Ed OswaldContributor, TechHive

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 might release a palm-sized version of its Echo speaker

Cashing in on Echo's surprising success, the Wall Street Journal claims Amazon is ready to bring Alexa to an even wider audience with a cheaper and smaller device.

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Sengled partners with JBL, Nuance on new multifunction smart bulbs

Two bulbs are set to release: one in partnership with JBL that includes a 13 watt speaker, and the other with built-in voice activation and control thanks to Nuance.

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Kevo Convert makes your dumb locks smart on the cheap

Instead of replacing the entire locking mechanism, Kevo Convert fits on the interior portion of your deadbolt and is easy to install.

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LG's Smart Security camera includes ADT monitoring, smart hub capabilities

Monitoring is available through ADT's new Canopy service for $20 per month, although the security camera functions without it.

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ADT to extend its professional security-monitoring service to third-party hardware

The security provider says it plans to offer its services for a variety of devices including wearables and connected home platforms like Samsung's SmartThings and Wink Hubs.

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Insteon adds Sonos compatibility to its connected-home systems

Hubs and compoents from Insteon will soon be able to control Sonos multi-room audio systems.

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Oco beefs up its Wi-Fi cloud camera with full-HD video and offline storage

Oco's first generation camera got good reviews for its picture quality and price, but it lacked offline storage and suffered from shaky connectivity. The company aims to fix that with the Oco2.

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Securifi's new Almond 3 router adds faster Wi-Fi and mesh networking support

The Almond 3 builds on the company's previous routers by adding 5GHz support, Bluetooth and Z-Wave connectivity, and a programmable siren to its mid-range model.

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Every well-connected home needs a smart toilet that cleans itself--among other things

Toto's Neorest 750H needs as little as 0.8 gallons to flush, and it uses ultraviolet light, an ultra-smooth glaze, and electrolyzed water to prevent grime build-up.

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The Danalock gets a price cut for CES, as its manufacturer demos a new keypad, fob, and garage-door controller

Poly-Control will reduce the price of its Danalock to $129 starting February 15, and the smart deadbolt's new price will be $149 following the temporary promotion.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to build his own AI-infused smart home system

Zuckerberg says his system will perform basic automation at first, but will eventually evolve into a digital assistant resembling the J.A.R.V.I.S. AI from the comic-book movie 'Iron Man.'

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LG's SmartThinQ connected-home hub will monitor and control appliances and sensors

The hub looks like Amazon's Echo, but streaming music is one of only a few things it has in common with that device.

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BeOn Home Protection System review: A security system made up of smart LED bulbs

These intriguingly different bulbs deliver on their manufacturer's promises, but their design also limits their capabilities.

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D-Link is finally shipping the last of the Ultra-series routers it announced at CES 2015

The $280 DIR-885L/R is a 4X4, dual-band, 802.11ac router that will eventually deliver multi-user MIMO.

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Spotify reportedly mulling restricting access to new music to paid subscribers

Bowing to pressure from artists and record labels will diminish the appeal of free, ad-supported music-streaming services.

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