Aux USA, n’importe qui peut maintenant publier des skills pour Amazon Alexa (et sans coder)

Pour que ses enceintes Amazon Echo restent populaires, Amazon a besoin d’avoir un maximum de fonctionnalités tierces (également appelées “skills”) sur son assistant Alexa. Et aujourd’hui, l’entreprise décide d’ouvrir cette plateforme à tout le monde, même à ceux qui ne sont pas développeurs. L’année dernière, le géant du e-commerce avait …

LIFX A19 (2018) smart bulb review: The Wi-Fi bulb to beat keeps getting better

Smart light bulb pioneer LIFX continues to innovate in the space, with its Frankenstein’s-head-shaped bulb continuing to lead the pack on everything from build quality to software features. Michael Brown / IDGAn important firmware update will significantly improve the security of LIFX smart bulbs. Updated February 11, 2019 to report that …

Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

The concept is simple: A smoke alarm that tells you there’s a fire nearby is a great, but a smoke alarm that tells you there’s a fire no matter where you are is even better. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are one of the most useful categories of …

First Alert Onelink Smart Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm review: This alarm doesn’t work entirely as advertised

When I reviewed First Alert’s Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm in mid-2018, I found it to be a powerful entry in the smart smoke detector market. Its inclusion of Bluetooth and an Amazon Echo-compatible smart speaker set it apart from every smoke and carbon-monoxide detector on the market. But …

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

You don’t need to live in a smart home to benefit from a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, and you don’t have to lift a finger to summon them—just speak their names. If you already know …

Riva Concert speaker review: A smart speaker that sounds good, too

Speakers powered by smart assistants are becoming dime-a-dozen commodities. In most cases, a smart speaker is good for voice commands, but I haven’t found their musical reproduction particularly satisfying. Riva Audio’s Riva Concert changed that for me. The Riva Concert is part of Riva Audio’s new Voice line of smart …

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick gets a much better remote

Amazon is upgrading the remote control for its $40 Fire TV Stick, giving it the same volume and power controls as the company’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube streamers. The new remote has a built-in infrared emitter and buttons for power, volume, and mute, allowing it to …

HomeKit was a surprise winner of CES 2019. Now Siri needs to get a whole lot better

For a company that’s mired in its biggest stock slump in a decade, Apple sure isn’t wallowing in its poor sales. Without stepping foot in Las Vegas or making a single announcement of its own, Apple is having one of its best CES conferences in years, as companies turned to …