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Toronto at the centre of 'smart city' R&D with launch of new technology hub

A group of companies, including tech giants like Microsoft, is opening a new hub devoted to turning Toronto into a what it calls a "smart city."<p>The …

Smart Cities

Smarthomes of the future will feature modern technology able to detect your moods and if you're hungry

HOMES in the future will be so in tune with its owner it will be able to tell their mood, TV preferences and even if they’re hungry - due to smart …

Smart Homes

3 Google Assistant Routines you should set up right now

In just a few short years, Google Assistant has gone from a cool glimpse of the future to come to a legitimate digital helper that you can use every …

Smart Homes

Here are the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards

The best science fiction and fantasy stories of 2017<p>The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend, and last night, the organization announced the winners of its prestigious Nebula Awards.<p>N.K. Jemisin’s</i> …

Science Fiction

The best home security system

<i>By Rachel Cericola and Grant Clauser</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After spending more than 40 hours researching and …

Home Security

Another mistake, ordered Z Wave version instead of HomeKit - Home Automation

I just took delivery of my Fibaro Motion Sensor today, and was so eager to set it up and write about it. But a word of advice to you, read carefully …

Home Automation

The Best Smart Home Products to Simplify Your Life

Wouldn’t it be great if you could start your coffee maker just as soon as you hit snooze on your alarm? Well, with a smart coffee maker, that dream …

Coffeemakers

Nanoleaf Rhythm Edition review: Smart home lighting with a colorful twist

If you throw a rock in a home improvement store you’ll hit at least two dozen different home lighting solutions. There’s smart bulbs and dumb bulbs, …

Home Automation

5 ways HomePod could catch up with its rivals

The iPhone dominates smartphone sales charts. The iPad is so ubiquitous that, for many, its name is a catch-all term for any tablet. The Mac is the most desirable computer out there. But the HomePod? Not so much.<p>According to figures released this week, Apple’s smart speaker made up just a tiny 6 …

Tech Trends

Best Smart Light Switches That Don't Require A Neutral Wire

Smart light bulbs are awesome, but they aren't always an option. That's when you look to the next link in the chain and consider a smart switch. You …

Home Automation

Best Smart Thermostat in 2018

ecobee4 is the best Wi-Fi thermostat you can buy today. It not only works with additional room sensors, but it supports Apple's HomeKit home …

Home Automation

Stop bitching about smart home devices

Nest’s Internet of Things service went down and everyone freaked out<p>I get impatient when there are flight delays and when the queue to board makes as …

Smart Homes

This Recipe Guarantees Juicy Grilled Pork Chops Every Time

<b>Make the glaze:</b> Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine; set aside.<p><b>Brine the pork:</b> Place the water, brown sugar, bay leaves, …

BBQ

The Rolling Stones – every album ranked!

23. Dirty Work (1986)<p>The best moments on Dirty Work come when the atmosphere of intra-band animosity in which it was recorded is channelled into the music: One Hit (to the Body) and Winning Ugly fizz with nasty energy. Elsewhere, it’s lifeless, and the period production on Back to Zero has dated …

Hells Angels

How Savant makes a complex smart home run like a Swiss watch

Smarthome devices have come up in a sort of Wild West-like tech frontier where just about anything goes. It’s been a lawless landscape for a few …

Home Automation

Entire Nest ecosystem of smart home devices goes offline

Works with Nest... usually<p>For at least a few hours overnight, owners of Nest products were unable to access their devices via the Nest app or web browsers, according to Nest Support on Twitter. Other devices like Nest Secure and Nest x Yale Locks behaved erratically. The as of yet unexplained …

Home Automation

18 Rockers These Bands Tried to Erase

A list of musicians who either toiled in strange obscurity or are now completely ignored by their former groups.Continue reading…

Classic Rock

12 one-trick devices for the smart home owner who has everything

We often spend our time at GearBrain reporting on how the smart home can be made to work as one ecosystem. How devices talk to each other and in many …

Smart Homes

This DIY Garlic Sauce Is Way Better Than Papa John's

Papa John does not make good pizza, but he does make an addictive garlic dipping sauce. In fact, some (Virginia and myself) would say it is the only …

Seafood

The 8 features Amazon and Google must add to the Echo and Home

The Amazon Echo and Google Home are amazing devices and both have advantages over the other. In my home, we use the Amazon Echo and have them around the house and outside. I have the original in the living room, a Dot in bedrooms, my office and outside, a Tap in my woodworking workshop and Spots in …

Smart Homes

5 Great Smart Home Accessories That Work With HomeKit Using Homebridge

These excellent smart home accessories will <i>technically</i> work with HomeKit; you just need a little help from Homebridge!It's taken some time, but the …

Home Automation

Hot new home security camera also lets you control your garage door with your phone

You know the Chamberlain MyQ everyone loves that lets you control any garage door from your iPhone or Android? Well if you think that’s a cool …

Home Security

A new Wi-Fi standard could let different mesh routers work together

You’ll be able to mix-and-match router brands... eventually<p>Over the past three years, mesh routers — which allow you to combine two, three, or even more routers into a single network to blanket your home with Wi-Fi — have become increasingly popular. But they’ve all had one major limitation: you …

Wi-Fi

Could a Stranger Hijack Your Smart Home?

Voice-activated devices like Alexa and Google Assistant may be more vulnerable than we thought. So what happens when they control your whole home?<p>In a way, there was something almost quaint about the news this week that Amazon is doubling down on its smart-home endeavors by creating a line of model …

Artificial Intelligence

Sammy Hagar, at 70, still can't drive 55. Hard-rock vet to debut SoCal music, food and car festival in October

Considering how constantly busy he keeps as a musician and a multifaceted entrepreneur, it’s no surprise Sammy Hagar <i>still</i> can’t drive 55, to invoke …

Rock Music

This $60 Home Security Camera Has Some Awesome Features You Won’t Even Find on a $300 Nest Cam

This security camera is a great alternative to the popular Nest Cam models, but it’s designed with an upgraded feature you won’t find elsewhere. Find …

Genius

Ring doorbell flaw lets others watch after password changes

You'd expect a smart doorbell to instantly boot out everyone the moment you change your password, but that isn't necessarily the case. The <i>Information</i> has learned that the app for Ring's video doorbell wasn't forcing users to sign-in after password changes, regardless of how much time had elapsed -- …

Smart Homes

Let there be smart switch! - Home Automation

It’s here! I just got the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch to solve the need for a physical switch for the Philips Hue bulbs in my bedroom lamps. As …

Home Automation

How to Automate Your Home With Your IFTTT-Supported Router

I love automation; I do. I just think it’s the most fun thing ever to walk into my house and have my smart lights immediately pull up some colorful …

Home Automation

Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2018

Like all things technology touches, home security systems are evolving. There is still a need (and thus, a market) for traditional monitored security …

Home Security