Chromecast, Google Home May Be Overloading Your Wi-Fi

google home chromecast

If you’ve had Wi-Fi problems since hooking up a Google smart speaker or Chromecast, it may not be your router or internet that’s to blame.

The post Chromecast, Google Home May Be Overloading Your Wi-Fi appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/262237-chromecast-google-home-may-overloading-wifi?source=Computing

Powered by WPeMatico

Verdera, an Alexa-enabled mirror from Kohler, makes your whole bathroom smart

Kohler put Amazon’s Alexa in a mirror with the Verdera smart mirror. It can harness Alexa skills, like tell you the weather and traffic, as you brush your teeth.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/08/verdera-alexa-enabled-mirror-from-kohler-makes-your-whole-bathroom-smart.html

Powered by WPeMatico

E-Commerce Trends in 2018: Voice, Subscriptions, Personalization


The mushrooming popularity of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home will fuel e-commerce in the coming year. “You’re going to have a whole new frontier of commerce space driven through voice and brand recognition,” said Michael Levine, marketing vice president at Photon. “It’s going to be a different type of playing field for these brands. “Where it used to be more visual, it’s now going to be driven by voice.” Retailers will start adapting to the new smart speaker technology and learning how to engage consumers with it.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/85040.html?rss=1

Powered by WPeMatico

Top 5 Black Friday smart speaker deals: Amazon Echo leads the pack

The home smart speaker is the newest home consumer electronics product category. And this year the technology is more advanced with features like built-in displays.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/17/top-5-black-friday-smart-speaker-deals-amazon-echo-leads-pack.html

Powered by WPeMatico

Google Home Mini speakers had fault which allowed them to record everything

Smart speakers are only meant to listen when you want them to, which is why they have wake-up words and phrases.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/11/google-home-mini-speakers-had-fault-which-allowed-them-to-record-everything.html

Powered by WPeMatico

Google unveils new Pixel phones, smart speaker as tech competition heats up

Google unveiled a bevy of new devices, including two new Pixel smartphones and new smart speakers, as the battle between Apple, Amazon and Google for consumer dollars continues to rage.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/04/google-unveils-new-pixel-phones-smart-speaker-as-tech-competition-heats-up.html

Powered by WPeMatico

Amazon unveils new products, including new Echo speaker, Fire TV

Amazon unveiled a host of new products on Wednesday, including a new Echo speaker and a pair of smart glasses with built-in Alexa functionality that wowed onlookers.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/27/amazon-unveils-new-products-including-new-echo-speaker-fire-tv.html

Powered by WPeMatico

Amazon's Alexa May Get Into Your Head


Developers at Amazon’s secret Lab 126 reportedly have been working on audio-only smart glass technology that would allow users to communicate with its virtual assistant Alexa. The smart glasses would connect wirelessly to users’ smartphones and transfer communications through a bone-conduction audio system that would negate the need for headphones. Amazon plans to release the device before the end of the year. In addition to the eyeglasses, Amazon is working on a Web-based home security camera that would connect with its Echo smart speakers.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84830.html?rss=1

Powered by WPeMatico

Airbnb ‘Smart Locks’ Bricked By Bad Firmware Update

Smart lock company Lockstate mistakenly sent a firmware update out to a set of “smart locks” that should never have received it, bricking the devices in the process. Expected replacement time? Between 5 – 18 days.

The post Airbnb ‘Smart Locks’ Bricked By Bad Firmware Update appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/254177-internet-things-smart-locks-bricked-bad-firmware-update?source=Computing

Powered by WPeMatico

The world's smartest water bottle could save your life

You got lost hiking in the woods and you finished all the water you carried in with you. The Ecomo smart bottle allows you to test and filter water before you drink it.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/14/worlds-smartest-water-bottle-could-save-your-life.html

Powered by WPeMatico

'Who's there?' Amazon's Echo sees potential beyond voice in smart home security

Smart & Safe Tech: Amazon Echo has enabled voice control of smart security devices to keep your home safe. Traditional security providers like ADT are also working with Amazon to integrate with Alexa.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/28/whos-there-amazons-echo-sees-potential-beyond-voice-in-smart-home-security.html

Powered by WPeMatico

Text alert: Your basement is flooding

Smart & Safe Tech: All homes are prone to water damage; from plumbing leaks, weather or frozen pipes. Using smart sensors like Fibaro can help prevent damage by alerting you to leaks, so you can take action faster.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/25/text-alert-your-basement-is-flooding.html

Powered by WPeMatico

Watch out, Nest — a new smart thermostat called Glas is coming for you

Microsoft just debuted its very own smart thermostat (the first that it’s created), and of course, it can be controlled via voice with Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana. No word yet on pricing or availability.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/20/watch-out-nest-new-smart-thermostat-called-glas-is-coming-for.html

Powered by WPeMatico

Tech Q&A: Best smart home devices

I want a smart home that lets me remotely control temperatures, turn on the lights and use a code instead of a key to get into my house. There are so many different products. What are the best smart home gadgets?

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/16/tech-q-best-smart-home-devices.html

Powered by WPeMatico