Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar with Alexa review: DTS Virtual:X 3D surround effects aren’t worth the harsh sound

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to upgrade your TV’s sound while adding Alexa to the mix, the Yamaha YAS-209 makes for an attractive option. Armed with a wireless subwoofer, an easy-to-use remote, and Alexa onboard, the $350 YAS-209 delivers impressive sound given it price, not to mention …

Ears-on with the Sonos Move Bluetooth speaker: Portable Sonos sound with Alexa and Google Assistant onboard

It sure took long enough, but the audio gurus at Sonos have finally jumped into the portable Bluetooth speaker arena, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—so far, the Move was worth the wait. Sonos invited us to a demo on a New York City rooftop last month, so we could …

Bond Bridge by Olibra review: Bringing smart-home tech to dumb ceiling fans

It seems like the smart home industry has been slowly moving away from hub-based technology, so it’s curious to see a new hub from Olibra enter the fray. But while Bond is sometimes referred to as a hub, the reality is that it’s a bridge, and that distinction makes it …

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition review: This chatty, Alexa-powered playmate keeps tykes entertained and engaged

If you’re looking for an alternative to unleashing your kids on an iPad when you need a few precious moments to yourself, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition makes for an attentive and surprisingly engaging companion. Loaded up with parental controls aplenty and packed to the gills with games and …

Amazon Echo Auto review: Alexa just doesn’t deliver as a co-pilot

Amazon’s strategy of putting Alexa everywhere is hampered by one key fact: It doesn’t make a phone. That means Alexa’s influence is severely hampered as soon as we leave our houses. To help close that gap, Amazon has made Echo Auto, a dashboard device that brings Alexa into your car. …

De nouveaux types d’arnaques émergent sur les assistants connectés

Crédits Amazon Alors que les assistants vocaux sont régulièrement pointés du doigt pour leurs manquements en termes de vie privée, un récent rapport publié par l’association américaine Business Better Bureau (BBB), repéré par Phonandroid, a dévoilé un nouveau type d’arnaque lié à l’utilisation des commandes vocales. Ces fraudes nouvelle génération …

Waking your TV with a smart speaker? It could be adding $200 a year to your energy bill

Beware, smart speaker users: If you’re using an Amazon Echo or a Google Home to turn on your TV via voice commands, you might be unwittingly doubling the TV’s overall power usage, which could tack on nearly $200 to your annual energy bill. So says the National Resources Defense Council, a …

Waking your TV with a smart speaker? It could be inflating your energy bill

Beware, smart speaker users: If you’re using an Amazon Echo or a Google Home to turn on your TV via voice commands, you might be unwittingly doubling the TV’s overall power usage, which could tack on nearly $200 to your energy bill over 10 years. Correction: An earlier version of this …

LG Dual Inverter Smart Air Conditioner review: This Wi-Fi-connected window air conditioner is a major step up

There are millions of old-fashioned window air conditioners out there, but the technology for those ugly, noisy boxes hasn’t changed much. You can make one smarter by connecting it to a third-party controller like the Sensibo Sky, Ambi Climate 2, or Tado Smart A/C Remote, and that might reduce its …

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 review: Bose has a brand-new flagship

With many a rival chomping at its heels, noise-cancelling headphone inventor Bose is pushing the innovation envelope again. Meet the new, flagship wireless Bose Noise Cancelling Headphone 700, boasting improved styling, engineering, and ergonomics. Most significantly, the 700 jump out of the crowd with two-way noise cancellation—signal processing that clamps …