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Nanoleaf's Matter-enabled holiday lights on a staircase.

Nanoleaf gets into the holiday spirit with Matter-enabled string lights

The Nanoleaf Matter Smart Holiday String Lights feature 250 LED bulbs and nine preset scenes, and are rated for outdoor use. They begin shipping in mid-October.
An illustration showing Earth-orbiting space junk.

U.S. issues its first-ever fine for space debris

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered Dish Network to pay a fine for failing to maneuver its defunct satellite to a safe orbit.
A person opening the Yale Assure Lock 2 with their Apple Watch.

New Yale Assure Lock 2 models get fingerprint scanner, support for Apple Home keys

The new Yale Assure Lock 2 models add a fingerprint scanner and support for Apple Home keys. Here's a look at the Assure Lock 2 Touch and Assure Lock 2 Plus.
The X2 Omni clenaing under a bed.

Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni boasts a new square design and improved vacuuming skills

The Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni is getting a big upgrade compared to the X1 Omni, thanks to a square design, improved charging station, and 8,000 Pa of suction.
The Eero 7 Max works with Wi-Fi 7.

No sane person should spend $600 on a consumer-level router

The Eero Max 7 appears, by all accounts, to be an outstanding home router. If only it didn't cost so much.
Blink's Outdoor 4 flood light has built-in LED illumination.

New Ring and Blink cams bring extended range, battery life, 3D motion detection

New Ring and Blink devices were announced at Amazon's Devices Event 2023, and fans of both Amazon-owned companies are in for a treat. Here's everything we know.
Amazon SVP of Devices and Services Dave Limp demonstrates the Let's Chat feature of Alexa, powered by AI.

At long last, Amazon brings AI features to Alexa

Alexa is getting even smarter, thanks to improved learning models and generative AI capabilities. It's all coming soon to an Echo device near you.
The Amazon Echo Frames on display at the 2023 Amazon fall devices event.

Amazon’s Echo family expands with an on-wall hub, smart glasses, and more

Amazon's third-gen Echo Show 8 is hitting shelves soon, and there's plenty to love about the new-and-improved smart display.
The Ring Pet Tag on a dog collar.

Ring helps you find your lost furry friend with the Ring Pet Tag

The Ring Pet Tag lets you know when a lost pet is found and informs the rescuer of any health concerns they should know about. It's also highly affordable.
The iRobot j9+ cleaning a floor and retracting its mop.

iRobot Roomba Combo j9+ robot vacuum and mop is perfect for high-pile carpet

The iRobot Roomba Combo j9+ robot vacuum and mop uses a fully retractible mophead to prevent itself from tracking water across your carpet.
The Roborock Q8 Nax next to a wall.

Roborock is launching two affordable robot vacuums in October

The Q5 Pro and Q8 Max both start at $600 or less, offer mopping and vacuuming skills, and support up to 5,500 Pa of suction.
Nest Aware settings on an iPhone.

Google’s Nest Aware service is getting more expensive

Google's Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus services are getting more expensive in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.
The SwitchBot S10 on a white background.

SwitchBot S10 robot vacuum connects to your plumbing for fully automated mopping

The SwitchBot Floor Cleaning Robot S10 connects to your plumbing lines to provide fully automated mopping. Here's a look at the upcoming smart home device.
The Solix C1000 (left) and F3800 Power Stations.

Anker reveals Solix C1000 and Solix F3800 portable power stations

The Anker Solix C1000 and Solix F3800 are new portable power stations that are designed for camping, emergencies, and everything in-between.
The Philips Hue Secure Camera on a table.

Philips Hue adds support for cameras and sensors

The Philips Hue Secure Camera and Hue Secure Contact Sensors will arrive later this year and will be compatible with an updated smartphone app.
The Roomba Combo i5+ next to its different bins.

iRobot expands Roomba 2-in-1 lineup with Combo j5+ and Combo i5+

The Roomba Combo j5+ and Roomba Combo i5+ are designed to both vacuum and mop depending on which bin is installed. Here's a closer look at both.
A cartoon depiction of the Google Home app and Nest Cam Indoor.

Google Home adds support for Nest Cam Indoor

The Nest Cam Indoor is now supported by Google Home. There's a bit of a catch, however, as it's only supported for folks in Public Preview.
The Blink Outdoor Camera 4 mounted on a brick wall.

Blink Outdoor Camera 4 launches with Person Detection, new design, 2-year battery life

The Blink Outdoor Camera 4 is now available, offering Person Detection, improved video quality, and a new design.
The Leviton Outdoor Smart Plug plugged into an outlet in front of red siding.

Leviton’s new outdoor smart plug is the first with Matter support

The Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug-In Switch is the first outdoor smart plug to support Matter. It also boasts a ton of other cool features.
The Masonite Smart Door installed on a home.

This $4,000 smart door comes packing a Ring video doorbell and Yale smart lock

The Masonite Smart Door comes with tons of useful smart features, but it's eye-watering price tag and concerns about upgrading its tech make it a hard sell.
The GE Lighting Smart Hexagon Panels installed in a game room.

GE Lighting launches Smart Hexagon Panels with support for Alexa and Google Home

The Smart Hexagon Panels are pricey, but they include heaps of cool features like support for voice commands, six customizable zones, and music syncing skills.
The US Cyber Trust Mark logo on an off-white background.

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

The Smart Alarm Indoor Camera lets SimpliSafe agents access a live feed of your home when specific alarms are triggered, offering an immediate response.
Uahpet iRetriever with dog sitting nearby in home.

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

Uahpet's next-level automatic iRetriever Ball Launcher not only shoots balls up to 80 feet away for your dog, but safely thanks to intelligent object detection.
An Anker Solix device installed on a balcony.

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

Anker announced several new products during its recent live stream, including the Anker Prime series and solar-powered Solix. Here's a closer look.
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

The Eufy X9 Pro Robovac offers many of the features of its rivals, including the ability to raise its mop while vacuuming, but clocks in at a much lower price.
A person unlocking the Aqara U100 smart lock with their phone.

Aqara launches U100 smart lock with full Apple HomeKit support

The Aqara U100 smart lock can be controlled with a passcode, fingerprint, or with Apple home keys, making it a versatile upgrade for your front door.
The Ecovacs T20 Omni docked in a living room.

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

The Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni is making some big changes compared to the T10 Omni, offering a retractable mophead and the ability to wash its mops with hot water.
Amazon logo on the headquarters building.

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

Regulators accused Amazon of violating privacy laws on a number of fronts, though the tech giant denies breaking the law.
Two Roborock S7 Max Ultra models on a stylized background.

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

The Roborock S7 Max Ultra hits the market on June 11, and it'll offer a versatile dock that automatically handles most of your maintenance tasks.
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 Wyze Cam Floodlight Pro is now available for $150, and it offers some unique features despite its affordable price tag.
The Dyson 360 Vis Nav cleaning near a wall.

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

The Dyson 360 Vis Nav is said to be twice as powerful as any robot vacuum currently on the market, and it boasts a bold, colorful design.
The Govee Light Strip installed on a shelf.

Govee jumps on the Matter bandwagon with new LED Strip Light

The Govee LED Strip Light M1 is the first product from the company to offer full Matter support, and more Matter-enabled products are expected to arrive soon.
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.