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Why AppleCare Might Be a Good Idea for a HomePod Mini

Why AppleCare Might Be a Good Idea for a HomePod Mini

Preorders for Apple’s brand-new HomePod Mini kicked off last week. If you were one of the many who secured one — shipping estimates are now bumping back to December — you might have been tempted to slap AppleCare into your shopping cart, too.

How to Use the Alexa App Hands-Free

How to Use the Alexa App Hands-Free

By design, most Alexa-powered devices can be controlled entirely with voice commands right out of the box — just say “Alexa” and your Echo speaker, Fire TV or other Alexa device will respond, no button-presses or taps necessary. The rare exception is the Alexa smartphone app, which requires users tap…

Keep Your ZigBee Smart Home Devices Updated To Protect Against This Hack

Keep Your ZigBee Smart Home Devices Updated To Protect Against This Hack

Hacked by a Hue lightbulb? It sounds silly, but security researchers at Check Point Software recently demonstrated that unpatched Philips Hue smart lights be used as an attack vector into your network if someone takes advantage of an exploit in the ZigBee protocol that the bulbs use to communicate with…