Hisense now sells an Alexa-compatible air conditioner and dehumidifier

Hisense today announced new Amazon Alexa integrations for two of its appliance products: its Wi-Fi-connected HiSmart air conditioner and HiSmart dehumidifier. The products, which are mainly controlled through iOS and Android mobile apps, can now change cooling settings, dehumidifying modes, and other features via voice, so long as you have an Echo device and sync your Alexa account to the account in Hisense’s mobile app.

It’s not a super groundbreaking development, but it goes to show you that the internet of things is a beast that spares no appliance. And the more devices Amazon can put its Alexa assistant on, the better for the company’s eventual takeover of all things physical. Soon enough, we’ll be talking to everything in our…

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Toshiba sells its electronics department to Hisense

Toshiba signed a deal today selling its television subsidiary to China’s Hisense, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The Japanese company will sell a 95 percent stake in Toshiba Visual Solutions to Hisense Electric for $ 113.6 million. Toshiba will keep a 5 percent stake.

Toshiba is struggling hard after its US nuclear department filed for bankruptcy in March. It has sold other parts of its business to stay afloat, including its dishwasher and washing machine appliance branch to China’s Midea Group. The Visual Solutions subsidiary, in particular, had reported a net operating loss of $ 54.1 million in the last fiscal year.

The company that will buy Toshiba Visual Solutions has a bit of a rumored checkered past as well. Hisense happens…

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Hisense HLTE300T hands-on review: the attention grabber

Hisense is not exactly a household name, by any stretch of the imagination. At least not to the Western consumer. To be fair, in certain markets and in specially in the TV realm, the Chinese government-owned brand is actually a rather formidable force. That being the case, we can’t and really won’t try to recommend the HLTE300T. However, it is still quite the attention-grabber. Passing by it at the IFA venue, we just couldn’t resist snapping a few shots and getting some hands-on time with it. The Hisense HLTE300T, which we really hope is not its marketing name, definitely has…

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Hisense 4K TVs look for a place to fit on crowded shelves

At CES we were quite impressed by the Hisense lineup of smart TVs, and now the company says its 2017 models are arriving at retail. The H6D, H7D, H9D and H9D Plus series cover a range of price points and sizes, with 4K models ranging from the 43-inch…
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