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SureFlap has an app-controlled pet door in the pipeline

Written on April 18, 2017

Finally coming to the pet tech space this summer: an app-controlled cat door that will tell you when your pet has left the building. RIP privacy for pets! UK firm SureFlap, which already makes a range of microchipped-enabled pet products such as feeders and pet doors which only open for the correctly chipped (or RFID-collared) Read more »

Comcast Xfinity Instant TV streaming service could court cord-cutters in Q3

Written on April 4, 2017

Do you enjoy streaming television shows, but have not settled on just one package? Rumor has it that Comcast will launch app-based Xfinity Instant TV in the next few months. The IPTV service will include a number of packages and target broadband subscribers who do not pay for a traditional cable or satellite television package. Read more »

4-year-old boy uses Siri to call ambulance, saves mom’s life

Written on March 23, 2017

A 4-year-old boy in the U.K. saved his mom’s life after he used Siri to call an ambulance, telling emergency services that “she’s closing her eyes and she’s not breathing.” The boy used his unconscious mother’s iPhone to contact police, according to a statement released this week by London’s Metropolitan Police. The 4-year-old unlocked the Read more »

Control your Roomba with just your voice thanks to a new Alexa integration

Written on March 23, 2017

If autonomy in and of itself doesn’t make your Roomba the best vacuum cleaner of all time, perhaps voice activation will do the trick. Get excited, friends. Everyone’s favorite self-driving vacuum cleaner just added an Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to communicate with your cleaning assistant with naught but your voice. Moreover, the Roomba’s associated Read more »

Cinemood, the pint-sized projector for your pint-sized kids, coming to the US

Written on March 22, 2017

It may seem like retro technology, but there’s nothing antiquated about this pint-sized projector. After a successful Indiegogo campaign last year, the Cinemood, a mini-projector designed specifically with families in mind, is coming to brick and mortar stores in the U.S. Beginning in April, parents who want to give their children an “alternative interface for Read more »

The best TVs 2017: which TV should you buy?

Written on March 17, 2017

With the amount of great televisions shows and movies being produced these days, you don’t want your physical TV set to let you down. But with a dizzying array of new technologies emerging such as 4K and HDR, it can be difficult to know what tech matters, and what’s just marketing. There’s a lot of Read more »

Most consumers not turned on by connected home, study finds

Written on March 16, 2017

Connected homes aren’t yet sparking interest beyond the early adopter crowd, according to survey of nearly 10,000 consumers in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia conducted by Gartner. Across the polled regions the analyst found that only about 10 percent of households currently have connected home solutions. Meanwhile, three-quarters of respondents to the online poll Read more »

Solar experiment lets neighbors trade energy among themselves

Written on March 15, 2017

Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon and artisanal sauerkraut. Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list. In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called Read more »