Devices

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Massive savings on Amazon Echo Plus $110, Fire HD 8 $50 and other Amazon devices     – CNET
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Other highlights include the second-gen Echo for $50, all-new Paperwhite for $85 and Kindle Unlimited free for three months.

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Amazon gives Fire TV devices a section devoted to live television
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Fire TV devices now have access to plenty of live television services, and Amazon wants to be sure you know what's playing regardless of what services you prefer. The internet giant is rolling out a dedicated Live tab that showcases whatever's playi…

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Alexa's intercom-like broadcasts come to more non-Echo devices
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Amazon has slowly been expanding the circle of devices that can use Alexa Announcements, but now it's throwing the gates wide open. The company has made the intercom-like feature available to any device with Alexa support built-in — you could use y…

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Google Assistant gets native controls for a bunch of new devices     – CNET
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Look for security systems, showers, microwaves, garages and more to work more naturally with your Google Home.

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A.I.-powered booking service Google Duplex rolls out to iOS & Android 5.0+ devices
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Google confirmed its Google Assistant feature for booking restaurant reservations via the phone, powered by Duplex’s A.I. technology, has begun to roll out to more Android and iOS devices across the U.S. in English. The expansion sets the stage for potential mainstream adoption – especially as it goes cross-platform for the first time. During its […]

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Epix Now begins streaming to Roku, Amazon Fire TV devices     – CNET
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The video-on-demand service launched in February, but only on Apple and Android devices.

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EU's Plan To Ban Sale of User-Moddable RF Devices Draws Widespread Condemnation
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Reader simpz writes: The Register is reporting that the EU is looking to block users from tinkering the firmware/software of their RF devices. This seems to have been very under reported, with a fairly short consultation period that has now expired. It could force manufacturers to lock down phones and routers etc to stop you […]

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Shodan Safari, where hackers heckle the worst devices put on the internet
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If you leave something on the internet long enough, someone will hack it. The reality is that many device manufacturers make it far too easy by using default passwords that are widely documented, allowing anyone to log in as “admin” and snoop around. Often, there’s no password at all. Enter “Shodan Safari,” a popular part-game, […]

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Cyber Monday 2018 smart home deals: Apple HomePod, Google and Echo devices starting at $24, Nest, Philips Hue and more Black Friday discounts     – CNET
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We’re tracking the best smart home bargains from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Fry’s, Target and more, updating frequently.

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