Tag: smart home

Logitech Harmony direct control is finally live on Google Assistant (and Home), but there are some limitations

Article Contents Harmony’s history with Google Home and Assistant goes way back. When support for the service first rolled out, it was an Actions on Google integration (or Assistant app). That meant you had to “ask Harmony to do something” every time, which only worked with your own voice (no support for other home members unless […]

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Lutron’s are the first smart shades natively supported by Google Assistant

After decking your house with everything from smart lights and speakers to robot vacuums and connected ovens, the remaining things you may be looking at and wondering if they can integrate your home 2.0 setup are your shades. Replacing existing shades with new connected ones isn’t easy or cheap, but if you’ve already taken that […]

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[Update: APK Download] Google Home app gets smart home controls, intelligent actions, and household sharing

The Google Home app has been a mess for a while now. Instead of being a control center for your smart home, as the name suggests, the main focus is video content suggestion – a holdover from when it was the Chromecast app. We first saw evidence that a redesign was in the works a […]

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Google now offers smart home product bundles at a discount

If you’re looking to deck your house out in connected devices, Google has you covered. The ‘Smart TV kit’ with a Home Mini and Chromecast leaked last week, and now it appears that’s just one of several bundles that Google now sells on its website. As you might expect, each bundle is less expensive than […]

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‘Home View’ and redesigned Google Home app will make smart devices easier to access

Smart home devices are an absolute pain to manage, especially if you use products from multiple different companies. To help make the complicated smart home ecosystem a little simpler, Google is introducing a new ‘Home View’ for Assistant smart displays, and a redesigned Home app. The Home View shows all your connected devices at a […]

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Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner (Update: Discount coupon)

Article Contents If you live in a house with no central climate control, or if you’re making an expansion to your house and it’s impossible to get a ducted system in place, a ductless setup may be your only hope. Nest, Ecobee, and the dozen other smart thermostats we often talk about aren’t compatible with […]

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Logi Circle app updated with camera grid rearrangement, new settings layout, and more

Logitech was among the first companies to embrace the new wave of cloud-connected home security cameras with its Circle line. Now, everyone makes them. Logitech’s Android app has been a little lacking in the past, but it has made solid improvements over time. The latest update includes a few long-awaited features, too. Here’s the changelog […]

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Philips Hue LED bulbs, LightStrip Plus, Starter Kit, and more up to $90 off at Woot

Smart lighting is one of the simplest ways to give you more wireless control over your home. Philips produces the Hue line of products, which can perform some rather cool tricks that will make your standard lights envious. For example, they can be programmed to change colors when they detect smoke, or when your favorite […]

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[Update: APK Download] Redesigned Amazon Alexa app coming soon with easier device access

Amazon’s Alexa app serves as the gateway between users and their smart home devices, such as the recently updated Echo line of speakers. Almost a year ago, the app reached 10 million downloads and shortly after that, the company updated it with voice commands. Now it’s getting a major redesign which brings a new device […]

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[Update: Screenshots] Redesigned Amazon Alexa app coming soon with easier device access

Amazon’s Alexa app serves as the gateway between users and their smart home devices, such as the recently updated Echo line of speakers. Almost a year ago, the app reached 10 million downloads and shortly after that, the company updated it with voice commands. Now it’s getting a major redesign which brings a new device […]

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[Update: Screenshots and changelog] Redesigned Amazon Alexa app coming soon with easier device access

Amazon’s Alexa app serves as the gateway between users and their smart home devices, such as the recently updated Echo line of speakers. Almost a year ago, the app reached 10 million downloads and shortly after that, the company updated it with voice commands. Now it’s getting a major redesign which brings a new device […]

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[Deal Alert] Philips Hue LED smart bulbs, LightStrip Plus, Smart Hub, and more are up to 33% off at Amazon

Halloween is fast approaching. If you want to have the coolest, most tech-filled display on the block—or just some smart lighting for regular, non-festive use around the house—Amazon has discounted quite a few Philips Hue products by up to 33%. Those familiar with Hue products will know how versatile they are. The color changing and […]

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Redesigned Amazon Alexa app coming soon with easier device access

Amazon’s Alexa app serves as the gateway between users and their smart home devices, such as the recently updated Echo line of speakers. Almost a year ago, the app reached 10 million downloads and shortly after that, the company updated it with voice commands. Now it’s getting a major redesign which brings a new device […]

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Google Assistant now works with more than 10,000 smart home devices

The Google Assistant’s bag of smart home tricks is growing at breakneck speed. At the beginning of this year, the Assistant supported 1,500 devices; by May, that figure had ballooned to more than 5,000. Now, with little fanfare, the Google Home support page has been updated to show that more than 10,000 devices from more […]

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Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner

Article Contents If you live in a house with no central climate control, or if you’re making an expansion to your house and it’s impossible to get a ducted system in place, a ductless setup may be your only hope. Nest, Ecobee, and the dozen other smart thermostats we often talk about aren’t compatible with […]

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U.S. households embrace smart speakers with 24% owning at least one, Nielson study finds

Smart speakers are quickly becoming standard across U.S. households. My grandmother recently floored me when she demonstrated how she uses her JBL Link to play 60s music with Google Assistant. I was impressed because she was still learning how to Google, but here she was jamming out while making breakfast. That’s the moment I knew […]

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Polk Command Bar review: A decent, inexpensive soundbar with Alexa

Article Contents Polk had the interesting idea of putting an Echo Dot into a soundbar, not only offering something that sounds better than your TV’s speakers, but also adding Alexa to your living room. This all-in-one solution was dubbed the Command Bar, an unassuming soundbar that also happens to have what looks like an actual […]

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Amazon expands Alexa ecosystem with new smart-home hardware: Microwave, subwoofer, Smart Plug, and more

Amazon Announces New Echo Devices—Add Alexa to Every Room and Your Car All-new Echo devices make it even easier to add Alexa to more places in your home Now, you can bring Alexa on the road with Echo Auto New Echo companion devices let you see timers at a glance with a wall clock, add […]

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Amazon introduces Echo Auto alongside refreshed Echo Dot, Plus, and Show

Amazon Announces New Echo Devices—Add Alexa to Every Room and Your Car All-new Echo devices make it even easier to add Alexa to more places in your home Now, you can bring Alexa on the road with Echo Auto New Echo companion devices let you see timers at a glance with a wall clock, add […]

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