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Canary Home Security Camera Gets Update With New Features

The Canary is a product of which we have previously mentioned in our best home security camera guide offering a multitude of smart home features in one convenient package. Unlike more smart home Wi-Fi cameras that solely stream video, the Canary can act as an alarm system via the triggerable siren, and monitor important aspects like air quality. Earlier today, the company pushed out a new update which brings new features and functionality to new and existing Canary owners. The first major feature is called Canary Talk, and it takes the basic two-way audio functionality already present and amplifies...

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Amazon’s Fire TV Will Soon Be Able To Show Live Home Camera Feeds

Amazon has been on top of the business world lately with their expansion into new ventures and current market domination with both their AWS infrastructure and their Alexa voice assistants. The most recent Echo Show device to be released was the first of Amazon's voice assistant line-up to offer a screen for a viewing and with this came support for viewing live video feeds from smart home Wi-Fi cameras. In a press release posted earlier today, Amazon is bringing this same functionality to their Fire TV, 2nd-gen Fire TV sticks and Fire TV Edition Smart TVs in the near future....

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Microsoft Debuts Their First Smart Thermostat Backed By Cortana

Companies like Nest and Honeywell have been very successful in the smart home market with their smart thermostat products, but there is plenty of market share left for new competitors within the space. Microsoft has just announced a new smart thermostat called the GLAS which is both sleek and functional. Built in conjunction with Johnson Controls (the company that made the first electric room thermostat), the GLAS incorporates Cortana voice controls alongside Windows 10 IoT core operating system and Azure Cloud computing services. One of the coolest features in the GLAS is the translucent display which is also a...

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New ‘Oco HD’ Home Wi-Fi Camera Announced With $79 Pre-Order Pricing

A few years back, the team over at Oco sent us their original camera model for review which ended up being an excellent option for budget smart-home enthusiasts. Since then, the company has expanded with both an Oco 2 version as well as a line of outdoor camera models. Earlier today, I received a press release about their New Oco HD camera that will ship by August 8th at the affordable price point of just $99. Better yet, pre-orders are now open, and those who invest early will receive an instant $20 discount bringing the pre-order pricing to just...

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Amazon Confirms ‘Alexa’ Technology Now Capable Of Over 15,000 Skills

Physical hardware has always been a hit or miss market for Amazon to enter into with massive success in their line of Kindle eReaders and a costly loss when they tried to release a Fire Phone. When they entered the physical speaker market by way of Echo which packed the all-new Alexa voice technology, many believed that this was a risky endeavor as a product like this hadn't been seen on the market yet. Fortunately for them, consumers lined up to purchase the product and with the introduction of several spin-offs from the original Echo and the company has...

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Amazon’s Alexa-Enabled Dash Wand Is Basically Free For Prime Users

The Amazon Dash is a product that the company announced a few years back to help customers make their purchase easier via a small Wi-fi barcode scanner. Fast-forward to 2017 and the company has introduced their ‘Dash Wand' which solves the same purpose as the original although with improvements thanks to their Alexa voice assistant technology which gained recognition from their Echo line. Using Alexa, you can carry out tasks like measurement conversions, recipe lookups, and buying products. Like the original, it still harnesses a barcode scanner if you find that easier than using your voice to order and...

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New Products & Updates Coming Out Of Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote

Every year Apple marks a special occasion for developers during their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event which was kicked off in San Jose earlier today. While the event itself spans several days and is dedicated to interaction and education of developers, it always kicks off with a big keynote presented by Tim Cook and several star Apple executives who update the media, developers and the general public on what the company has in store for the coming year. This year was no exception, and we saw one of the largest and most announcement-packed WWDC keynotes Apple has had in recent...

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‘Nest Cam IQ’ Next-Gen Security Camera Sports A 4K Sensor For $299

After Nest had acquired Dropcam, their rebranded indoor camera line became a top selling security solution for consumers which ultimately spun into the production of an outdoor, weather-proof variant. With more competitors such as Netgear's Arlo line coming into the market with competitive specs price points, Nest has just released their newest indoor security camera dubbed the Nest Cam IQ. Unlike their previous indoor model, it offers the newer body design taken from their outdoor camera except the internals are revamped to include the latest and greatest specs. Including within the new changes are an all-new 4K sensor, a...

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Images Of Amazon’s Unannounced Touchscreen Echo Leak Online

The Internet is notorious for being full of rumors and speculation, but in the tech world much of this ends up being true. Yesterday, leaked images came forward of a supposed touchscreen version of the Amazon Echo originally posted on AFTVnews. Exclusive: This is Amazon's new Echo with a built-in touchscreen https://t.co/MSKgWni50S pic.twitter.com/YJewy8dSfE — AFTVnews (@AFTVnews) May 5, 2017 From a design standpoint, it is rather ugly offering a bulky shape that somewhat resembles a traditional tube TV. With a 7-inch touchscreen display integrated into the design, there are noticeably large bezels that house a front-facing camera (a page...

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Amazon Announces Their ‘Echo Look’ Hands-Free Camera & Style Assistant

Personal voice assistants have become rather common in the smart home industry today thanks to smartphone integrations such as Siri, Google Assistant, and Bixby in addition to the release of the Google Home and Amazon's Echo device lineup. While most of these products all function with a similar concept, Amazon has just announced another Echo product that gives a whole new purpose to the product segment. Introducing the Echo Look, a unique version of the Echo lineup that takes the personal voice assistant role to the next level with the addition of a hands-free camera and style assistant features. This...

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