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Smart Tech Today 78: Project CHIP Rebrands as Matter 🎙

On episode 78 of Smart Tech Today, Rosemary (in for Mikah) and I talked about:
– Project CHIP’s new name – Matter
– Amazon’s Sidewalk network and new product releases
– Apple’s AirTags and Rosemary’s 3D printing adventure

Stories of the week

  • Project CHIP and ZigBee Alliance rebrands as Matter and Connectivity Standards Alliance (respectively)
  • Samsung SmartThings now available on Windows 10
  • Spotify’s $80 Car Thing
  • Sony releases a more powerful wearable AC
  • Roku’s new Express 4K+ offers streaming for $40
  • Meet the real Alexa: voice actor reportedly responsible for Amazon’s AI assistant revealed
  • Amazon lights up Sidewalk, its wireless IoT network
  • Stop pretending Apple and Amazon’s Bluetooth networks can’t be abused
  • Amazon introduces upgraded Echo Show 8, Echo Show 5, and the all-new Echo Show 5 Kids
  • Google goes nuclear against Roku by adding YouTube TV to the main YouTube app
  • Google adds Entertainment Space to Android tablets
  • Family Broadcast feature comes to Google Assistant
  • Google Assistant will sing you a song about getting vaccinated
  • iOS 14.6 lets you use an email address to put AirTag and other items into Lost Mode
  • How to pair a PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X Controller with iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV
  • Apple’s HomePod now lets Siri handle Deezer music requests
  • HomePod still available for purchase two months after being discontinued

Links for the show