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Smart Home

Nest's New Security System Makes Me Feel Sad for Nest

Everybody seemed excited about Nest’s big event on Wednesday. New products! Several of them! New direction! Much needed for a company plagued with security flaws , product defects , and loads of other problems . But the most innovative thing that Nest announced was an alarm. Literally, a box that makes a loud noise. It’s……

Internet of Things

How to Stop Your Sonos From Collecting (As Much) Personal Data

Bad news, Sonos customers: to lay the groundwork for its upcoming voice assistant support, the company is asking users to agree to an updated privacy policy , one that includes both mandatory data collection rules and a mention about future device functionality. Should you disagree with said policy update, your… Read more… Read full post…

Tech

I Wish All Smart Home Upgrades Were as Easy as This Light Bulb

There’s an entire standup routine waiting to be written about how smart home accessories can be incredibly dumb and complicated . But one of the easiest smart home upgrades, smart lighting, has just gotten easy enough for even your parents to install without calling you—if they’re living in Apple’s ecosystem. Read more… Read full post…

Apps

Canary improves livestream skills of its home security camera

Smart home security company Canary has unveiled a new range of features to make it easier to keep an eye on your home, including two-way audio, a web app and real-time monitoring. The updates join Canary’s existing line of features which include intelligent security alerts, video playback, home health monitoring and incident support. First up…

Security

We’ve Brought These Stupid ‘Internet of Things’ Hacks Upon Ourselves

Whether it’s poorly reported stories of hacked Samsung TVs , sadly hilarious tales of hacked teddy bears , or even more bizarre claims about wiretapped microwaves , real, fake, and overblown accounts of all the things that can happen with the devices we choose to connect to the internet dominate the news. We’ve brought… Read…