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Bose Portable Home Speaker Joins Inside/Outside Smart Speaker Genre
The Bose Portable Home Speaker includes Alexa and Google Assistant, runs up to 12 hours on a charge. Image: Bose.

Bose Portable Home Speaker Joins Inside/Outside Smart Speaker Genre

Adding to its repertoire of wireless smart speakers, Bose has released the Portable Home Speaker, a battery-powered mobile speaker made to be used inside or outside. Designed as a companion to the Bose Home Speaker 300 and 500 as well as the Soundbar 500 and 700 multi-room…

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Google Nest Hub Max Makes its Debut, Nest.com Fades Away
The first new product since the Google and Nest brands merged, the Google Nest Hub Max was on display at an Austin Best Buy store. Image: Digitized House.

Google Nest Hub Max Makes its Debut, Nest.com Fades Away

The Google Nest Hub Max, the bigger brother to the Google Nest Hub (the original Google smart display formerly known as the Google Home Hub), finally made its way into stores this week. The first connected home product debuted since birthing of the new Google…

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Apple to Stream Launch Event on YouTube for First Time: How to Watch
For the first time, Apple will stream a Special Event via YouTube. Image: Apple.

Apple to Stream Launch Event on YouTube for First Time: How to Watch

Apple September launch events are a mainstay in the tech world, and these annual events typically usher in the latest iterations of the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other technology advancements the Cupertino company wants to make a splash about. The 2019 iteration of this event…

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Sonos Takes It Outside With Move Speaker
The Sonos Move speaker resting on its charging base. Image: Sonos.

Sonos Takes It Outside With Move Speaker

Sonos has announced its first speaker designed for the great outdoors, the Sonos Move. In addition to a durable shell and IP56-rated water and dust protection, the $399 Sonos Move is also the first speaker from the company with rechargeable battery power and onboard Bluetooth…

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Smart Product Makers Lay Down Markers on Google Nest Account Migration
Lighting maker Lutron is warning its customers to delay migrating their Nest Accounts to Google Accounts to preserve Works with Nest connections. Image: Digitized House.

Smart Product Makers Lay Down Markers on Google Nest Account Migration

The Google Nest connected home domain is undergoing a major shift, as the company is nudging current Nest Account holders to migrate to Google Accounts in light of their plan to fully integrate the Google Home and Nest brands into one cohesive ecosystem. The upshot…

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Google Nest Launches Nest Account to Google Account Migration
Are you ready? Google has quietly rolled out the Migrate to Google Account capability for Nest Account users. Image: Digitized House.

Google Nest Launches Nest Account to Google Account Migration

It's happening. Google Nest has quietly rolled out the capability for current Nest Account holders to migrate to Google Accounts, as part of their plan to fully integrate the Nest and Google Home brands under one device ecosystem. However, current Nest users should not be…

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Phyn Smart Water Assistant Debut Flows Intelligent Water to DIY Market
The Phyn Smart Water Assistant brings intelligent water to the home at $299. Image: Phyn.

Phyn Smart Water Assistant Debut Flows Intelligent Water to DIY Market

Phyn has flowed intelligent water management into the DIY connected home with the announcement today of the $299 Phyn Smart Water Assistant, a smart device conceived for whole-house leak detection and water conservation. Whereas installation of the company’s flagship Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant +…

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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
Image: Lutron.

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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