To be clear, the Ecobee devices aren’t just Alexa-compatible so that you can control them via voice commands heard by an Amazon Echo smart speaker or smart display. The Ecobee4 and Switch Plus each have an Echo smart speaker inside and can perform all the functions of an Echo, Echo Plus, or Echo Dot. In addition to answering questions, playing music, telling jokes, setting timers, making and taking voice calls and all the other normal Alexa smart speaker functions, the Ecobee4 and the Switch Plus can act as control centers to manage an entire Alexa-compatible smart home. … [Read more...] about New leaks suggest Ecobee is working on a smart home security system and more
In addition to the Ultra, Arlo also brought its SmartHub to CES. The company calls the device the “nucleus of the smart home.” It provides extended battery life to Arlo devices around your home, and can easily interact with those products via two-way radio frequency communications. That includes third-party products that are built to be integrated into the Arlo home security ecosystem. If it has a “Works with Arlo” badge on it, then you’re good to go. The SmartHub ships with the Arlo Ultra security camera. … [Read more...] about Arlo expands smart home security lineup with slew of products at CES 2019
Holigan explained how SimpliCam’s shutter helps solve that problem. “When the privacy shutter is closed, both video and audio encoding are disabled in the firmware, and the microphone is electrically powered down. That prevents any audio or video from being generated or sent out of the camera.” … [Read more...] about Every smart home security camera should have a shutter. Here’s why.
In early 2017, Amazon announced a smart home consultation and installation service in conjunction with iDevice. The Amazon Smart Home Services Store popped up online later that year. Consumers could book appointments to have Amazon experts come to their homes to answer questions and install smart home devices, CNN Money reported at the time. … [Read more...] about Amazon smart security packages soften smart home setup learning curve
“Two-factor authentication has long been available to all users as a way to prevent the wrong person from gaining access to your account, even if they have your username and password. Starting this spring, we’re requiring all Nest users who have not enrolled in this option or migrated to a Google account to take an extra step by verifying their identity via email,” wrote Cory Scott, the head of Security and Privacy at Google Nest, in the blog post. … [Read more...] about Nest makes two-factor authentication mandatory for its smart home devices