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Enhance your Amazon Echo Dot with stereo speakers and clock display

An Echo Dot can serve as your wake-up alarm all by itself, but iHome has created the Bedside Stereo Speaker that makes your Dot look like a regular alarm clock.  The Dot (generation 1 or 2) connects to the iHome via AUX cable to play all audio, so you can listen to the music Alexa …

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Sonos can now be controlled directly from within the Pandora App

Back in October, alongside the launch of the Sonos One, Sonos told us about several forth coming software updates which would include the ability to control Sonos directly from additional partner apps. Making true to that promise, today Sonos announced that you can now control your Sonos system directly through the Pandora app. And for …

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FABRIQ Chorus Portable Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa review

Give me a speaker, a Bluetooth or wifi connection, throw in a dollop of Amazon Alexa’s brains and witty personality and top that off with a pinch of Spotify or Amazon Music and it looks like a recipe for sheer gadget bliss.  The great thing about this recipe is that all the ingredients are accessible through the …

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The Honeywell Smart Home Security System gives Alexa Eyes!

The Honeywell Smart Home Security System was just announced on Indiegogo ahead of its official debut at CES 2018. This DIY,  self-installed, all-in-one security solution is centered around a camera base station with an integrated 1080p HD camera and 145-degree field of view. The system is self-monitoring but also serves as an Alexa enabled speaker, so it …

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Let your Amazon Echo Dot be anywhere with “This Dottie”

I love my Amazon Echo Dot and one of the best things about it is its portability, but I always find myself looking for somewhere to put it where it’s out of the way and then trying to figure out what to do with its ugly cord. Say hello to This Dottie, a plug-in mount specifically …

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Meet the new member of the Amazon Echo family: Echo Spot

“‘Echo Spot combines the popular small design of Echo Dot [it measures 4.1” x 3.8” x 3.6” or 104 mm x 97 mm x 81 mm], the display of Echo Show, and the features you love about Alexa into an all-new, stylish and compact device,’ said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa” (according to …

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Apple announces the HomePod, challenger to Amazon Echo and Google Home

One of the most interesting announcements made today at Apple’s Annual WWDC was the release of the Apple HomePod, Apple’s entry into the home assistant arms race. A straight up challenger to the champ, Amazon Echo and the runner-up, Google Home, Apple’s HomePod takes Siri out of your iPhone and places her squarely, for better …

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Combine a light with Alexa – what do you C?

GE and Amazon have developed the “C”, a lamp and clock that is Alexa enabled.  It has visual indicators for time on the ring where hands would go, a sleep enabled light with warm colors at night and cool colors in the morning, and tunable light controllable by voice commands for home and office environments. …

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Martian mVoice PTL 02 Smartwatch review

If you think that smartwatches only come from companies that have a fruit or a green robot as their logo, then let me introduce you to Martian smartwatches. While they may not be a true smartwatch with a color touch screen and the ability to run apps, Martian watches offer a basic set of functions and …

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