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AT&T launches new DirecTV Now streaming service to compete with PlayStation Vue, Sling

If you're looking to cut cable TV, AT&T will start its DirecTV streaming service this week

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How to make home IoT more secure: Assume the worst

A report by the internet advisory group BITAG on Tuesday identified common security problems in home IoT products and recommended steps vendors should take from now on.

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IoT gear will need better security to win a Z-Wave badge

Tighter security will soon be mandatory for IoT devices that use the popular Z-Wave wireless protocol. Starting next April, the Z-Wave Alliance will require all products to include its S2 (Security 2) framework before they can be certified as Z-Wave compliant.

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The Sevenhugs Smart Remote magically adapts to control whatever device it's pointed at

Okay, it’s not really magic, the remote relies on an indoor positioning system to know where it and the devices you’d have it control are located within the room.

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The cowardly Apple TV

Apple needs to act decisively if it truly intends to shake up TV entertainment; its half-hearted TV app isn't enough.

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Logitech to release an Alexa skill for its Harmony Hub-based universal remote controls

Own an Echo and a Logitech Harmony Hub-based universal remote? You can now control your entertainment system with voice commands.

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Hands on: Netflix via Comcast's Xfinity X1 set-top box is a very good experience

Not ready to cut the cord? Comcast makes switching to Netflix as easy as changing channels,

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Facebook adds Apple TV and Chromecast support as video push ramps up

Facebook recently added the ability for iOS users to cast to an Apple TV or Chromecast, and Android support is coming soon.

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Netgear tweaks its home security camera line by introducing the Arlo Pro

The Arlo Pro features a host of improvements, including two-way audio and a rechargeable battery.

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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) impacts millions; these high-school-age inventors have an antidote

The Life Light can turn a window into a phototherapy system.

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Comcast's 1TB data cap starts rolling out across the U.S.

Comcast said it would happen, and now it has. Consider your home bandwidth capped.

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Remocam review: This security camera can control your home appliances

Remocam helps you keep an eye on your home—and control your home devices.

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4K Chromecast Ultra details leak ahead of Google event

The Chromecast Ultra is expected to cost $69 when it rolls out after Google's hardware event on October 4.

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Apple's Siri-powered Amazon Echo rival reportedly hits the prototype phase

It's not ready yet, but a report from Bloomberg says Apple's Echo rival is now in the prototype and testing phase.

Amazon Alexa is coming to Denon's Heos wireless audio platform in 2017.

Denon is adding voice commands to its HEOS multi-room audio system via Amazon's Alexa

Which company will get there first, Denon or Sonos?

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