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Hands-on review: The Oral-B IO Series 9 electric toothbrush - it's pretty smart
I’m no longer left wondering if I apply the right amount of pressure on my teeth, if I’ve missed certain areas of my mouth and whether I could take more action to protect my gnashers.
Google reveals revamped Nest Hub
The primary hallmark of the second-gen Nest Hub is its new sleep feature — Sleep Sensing.
Double-digit growth ahead for smart home devices as consumers embrace home automation
"Sales of smart home devices have remained fairly resilient during the global Covid-19 pandemic."
Hands-on review: Connect Smart transforms dumb houses into smart homes
Connect Smart recently announced its range of smart home products, primarily for the Australian market.
LASER delves deeper into consumer smart home products
“With our second generation range we are expanding into areas that people may have not thought could be smart, or otherwise have previously come with a high price tag."
Swann home security kit recognised for innovation
The new 4K NVR Enforcer Kit was named a 2021 CES Innovation Award Honouree.
Hands-on review: Lenovo Smart Display 7 and Lenovo Smart Clock
Fashionistas will rejoice at the clever use of the cloth-covered units which mean they blend into any environment with ease.
Lenovo's suite of smart home devices lands in NZ
Products include Lenovo Smart Display, Lenovo Smart Clock, Lenovo Smart Home Essentials, Smart Lighting, Smart Security, Smart Automation accessories.
Common misconceptions about smart homes and biometrics
The real cause of most attacks is not biometrics itself, but the storage of biometrics data in a centralised database.
D-Link releases Wi-Fi 6 enabled smart router
Features the latest in Wi-Fi standards as well as compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Hands-on review: Google Nest Mini 2nd generation smart speaker
We take the brand new smart speaker from Google for a test run.
Hands-on review: Nanoleaf Rhythm Edition
The perfect desk setup goes beyond what's on your desk - it includes your surroundings too.
Google to demand two-factor authentication across Nest accounts
Google is cracking down on authentication protocols for its popular line of connected devices, Google Nest.
Global smart home market set for rapid growth in near future
The valuation of the global industry has doubled since 2017, and is set to reach $158 billion in the next four years.
Google launches four new home products
Google has made a bunch of announcements around the Nest Mini, Pixel Buds, Pixelbook and the Pixel 4 this week – here’s a quick roundup of what you need to know.
Steady growth for smart home devices, IDC says
"Content and services are going be at the forefront for the smart home market as video entertainment products erve as an on-ramp for consumers entering the world of connected home products."
Bose's new smart speaker puts the bass back in the beat
If you’ve got a few spare hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket and love portable speakers, you might have another contender to add to the selection list.
Five ways attackers can create havoc in smart homes
Attack motives include burglaries, cyber stalking, botnet creation, cryptocurrency mining hubs, theft of personal information or financial information.
Control your appliances with a D-Link mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The device can be set to turn your TV off when you’re asleep, power on your coffee maker before you wake up, or automatically turn on your living room lamp while you’re on holiday.
Philips Hue Play adds ambient lighting to movies, music, and games
Lighting firm Signify is expanding the popular Philips Hue smart lighting range to include new mood lighting for entertainment areas in the home.
Cherry Mobile's smart home line gets welcome boost
Cherry Mobile’s ‘Cherry Home’ smart home line is about to get a major boost, thanks to a partnership with global AI & IoT platform Tuya and Skyworth.
Amazon admits storing Alexa recordings until users take action
Amazon’s Alexa voice service is storing all user voice recordings and transcripts on its servers by default – and people who want to delete those recordings must do so manually.
UPDATED: Orvibo & Arlo smart home products patched to prevent attacks
The security of smart home devices is once again under the spotlight this week, as two different device manufacturers come under fire for major vulnerabilities.
Voice control to account for one-third of smart home market
Interoperability with the platforms that support voice control devices is vital for OEMs and service providers.