Smart homes

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Watching from the cot: are smart toys and baby products worth it for parents?
More and more smart baby monitors and AI-powered toys are entering the Australian market, but these expensive products can have a significant privacy cost

Kat George

30, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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We can make our phones harder to hack but complete security is a pipe dream | John Naughton
Even the latest iPhone scare won’t persuade us to choose safety over convenience

John Naughton

21, Aug, 2022 @8:30 AM

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‘Ask all the time: why do I need this?’ How to stop your vacuum from spying on you
Even if you’re not gadget-obsessed, the odds are you’ve got at least one smart device at home. So how do you limit the internet of things from listening in?

Katie Cunningham

16, Aug, 2022 @3:12 AM

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How smart thermostats can save you fuel and money
As well as turning off your hot water or boiler as you leave home, some can offer to heat only rooms that need it

Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor

30, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Best baby monitor cameras for travel or the home
From low-cost to do-it-all systems, here are the best wireless, wifi and smartphone-connected options

Grace Holliday

10, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Invisible headphones to chameleon cars: standout tech from CES 2022
Mobile phone, TV, carmakers and other major players tout what’s new at the annual Las Vegas tech showcase

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

07, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Best mid-range wifi 6 mesh systems to solve broadband dead zones
Replacement routers put speedy wifi in every corner of the home for reliable work, video calls and films

Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor

07, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The smart toilet era is here! Are you ready to share your analprint with big tech?
Loo design has barely changed in 150 years – until now. Will people trade their privacy for the chance to find out exactly what is in their waste?

Emine Saner

23, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Amazon US customers have one week to opt out of mass wireless sharing
Critics raise transparency fears over plan to turn all smart home devices into ‘mesh network’

Alex Hern Technology editor

01, Jun, 2021 @2:55 PM

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Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen | Lauren Bridges
One in 10 US police departments can now access videos from millions of privately owned home security cameras without a warrant

Lauren Bridges

18, May, 2021 @12:51 PM

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Echo Show 10 review: this rotating Alexa display follows you around
Novel motorised smart screen tracks your movements to keep facing you for media and video calls

Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor

30, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Google’s new smart display tracks your sleep using radar
Second-gen Nest Hub avoids the user needing to wear a bracelet or headband and acts as smart alarm

Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor

16, Mar, 2021 @1:08 PM

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