With this $25 gadget, Amazon will finally get you to stop scoffing at the idea of a ‘smart home’

Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices, introduces the 'smart plug' during an event at the Amazon Spheres, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington.

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Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices, introduces the ‘smart plug’ during an event at the Amazon Spheres, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington.

Earlier this year, Amazon launched a $25 smart plug that lets you control any outlet in your home by voice with an Amazon Echo. That means you can control any lamp, appliance or anything else that plugs into an outlet by speaking a phrase to Alexa like “turn on the living room lamp,” without having to find a switch. It even lets you add other smarts, like a schedule so the light turns on and off at certain times.

It’s a really easy way to turn a “dumb” home into a smart one that you can control with your phone or by voice. You don’t need to fiddle with complicated hubs or spend too much time trying to get something to connect to your WiFi network.

If you can plug in a lamp, you can get the smart plug working. I’m going to show you how to get the most out of it.

This is the smart plug

Amazon smart plug

Amazon smart plug

It’s very simple. Think of it as a sort of adapter that adds the brains to anything you want to plug into an outlet. It will let you schedule an appliance to turn on and off at a certain time, enable you to turn it on or off even when you’re away from home and let you activate it by speaking to Alexa.

All you need to do is take the smart plug, plug in the appliance to one end —it makes the most sense with a lamp because it’s a simple on/off appliance, but you can use anything from a humidifier to a fan — and then plug it into the wall.

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Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks again, right next to a Pixel 3 this time

Although it has in the past said it’s only focusing on the high end of the marketplace with its smartphones, Google is now working on a mid-range Pixel 3 version. This device, codenamed Sargo, has been leaked a week ago for the first time, and since then we’ve also seen purported camera samples.

Today Sargo (which is going to be called Google Pixel 3 Lite) leaks again, this time in a shot in which it’s right next to a Pixel 3.

If the similarities between these two handsets are confusing to you, note that the Lite model is on the left, the Pixel 3 on the right. The Lite’s screen is marginally taller than the Pixel 3’s, as it has a 5.56″ diagonal (compared to 5.5″) and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, not 18:9.

The Pixel 3 Lite is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 SoC, and it has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (though hopefully this is just the base amount and you’ll be able to buy a model with 64GB too), and a 2,915 mAh battery. Incidentally, that’s the exact same battery capacity as the Pixel 3.

The Lite is also expected to employ the same 12 MP rear camera as its higher priced sibling, which means it would instantly become the mid-ranger with the best main snapper. On the front you’ll get a single 8 MP unit for selfies, that might be the ‘normal’ cam seen in the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. No dual selfie shooters here, though.

Obviously the Pixel 3 Lite should run Android 9 Pie, but the bad news is that it may only be offered in specific developing markets. At the rate it’s started leaking, we assume an official announcement can’t be too far off in the future. Oh, and one more thing: the Pixel 3 Lite has a headphone jack.

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Reigns Game of Thrones – HBO licensed Mobile and PC game releasing this October

Reigns Game of Thrones - HBO licensed Mobile and PC game releasing this October

Reigns Game of Thrones – HBO licensed Mobile and PC game releasing this October
Game of Thrones fans might still have a long wait until the next book or TV Season, but there’s some good news to fill the gap while you wait.

Nerial, Devolver Digital HBO has today unveiled Reigns: Game of Thrones, a new entry in the smash-hit swipe ‘em up series based on the award-winning HBO TV series.

The new Reigns: Game of Thrones release will launch on the App Store, Google Play, and Steam from just £2.99 in October and is available for pre-order now where available.

The original Reigns game released back in August 2016 and became even more wildly popular will the release of the sequel Reigns: Her Majesty last December.

And for a game which largely focuses on the player acting as the all-powerful monarch who accepts or rejects suggestions based on your swipe of a finger on the screen, it couldn’t be more perfect for a Game of Thrones-themed reskin.

Keep reading for everything we know about the game so far ahead of release.

Reigns Game of Thrones – Overview

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Nerial
Format: PC, Mobile (iOS and Android)
Release date: October 2018
Price  $3.99 | £2.99 | €3.99

Reigns Game of Thrones – What is it?

Here’s what we’ve learned from today’s announcement press release:

Reigns: Game of Thrones extends beyond the HBO® series and explores possible futures for key characters as seen through the fiery visions of Red Priestess, Melisandre.  Players can choose to rule as Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Sansa Stark, and more while changing between each king and queen to face challenges and mysteries unique to their story.

Melisandre’s flames have proven hard to decipher and less than reliable, so players may encounter stories they do not expect. Peer into the flames and you may see Cersei rebuild the Great Sept of Baelor or discover what could happen to the Seven Kingdoms if Sansa Stark married Jaime Lannister.

Players will choose characters to claim the Iron Throne while carefully navigating the complex relationships and hostile factions of the Seven Kingdoms. Employ ruthless tactics to outwit political rivals, wield impervious charm on your fickle bannerman, and maintain the balance and favor of the people to extend your reign to maybe, one day, survive the horrors of a winter in Westeros. Decide the fate of Seven Kingdoms and those that reside in your land to the soaring score of the HBO series.

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