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You Should Mute Your Smart Speaker’s Mic More Often

Does your voice assistant often seem a little too eager to chime in? A recent study by Ruhr University Bochum and Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy found over 1,000 words and phrases that Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant frequently misidentified as activation commands (also known as “wake words”). Here are…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Choose the Best Home Security Camera Based on Subscription Options

If you want to cover your property with smart security cameras, the list of options has never been longer. That can make it tricky to choose the perfect model for you, but aside from the upfront cost, and the night vision, and the field of view, and the weatherproofing, there’s one key feature to look […]

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How to Choose the Best Home Security Camera Based on Subscription Options

If you want to cover your property with smart security cameras, the list of options has never been longer. That can make it tricky to choose the perfect model for you, but aside from the upfront cost, and the night vision, and the field of view, and the weatherproofing, there’s one key feature to look […]

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Don’t Migrate Your Nest Account to Google if You Love IFTTT

Earlier this year, Google announced that its line of Nest smart home devices would be folded into its “helpful home” initiative. A side effect of this move is IFTTT fans would no longer be able to build triggers and automations using their Nest devices, starting on August 31, 2019.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Get a Free Google Home Mini If You’re Living With Paralysis or a Mobility Impairment

We throw a lot of shade at big tech companies and the ways their products can seep into every facet of modern life, but their devices can sometimes be life-changers for those in need. For people living with paralysis or other movement disabilities, hands-free and voice-controlled devices—such as smart speakers or AI…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How Many of Your Smart Gadgets Can Actually Get a Virus?

You might have noticed the brouhaha over the since-deleted Samsung tweet advising users to run antivirus scans on their smart TVs—but is such a malware attack possible? Just how many of your smart home gadgets are vulnerable to viruses in the same way that your laptop might be? We called in the experts to find […]

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You Can Now Tell Alexa to Delete Your Conversations

If you don’t like the idea that your Echo device is recording every question you ask it—all in the interest of, well, whatever Amazon’s reasoning is—you can now wipe its memory each day with a handy voice command. Say this to your device, “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” and your Echo speaker or other […]

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Let the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wake Your Kid Up

If you have trouble motivating your child to get out of bed in the mornings, you may want to consider employing the help of some animated characters. Google Assistant’s Character Alarms use voiceovers and music from popular animated franchises like Nickelodeon’s Rise of the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Accio Coupon! Get These Newly Released Lumos Smart Bulbs for 20% Off Right Now

Here’s a bright idea: Pick up a few of these brand new eufy Lumos smart bulbs for 20% off. These second-generation units are smaller than the previous generation, but keep all the Alexa- and Google Home-compatibility we all loved.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Create Mood Lighting With the Google Home App

Google has slowly but surely been transforming the Google Home app into a centralized control hub. If you haven’t opened the app recently, you may not have noticed the bevy of new features and settings available. The most recent of these new features is the ability to change the colors of your smart home’s lightbulbs…Read […]

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