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Google Home: All you need to know about the new releases

As you may have heard at Google’s recent keynote, there are new Google Home devices about to hit the shelves, in the form of Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max.  Along with the original Home, these new additions complete the trio of sizes we were expecting to debut at some point, but which one is right for you?

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The IOT Roundup – What’s been happening this week? (15th October, 2017)

It has been a slightly quieter week for IoT and smart home fans, but none the less there have been a couple of announcements that have peaked some interest.  With last weeks offerings from Google, it was always going to be a more sedate seven days, but with the likes of Ring and Dell providing us with some noteworthy news, there is still plenty to dig in to.

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What is the Best Z-Wave USB Stick?

If you don’t know what home automation protocol to choose yet and want to dive deeper into the intricacies of orchestrating your home – buying a cheap Z-Wave USB adapter might be the perfect option for you. These sticks turn your ordinary pc into a fully customizable Z-Wave controller.

Inspiration
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How IoT Will Shape Our World in the Near Future

When you consider that the Internet Of Things has only been around for half a decade in any meaningful way, it is pretty impressive that we have reached the current level of automation in such a short space of time.  Of course, Moore’s Law has provided us with an expectation that by the end of the decade we will be flying around with jet packs strapped to our backs while walking our pet Pokemon in virtual reality

Amazon Alexa
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Amazon and Microsoft integrate their digital assistants

In a bizarre twist that few saw coming, news has started to filter through that Microsoft and Amazon are allowing their digital assistant’s, Cortana and Alexa, to work together in a limited capacity (at first).  While this news may strike you as a little strange, in a world where most tech companies are holding on to their own particular sets of skills like a mother clutching her newborn child, it does actually make sense, at least for Microsoft and Amazon anyway.

Home Automation Systems
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Bluetooth brings mesh capabilities to the home

Anyone who has been keeping an eye on IOT communication standards, listen up.  Bluetooth is about the throw a considerable-sized hat into the ring.  Now, you would be forgiven for thinking that Bluetooth has already entered the arena years ago, and in fact was one of the original standards that have been used by many smart device manufacturers

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The Best Budget Smart Home Devices of 2018

Home Automation is considered to be an expensive hobby. Nevertheless, affordable tech exists in every niche. With that in mind, here are the best budget smart home devices of 2017.

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Make an Amazon Alexa Smart Toaster Before the Griffin Arrives

Ever wanted to make your toaster smarter? While the Griffin Smart Toaster still isn’t widely available on the market, there are various DIY solutions that help you turn your current toaster into an automated device. Let’s check out just how you can do so.

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A Z-Wave Interview with Dr. Christian Paetz – “It’s a no-brainier!”

Earlier this month we had the chance to talk with Z-Wave expert Dr. Christian Paetz. The author of two of the most prominent books about the wireless protocol, Z-Wave Basics: Remote Control in Smart Homes and Z-Wave Essentials, Dr. Paetz is also the primary representative of the Z-Wave alliance. Here’s what we asked him and what he had to share. 

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How IoT Will Shape Our World in the Near Future

When you consider that the Internet Of Things has only been around for half a decade in any meaningful way, it is pretty impressive that we have reached the current level of automation in such a short space of time.  Of course, Moore’s Law has provided us with an expectation that by the end of the decade we will be flying around with jet packs strapped to our backs while walking our pet Pokemon in virtual reality