Alexa’s intercom-like broadcasts come to more non-Echo devices

Amazon has slowly been expanding the circle of devices that can use Alexa Announcements, but now it's throwing the gates wide open. The company has made the intercom-like feature available to any device with Alexa support built-in -- you could use y...

Recommended Reading: Trusting companies despite privacy lapses

People say they care about privacy but they continue to buy devices that can spy on them Rani Molla, Vox In the wake of Cambridge Analytica, concerns about personal data privacy abound. Of course, Facebook isn't the only company that's been caught...

Google promises it won’t cut off Works With Nest prematurely

Google angered more than a few smart home enthusiasts when it announced that it was shutting down Works With Nest, but it at least has some news to reassure fans of the Nest ecosystem. The company has shared an updated plan that explains what happen...

Tenants win right to have physical keys in NY smart lock case

The landlords of one Manhattan apartment building have been ordered to provide physical keys to tenants who don't want to use smart locks. The decision was reached in a settlement after tenants sued their landlord for installing Latch smart locks las...

Amazon’s latest Blink security camera lasts two years on AA batteries

It's now clear what the Blink team has been up to since Amazon acquired it in 2017 -- namely, a much-improved version of their core security camera. The newly-unveiled Blink XT2 looks similar on the outside, but packs several upgrades that include a...

The end of Works With Nest could be trouble for smart homes

Google's integration of the Nest brand may have some downsides for smart home enthusiasts. The company has revealed that it's phasing out its Works With Nest program in the summer in favor of a Works With Google Assistant framework. The new program...

Hey Alexa: How can we escape surveillance capitalism?

Where do you go when you want to escape surveillance? When you want to stop feeling like you might be being listened to by microphones, or watched through surveillance cameras, or tracked by invisible tech gremlins burrowed within devices. Certainly...