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Amazon stops selling Echo Wall Clock due to connectivity issues

Those of you hoping to hang up an Amazon Echo Wall Clock will have to wait a bit longer. The Alexa-powered device sold out after its December launch, and now Amazon has halted sales to work out some issues. Amazon stopped selling the $30 Echo Wall Clock due to connectivity problems, the company said Wednesday. Amazon’s listing …

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Anki’s Vector, the adorable mini robot, is getting Alexa

Anki’s Vector will add Amazon’s Alexa to its mini robot repertoire on Dec. 17. The fully autonomous robot, which rolled into homes in November, is getting Alexa support by way of a software update.  It’s actually a little dark if you think about it. The reveal video shows the voice assistant assuming control of Vector, …

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Amazon’s Echo devices get redesign on the way to world domination

Amazon’s products are the minivans of the devices world. They’re plastic-encased, utilitarian and sometimes ugly. But they work, are inexpensive and can take a beating. Parents love them. In comparison, Apple designs its sports-car-like devices as artwork — with a price to match. Drop an Apple product and the neighbors will know about it from …

The best coffee grinders you can buy right now

To make great coffee, it’s essential to grind your beans right before you brew. And for that you’ll need a home coffee grinder. Don’t settle for any old machine, though. A weak grinder will hinder even the best coffee makers. Poor grinders mistreat whole beans, pulverizing them inconsistently. That in turn leads to uneven coffee …

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Comcast wants to take on Google and Amazon as a smart-home hub

Cable giant Comcast may be taking on Amazon and Google to be the commander of your smart home.  Comcast is testing a program that would allow its broadband-only customers to turn their TVs into smart-home hubs, according to a person familiar with the matter. The program uses Comcast’s existing hardware as well as the software …

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Swann multi-camera security systems add support for Google Assistant

Security company Swann today added support for Google Assistant to 15 different weatherproof security camera kits. Similar to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant is Google’s voice AI. Google Assistant can respond to a variety of queries when you use the wake phrases “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” with a Google Home, Google Home Mini or Google Home Max smart speaker. Add a Google Chromecast into the …

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FirstBuild Precision Bakeware tells you when your cheesecake is ready

FirstBuild, the microfactory that’s a part of GE Appliances, this week released a $100 springform pan as part of the Precision Bakeware System that lets you monitor the internal temperature of what you’re cooking from your phone. That’s made possible by a temperature probe that fits through the side of the pan and communicates via …

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Google is reportedly working on an Echo Show rival

If you love the Amazon Echo Show’s screen but hate the sound of Alexa’s voice, you’ll be glad to hear that Google’s working on an alternative model. The company will reportedly release a screen-equipped smart speaker. It will be ready to ship for this year’s holiday season, the Nikkei Asian Review reports, citing suppliers in …