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Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Amazon adds new Alexa features to Fire TV

Alexa on Fire TV has gradually improved since it first debuted last September; Tuesday's update adds television controls and app-launching capabilities.

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SoundHound music-discovery app gains voice control

Looking to differentiate itself from competitors such as Shazam, the latest version of this app adds voice recognition and the ability to build playlists on music-streaming services like Spotify.

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Philips Hue smart lighting gets a new app with more features

Geofencing is one of the more notable additions; users can also assign multiple lights to rooms, so that all the lights in a room can be controlled at once.

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Dyson hopes you'll blow $435 on its high-tech hair dryer

Dubbed the Supersonic, Dyson says its new design is quieter and gentle on hair.

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BeOn bulbs get UL outdoor certification, with new security features coming in May

BeOn bulbs should still be kept mostly dry despite the certification. The lighting replay update is a bigger deal, and allows pre-programmed lighting sequences to be played throughout the day.

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The tiny Klug Home promises big changes in what we should expect of hubs and controllers

Connected-home devices like the Nest thermostat already adapt to your preferences, this could be the first connected-home hub that can pull off that trick.

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Sears' latest lawnmower sends maintenance reminders to your smartphone

The big-box retailer announced several other connected-home appliances and tools, too, including a programmable room air conditioner.

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Lowe's admits its second-generation Iris by Lowe's connected-home system hasn't lived up to expectations

The big-box retailer promises to address the numerous shortcomings its customers are complaining about.

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Blossom introduces a smaller, less-expensive eight-zone smart irrigation controller

Eight and 12-zone systems optimize water usage by taking weather, vegetation, and garden layout into account.

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Lumir's LED lamp is powered by a tea candle, not batteries

Inspired by his travels through developing countries, CEO and founder Jay Park created a light that uses the heat generated by a tea candle to illuminate the area surrounding it.

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Now you can monitor and control Neato's Botvac robot vacuum with your smart watch

With a firmware update and an app for your Apple Watch or Android Wear device, you'll be able to manage the Botvac from your wrist.

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Fluance's latest Bluetooth speaker sports a pair of ginormous woofers

The $500 Fi70 includes 8-inch woofers, 5-inch midranges, and 1-inch tweeters and is powered by a 280-watt amp.

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Baseball fans win concessions in online blackout settlement, cord cutters don't

Sports fans can rejoice that their favorite out of town team won't be blacked out any more, but only if you're a cable or satellite TV subscriber.

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Brinks Home Security Array smart deadbolt recharges its battery with solar power

The new lock connects directly to your Wi-Fi router, eliminating the need for a hub or bridge.

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Sony's new smart light does just about anything you can possibly think of

The company squeezed about every feature you'd ever need into a light fixture, including control of your HVAC system, television, a full fledged intercom, and a Micro SD slot.

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