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Google Assistant and IFTTT can close your garage door


We haven't gotten to the point of voice-activated vacuum cleaners yet, but closing your garage door with an "Ok Google" has arrived. Garage-door company Chamberlain has announced that its MyQ app will now work with Google Assistant in addition to your Nest camera. More than issuing a closing command, you can ask if the door is open or if it's closed, too. MyQ works with IFTTT now as well. The system can automatically close the garage door when you leave a geofenced area, turn down the thermostat once you leave.

Amazon wants Alexa to be the operating system for your life


It's been a week since Amazon's seemingly annual Alexa-oriented hardware event, but the tech and retail industries will likely be processing the rapid-fire announcements for many months to come. In just under two hours, Amazon announced more than a dozen new products aimed at everything from home audio and entertainment to kitchen appliances and in-car infotainment. The products were rolled out so abruptly and with so little fanfare that it was impossible for most onlookers to keep up, let alone contextualize and understand why Amazon had made an Alexa-powered microwave oven or a 100W subwoofer. Amazon's peculiar and blitzkrieg-style marketing strategy aside, it's clear now that the company has every intention to make Alexa, its Echo line, and every single device open to integrating its digital assistant into the dominating force in the smart home. In essence, Amazon wants Alexa to be the OS for everyone's physical lives, just as Apple, Google, and Microsoft now control our digital ones.

Three Killed After Shooting at Houston Garage: Police

U.S. News

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former employee at a Houston auto repair shop fatally shot two people who were likely once his co-workers, then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide, Houston police said.

Woman, 2 children dead after being found unconscious near Boston parking garage

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Dec. 25 are here. Check out what's clicking on Two children and a woman are dead after being found unconscious outside of the Renaissance Park Garage in Boston on Wednesday afternoon. Boston Police, Transit Police, and Northeastern Police were called to the parking garage at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday where three people were found unconscious on the sidewalk. An adult female and two children, both believed to be under the age of five, were taken to an area hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Chamberlain's smart garage door opener to get HomeKit compatibility


Garage door automation virtuoso Chamberlain is making the scene at CES 2017 with its new HomeKit compatible Smart Garage Hub. While it won't be available to buy in-store or line until July 2017, Chamberlain promises that the Smart Garage Hub will allow users to open, close, or check on the status of their garage door; turn MyQ connected lighting on and off; and fiddle with their home's thermostat using their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. And thanks to Siri's HomeKit integration, you'll be able to do all of this with nothing more than a few words--provided the A.I. is in the mood to understand what you're asking for. For homeowners who have already installed MyQ hardware in their garage, Chamberlain will roll out the MyQ HomeBridge in April 2017. The HomeBridge will provide consumers with the ability to retrofit HomeKit compatibility into an existing MyQ control setup.