nest clarified their approach regarding the planned transition to the Works…

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Fallout Mounts from Impending Works with Nest Sunsetting
With the new Google Nest brand, the Works with Nest program is slated to shut down. Image: Google Nest.

Fallout Mounts from Impending Works with Nest Sunsetting

Following the announcement by Google and Nest of the impending sunset of the Works with Nest third-party integration program on August 31 2019, major players in the connected home sphere are beginning to advise their customers to plan for the inevitable disconnect of these services.…

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Goodbye, Google Home and Nest. Hello, Google Nest.
From the new Google Nest brand, the Nest Hub Max. Image: Google Nest.

Goodbye, Google Home and Nest. Hello, Google Nest.

In a move to streamline the connected home accessory lines of Alphabet Inc. sister companies Google and Nest, the new Google Nest brand has been hatched as an umbrella for all Google Home and Nest Labs products. Announced at the 2019 Google I/O developer conference…

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Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery Launches with Chamberlain myQ Technology
The Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery service has launched in 50 U.S. cities. Image: Digitized House.

Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery Launches with Chamberlain myQ Technology

Zeroing in on doorstep package theft, Amazon has partnered with garage door opener maker Chamberlain in the launch of the Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery service. Available now to Prime customers in 50 U.S. cities—including our home base of Austin, Texas—the service requires a Chamberlain myQ…

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Future Connected Home Devices Likely to be Powered by New Processor Architectures
The Amazfit Verge smart watch uses a RISC-V processor. Image: Huami.

Future Connected Home Devices Likely to be Powered by New Processor Architectures

Most home-centric electronics products demand low power at cost aggressive prices. Given that, the processor which is selected for many designs is undergoing a major transformation. The force behind this fundamental change is known as RISC-V (Reduced Instruction Set Computing – 5th iteration). RISC-V—pronounced “risk…

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Lutron Adds Smart Fan Control to Caséta Wireless Switch Line
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Lutron Adds Smart Fan Control to Caséta Wireless Switch Line

Giving homeowners another choice for controlling air circulation in their dwellings, Lutron announced at CES 2019 they will launch the Caséta Wireless Fan Speed Control in March 2019, enabling flexible smart control for non-smart ceiling fans. The in-wall fan control joins the rest of the…

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Google Home Hub Embraces the Hybrid Connected Home
Google Home Hub aims to be the central command center for your connected home. Image: Google.

Google Home Hub Embraces the Hybrid Connected Home

Making a wager on the existence of connected home life beyond pure voice activation, Google has announced Google Home Hub, a 7-in. touchscreen tabletop display with the Google Assistant built in. As part of the growing Google Home speaker family, the device dutifully processes voice…

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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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Google Home Mini Speaker Turns Blue with Aqua Version
The Google Home Mini voice-activated speaker will soon be available in an aqua shade. Image: Google.

Google Home Mini Speaker Turns Blue with Aqua Version

Moving beyond the original chalk, charcoal, and coral versions, the popular Google Home Mini voice-activated speaker has taken a cue from mid-century modern design with a new aqua version. Clad in the same soft fabric as its sister products released last year, the aqua version…

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Ring Branches out With New Stick up Cams
The first Ring camera that can be used indoors or out, the Stick Up Cam is available in wired (shown), battery, and solar versions. Image: Ring.

Ring Branches out With New Stick up Cams

In synchronization with product announcements from new parent company Amazon, smart doorbell pioneer Ring brought its own news to the day in the form of the new Ring Stick Up Cam. Available in wired, battery, and solar versions, Ring will offer consumers a smart camera…

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Yale Connects Its Assure Smart Locks with August App
The Yale Assure Locks - Connected by August line of smart locks integrates Yale touch-screen smart locks with the August app. Image: Yale and August Home.

Yale Connects Its Assure Smart Locks with August App

The first visible fruits of ASSA ABLOY’s acquisition of Silicon Valley smart lock maker August Home in 2017 have reached market, in the form of a new line of locks branded as Yale Assure Locks - Connected by August. Yale, a long-time member of the…

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Locky Adds Smart Safety to Dumb Door Locks
Locky brings smart features to conventional door locksets by enveloping your key with a hi-tech housing. Image: Locky.

Locky Adds Smart Safety to Dumb Door Locks

One of the caveats of converting your home into a “smart” space is that you essentially have to replace the devices, items, and components you have already invested in with updated tech. So, for example, if you want to install a smart lock on one…

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Apple Home app coming to macOS with Mojave upgrade
With the Fall 2018 release of macOS Mojave, the Apple Home app comes to the Mac desktop for the first time. Image: Apple.

Apple Home app coming to macOS with Mojave upgrade

It has been a long time in coming. The Apple Home app—the Cupertino company's elegant interface to Apple HomeKit smart home accessories—is finally coming to the desktop of the Mac with the upcoming Fall 2018 release of macOS Mojave. Until now, the Home app was…

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Amazon to drop Nest-branded Items, more Google and Nest news
Nest has often been in the news since Google and parent Alphabet acquired them in 2014. Here, the company's home security system. Image: Nest.

Amazon to drop Nest-branded Items, more Google and Nest news

Silicon Valley smart home brand Nest launched its first product in 2011—an intelligent thermostat—and got purchased several years ago by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Since then, it’s been in the news frequently for numerous reasons. Let’s examine some of them. Google takes control of Nest…

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