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We tested the Amazon Echo and the Google Home to see which smart speaker is best, and it was extremely close

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. The Amazon Echo arrived in 2014 and kick-started the smart home market, inspiring other big-name companies […]

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Sleep-tracking wristbands are so 2013. Smart pajamas are the way of the future

From sleep-tracking wristbands to sleep-tracking mats, there’s no shortage of smart devices which claim to be able to quantify the quality and quantity of your shut-eye. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, have a new one to add to the collection, however: Sleep-tracking pajamas. By tracking various biometrics, the comfy wearables can reportedly monitor […]

Computer

Microsoft applies for smart fabric patent for use in Surface laptops, wearables

Microsoft Image Gallery/Microsoft Our favorite gadgets may soon offer touch-sensitive surfaces made out of something other than glass. According to Windows Latest, Microsoft recently filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its development and proposed usage of touch-sensitive smart fabric technology. The patent application, which was filed in July […]