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Local expert explains how to protect your smart home devices from hackers – WSLS 10
15 Dec
1:17

Local expert explains how to protect your smart home devices from hackers – WSLS 10

Local News Protect your personal information this holiday season ROANOKE, Va. – The latest tech gadgets make great gifts this holiday season. But reports of Ring doorbell cameras and other smart devices getting hacked have scared families everywhere. 10 News talked with a local expert who says there are a […]

How to Build a Smart Home the Easy (and Cheap) Way – Gear Patrol
14 Dec
10:15

How to Build a Smart Home the Easy (and Cheap) Way – Gear Patrol

So you want to build an entry-level smart home and you don’t want it to cost a fortune. Good news: that’s totally possible. The first thing you want to do is decide whether you want to have an Apple, Amazon or Google smart home — Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant? […]

Which smart home product you should get your grandma, child, and everyone in between – Chicago Tribune
13 Dec
3:56

Which smart home product you should get your grandma, child, and everyone in between – Chicago Tribune

Google Assistant is the youngest digital assistant of the top three, launched in 2016. Because of this late start, Google Assistant had the advantage of learning a great deal from its predecessors. Like Alexa, Google Assistant is compatible with a wide range of products, yet, like Siri, it offers a […]

Many smart home device makers still won’t say if they give your data to the government – TechCrunch
12 Dec
9:35

Many smart home device makers still won’t say if they give your data to the government – TechCrunch

A year ago, we asked some of the most prominent smart home device makers if they have given customer data to governments. The results were mixed. The big three smart home device makers — Amazon, Facebook and Google (which includes Nest) — all disclosed in their transparency reports if and […]

The best smart home gifts of 2019: Nest Mini, Echo Show 8, Botvac D7 – CNET
11 Dec
6:25

The best smart home gifts of 2019: Nest Mini, Echo Show 8, Botvac D7 – CNET

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET. The smart home category received a lot of scrutiny this year, rightly, for the data gathering practices of its many players, with Amazon and Google at […]

Apple’s Chance to Dominate the Smart Home – The Motley Fool
11 Dec
3:15

Apple’s Chance to Dominate the Smart Home – The Motley Fool

After nearly a decade of fits and starts, the integrated smart home may finally be ready for prime time. And this time it might not be a new speaker that’ll enable smarter homes — it might be your TV box.  As Verizon (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T), T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS), and Sprint (NYSE:S) […]

Resideo Reaffirms Its Commitment To Its Professional Network With New Smart Home App And Services – Forbes
10 Dec
12:05

Resideo Reaffirms Its Commitment To Its Professional Network With New Smart Home App And Services – Forbes

Last week, Resideo Technologies announced several important smart home solutions and tools designed to augment the capabilities of its vast professional network, at a polished event at Austin’s Moody Theater for nearly a thousand industry professionals and company partners. CEO Mike Nefkens and Chief Innovative Officer Niccolo de Masi spent an […]

The FBI Is Warning That Your Smart Home Devices Aren’t Secure. Here’s What You Should Do About It – Inc.
09 Dec
8:58

The FBI Is Warning That Your Smart Home Devices Aren’t Secure. Here’s What You Should Do About It – Inc.

In fact, most of the smart home devices you connect to your router have almost no security at all, which means it’s important to take steps to secure your home network as a whole. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to strengthen your security. Use Encryption on […]

Got a new Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max? Here’s how to set it up – CNET
09 Dec
5:45

Got a new Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max? Here’s how to set it up – CNET

The 7-inch Google Nest Hub is a great device to either begin or expand a Google Home smart home setup, especially while you can still get it at a discount. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Getting started with your first Google Home or Nest Home smart speaker is kind of like biting into that […]

Securing your increasingly smart home – Foster’s Daily Democrat
08 Dec
2:36

Securing your increasingly smart home – Foster’s Daily Democrat

This holiday season, a lot of smart home devices will be given as gifts. If you get a Wi-Fi indoor or outdoor camera, a video doorbell, a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, a smart lock, smart lighting or one of the myriad other devices, you may be […]