Amazon have announced the Echo Spot is now available for pre-order in Australia. The Echo Spot offers Alexa functionality, with a smaller design and the added convenience of a circular screen so that Alexa can show you things. The all-new Echo Spot will be available to customers on 26 April, 2018...
  • Gemmill Homes selling houses with smart technology included

    If you live in Western Australia, then you may want to choose your home builder very carefully. While on the surface it may seem like they all offer the same outcome, but in an ultra-competitive space, companies are turning to technology to differentiate. Gemmill Homes has partnered with Perth...
  • iRobot Roomba now works with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT

    When I reviewed iRobot’s Roomba 980 in January, one of my biggest complaints was the lack of support for home automation connectivity. Thankfully the Wi-Fi connected robot vacuums are now compatible with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT (If This Then That). This means you can now command your Roomba to IFTTT...
  • Drone no-fly zones will now include temporary locations for events

    While there are many drone makers, there’s one giant in the industry, DJI and when they make an announcement, its time for all drone owners to listen. DJI are deploying temporary restrictions in the Greater Sydney area for the upcoming ASEAN- Australia Special Summit 2018. The temporary no-fly zones...
  • Google follows Facebook in banning ads for cryptocurrencies

    Back at the end of January, Facebook banned ads promoting cryptocurrencies, now the other big advertising juggernaut, Google has followed suit. Google’s director of sustainable ads, Scot Spencer told CNBC that an update to its financial services ad policy will place a ban on any Adsense advertising about crypto....
  • Oculus makes good on store credit promise after Rift outage

    Check your inbox Oculus Rift users. If you were impacted by the recent service outage (due to a certificate error), then chances are you’ll have an email from Oculus. Just as they said they would, they have credited affected users with store credits. The value of the credit is...
  • NBN says customer experience is #1 priority, shouldn’t that be rolling out the NBN ?

    Australians are all too familiar with the ‘challenges’ associated with the rollout of the national broadband network and NBN Co today have announced a change to address customer experiences. The company is launching a new monthly progress report to allow Australians to track its performance in improving services delivered on...
  • Bose AR glasses augment what you hear, not what you see

    At SXSW, Bose introduced Bose AR, a very different take on what we understand Augmented Reality to be. Instead of augmenting what you see, Bose is plannning to augmented what you hear, instead of overlaying visuals in front of your eyes. Currently in the prototype stage, the glasses would...
  • Oculus compensate users with $15 credit for outage

    Today has not been a great day for Oculus. For most of the past 12+ hours, users have been unable to use the Oculus Rift. As you can imagine, after investing in VR, owners use their headsets regularly and those developing on the platform could well have had demonstrations...
  • Boost Juice can’t find their first Bitcoin winner

    If you’re name is Michael, you may be the proud owner of 1BTC (about A$13,500). Boost Juice have announced their first winner of their new Bitcoin giveaway, but there’s a problem, they can’t get a reply from him, let’s hope he’s not busy drinking away his winnings. Boost Juice’s...
  • Amazon buys Ring, a billion dollars serious about IoT

    Ring is been acquired by Amazon. In what is understood to be worth around US$1 Billion, giant Amazon are getting very serious about IoT hardware by acquiring Ring. The company is most famous for making the internet connected doorbell, but have since expanded their product portfolio to home security...

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