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Sonos is reportedly ready to take its company public. Sarah Tew/CNET Sonos, the maker of wireless speakers, has confidentially filed paperwork for an initial public offering that could come as soon as June, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company could have a market value of about $2.5 billion to $3 billion after the IPO,
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A lot of smart home gadgets try to disappear into your home, but color-changing smart lights from the likes of Lifx, Nanoleaf, Sylvania, and Philips Hue are a big, flashy exception. With countless shades of vivid, brightly-colored light available with just a voice command or a few taps on your phone, lights like those certainly
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While Google rightly gets a lot of flack for its scattered approach to messaging, its to-do list offerings have been a close second for sprawling, scrambled efforts. There’s Google Keep, a note-taking app; Google Reminders, which nag you about Calendar events, email follow-ups, or Keep notes; and Google Tasks, which originated in Gmail nearly a
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Researchers discovered a way to keep Amazon’s voice assistant constantly listening. Ian Knighton/CNET Alexa is a good listener — so good, in fact, that researchers discovered a way to have it record audio indefinitely. Amazon’s smart voice assistant had a coding flaw that could have let malicious developers turn the Echo into a listening device.
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The Echo Dot Kids Edition includes a brightly colored bumper case to keep Alexa from getting injured by your tike. Sarah Tew/CNET Josh Sherman, an Amazon director, leaned over in his seat toward an Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker wrapped in a bright green bumper case. “Alexa, good morning.” “Good morning,” Amazon’s voice assistant responded,
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Do you hate sleeping in hotel beds? I do. Very, very much. Hotel beds are nothing like my bed at home. They’re either too hard or soft, and I never got used to them. Even the best beds can feel like crap after a long flight complete with jet lag. Swedish bedmaker YouBed, however, promises
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Last year, Amazon released two new Alexa speakers that had a feature no other smart speaker had before: a touchscreen. This blew the possibilities of dedicated digital assistants wide open and breathed new life into the already blossoming world of Alexa skills. With over 25,000 Alexa skills available today, only some of them take advantage
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Performance Both deliver crisp HD footage of your front porch on demand. You’ll be able to see who’s knocking and talk to them with the app. The Nest Hello gets the edge as it reliably learns faces as well. Features This category’s not close. The Ring Pro does what you’d expect, has a wide field
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Now Playing: Watch this: Make DIY slime without using borax 1:30 DIY slime, the homemade goop that’s as soothing as a fidget spinner, is most often made with borax. In fact, my first slime recipe used borax as one of the main ingredients. While we’ve never encountered any issues with borax, some people have reported
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It’s a tedious task you’ve been putting off for what could be years. But the moment has come: You’re going to clean your computer inside and out. That means scrubbing down those keys and wiping the fossilized fingerprints off your screen. It also means deleting all the files you secretly downloaded when you were trying
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“JR” has a big, dumb grin on his face as he meanders around the room. A Bluetooth speaker strapped to his back blasts out the first few lines of the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” before a British woman’s voice interrupts to ask Alexa to add a tub of margarine to her shopping list. “JR” navigates
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Your Sensi smart thermostat now works with Google Assistant. Emerson Thermostat manufacturer Emerson on Monday added support for Google Assistant voice control to its Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat and Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat.  Adding Google Assistant to the mix rounds out Emerson’s smart platform offerings, which already include Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Wink.  We liked
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