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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 …

Hubitat makes a strong case for the cloud-less smart home hub - Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

On the most recent IoT Podcast, we talked about the Hubitat Elevation: A new smart home hub that doesn’t connect to the cloud. Instead, Hubitat keeps …

HomeKit Insider #002: How to troubleshoot Bluetooth accessories with HomeScan

Nailing down issues with HomeKit gear can be very difficult without the right tools. AppleInsider tales a look at a way to troubleshoot problems with …

Why LEDs Burn Out Too Fast

Did you know that normal LED bulbs can burn out quickly—more quickly than incandescents—when connected to dimmer switches or old wiring? I sure …

So you still aren't using LED light bulbs...

Review: Nanoleaf’s 12-sided HomeKit remote is a novel & clever way to control your smart home

Nanoleaf’s Aurora lighting panels are a fan-favorite throughout the tech community. And as they’ve grown in popularity over the past year, Nanoleaf has bolstered the unique smart home product with additional accessories. Last year they announced a new 12-sided HomeKit remote, and now we’ve gotten …

When you’re away, thieves come to play

Warm weather means spending weekends at the cabin at the lake or in the mountains, then coming home to face another work week.“Summer is when people …

The smartest locks on the block

Kwikset Kevo<p>Bluetooth Deadbolt<p><b>Cnet rating:</b> 4 stars out of 5<p><b>The good:</b> The Kevo can let you in with a single touch. The second-gen model is sleeker and better designed than before, offering easier installation and resistance against brute-force attacks. All “eKeys,” including time-restricted ones, …

Elgato unveils new portable Homekit-enabled Eve Flare smart lamp with six hour battery life

For outfitting your smart home with HomeKit-enabled devices, Elgato has been producing some of the most reliable options on the market. Its lineup of Eve devices range from the typical smart plugs and light switches to motion, temperature and other sensors. Now, the company has announced it will be …

Solar-Log pairs with Amazon’s Alexa for voice-activated solar monitoring

Solar Data Systems’ Solar-Log WEB Enerest will be compatible with Amazon Alexa’s voice service. Solar-Log WEB Enerest will allow PV plant owners to …

Smart Lock Review: Yale Assure Lock SL

I've tried several smart door locks over the years and, while such devices can be quite convenient, there are often compromises. Not so with the <b>Assure Lock SL ($169)</b> from Yale. I really liked how heavy duty and well made the equipment is. The Assure Lock SL is sold in assorted finishes (satin …

Review: Lifx Beam is a fun way to add HomeKit accent lighting to your walls

HomeKit adoption has grown swiftly over recent years, with lights of all shapes and sizes adopting the platform for smart control. In 2016, we took a look at the popular Nanoleaf Aurora light panels, and now Lifx is looking to enter the HomeKit accent lighting market with its new Beam accessory…<p>The …

Don’t Freak Out About That Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Situation

On Thursday, Seattle news station KIRO 7 published a disconcerting story. A Portland family discovered that a snippet of private conversation had …

GDPR: Google and Facebook face up to $9.3B in fines on first day of new privacy law

Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have been hit with privacy complaints within hours of GDPR taking effect Friday -- complaints that could carry fines of up to $9.3 billion in total.<p>Privacy-advocacy group Noyb.eu said the four companies are forcing people to adopt a "take it or leave it" …

Amazon Alexa recording ‘bug’ shows how little we actually know about our smart home gadgets

Yesterday, the news cycle worked overtime to first bring us the story of how an Amazon Echo secretly sent recordings of a couple’s conversations to a …

The Best Inexpensive DIY Home Security Systems

Whether you own or rent your home, a security system offers peace of mind against theft, fire and other hazards. However, monthly fees for …

HomeScan helps find signal weak spots for your Bluetooth HomeKit smart home accessories

Aaron Pearce, maker of the HomeCam and HomePass (reviewed here) apps, has today expanded his HomeKit utility suite with HomeScan, a simple app to show the current signal strength of all the Bluetooth HomeKit accessories in your home. You can quickly identify weak spots and find a better placement …

Hey Google, Happy Birthday! There’s a Party goin’ on right here …

Today, on 18th May 2016, only 2 years ago, Google Assistant and Google Home were announced at Google I/O 2016. Can you imagine, our smart little …

YouTube Music and Premium: Everything you need to know about Google’s new streaming subscriptions

YouTube’s long-rumored subscription music-streaming service is now official. Last night, the company announced its all-new YouTube Music service, which includes original audio songs and albums provided by artists and labels, artist radio channels, remixes, covers, personalized playlists, and — of …

The Google Privacy Matrix: Wanna wake up, Neo?

This should have become only one post: Google and our privacy and security. But I realized very soon too late, that such a post would be very, very …

Google and Our Privacy and Security: Red Pill

WARNING: If you’ve accidentally arrived here, without the explicit decision to take the “red pill“, please leave now! This post is a fictional story …

Google and Our Security and Privacy – Blue Pill

Welcome! Happy, you took the blue pill! This is going to be so much easier, for both of us. In this post, we are looking into how Google treats our …

Google Home's new continued conversation setting keeps the mic hot for a smoother chat

Google wants Google Assistant to be more conversational, but one of the least conversational aspects of talking to it is a necessary evil. You need to say either "Hey, Google," or "OK, Google" every time you want to give a command to your Google Home smart speaker. You primarily interact with the …

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Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. On …

27 tips, tricks and hacks for creating your very first vegetable garden

Oh, vegetable planting time! Tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin, basil and other delicious summer edibles can all be planted now.<p>If you are building your first vegetable garden, here are some tips for success:<p><b>1.</b> Put the garden near your kitchen door. That might not be the most attractive spot for it, but …

14 Amazon Shopping Tricks Everyone Should Know

1<p>You Can Trade In Unwanted Items for Cash.<p>Amazon accepts a long list of electronics (tablets, phones, cameras, video games, and more), as well books …

How to set up Routines on your Amazon Echo

In just a few short years, the Amazon Echo has gone from a random speaker that nobody knew what to do with to a staple in the consumer tech space. …

Google Assistant can now use your voice to control 5,000 devices

Google Assistant can now control more than 5,000 smart devices from 1,500 manufacturers, the company announced today. By comparison, its chief competitor, Amazon’s Alexa, is able to control 12,000 devices from 2,000 manufacturers, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat.<p>The announcement was made …

This smart water monitor dives deep into water data - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Flo gives you real-time stats for your plumbing system and the option to shut off your water remotely from anywhere you have an internet connection.<p><b>The Bad</b> Flo is expensive, and while it can tell you a lot about your water, it can’t pinpoint where a leak originated.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> If …

4 ways a smart home can deter break-ins

Leaving for a vacation can be stressful. Who's going to watch over your home while you're gone? How can you ward off people looking to capitalize on an empty house?<p>Fortunately, one of the best things to come of the rise of smart home gadgets is the DIY smart security system. You can pick and choose …