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This super-insulated concrete "cabin" hides a surprisingly cozy interior

Brutalist-inspired architecture is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when imagining cozy countryside cabins, but two daring designers …

Architecture

9 futuristic home gadgets that will simply blow your mind

When was the last time you got a smart gadget for your home? Apparently, home automation device sales are on the rise! People seem to be adapting to …

Smart Homes

Netgear is releasing its Arlo security light to catch intruders on your lawn

If it wasn’t for those meddling smart lights...<p>Netgear’s Arlo security light has a release date, after being announced late last year alongside other products in the company’s Arlo home surveillance lineup.<p>It retains the IP-65 weather resistance and rechargeable battery seen in all other Arlo …

Smart Homes

Google Wifi Network Check can test the speed of all your connected devices

You won't have to bother with individual speed tests anymore.<p>As more electronic devices add Wi-Fi connectivity, you might have trouble pinpointing the problem if one of your gadgets has a slow internet connection. An update to Google Wifi's Network Check feature can help you with that …

Wi-Fi

The Best Smart Locks of 2018

Keys are so 20th century. A connected lock offers both security and flexibility, letting you control access to your home with your phone. And …

Home Automation

Amazon Echo or Google Home? For U.S. households, that's changing

SAN FRANCISCO — Almost 20% of Americans will use a smart speaker at least once a month this year, a surprisingly fast uptake for a technology that's just three and a half years old.<p>Digital research firm eMarketer estimates 61.1 million Americans will use a smart speaker in 2018, or 18.7% of the …

Smart Homes

Building Is A Science. This App Lets Architects Study It

Want to observe how a building–or its occupants–really behave? The architecture firm Kieran Timberlake has an app for that.<p>In the summer of 2015, when the architecture studio Kieran Timberlake moved into its new office space in Philadelphia, the firm became its own science experiment.<p>Kieran …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Nest’s Temperature Sensor is now available

Preorders have already shipped, but now, you can buy the Temperature Sensor directly<p>Nest’s Temperature Sensor was announced back in March and preorders started shipping last month, but now it’s finally available to buy outright, via <i>Android Police</i>.<p>Each sensor costs $39, or you can pick up a …

Home Automation

My Logitech Harmony remote is one of the best purchases I've ever made

I have what I like to refer to as a piecemeal smart home. I'm fairly certain I'm not alone here and have different bits and pieces from various …

Home Automation

You Should Get an Electronic Leak Sensor

Leave them by your water heater, your kitchen sink, or anywhere else you’d prefer to keep dry.<p>What's worse than a water leak? A water leak you don't know about that keeps getting worse, unbeknownst to you. Affordable, Wi-Fi equipped leak monitors allow you to plug in a sensor around your washing …

Add Kwikset’s HomeKit-enabled Touchscreen Smart Lock to your door for $162.50 (Reg. $220)

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Amazon is currently offering the Kwikset Premis Touchscreen HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock for <b>$162.60 shipped</b>. Normally selling for …

The 5 Best Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature when no one is home to save you money every season. It can save energy and may even help …

Home Automation

Steel Frame and Wood Frame: The Benefits of Dry Construction Systems

You have to consider many factors when designing an architectural project in order to ensure quality and value. The construction technique is in most …

Smart thermostat buying guide - CNET

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

SimpliSafe and August Lock integrate smart locks with security systems

Your smart lock now comes with a smart security system. On Tuesday, April 10, security firm SimpliSafe announced a new partnership with smart lock …

How to stream music on a schedule with Alexa Routines

Once limited, Alexa Routines can now control your home and stream music on a schedule.<p>A few months ago, Amazon rolled out one of the larger feature updates for Alexa speakers to date: Routines. This lets you automate lights and other connected devices on a schedule, or lump multiple commands into …

Smart Homes

Here are the five things I learned installing a smart mirror

I recently received a review unit of the Embrace Smart Mirror. It’s essentially a 24-inch Android tablet mounted behind a roughly 40-inch mirror. It works well when third-party software is installed. Here’s what I learned.<p><b>It’s impossible to get a good photo of the smart mirror</b><p>I tried a tripod, a …

Android News

Smart Garage 101: Your guide to garage door gadgets

Garage Door

The best smart smoke alarm

<i>By Jennifer Pattison Tuohy</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>Wirecutter</i><i>. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>It's hard to overstate the importance of having functioning, …

Best smart home security systems for protecting your property

Stay protected and keep an eye on your home wherever you are with the latest wireless and smart home security systems<p>Thanks to fast, reliable wi-fi …

Nest Cam IQ gets an official wall mount, available to all owners free of charge

Nest has massively expanded its lineup of products this year, but one of our favorites is still the Nest Cam IQ. The company’s high-end indoor security camera can do some impressive things, like double as a Google Assistant speaker, but oddly it lacks simple things in the box, or at least, it …

Review: Yale’s Assure Lock SL is an awesome HomeKit-enabled smart lock with room to grow [Video]

When it comes to HomeKit devices, our own Zac Hall is the resident expert around these parts, but I’m doing my best to come up to speed with the plethora of options available. I recently took my first stab at installing a smart lock, the 3rd gen August Smart Lock, only to later find out that it …

Building the smart home of your dreams is easier than you think — here are 6 simple ways to get started

Before we knew how connected homes would come together, the prototypes seemed far-fetched and way too complicated.<p>Fortunately, building a smart home today is not nearly as intimidating or overwhelming as it initially seemed. It's easy, especially if you start small and build little by …

Review: Eve Button Offers Quick Physical Controls for Activating Your Favorite HomeKit Scenes

Elgato has been making HomeKit-enabled "Eve" Bluetooth accessories for several years now, and the company now boasts an impressive lineup that includes a range of sensors, switches and smart plugs, and motion detectors.<p>Eve Button, Elgato's newest product, is a simple little three-gesture switch …

Home Automation

How to Set Up Wireless Speakers for the Best Sound

If you want to get the best sound out of your wireless speakers, you’ll need three things: a tape measure, your favorite music, and your ears.<p>As our …

Fortnite for iOS generated over $1M of in-app purchases during first 3 days on the App Store

Last week, Epic Games officially launched its popular Fortnite game on iPhone and iPad. While the game itself is free, there are a slew of in-app purchases available to users. New data from Sensor Tower indicates that Fortnite gamers spent over $1.5 million on those in-app purchases…<p>The analytics …

Robots break new ground in construction industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a teenager working for his dad's construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, …

Robotics

Expert Advice: Three No-Fail Color Palettes for Walls, Ceiling, and Trim

Never underestimate the power of paint—a fresh coat goes a long way toward reframing a space without the time or commitment of a remodel. But …

Wake up lights give you more energy all day long, and Amazon has 3 models on sale for $20 or less

Waking up violently to a blaring alarm clock or a grating alarm chime blasting at full volume on your smartphone pretty much ruins your morning, or …

Best home theater upgrades from $20 to $2,500

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