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U.S. government to launch a new cybersecurity program for smart home devices in 2024

The U.S. Cyber Trust Mark program is intended to make it easier for consumers to find smart home devices that are safe and less vulnerable to attacks.
The SimpliSafe Smart Alarm Indoor Camera.

SimpliSafe now offers live home monitoring with new Smart Alarm Wireless Indoor Security Camera

Uahpet iRetriever with dog sitting nearby in home.

Uahpet’s iRetriever Ball Launcher can safely volley balls up to 80 feet for Fido

An Anker Solix device installed on a balcony.

Anker reveals new solar-powered Solix batteries, powerful Anker Prime series

The Eufy X9 Pro moving from carpet to hardwood.

Eufy’s new X9 Pro Robovac offers automated mopping and vacuuming for less than $1,000

A person unlocking the Aqara U100 smart lock with their phone.

Aqara launches U100 smart lock with full Apple HomeKit support

The Ecovacs T20 Omni docked in a living room.

Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni brings hot water washin, mop-lifting skills to Deebot lineup

Amazon logo on the headquarters building.

Amazon to pay $30M in FTC settlements over Alexa, Ring privacy violations

Two Roborock S7 Max Ultra models on a stylized background.

New Roborock S7 Max Ultra boasts maintenance-free dock, impressive mopping skills

The Wyze Cam Floodlight Pro installed on a wall.

The Wyze Cam Floodlight Pro is a premium outdoor camera with tons of AI features

The Dyson 360 Vis Nav cleaning near a wall.

Dyson is gearing up to launch the most powerful robot vacuum in the world

The Govee Light Strip installed on a shelf.

Govee jumps on the Matter bandwagon with new LED Strip Light

digs home renovation cloud based platform

Digs takes home renovation projects to the cloud, partners with Thumbtack

Digs lets you take your home renovation projects to the cloud, and it's now partnering with Thumbtack to make the process even more streamlined.
A person opening a Latch lock with their smartphone.

The founder of Ring is leaving Amazon to join Latch

After a few years serving as Chief Inventor, Jamie Siminoff is leaving Amazon to serve as CEO of Latch -- a smart home company involved with smart locks.
Amazon Astro following a person through a door.

Amazon might be bringing AI smarts to its Astro household robot

Internal documents indicate Amazon is bringing AI smarts to Astro, although it's unclear when the project will roll out to the public. Here's what we know.
A man riding a Peloton bike.

Peloton recalls more than 2M bikes over safety concerns

Peloton is recalling nearly 2.2 million of its exercise bikes due to a fault with the seat post that could break and cause injury during use.
Several images of the new Google Home app on a tan background.

The new Google Home app officially launches on May 11

The long-awaited update is making it easier than ever to control your smart devices with the Google Home app.
The Roku Home Monitoring System SE starter pack.

Roku is now in the home security business

The Roku Home Monitoring System SE integrates with your Roku player or TV to let you monitor and control things with your remote.
The Dynamic Effects Neon-Shape Smart Lights glowing purple.

GE Lighting launches colorful, customizable rope lights with a built-in microphone

The Dynamic Effects Neon-Shape Smart Lights are compatible with both Alexa and Google Home, and can adjust their performance in real time based on nearby sound.
Google Home icon on home screen.

Google Home adds support for garage door controls

The features are only available to select users, but Google Home now allows you to remotely open and close your garage door.
The Ring Indoor Cam mounted on a wall.

Ring’s new indoor camera features a built-in privacy shutter

The new Ring Indoor Cam features a built-in privacy shutter that disables both audio and video recording. The device goes on sale May 24 and retails for $60.
A person standing in a living room while looking at a Google device.

Your Google smart home devices just got a lot less talkative

Google is expanding its chime alert feature to a variety of new devices, which should streamline the process of giving voice commands to your smart home.
A person controlling the Nest Thermostat.

The Nest Thermostat is the first smart thermostat with Matter support

The Nest Thermostat now supports Matter, making it the first smart thermostat to work with the interoperability standard.
iRobot Roomba j7 plus 7550 robot vacuum in charging dock by entryway.

Your Roomba robot vacuum now doubles as a security guard

Select users can now activate the Remote Check-In feature on their Roomba j7, which lets the device function as a makeshift security camera.
The Lenovo Smart Display on a table.

Google stops updating third-party smart displays

Smart displays from LG, JBL, and Lenovo running Google Assistant will no longer see updates, as Google pivots to focus efforts on AI.
Google and ADT collaboration.

Google partners with ADT to launch new smart home security system

Google and ADT have launched a DIY smart security plan that lets you piece together your perfect system and is available at a variety of price points.
Amaaon Sidewalk graphic showing connected devices and households.

The underappreciated Amazon Sidewalk network is bigger than you think

Amazon Sidewalk is a low-power network that helps keep your smart home devices online, and Amazon has officially revealed its gigantic coverage map.
Aventon Abound rider with plants and store bought items on road.

The Aventon Abound cargo ebike is perfect for grocery trips, hauling gear, and more

Aventon is launching its Abound cargo ebike, an excellent and versatile bike for quick grocery trips, commutes with gear, and much more. Learn more here.
The Nanoleaf Essential lineup installed in a home theater.

Nanoleaf opens preorders for its first-ever Matter smart lights

The Nanoleaf Essentials lineup is now available for preorder, offering full support for Matter and making it easy to light up your home.
The new ECOVACS products on a kitchen floor.

Ecovacs introduces three new robot vacuums for homes of all sizes

ECOVACS is launching a trio of new robot vacuums, all of which offer premium features such as advanced navigation abilities and enhanced suction.
ECOVACS DEEBOT T10 OMNI docked in station product image

Tackle dirt and dust with DEEBOT T10 OMNI’s state-of-the-art A.I. technology

ECOVACS latest all-in-one cleaning solution, the DEEBOT T10 OMNI comes with one of the most impressive docking stations and feature sets we've seen to date.
Apple HomePod 2023 in a home office.

Apple might launch a HomePod smart display in 2024

Apple might be preparing to launch its first-ever smart display in 2024, with reports indicating a HomePod with a seven-inch touchscreen is in development.
The Ring Battery Doorbell Plus installed outside a front door.

Ring Battery Doorbell Plus offers improved battery life and new aspect ratio

Ring is launching the Battery Doorbell Plus on April 5, which features enhanced battery life, a new aspect ratio, and an improved filming resolution.
Ring Video Doorbell installed next to a white entry door.

Ring Alarm, video doorbells will soon lock free features behind a paywall

Ring is making changes to its Ring Protect plans, which will now be required to access previously free features on Ring Alarms, video doorbells, and cameras.

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