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Apple
Sony announces new Bravia range with cutting-edge processor
Powered by the Cognitive Processor XR, the BRAVIA TV’s use a new processing method designed to replicate the ways humans see and hear.
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Bluetooth
Hands-on review: BlueAnt X3 speaker: Local, affordable and good quality!?
BlueAnt’s newest product is a sturdy Bluetooth portable speaker that is being released at just $239.95. But is it any good? Yes. Yes it is.
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Smart Home
Lenovo's suite of smart home devices lands in NZ
Products include Lenovo Smart Display, Lenovo Smart Clock, Lenovo Smart Home Essentials, Smart Lighting, Smart Security, Smart Automation accessories.
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Smart Home
D-Link releases Wi-Fi 6 enabled smart router
Features the latest in Wi-Fi standards as well as compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant.
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Cybersecurity
Are they spying? Young people wary of virtual assistants
Privacy and security fears put young people off using virtual assistants for customer services
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Smartphone
Nokia releases low-price, high feature 4.2 smartphone
Includes integration with Google Assistant, Photos, face unlocking on the Android 9 Pie OS.
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Headphones
Jabra’s environment-aware headphones hit Aotearoa
The headphones include SmartSound that automatically adjusts the sound and noise cancelling based on the user’s environment.
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Smart Home
D-Link hooks up with Alexa and Assistant with new smart camera
The new camera is designed for outdoor use within a wireless smart home network.
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Smart Home
Quick facts about Google Assistant & Nest Hub Max
Google I/O has been something of a boon for smarthome lovers, especially when it comes to Google Nest and Google Assistant. Here are five things you should know about each of them.
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Smart Home
Google Assistant's clever ways to help smart homes go green
Pairing ENERGY STAR-certified smart bulbs with Google Assistant can help you control the lights with just your voice, or set lighting schedules to use electricity only when you need it.
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Google
Alexa could be the voice of your car soon
As luxury car brands move away from their own voice assistants to partnering with Google or Amazon, we may find Alexa riding with us all soon.
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Smart TV
LG makes TVs smarter with new AI processors
Latest TVs from LG use deep learning to enhance the video and audio output and introduces integration with Alexa.
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Siri
Search to purchase will cause voice AI tech to bloom
This year it is estimated that over 100 million smart speakers will be installed - but it isn’t going to stop there.
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Internet of Things
IDC - Smart speakers driving smart home device growth
All categories of smart home devices forecast to deliver double-digit growth through 2022, Says IDC.
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Internet of Things
IDC - Smart home device sales up with no sign of slowing
The new IDC smart home device tracker forecasts solid growth for connected devices in key smart home categories.
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Smart Home
Busy families rejoice! Yet another central hub for your smart home
The new Lenovo Smart Display comes with Google Assistant built into a full HD touchscreen display...
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Artificial Intelligence
The AI smoke detector you never knew you needed
The device features technology which alerts users to the type of danger and its location...
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Smartphone
AR is the new black: The Pixel 2 flexes its augmented reality muscles
Pixel 2 owners will also get an exclusive preview of Google Lens...
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Google
The ultra-reliable Google Translate is coming to your headphones
There is no way the use of this feature could possibly go wrong...
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Apple
Alexa, how much are you worth? $6 billion apparently
“With high profile brands like Samsung, Apple and Philips getting in on the action, consumers are becoming attuned to the benefits..."
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Smart Home
Google Home lets you control your entire house from the comfort of your bed
This device is Google’s attempt to rival and surpass the Amazon Echo...
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Smartphone
Turn your finger into a smartphone: The world’s first voice operated smart-ring
ORII uses bone conduction to send sound along your finger and into your ear...
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Digital Assistants
Virtual digital assistants to overtake world population by 2021
Ovum has released on the AI digital assistant market, revealing partnerships to be key differentiators in the years head.
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Displays
“How can I help?” Global spending on VPA-enabled wireless speakers to top $2b by 2020
As we continue to make rapid advances in technological innovation, people worldwide have been rapidly embracing the virtual personal assistant (VPA).