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Behold: The Alexa-enabled smart home controller of your dreams

The ability to control all of your connected devices from your smartphone is great. The ability to control all of your connected devices with your …

Smart thermostat buying guide

While heating and cooling setups can vary a lot, most US homes rely on some sort of heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) to help keep indoor temperatures in check. Your thermostat acts as the main point of access for this system, allowing you to determine when and at what …

Home Automation

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, …

Smart Homes

New 2D perovskite cell could slash the cost of solar

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have come up with new perovskite technology that could dramatically increase the efficiency and …

Clean Energy

Apple’s website now has a useful list of smart home gadgets that work with HomeKit

Apple’s list of HomeKit-compatible devices just got a whole lot better. While Apple has offered a list on its website that tracked which devices work with HomeKit, the new version (as first spotted by <i>9to5Mac</i>) is far more useful. It now sorts products by category instead of brand, and notes whether …

Home Automation

Hardware 101: Smart Irrigation Controllers

Let’s say you already have an automatic sprinkler system—but it’s not too smart. Even when it’s pouring outside, the control box doesn’t have a clue; …

Apple HomeKit: What Is It, and How Do You Use It?

As Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home have shown, the ability to control your home with simple commands is no longer the stuff of sci-fi or limited to …

Hardware 101: Smart Doorbells

We’re not saying you’re lazy. Who wouldn’t want to see who’s at the door without even getting up off the couch? And maybe even be able to unlock the …

Smart Homes

​Smart home, smart lock, smart deals

From Home Deals: A smart lock can be your first step into a smart home. Here are the best deals out there on smart locks<p><i>Welcome to Home Deals, where we pick out the best deals on things you need for your home, garden and beyond. Like our cousin,</i> the Cheapskate<i>, we'll give you a regular selection of</i> …

Home Automation

Smart Homes Hit 13 Million, Up 56%; On Way To 46 Million

A lot of the creating of a smart home for a consumer is hardly a do-it-yourself proposition.<p>It looks like the most consumer satisfaction in smart …

The Flir FX Security Camera and Apps Will Keep You Covered

You may primarily know Flir from its Flir One thermal camera — the one that attaches to the back of your iPhone or Android phone. Alongside its companion app, the Flir One translates thermal energy into real time color images that let you identify obstacles and danger spots in the dark — and even …

Sevenhugs made a smart remote that's truly universal

Those "universal remote controls" that only control your home entertainment center? They might need a new name. Meet the Sevenhugs Smart Remote, which controls not only your TV but also your Nest thermostat, Philips Hue lights, Sonos speakers and, well, nearly 25,000 different connected devices. …

The product that stole the show at CES 2017 didn’t even have a booth

As Quartz’s time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas comes to a close, we have rounded up CES’s best phones, TVs, concept cars, and miscellany. Rather than being focused on breakout gadgets, this year was especially homogenous, dominated by similar products competing in a few categories: …

Amazon Echo

Remodeling 101: Smart Light Bulbs

We’ve been spotting so many “smart” light bulbs on the market that we were inspired to take a closer look. There is a dizzying array of options, it …

6 key tips for keeping hackers out of your smart home

If forecasts and research firms have it right, pretty much everything in your home might soon be connected to the internet, from your fridge to your …

Information Systems

What Smart Homes Will—And Won’t—Do In 2017

Rosie the Robot won’t be moving in quite yet, but virtual assistants and other tech will make life easier and entertain us more than ever.<p>Of all the tech industry’s current obsessions, smart homes might have the biggest gap between fantasy and reality. We’ve been dreaming of a home that runs …

Smart Homes

Xperia® Ear – Official Website

Xperia® Ear<p>(00 reviews)<p>Always updated<p>Your Xperia Ear knows when you’ve placed it in your ear, and will automatically turn on to deliver the latest …

Consumer Tech

Tesla and SolarCity made this whole island solar-powered in under a year

Tesla and SolarCity’s union is still very fresh, but the combined companies are already highlighting what they’ve been able to accomplish even just as partners. The SolarCity blog details a project in which SolarCity power generation and Tesla Powerpack-based storage helped the small island of Ta’u …

Tesla

40 fun Google Home Easter eggs to try

Google Assistant, the brains of Google Home, is packed full of humor (just like Amazon's Alexa assistant). Here are 40 fun Easter eggs to try with Google Home.<p>When compared with Amazon's Echo, Dot and Tap speakers, Google Home ($129.00 at Dell Home) is missing some of the flair. It doesn't have …

Smart Homes

5 Of The Best Home Automation Products - Sublime Technologies

The Internet of Things appears to be growing at a rapid rate, with many tech analysts speculating a 15-20% growth in the industry this year, with a …

Best Smart Lights for Your Home

<i>Best overall:</i> Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit<p>The Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit comes with everyone you need to get the basic …

Inside an Apple smart home

Ever since I saw Disney’s Smart House in 1999, I’ve dreamed of a home that cleans itself and cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’re not there yet, but Apple’s HomeKit and Home app gets us (me) a bit closer to that dream.<p>Apple is racing against Amazon and Google to try to get the masses to adopt …

Home Automation

These smart lights work with Amazon Alexa

Amazon offers an affordable way to start building out a voice-activated home automation system for your house or apartment with their Amazon Echo and …

Home Automation

Z-Wave smart-home gadgets announce new IoT security standards

Poorly secured IoT devices were largely to blame for last month's massive internet outage. Now, the makers of devices that broadcast using Z-Wave are shoring up their defenses.<p>Less than a month ago, hackers took control of an ocean of unsecured connected home devices, then essentially crashed the …

Home Automation

Top 15 Green Home Improvements and their Costs – DIY Green Living Ideas

Home energy efficiency is both a journey and an objective. The objective is as simple as going Green. You optimize the resources of your home while …

List of supported apps for Google Home at launch

Google Home is launching on November 4th and with it will come support for several core apps in the Android ecosystem. Here's a peek at everything …

Here’s a rundown of Google Home-compatible devices

In November 2016, Google entered the smart-home fracas with the aptly-named Google Home, a connected speaker built to compete with the Amazon Echo …

Home Automation

With these gadgets, you can turn your rental into a smart home

IT executive Matt Klaus has what one might call a smart apartment (a-smart-ment?). In the past two years, Klaus has installed a smart thermostat system to control the temperature in each room, a wireless sound system that’s connected to the internet, and security cameras whose footage can be viewed …

Home Automation

How to Have High-Speed Wireless Throughout Your Luxury Home

Keep every room in your estate—or apartment—connected to quality internet<p>There are few things more frustrating in life than a weak wireless signal …