Newsletter: Ring ‘Upgrades’ The Indoor Cam, HomeAssistant Competes With Alexa & More

The Ring Indoor Cam 2nd Gen

(This newsletter was originally sent to subscribers on 2nd May 2023) Hi I’m Tristan! Welcome to today’s Smart Home Point newsletter. There’s a few smart home updates to discuss today, including HomeAssistant’s recent voice upgrades – and the fact that Ring subtly upgraded their Indoor Cam. News: Announcing The Ring Indoor Cam 2 (Sort Of) Ring … Read more

Here’s Why Amazon Echo & Alexa May Soon Be Subscription Only

A fake advert for Alexa Pro which covers up to 100 devices and 50 routines

You’ll own nothing, and be happy. World Economic Forum essay, 2016 Ah, subscription services. We all love them (…right?). We can now access thousands of TV shows from Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Hulu and more. We can also subscribe to receive skincare products, printer ink, regular meals, and even clean underwear! Okay, so subscriptions have gone … Read more

SwitchBot’s Hub2 Is Here (With Matter Support) – SwitchBot Just Got A LOT More Powerful

Apple HomeKit Fans Rejoice

SwitchBot kindly sent me their brand new Hub2 (and a few other products) to test out their new Matter support. It all seems really interesting, and SwitchBot have just taken a big step forward. This is because their Hub2 supports Matter over Wi-Fi, allowing them to eventually roll out Matter support to all of their … Read more

Newsletter: Hue Delays Matter Support (But SwitchBot & Nanoleaf Roll It Out) & More

A snippet from the end of March 2023 newsletter

(This newsletter was originally sent to subscribers on 31st March 2023) Hi I’m Tristan! Welcome to today’s Smart Home Point newsletter. There’s a bunch of smart home news to dive into this week, covering everything from Matter project updates to Eufy being in trouble (again) – and Ring releasing a new product with a confusing name … Read more

Amazon Echo: Transferring Music To Another Echo (Room to Room)

Echo Dot 3rd generation model, with a blue 'listening' ring after a voice command was issued.

It’s quite common to be listening to music on your Echo in one room, but you need to move to another room – and so you want to continue playing that song on the other room’s Echo. Google Home offer this with Stream Transfer, but what about Amazon? Amazon released a “transfer music” feature late … Read more

Newsletter: Ring Changes Things For The Worse (AGAIN!) & Ring’s CEO Quits

Jamie Siminoff the CEO of Ring

(This newsletter was originally sent to subscribers on 8th March 2023) Hi I’m Tristan! Welcome to today’s Smart Home Point newsletter. Today’s newsletter is a little shorter than previous ones, because not much has happened in the past few weeks… apart from Ring screwing over their customers. Again. News: “An Update to Ring In-App Features” … Read more

3 BIG Bits Of Ring News In 3 Minutes!

Me looking annoyed with the text Im not annoyed at Ring honest

Ring have announced three big bits of news at the start of March 2023: a new battery doorbell, further nerfing of Ring’s subscription-free tier, and Ring’s founder and CEO stepping down. This video takes a bitesized view of all three of these developments. The individual sections of the video are at: For further reading, please … Read more