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Apple is on a hiring spree to make Siri smarter

Although Siri was the first voice assistant to enter the market, it now faces stiff competition from Amazon and Google. Therefore it comes as no surprise that Apple is allegedly on the hunt for 161 new employees to join the Siri team and make it smarter and more sophisticated than its rivals.  According to data site Thinkum, the latest hiring ... Read More »

This Amazon Alexa-enabled lamp could be the first in a wave of new smart speakers

Image credit: Adition Smart speakers may be incredibly useful for our daily lives, but in terms of decor, let’s be honest: they’re basically dark, cylindrical paperweights that you probably keep in a corner.  For people looking for a speaker that won’t stick out like a sore thumb, the Adition Lamp Speaker – an LED lamp equipped with speakers and Alexa ... Read More »

Leviton smart switches will protect your home with Nest

Smart home developer Leviton has a simple philosophy towards making its smart switches useful for consumers: make the switches compatible with every conceivable smart hub, network and speaker on the market.  In a press release today, Leviton announced a partnership with Nest to make its Decora Smart technology compatible with Nest devices.  Owners of the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Cam ... Read More »

Save £70 on the Ring Floodlight Cam in Amazon’s Early Easter Sale

Ring is one of the biggest names in video doorbells and cameras, and for good reason; its products are excellent and reasonably priced. And for a short period one product in particular is even better value.  As part of the Amazon Early Easter Sale the Ring Floodlight Cam is reduced by a whopping £70. That means you can pick up ... Read More »

3D printers make building homes more economic for the developing world

Most developing nations suffer from the problem for not having enough shelter, which is why to solve this issues Icon has partnered with New Story to build cheap homes for citizens that can be set up under 24 hours.  Icon, a 3D printing firm and New Story, a non-profit, cited the significance of this project in relation to the WRI ... Read More »

IBM Watson smart assistant rises to answer Alexa and Google Assistant

Sick of watching Amazon and Google have all the fun, IBM has officially unveiled its very own smart assistant based on its storied Watson technology, simply named the Watson Assistant. Using Watson as the base of its AI calculations and formerly known as ‘Watson Conversation,’ the Watson Assistant will be accessible via text or voice. IBM’s partners can also choose ... Read More »

Google Home gets location-based reminders

Google has added location-based reminders to its Google Home speakers, giving them another smart edge over Amazon’s Echo products.  Google announced this upgrade on Twitter. It says you can tell your Google Home “Hey Google, set a reminder to pick up more coffee at the grocery store”, and you’ll get an alert on your phone when you reach the supermarket. ... Read More »

Google Home gets location-based reminders

Google has added location-based reminders to its Google Home speakers, giving them another smart edge over Amazon’s Echo products.  Google announced this upgrade on Twitter. It says you can tell your Google Home “Hey Google, set a reminder to pick up more coffee at the grocery store”, and you’ll get an alert on your phone when you reach the supermarket. ... Read More »

Nest Temperature Sensor will keep every corner of your home cosy

Nest’s smart heating system just got smarter. From today, you’ll be able to pre-order the long-awaited Nest Temperature for $39 (a three pack costs $99) letting you get precise heat readings from every corner of your home. While UK and Australian pre-orders have yet to open, that converts to around £25 / AU$50 and £70 / AU$125 for the single ... Read More »

Google Assistant just got a lot better at controlling your smart home… in the US

If you’re a fan of Google Assistant, today is a good day. Google has now launched Routines in the US.  Much like Scenes from Amazon or in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem, Routines allows you to group a number of actions together, so you don’t have to individually activate each of your smart home devices, ask for updates, and more.  At ... Read More »

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