smart home

Vizio Alexa control goes live for 4K TVs

Vizio TVs are learning to play nicely with Amazon Alexa, with a new skill for the virtual assistant that enables voice control of select sets. The Vizio SmartCast skill for Amazon Alexa can, when enabled on an Echo speaker or other device that supports the assistant, remotely turn the TV on and off by voice, …

Samsung Bixby’s former head is now at Google

In just a few weeks, Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S9. Alongside it, of course, will be Bixby. Samsung has been trying, with very little success, to push its own homebrew AI platform and personal assistant. It will, however, be taking on Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri without a critical member of …

Apple HomePod repairs are very expensive, thankfully cable replacements aren’t

Now that Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is finally available for purchase, details are coming out on the price of out-of-warranty repairs. If you haven’t heard yet, they’re very expensive: dropping or cosmetic damages not covered by the hardware warranty can cost $279. Fortunately, there’s a separate, specific type of repair that can be done …