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2018 News Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThings comes to Canada

Samsung has officially launched their SmartThings smart home platform in Canada.

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Amazon Echo Spot Review

It’s no secret that Amazon wants Alexa everywhere in all shapes and sizes. The newest form that Alexa comes in (at least in Canada) is the Echo Spot. The device is the first (and only) touchscreen Echo devices to makes its way up north and the screen does enhance the overall Alexa experience but the device has few flaws.

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2018 Acquisitions Amazon Amazon Alexa News Ring Smart Home

Amazon completes Ring acquisition, drops price of video doorbell to $124.99

Back in February, Amazon announced that they would be acquiring video doorbell maker, Ring for around $1 billion USD. Now that acquisition is complete, they’ve dropped the price of their first-gen video doorbell to just $124.99 CAD ($99 USD).

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2018 Amazon Alexa ecobee News Smart Home

ecobee’s Alexa-enabled Switch+ is now available for pre-order in Canada [Update: Now available]

Last year, ecobee announced a smart light switch called the Switch+, it has Alexa built-in and would allow users to control their smart home including their ecobee thermostat via their voice.

Now their Switch+ is available for pre-order in Canada and the US.

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2018 News Smart Home

Mitipi’s Kevin is the ‘world’s first virtual roommate’

Imagine a device that could thwart off burglars when you’re not home. Well that’s what mitipi is aiming to do with their Kevin device, which they call the “world’s first virtual roommate”.

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2018 Bixby CES CES 2018 News Samsung Smart Home

Samsung CES 2018 Announcements: Everything you need to know

Samsung made a couple of announcements at their CES 2018 press conference.

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2018 Amazon Alexa CES CES 2018 Google Assistant News Smart Home

Kohler wants to make your home smarter with their Konnect platform

Kohler, the company known mostly for kitchen and bath products is now getting into the smart home game with their Kohler Konnect platform.

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2017 Google Assistant News Smart Home

ecobee now works with the Google Assistant

ecobee has announced that they’ve added integration with the Google Assistant for users in Canada and the US to control all their ecobee smart thermostats.

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Amazon announces 2nd-gen Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Spot and new Fire TV

Amazon has introduced the latest generation in their Echo family of devices, including an all-new Echo, an Echo Plus smart hub and the Echo Spot.

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2017 Android iOS News Smart Home

IKEA is getting into the smart home game, with their TRÅDFRI system

IKEA, the Swedish company that’s known for affordable furniture that frustrates customers while they’re building them, has introduced a new smart lighting system.