• Ford Offers Amazon's Alexa in Cars

    Ford Offers Amazon's Alexa in Cars

    The integration, announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will roll out in two phases.Starting later this month, Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap owners can remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle information from the comfort of their home using voice commands.
  • The Smartest Connected Home Products of CES 2017

    The Smartest Connected Home Products of CES 2017

    But a smart home isn't really a smart home without your fair share of intelligent, and sometimes wacky, appliances, gadgets, and even mattresses.And let's not forget cool gadgets for our furry friends.
  • 'OK, Google' Arrives on Vizio TVs, Speakers

    'OK, Google' Arrives on Vizio TVs, Speakers

    The Vizio integration marks the latest addition of third-party device support to what is a growing, but still quite limited Google Home ecosystem.To take advantage of it, in addition to a Vizio SmartCast TV or speaker set, you'll need to also be watching or listening to content from a Google Home-supported service.
  • Get Smart With Stacey: When Gadgets, Voice Commands Don't Play Nice

    Get Smart With Stacey: When Gadgets, Voice Commands Don't Play Nice

    I have a Google Home connected to both a Hue Bridge and a SmartThings Hub.I have two Hue bulbs connected to the Bridge, individually named "Mike's Light" and "Donna's Light.
  • Google Home Adds Belkin Wemo, Honeywell Support

    Google Home Adds Belkin Wemo, Honeywell Support

    The Amazon Echo competitor now plays nice with Belkin Wemo and Honeywell devices to help you control your home's temperature and lights.With the new Honeywell integration, you can "conveniently manage your home's temperature without leaving the comfort of your covers—just say 'Ok Google, turn the temperature up downstairs,'" Google Assistant Product Lead Gummi Hafsteinsson wrote in a blog post.
  • LG's Putting Alexa in Everything (Except Phones)

    LG's Putting Alexa in Everything (Except Phones)

    In a meeting at LG's Seoul headquarters, we got a closer look at LG's upcoming robot home hub, which could be the center of an Alexa-enabled home when it comes out early in 2018.Even [LG's own] webOS is an option for us down the road," Kim said.
  • 200 Things to Ask Your Google Home

    200 Things to Ask Your Google Home

    At launch, it could only answer Google queries, but now it has more than 200 third-party skills—"conversation actions" in Google parlance— that you can quiz.The full list of Google Home third-party actions isn't available on the web.
  • Talk to Your GE Appliances Via Google Home

    Talk to Your GE Appliances Via Google Home

    You'll need to pair the "OK Google" command with GE's "Geneva Home" command to preheat your oven via voice.So say "OK Google, tell Geneva Home to preheat the oven to 350 degrees" or "OK Google, tell Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes" or "OK Google, ask Geneva Home how many dishwasher pods are left.
  • New Features Make Google Home a Worthy Echo Rival

    New Features Make Google Home a Worthy Echo Rival

    The Home seemed likely to be a powerful competitor for Amazon Echo given the resources at Google's disposal.Its coolest tricks required not only a commitment to Google's media platforms, but Google hardware like the Chromecast.
  • How Google Assistant on Google Home is outclassing Amazon’s Alexa

    How Google Assistant on Google Home is outclassing Amazon’s Alexa

    When Google launched Assistant, its artificially intelligent Amazon Alexa competitor, it had hardly any third-party support.Now — about six months after Google Home’s debut — Amazon may still have more third-party skills, but Google Assistant is matching and outclassing Alexa in all its other features.
  • Newest Mercedes Factory Will Churn Out Batteries

    Newest Mercedes Factory Will Churn Out Batteries

    German auto giant Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, is putting the finishing touches on a new factory for churning out electric car batteries that will rival the sprawling and mostly-completed Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.Daimler's plant, built on a 50-acre site near the eastern German city of Dresden, is scheduled to open next year and will double the company's battery production capacity.
  • The co-creator of Android made a new 'Essential Phone,' and looks like a must-have

    The co-creator of Android made a new 'Essential Phone,' and looks like a must-have

    It’s called the Essential Phone, and it unsurprisingly operates Android; but that’s probably the only unsurprising thing about it.Like some other major phone releases recently, the Essential Phone doesn’t have a 3.
  • Android Creator Andy Rubin Debuts 'Essential' Phone

    Android Creator Andy Rubin Debuts 'Essential' Phone

    Andy Rubin thinks smartphone makers can do better; devices shouldn't become outdated every year and should instead "evolve with you.Rubin's new company, Essential, just debuted its first smartphone along with a smart home device similar to Amazon Echo and a new operating system called Ambient.
  • Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker Showdown

    Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker Showdown

    As an Apple speaker with Siri, the HomePod offers full voice control of any smart home device compatible with Apple's HomeKit ecosystem.Besides voice-controlled home assistants, the Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home are all speakers designed to let you listen to music.
  • Bitdefender Smart Home Scanner

    Bitdefender Smart Home Scanner

    Bitdefender Smart Home Scanner aims to help you with that initial inventory, and it can even identify devices that are vulnerable to specific attacks.On my own network, Smart Home Scanner found between 23 and 26 devices, depending on which devices were turned on.
  • Aera Smart Home Scenting System Starter Set

    Aera Smart Home Scenting System Starter Set

    I tested the Aera Odyssey Starter set, which is designed to provide scent to areas up to 2,000 square feet.It includes the Aera dispenser ($200 on its own) and an Odyssey fragrance capsule containing natural and synthetic oils.
  • Make Voice Calls on Google Home

    Make Voice Calls on Google Home

    The Google Home smart speaker is now capable of making phone calls.You can also contact "millions of businesses across US and Canada," Google says, because Home taps into Google's business listings.