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Samsung shows off 2018 Family Hub fridge and 146-inch ‘The Wall’ TV at CES

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Samsung unveiled its first Family Hub fridge back in 2016, and the concept of a 'smart refrigerator' hasn't become any less ridiculous since then. Still, the company made a sequel last year, so people must be buying them. The third-generation model was unveiled at CES, along with an insane 146-inch TV that Samsung calls 'The Wall.'

Family Hub (2018)

The latest iteration of Samsung's smart fridge can sync up food storage with meal preparation, keep family members better connected, and play music from a wide variety of services.

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Samsung shows off 2018 Family Hub fridge and 146-inch 'The Wall' TV at CES was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s Bixby-powered smart speaker reportedly arriving in first half of 2018

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Bixby is Samsung's home-grown virtual assistant that debuted on the Galaxy S8. It's still far behind Google Assistant in terms of functionality and language support, but Samsung has mostly continued to stick with it (they finally allowed users to disable the button a few months ago). According to a new report from Bloomberg, Samsung is working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker, and it's coming in the first half of next year.

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Samsung's Bixby-powered smart speaker reportedly arriving in first half of 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

One of the biggest trends in consumer technology over the last few years has been the rise of the smart home. The number of different device categories that now make up the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) has grown immensely, with connected appliances now found in many households across the US and beyond.

The smart home was once an expensive hobby for tech-fiends only but has now become an affordable aspiration for normal people.

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Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Details on lock codes] SmartThings app adds Scenes, fingerprint authentication, visitor lock codes, and more

Monday, November 20th, 2017

One of the most requested features in the SmartThings app has been scene support. I'm new to the system, so I'm sure there were some enterprising solutions to the lack of scenes, but there wasn't any native and easy way to do it.

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[Update: Details on lock codes] SmartThings app adds Scenes, fingerprint authentication, visitor lock codes, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SmartThings app adds Scenes, fingerprint authentication, visitor lock codes, and more

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

One of the most requested features in the SmartThings app has been scene support. I'm new to the system, so I'm sure there were some enterprising solutions to the lack of scenes, but there wasn't any native and easy way to do it. That changes with the latest update to version 2.10 of the SmartThings app.

Scenes reside inside the My Home tab, next to Things and Rooms, and allow you to change multiple lights, switches, and devices to different presets to suit a certain mood.

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SmartThings app adds Scenes, fingerprint authentication, visitor lock codes, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Samsung SmartThings Hub, Kit, and accessories are up to 50% off

Friday, November 10th, 2017

A few months ago, I caved in and graduated from the Wink Hub v2 to a SmartThings Hub v2 when the latter's price went down to $49.99. I've been a happy camper since. I managed to move my GoControl door/window sensors and motion detector to SmartThings, I connected my LiFX bulbs, I've hooked it up to IFTTT and Google Home, and I'm looking forward to tinkering with a few user-generated SmartApps to connect my Netatmo cam and Nuki smart lock.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung SmartThings Hub, Kit, and accessories are up to 50% off was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SmartThings Link hands-on: Turning your SHIELD TV into a smart home hub

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Connected home items are becoming more and more common, from light bulbs to doorbells and so on. Since the beginning of it all, I've really wanted to join in the smart home thing, mostly because I am lazy and want to control my house with my voice. Cost to entry has been rather prohibitive and I've always rented places, so I figured most of my options would be limited.

To help alleviate the first problem, cost, Nvidia and Samsung teamed up to bring us the SmartThings Link for the Shield TV.

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SmartThings Link hands-on: Turning your SHIELD TV into a smart home hub was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s Connect Tag is a low-power cellular tracker that only needs to be charged once a week

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Samsung is releasing a new type of tracking tag that can be attached to just about anything and offers smart location notifications over cellular. The Connect Tag was announced yesterday and is the first of its kind to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT, Cat.M1). This means it can connect to the internet without consuming too much power, leading to a battery life of up to 7 days on a single charge.

The tag can utilize GPS, WPS, and Cell ID to accurately determine location before relaying it to your phone.

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Samsung's Connect Tag is a low-power cellular tracker that only needs to be charged once a week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SmartThings announces home security system with ADT monitoring

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Samsung isn't going to let Nest run away with the DIY home security market just yet. On October 29th, Samsung SmartThings will begin selling a home security starter kit that you can deploy yourself. Whereas Nest is offering professional monitoring from MONI, SmartThings is partnering with ADT to give its home security system some teeth.

The Starter Pack should be available for pre-order today via Samsung and Best Buy for $549.99.

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SmartThings announces home security system with ADT monitoring was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Only $15 from Samsung] The SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD is up for pre-order

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The launch of the second-generation NVIDIA SHIELD, we heard about several accessory devices that would work with the main hardware, but they haven't all come to fruition. Remember the NVIDIA Spot? That's still MIA, but the promised Samsung SmartThings Link has popped up on Amazon for pre-order.

You can go and buy a Samsung SmartThings hub right now, but it's about $80 and rather large.

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[Update: Only $15 from Samsung] The SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD is up for pre-order was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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