smart home technology

China’s Airbnb Rival Looking Into Face-Scanning Smart Home Tech

China’s Airbnb Rival Looking Into Face-Scanning Smart Home Tech

Xiaozhu, an Airbnb-like service based in China, has announced that it has brought in $300 million in its latest financing round, and will use part of the capital influx to develop smart home technology, which could involve biometrics. The funding round was led by Advantech Capital and Yunfeng Capital, a venture capital firm backed by…

Samsung to Unveil Smart Speaker Next Month: Report

Samsung to Unveil Smart Speaker Next Month: Report

Samsung may unveil its smart speaker as early as next month, suggests a new report in the Wall Street Journal. Samsung first hinted that it had an Amazon Echo rival in development last summer, with its mobile head, DJ Koh, coyly stating, “Maybe soon we will announce it.” The company still hasn’t, but insiders are…