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3D Print a Home Automation Switch

If you are the kind of person who won’t use cheap Sonoff modules to control AC powered devices, we don’t blame you and you should probably stop …

YouTube TV app coming soon to Roku, Apple TV, Xbox and more

YouTube TV, the $35-per-month live TV service aimed at cable cord cutters, launched in April. At the time I lauded its potential, but complained about the experience on an actual TV: namely, the need to stream using a Chromecast and a phone as the remote control.<p>Competitors in the fast-moving TV …

Amazon updates Alexa with important new smart home powers

Alexa has long been a favorite of ours in the smart home. Over the weekend, Amazon rolled out an update to the company's popular digital assistant, which makes the Alexa app a more intuitive tool for controlling your connected devices.<p>Alexa is a voice assistant built into smart speakers such as the …

Denon launches five new HEOS-equipped AV receivers

Next in the list is the AVR-X4400H. It offers nine 200-watt channels with 11.2 processing, and eight HDMI sockets with 4K pass-through.<p>These top two …

Plex becomes a low-cost, DIY streaming TV service

Plex is doubling down on its support for capturing over-the-air signals from digital antennas this morning, with the announcement that it will now not only let users record TV programs, it will also allow them to watch live TV. The result is a low-cost, do-it-yourself version of a live TV streaming …

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Essential Home is a Siri Speaker competitor that integrates with HomeKit and offers proactive information

Today the Essential Phone, built by the father of Android, went official and it’s an impressive device, to say the least. However, that’s not all the company had to announce. Along with the phone is the Essential Home, a new home assistant that looks to compete with Apple’s upcoming Siri speaker …

Nest’s latest home camera is the super smart Nest Cam IQ

Nest has a brand new security camera in their line-up, taking its place alongside the Nest Cam and Nest Cam Outdoor. The new member of the family is the Nest Cam IQ, a camera that takes its design cues from the Nest Cam Outdoor, but is made for indoor use and has new, smarter built-in capabilities …

Smart Homes

Mesh Wi-Fi Performance Benchmarks: eero vs. Google Wifi vs. Amplifi HD

Back in February we took a quick initial look at the eero Home Wi-Fi System, one of several new entrants in the burgeoning Mesh Networking industry. …

Latest Nest update adds Google Smart Lock support, improved notifications, and more

Nest has released a new update for its Android app that allows you to control the company’s products you have in your home. The update adds three new things: Google Smart Lock support; improved notification settings; and a “Works with Nest” section.<p>With the added Google Smart Lock, logging into the …

This is the most affordable robot vacuum that works with Alexa

The world got some pretty exciting news last month when iRobot announced the addition of Amazon Alexa support to two of its best Roomba robot …

Roku TVs can now detect what you’re watching on cable to see if it’s available on Netflix

Customers need to opt in for the new recognition feature<p>Televisions with Roku’s software preinstalled can now automatically detect what you’re watching via cable, satellite, or an antenna. The new feature, coming to Roku TVs as part of a the latest operating system update, is called “More Ways to …

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Sling TV's $5 Cloud DVR arrives on Android and Roku

Sling TV's Cloud DVR feature is slowly becoming available for more subscribers. Now folks who use Android and Roku devices to stream live TV can pay $5 extra a month to store 50 hours of video on Sling's servers for anywhere/anytime viewing -- half as many hours that beta testers had access to in …

Google Home is rolling out support for multiple users

It looks like Google has begun rolling a major feature to its Home connected speaker: support for multiple accounts.<p>That’s huge, because it means that more than one user will be able to get personalized responses when they ask questions about their schedule, or access their own Spotify playlists.<p>We …

Roku is the most popular TV streaming box according to the latest data

According to a report published by comScore, Roku is the market leader for TV streaming boxes and sticks in the US, followed by Amazon’s FireTV. Google’s Chromecast came in third with 8 percent of market share.<p>If you don’t already own a Roku stick, I’m sure you’ve come across one before, a digital …

How to Turn Off Your Nest When You Go On Vacation

The Nest learning thermostat can tell when you leave the house and save energy by turning off the heat or A/C. If you’re leaving home for vacation, …

The Matrix Voice is an Alexa for your Raspberry Pi

Matrix Labs just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for what amounts to an AI voice recognition system for the Raspberry Pi which allows you, a mere mortal, to make your own Alexa in your basement. Created by Rodolfo Saccoman and Brian Sanchez their first board, the Creator, fits right on …

Raspberry Pi

Home automation is a childish misuse of technology | Financial Times

Mark Zuckerberg published a video on Facebook a few months ago, showing off the artificially intelligent gadgetry he has installed in his family home …

Man Caves

Google Home welcomes 12 new partners in big smart home update

The Google Home is at last starting to fulfill its potential in the smart home. With a dozen new companies announcing integrations with its platform, the search giant has dramatically increased what its smart speaker can do.<p>Starting today, for most of these new additions, you'll be able to give a …

Dangers of buying used smart home gadgets: Why you shouldn't buy used security camera, thermostat, Amazon Echo, Google Home etc. - IBTimes India

It is important to check details, including if you are the only person who can access it, before buying a used smart gadget.<p>What if the smart LED …

No, Comcast Didn't Forget About Their 4K/HDR Set-top

What otherwise feels like an eternity ago, Comcast introduced their plans to roll out a combination 4K/HDR capable set-top box at the end of 2015 for …

Customizing Home Automation Devices With Third-Party Tools

By Erin Vaughan<p>What does the ideal smart home look like? A cup of steaming hot joe prepared for you by robots — without having to mumble at a barista …

Home Automation

Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

<b>Updated</b> So far, no patch available to the publicNest's Dropcam and Dropcam Pro security cameras can be wirelessly attacked via Bluetooth to crash and …

SkyBell HD is one of the best video doorbells for home security

<i>Pros: Easy to install, camera, no fees, good night vision, remote access, motion sensor, iOS & Android compatible, extensive integration partners,</i> …

Home Security

Soon, your Roomba will work with Alexa

If you’ve ever wanted to talk to your vacuum or create a map of all the dirt in your house, you’re in luck.<p>Earlier today, robot vacuum pioneer iRobot …

Should You Invest in a Nest Learning Thermostat?

<i>Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links.</i><p>Nest Thermostat is a “Smart Home” Device<p>There are a couple of things I usually check on before …

5 reasons even smart TV users should own a streaming box

It seems like every TV these days is smart—it connects to the internet, and gives you access to premium apps like Netflix and HBO Now. It's almost …

Here's everything the Amazon Echo can do

Smart home tech for renters: San Francisco couple shows how it’s done

The landlord doesn’t have to know a thing<p><i>Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been updated.</i><p>With so many new products launching constantly, the home tech world can be an intimidating space to navigate. But as illustrated in this story of one San Francisco couple, …

Home Automation

This Silly Button From Logitech Made My Smart Home Fun Again

I have issues with smart home technology. The promise of a <i>Jetsons</i>-style, automated living environment has never been closer, but the experience …

Home Automation

How to add value to an old home using automation upgrades

Shutterstock<p>By | Posted Mar 16th, 2017 @ 12:47pm<p>SALT LAKE CITY — While location may be a home’s key selling point, technology is likely a close …