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AI helps Amazon Alexa ignore its own name
One of the frustrating things about calling a smart home assistant Alexa - a name that's also common amongst many humans - is that sometimes, technology is too nosy for its own good.
Are WiFi networks putting you at risk?
WiFi names can often be simple, quirky, or downright bizarre – but did you know those names are all it takes for somebody to find out exactly where you live?
Amazon puts a 'Ring' on smart home surveillance
Ring’s slick products and marketing have certainly helped it to become synonymous with security systems like video doorbells, security cameras, floodlights, and smart home security automation.
Hands-on review: Playing music with Sphero’s Specdrums
Sphero has released this year a new device calling it the ‘Specdrums’. Sphero as a company wanted to branch outside of making Star Wars droids and this gadget is what the company came up with.
Google Assistant's clever ways to help smart homes go green
Pairing ENERGY STAR-certified smart bulbs with Google Assistant can help you control the lights with just your voice, or set lighting schedules to use electricity only when you need it.
The world loves smart speakers - and China leads the way
People across the world love their smart speakers – and we have AI assistants like Amazon Alexa to thank for the revolution.
Hands-on review: The Fitbit Versa Lite
At first glance, the Versa and the Versa Lite look exactly the same. For someone who is not a Versa user, the two can be easily mistaken.
This Iron Man drone wants you to fly like a superhero
Iron Man must be one of the most popular superheroes of 2019 – because this year he has been transformed into a robot, and now he’s styled as his very own drone.
Do you use the Peel Smart Remote app? Delete or update it now
Peel Smart Remote could leak your personal pictures, information, and documents to an unknown server.
Information is power when choosing electricity plans
While 90% of respondents knew their average power bill over the summertime, more than half didn’t know their kilowatt hour (kWh) price, or their monthly usage amount.
A quick look at Haier & LG's take on the smart home revolution
Haier is going all-in on the smart home revolution – and it believes your home should be smart all the way from the laundry to the bedroom.
An 8K TV for $80,000? Samsung has you covered
8K televisions have landed in New Zealand, but they come with eye-watering price tags of up to $80,000.
Princeton study wants to know if you have a smart home - or a spy home
The IoT research team at Princeton University wants to know how your IoT devices send and receive data not only to each other, but also to any other third parties that may be involved.
Hands-on review: Fitbit Inspire HR - A beginner's gateway into fitness trackers
For a beginner in the world of fitness trackers, the Fitbit inspire HR is a great place to start.
No broadband caps please, we're Kiwis
''The price and type of broadband service differs widely and it's important to understand what you're getting and make sure it suits your home activities not just now, but in a year's time."
Hands on review: D-Link D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router
Whilst I was expecting a very mainstream consumer user product, compromising all the nerdy bits for an easy-to-use experience, that’s not the case at all. Yes, the D-Fend router is very easy to use, allowing anybody to set-up a secure network.
Razer launches HD video capture card for game streamers
Razer has launched an external video capture card that can record every second of the gaming experience in HD resolution.
Lost your wallet? Just give it a call
The wallet will literally ring, or the app can show you a map of where the wallet was last seen. No matter where in the world you are, the wallet will be tracked.
IDC: Smart home market only getting stronger
Smart speakers have moved into people’s homes and are ready to pay off as smart networks begin to spread throughout the household.
One-third of connected homes in Australia at risk of cyber attack
Avast announced that two out of five digital households worldwide are vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Aussies too lax about IoT security - McAfee
Aussie consumers are at a loss when it comes to securing the increasing number of connected devices in their homes and are often opting to take no action at all.
Haier unveils smart laundry room - ‘Internet of Clothing’
The world’s largest home appliances manufacturer has lifted the covers on something truly interesting to help you with your dirty washing.
Your neighbours are watching: Smart cameras out of control
People are installing motion-sensor cameras connected to their smartphones without realising they could be filming their neighbours illegally.
Ingram Micro to distribute robot cleaning range
Ecovacs Robotics, a manufacturer of smart home robotics, has chosen Ingram Micro as its sole distributor in New Zealand.