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 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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The Acanvas cloud-connected art display lets you change your artwork on the fly

Now on Kickstarter, the 23-inch display features a companion app that allows you to choose from curated 'Art Stations' that cycle through millions of contemporary and classic paintings and photos.

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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.

GE becomes the first appliance manufacturer to offer IFTTT across its entire product line

Dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers join GE's ovens, refrigerators, and GeoSpring water heater in having their own IFTTT channels.

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Sage by Hughes adds 'Works with Nest' to its connected-home system's vocabulary

The EchoStar-backed security and connected home hub now supports the Nest Cam, the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

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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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iLumi's BR30 Outdoor color-tunable smart bulb will bring programmable lighting to your yard this summer

Tapping Bluetooth for command and control eliminates the need for a hub, but it also means iLumi's bulbs can't be integrated into connected-home systems. But that could change.

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Iris by Lowe's (second generation) review: Good features, diverse ecosystem

Lowe's is building a second level on its solid connected-home foundation, and making intriguing promises for future expansion.

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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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Toucan promises to convert your simple porch light into a high-tech security system

The system piggybacks onto your existing wiring to add a motion sensor, wireless on/off switch, a two-way intercom, and a siren to scare intruders away.

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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.