Gadgets

Back in April, Amazon cashed in on one of its most defining features — skills — by letting users make their own, no coding required. These user-made skills are very easy to make (and very reminiscent of building IFTTT applets) with a tool called Skill Blueprints. Even better, Amazon recently made it so you can now share
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For years, Android users have had plenty of options for listening to podcasts. The Google Play store offers perfectly competent apps, like Pocket Cast, Stitcher, and Player FM’s simply named Podcast. But Google hasn’t had a homegrown option since 2012, when it discontinued Google Listen just before the Serial-led podcast boom. Tuesday, it corrected that
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One of the more frustrating experiences when using a smart speaker is trying to accomplish several things at once. For instance, if you want to dim the lights, stream your favorite music and change the volume, it would normally require three separate commands. For the Google Home ($129 at Dell Home), a compromise has arrived. Back in
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Fellas, you’re gonna want that cowbell. And what better way to get that cowbell than with an automatic cowbell-playing robot that uses simple components to create a musical experience like no other. The system, built over at Adafruit, includes a simple Arduino controller, a potentiometer to control the speed of the cowbell hammer, and a
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If you know the company Square, it’s probably because you’ve paid in a store using a Square “stand,” a dock that supports a tablet, or you’ve swiped your card through Square Reader, a smartphone dongle that processes payments. These products have a soothing, decidedly Apple-y aesthetic, from the simple dongle to the all-white stand that
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Welcome to CNET’s smart garden. We actually built this thing back at the start of spring, but back then it was mostly dirt. Now, well, there’s still quite a bit of dirt, but also quite a few plants. So, here’s a look at the fully operational CNET smart garden, including what it can do and
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The CNET Smart Garden has started to look like an actual garden. We set it up a couple months ago at the start of spring at the CNET Smart Home in Louisville, Kentucky. In the meantime, we used a couple of indoor planters to grow seeds into seedlings, and planted some lettuce in the garden while
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