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D-Link’s new smart plug brings Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice control

Renowned router and smart home manufacturer D-Link has announced a new smart plug socket that features voice control with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistant.  The smart home is a rapidly evolving thing, and while there are now millions of smart speakers filling our homes, voice assistants are still used primarily to set timers and ask the weather.  ... Read More »

Google Assistant will be multilingual by the end of 2018

2018 is the year that Google Assistant will go truly global according to a recent announcement from Google. Before the end of 2018, the search giant says its voice assistant will be able to speak 30 languages, which is a big increase on the eight it currently understands. In the coming months, Google says it plans to add Danish, Dutch, ... Read More »

Google Home Max tops Apple HomePod for audio, says Consumer Reports

While the recently-released Apple HomePod is impressing with its audio quality, an early assessment from non-profit reviewing organization, Consumer Reports, claims that the Google Home Max and Sonos One slightly edge it out with their audio chops. In a short video, Consumer Reports mentions that, despite being “one of the best-sounding smart speakers they’ve tested”, the HomePod didn’t sound as ... Read More »

Panasonic’s new high-end Blu-ray player sets Oppo in its sights

Watch out cinephiles, Panasonic has just announced a new 4K HDR Blu-ray player that stands to rival some of the best decks on the market. A direct competitor for the Oppo UPD-203 and UPD-205, the Panasonic DP-UB9000 is a Blu-ray player with quite a few tricks up its sleeve. Not to be confused with the Panasonic DMP-UB900 that came out ... Read More »

Facebook smart speakers could land in July with massive, 15-inch displays

Bargain-priced “Smart speakers” like Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot, along with Google Home Mini, have found their way into one of six American households.  Now, based on a report from Digitimes, Facebook may be looking to jump into the smart speaker war—up until now dominated Amazon and Google—with two devices focused more on the luxury crowd, developed by their Building ... Read More »

Amazon Alexa is set to get smarter with custom AI processors

Amazon’s sudden move into AI chip development suggests they want to make your conversations with Alexa as delay-free as possible. As first reported by The Information, Amazon plans to create proprietary AI chips and place them in its Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, and every other speaker in their lineup. This will allow your new device to handle speech recognition and ... Read More »

Nest is now part of Google, again

Smart home manufacturer Nest is being taken under the wing of Google – and not for the first time.  [Note: Since the news broke of Nest rejoining Google there’s been a pretty significant team change, and we’ve updated this story to reflect that development] Nest was originally taken on by Google four years ago after being purchased for $3.2 billion, ... Read More »

Google Assistant will soon respond to whatever you want to call it

You’ll soon be able to get Google Assistant to respond to a custom ‘wake word’ – that’s the phrase you use to activate the voice assistant. Up until recently, your options have been ‘Okay Google’ or… ‘Okay Google’. Google then added ‘Hey Google’ for those users who wanted something a bit more informal, but now it looks like you’re going to ... Read More »

Your old phone is a better security camera than CCTV, says Manything CEO

What did you do with your old phone? If you’re anything like us, it’s currently sat in a drawer, thrilled that someone is remembering that it exists. Yeah, you tried to sell it, but the guy in the store said you needed the box, and the cable. And you wanted to keep that cable. Plus, it was worth 0.5% of ... Read More »

Best security camera: keep an eye on your home from your smartphone

Home security is serious business, and while a good lock on your door and an alarm system might help you feel more secure, there’s nothing more reassuring than being able to quickly check in on your house while you’re away. Maybe you’re a parent wanting to make sure your children are behaving themselves, maybe you’ve got people working in your ... Read More »

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