Google Now turns Siri on after being prodded by Alexa in virtual threesome

This is how you can get Amazon’s Alexa talking to Google’s Now to activate Apple’s Siri, in a voice-assistant Rube Goldberg machineWhy just use one voice assistant when you can get Amazon’s Alexa to command Google’s Now to activate Apple’s Siri?This voice-assistant three-way was enabled by using Amazon’s recently released Alexa voice-command system, which the company hopes will help developers insert its voice assistant (made popular in the US by Amazon’s Echo intelligent speaker) into their new products. Whether Amazon envisioned them being used to talk to competitor products, we’ll never know. Continue reading

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UK farmers to test hi-tech beans that could prevent food waste

As agriculture invests more in big data, tech veteran Andrew Holland is getting ready to test his small sensor device in grain silosWhen it comes to the internet of things (IoT), the fanfare is often around items like fridges, cars, and entire skyscrapers. But one entrepreneur is thinking small, producing highly-connected devices the size of a bean. BeanIoT is the brainchild of tech veteran Andrew Holland, who says that the size and shape of a bean (roughly 45mm by 18mm) makes it ideal as a versatile, low-profile monitoring device

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Samsung patent reveals 'smart' contact lens with built-in camera

Move over, Google Glass: in Samsung’s sci-fi vision of the future, an internet-connected contact lens could overlay search results and discreetly take photosSamsung is exploring the development of a contact lens that can project images directly into the users’ eye, take photographs and connect wirelessly to a smartphone, a patent application has revealed.The South Korean copyright authority has published a 29-page application made by the consumer electronics firm two years ago, reported the technology blog Sammobile, offering a rare insight into a science fiction vision of a future technology that could be closer than we think. Continue reading

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Nest ponders compensation for owners of disabled Revolv hubs

Smart home brand, owned by Google’s holding company Alphabet, said it would refund customers on a ‘case by case basis’Nest may offer compensation to owners of a smart home hub that it is remotely disabling in May, according to a statement given to The Verge.The internet of things firm was bought by Google in 2014 and is now owned by Google’s holding company, Alphabet. In March, it announced the decision to shut down the Revolv hub, a smart home device that it had acquired in October 2014

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Revolv owners furious as Google shuts down smart home company

Customers furious as Nest is set to turn off Revolv units in just over a monthGoogle owner Alphabet’s subsidiary Nest is closing a smart-home company it bought less than two years ago, leaving customers’ devices useless as of May.In 2014, Google acquired Revolv, the maker of a £210 hub which could be used to control devices such as lights, alarms and doors. Related: Bug in Nest Thermostat turns off heating for some Continue reading

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Logitech Harmony Elite review: easy to use remote that takes charge of your home

From home entertainment and wireless speakers to lights, thermostats, sensors, alarms and more, this is the one remote to rule them all – for a pretty priceThe Logitech Harmony Elite is the one remote to rule them all, from TV, set-top box and console to lights, thermostat, wireless speakers and internet-connected sensors, it’ll control the lot.Logitech has a long history of making excellent universal remotes that can not only control every IR device in front of your television, but also allow you to make custom remotes for controlling a team of different devices at the same time.Pros: controls practically everything, no line-of-sight required, easy to set up with the app, can also use the app to control, IoT integration, ergonomicCons: expensive, relatively easy to accidentally press a button on the touchscreen when picking up the remote, setup cannot be done directly on the remote Continue reading

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Dyson launches Pure Cool Link air purifier to clean up household air

Filter fan claims to clean up pollen, pollutants and smells with a new Internet of Things app for remote monitoring, connecting to its existing robotic vacuumDyson’s new Pure Cool Link air purifying fan promises to clean up the air in your home, but also marks the first step of the British engineering firm into the Internet of Things.The Pure Cool Link, which comes in both desk or tower versions, is a new version of the company’s luxury fans and adds an ultrafine filter that removes dirt from the air before sending it around your room. Continue reading

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Dyson launches Pure Cool Link air purifier to clean up household air

Filter fan claims to clean up pollen, pollutants and smells with a new Internet of Things app for remote monitoring, connecting to its existing robotic vacuumDyson’s new Pure Cool Link air purifying fan promises to clean up the air in your home, but also marks the first step of the British engineering firm into the Internet of Things.The Pure Cool Link, which comes in both desk or tower versions, is a new version of the company’s luxury fans and adds an ultrafine filter that removes dirt from the air before sending it around your room. Continue reading

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Adelaide to become Australia's first smart city but could lose out on privacy

The South Australian capital will become a laboratory for internet of things, with elevators that talk to each other, video recognition of masked criminals and more Stepping into the elevator at the school for computer sciences hub at Adelaide University, Prof Ali Babar shakes his head in exasperation.As the doors close the head of the Australian centre for smart cities mentions the woman recently found dead in China 30 days after technicians attempting to fix a glitch cut power to the lift she was in and left her stranded inside. Related: Is the Internet of Things putting your child’s privacy at risk? Related: Why the internet of things favours dominance Related: Australia’s greenest city: Adelaide pulls ahead of Sydney and Melbourne Continue reading

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Amazon gadget hijacks owner's heating after hearing radio report

Echo, a home automation gadget, reset its owner’s thermostat after mistaking NPR broadcast on its capabilities for a voice commandVoice control is great. You can shout at your electronics, and they actually do what you want. Unfortunately, all too often that means other people can also shout at your electronics, and they do what they want instead

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