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Teaming Up With Sonos Shows Insight Of Ikea’s Plans Of Creating Smarter Products For Your Home
In 2017, Ikea announced a partnership with Sonos to sell a custom line of smart speakers. While neither company shares what these speakers will actually look like, both seem to be thinking beyond typical tropes, like speakers that sit on a bookshelf.
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Does The New Smart Features In Microsoft’s Cortana Make Them Competitive Against The Likes Of Amazon And Google?
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently revealed the addition of two new Smart Home features to the intelligence of Cortana. These two features of Scenes and Rules make Cortana more advanced, smarter and reliable in the automatic controlling of smart home appliances.
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Do We Really Want Smart Voice Assistants In All Our Smart Home Devices?
Futuresource Consulting’s latest voice assistant report forecasts that more than 5 billion devices will be in use in less than five years, creating a solid platform for voice-enabled content and services.
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The Do-It-All Smart Home Hub! Abode Works With Nest, Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee, And Soon Siri.
This is the smart home hub you’d buy if you’re trying to remain as flexible as possible without ecosystem lock-in. Abode acts as a central hub between all your Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee, and abodeRF devices, and it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, Ecobee, LifX, Philips Hue, and IFTTT.
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Setting Up And Controlling Your Smart Home Is Easier Than Ever With More Efficient Smart Assistants
It used to be that controlling smart home devices such as smart thermostats, home security cameras, or smart locks involved pulling out your smartphone, opening up the app for each device, and tapping through menus. Smart speakers, with their microphones and built-in digital assistants, shortcut that rigmarole.
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Don’t Forget Your Four-Legged Friends When Building Your Smart Home
Smart homes are going to the dogs—and cats. Developers have been hard at work designing devices to bring greater comfort and convenience to the lives of both pets and their owners. Check out a few of the latest gadgets for your furry friends.
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CES 2019 Highlights Some Emerging Smart Home Security And Safety Devices
Smart home products can deliver peace-of-mind through connectivity, and in turn help the security industry expand and attract new consumers. At CES 2019, the largest U.S. consumer electronics show of the year, smart home companies showcased security-related trends and devices.
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Protecting Your Smart Home By Catching Those Vulnerable IoT Smart Devices That You’ve Forgotten About
One of the biggest problems with IoT devices is that quite often, they have a password - but users don't realize and thus never change it from the default. This means that anyone with access to your network has a very easy job of working out how to access these devices.
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So You’ve Got A Google Home Mini Or Echo Dot. What Should You Get Next?
Alexa, Amazon’s smart assistant, now has over 50,000 skills worldwide and works with 20,000 devices. Google Assistant meanwhile connects to over 10,000 smart home devices, meaning your speaker can do a heck of a lot more than tell you what your morning commute looks like.
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The Future Of Smart Devices Will Help Us All Age Safely From The Comfort Of Our Home
In the age of technology, aging at home is all about connectivity. By 2030, 20 percent of Americans will be of retirement age, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2035, 78 million people will be 65 and older, surpassing the estimated number of children by 1.3 million.
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