Smart Home news stories
Hands-on review: The rotating Amazon Alexa Echo Show 10
When you speak to your Echo 10, the screen automatically rotates to face you, and will continue rotating to follow you around the room as you move.
Smart home market continues to grow, driven by changing tech and demographics
The expansion of the smart home industry has been aided by factors such as the increasing necessity of home monitoring systems and the increasing disposable income of people in emerging countries, the report states.
Cybersecurity in 2022: End of passwords, cybersecurity education and the compromised home
Poorly managed and weak passwords are a prime target for hackers, and organisations are responding by going password-less to remove this weakness all together.
Worldwide market for smart home devices holds steady amid disruption
The worldwide market for smart home devices such as smart TVs and speakers has risen 10.3% year over year in the third quarter of 2021, according to new figures from IDC.
Trend Micro bolsters security offering with complete device and identity protection
The solution brings together identity theft and dark web monitoring, WiFi protection, password manager and parental controls.
Hands-on review: Google Nest Hub 2nd generation
It's small enough that it can fit on your nightstand, while having a screen large enough to see, so you always know what you've got on and what's happening around your smart home.
Malvertising targeting IoT devices connected to smart home networks
"It is critical that we have the checks and balances to identify and contain potential malicious threats before they can infect users' devices."
Review: Amazon Echo Show 8 plays your media, controls your home, and watches your dog
I had one main reason for wanting a smart home device: to spy on my dogs when they were home alone and see what they got up to. Turns out, the latest version of the Echo Show 8 helps me do exactly that, plus a whole lot more.
Hands-on review: Dyson V15 Detect - why your home isn't as clean as you thought
The Dyson V15 certainly proved its worth. It isn't just another cordless vacuum cleaner.
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."
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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.