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Shortcut Debuts A Siri-Like App For The “Internet Of Things”

Addicted to home automation and other web-connected gadgetry, such as Lockitron or Unikey door locks, Nest or EcoBee smart thermostats, Belkin wemo switches, Dropcam, Fitbit, Jawbone, Sonos and more? Then you’re going to like this: A recently launched mobile app called Shortcut is offering you a …

Crowdfunded Gadgets That Talk To Your Home And Charge Your Phone With Wind Power

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research, a technology, media and telecom advisory firm, and founder of Backerjack. He blogs at Techspressive. Each week, Backerjack shares three tech-related products seeking funding.</i><p><b>Talk to your home and have it listen and respond with …

Canary Smart Home Security Shows Off Its Smartphone App For The First Time

Canary has had a big year. After smashing through its Indiegogo campaign goal and picking up an extra $10 million in VC funding, the company is nearly ready to ship its home security product.<p>Due to a couple of hurdles, Canary units won’t arrive until “this summer,” but to tide us over, the team has …

Smart Kitchen TV

Smart Kitchen TV is a concept design that merges LG Electronics’ smart TV and projector technology. It brings home the smart media technology that …

Review: Favi Audio+ wireless speaker

The Audio+ uses what Favi calls "Set to Connect" technology. This means that users don't need to plug their phone into the speaker or pair it via …

Nod smart ring is a wearable remote control

Ex-Google engineer Anush Elangovan does not lack ambition for his invention, Nod.<p>The $150 (£89) smart ring lets its wearer use a finger as an input and control device.<p>The idea is to offer more fluid and natural interactions than alternative gesture technologies, and even voice control software, …

Remote Controls

DIY security offers smarter peace of mind

Installing a home security system used to mean spending hundreds of dollars to have professionals come and hardwire your house, signing a long-term contract, then paying huge fees month after month in order to keep the thing running. Systems weren't flexible, false alarms were frequent, and if you …

Fund This: Korner, for accessible home security

Korner is a new connected security system that aims to be simple to set up and be highly affordable. Owners place a single-piece tag at the corner of …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

You can see as much from a prototype smart home recently opened by Honda in California. It features an enormous 9.5-kilowatt solar array, a …

University of California

D-Link launches a smart plug and it plans to invade the smart home

D-Link, the maker of routers, cameras and other Wi-Fi gear is following rival Belkin into the smart home with a $50 connected plug. The smart plug …

LG HomeChat Enabled Kitchen Appliances Allow You To Control Them Via Text Messages (video)

LG has this week launched a range of new products in the form of a fridge, washing machine and oven that the company has equipped with their LG …

Gear & Gadgets

LG launches fridges, washers and cookers that chat

<b>A new LG text chat service allows fridge owners to see what food is inside as well as controlling other home appliances from the company.</b><p>The app can only be used to do this in South Korea, but LG said it planned to extend it to the US and other markets at a later date.<p>Samsung has already released …

Smart Homes

Microsoft's Cortana could soon control your mood lighting

​Microsoft's Cortana may be younger than counterparts such as Google Now and Apple's Siri, but the virtual assistant already stands out thanks to some unique features. One prime example is Notebook, which the service uses to learn about your habits and keep track of your preferences. Another is the …

SAM Smart Home Automation System And Monitoring Device (video)

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to add a little home automation system to your appliances you might be interested in a new system called …

Home Automation

How to get started with home automation through Z-Wave

For many of us, smart homes seem like a far off concept from a science fiction novel set hundreds of years in the future. Imagine things like appliances that learn our schedules, lights that turn off after we leave a room, locks that can be remotely triggered to let yourself (or others) into your …

Parrot Flower Power partners with IFTTT to automate gardening

Parrot, which brings your connected home out to the garden, has partnered with IFTTT on a slew of recipes that make sure your plants are healthy no …

Gardening

How to Clean Paint Brushes

Cleaning tips that'll make your high-quality brushes last<p>If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do after a long day of painting is clean …

Four Home Plumbing Repair Tips

Never give up!<p>Slice down the side of the cap with a rotary tool and a cutting wheel. Don’t worry about cutting the plastic seal (you’ll be replacing …

Replacing a Rotted Floor Under the Toilet

For minor rot, a flange support is a quick fix<p>If you discover minor rot around the toilet flange, install a closet flange support under the flange to …

Do it Yourself Home Improvement: Home Repair | The Family Handyman

Build This Game Day Shed in Your Backyard<p>A wide-open design perfect for work and play! The large door opening on this shed gives you expandable …

Handy Home Products for Quick-Fix Repairs

Our professional carpenters, plumbers, painters and electricians tell you which products are their favorites for fixing small problems around the …

Bathtub Caulking Tips

How to achieve smooth caulk.<p>I’m always surprised when people ask, “How do you get such a smooth bead of caulk?” For me it seems easy and I usually …

How to Replace a Toilet

Tips for a trouble-free, leak-free installation<p>If you’re buying a new toilet, you need to know the “rough-in” measurement of the old one. For the …

Top 10 Household Cleaning Tips: The Tough Problems

Professional house cleaners share their best-kept secrets to save you time and effort.<p>First spread a plastic tarp on the floor under the chandelier …

Water Heater Maintenance: Extend Water Heater Life

A little preventive maintenance keeps the hot water flowing<p>Place a bucket below the discharge pipe and gently lift the lever on the pressure-relief …

How to Caulk a Bathtub

Question<p>Someone told me to fill the tub with water first before caulking. I didn't really understand the reason why. Is this advisable?<p>I don't know …

Home Improvement

Best Tools of the Pros: The Secret Weapons

Favorite tools that make jobs easier, faster and more enjoyable<p>This sharpener grinds quickly and easily without making a mess.<p>Like most woodworkers, …

How to Fix an Oversize Electrical Box Cutout

Fast fix for a common goof<p>Bevel the edge of the drywall with a utility knife. Then fill in the gap with fast-setting joint compound.<p>Spread the …