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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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Why Bluetooth 5.1 Will Make it Easier to Find Your Missing Car Keys

Developers can now start playing with the next iteration of Bluetooth—that convenient little technology that lets you stream music to nearby devices or go on a run without cables connecting you to your smartphone. Though it will still take some time for Bluetooth 5.1 to make its way to phones, laptops, and other…Read more… Continue […]

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How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2

Some Sonos speakers are finally getting support for Apple’s latest wireless streaming technology, AirPlay 2. Whether you’re want to blast your favorite Netflix movies or rock out around your house, this update lets you connect your speakers to your iOS devices. Here’s how to get started:Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Prevent DNS Rebinding Attacks by Adjusting Your Router

Programmer (and artist) Brannon Dorsey wrote up a fascinating and fairly technical piece about the perils of DNS rebinding the other day. It’s worth a read if you have even the slightest interest in how web browsers work to prevent one site—a scammy site, let’s say—from sending a request to another site—your bank—and…Read more… Continue […]

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Alexa Is a Pretty Crappy TV Remote, for Now

Plenty of companies want to build the centerpiece for tomorrow’s smart home. Amazon has a head start, too. Tens of millions of Americans now own Echo devices, and Alexa now has tens of thousands of skills. Adding a voice assistant to any TV, I’ve always thought, could be a game changer. And now, Amazon’s Fire […]

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How to Keep Your Amazon Echo From Sending Your Conversations to Your Contacts

The Internet was abuzz yesterday following a report that a Portland, Oregon family’s Amazon Echo allegedly recorded a “private conversation” and sent it to a “random stranger.” That sounds a lot more sinister than what actually happened and, thankfully, there’s a trick you can do to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. Read more… Continue […]

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This Outdoor Smart Plug Lets You Control Your String Lights With Your Voice

WeMo-style smart outlet switches have long been the atomic unit of the smart home. A gateway drug that people buy to control their Christmas Tree lights before going whole hog and dropping an entire paycheck on Hue bulbs. But for as long as they’ve existed, nothing about them has really changed, so it’s refreshing to…Read […]

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