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How to better secure your smart home

With the advent of gadgets like doorbell cameras, smart kitchen appliances and data-logging sensors that track your sleep, the smart home now extends to even the most intimate areas of the household. It's great for general convenience, like knowing whether you left the heater on or locked the door …

Smart Homes

Sonos has designed a $400 soundbar that harnesses the smarts of Amazon Alexa — I tried it, and it's worth every penny

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Sonos<p>Because I live in a small apartment, I've had a difficult time creating the perfect home theater setup. I don't have the space for a …

Smart Homes

Best Smart Doorbell Camera

After spending weeks testing seven popular DIY smart doorbell cameras, we think the SkyBell HD is the best one for most people due to its high-quality 1080p video, easy-to use app, and prompt response time between event and notification. SkyBell also beats others in value by offering a week of …

Smart Homes

These smart home gadgets take your new Amazon Echo or Google Home to the next level

With the delicious meals eaten, family gatherings over and the gifts unwrapped, the holiday fanfare is finally winding down. If you’re up to date with the latest technology, odds are pretty high that you found an Amazon Echo or Google Home underneath your tree. To help you get the most out of your …

Smart Homes

5 Extremely Cool Uses For the Amazon Echo With Your iPhone

If you've got an Amazon Echo and you've got an iPhone, you've got two devices that can work together to do great things!There's more to the Amazon …

Voice Activated Home Automation by using Arduino | IoT Smart Home

In recent years there has been an increase in smart home technology. Home automation has become the new trend. It allows us to control all our home …

Arduino

unique light that could change the world

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Alexa brings free phone calls to iPad

Although people most often use Alexa to ask about the weather or play music, Amazon’s smart assistant is capable of much more, including connecting with friends and family. A convenient Alexa calling feature is now available on a range of tablets, including the iPad. This allows the tablet to make …

Google Home expands free calls to the UK, live now

There are a lot of Google Home features we absolutely love, but one that many were looking forward to most was hands-free calling. After launching in the US last year, that functionality is now expanding to the UK.<p>As noted in a forum post yesterday, Google has finally flipped the switch on calling …

How to Set Up Multiple Voice Profiles on Your Amazon Echo

I love asking Alexa when my next meeting is, or what my schedule might be for the day. Up until now, there’s just one problem: my boyfriend can’t use …

Sonos will announce an Alexa-powered home theater speaker on June 6

It feels like it wasn’t so long ago when Sonos announced the excellent Playbase, but the company already has a new home theater speaker on the way. Sonos today sent out press invites to an event on June 6, with a GIF that suggests the company wants to solve the perennial problem of having too many …

Everything you need to know about the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is the biggest tech breakout in recent memory -- a voice-activated, internet-connected "smart speaker" with a built-in virtual assistant named Alexa that can answer your questions, follow your instructions and control your smart home devices. As Amazon likes to put it, the Echo is a …

Google Home or Amazon Echo? The Tides are shifting.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) Google Home or Amazon Echo, which is the best smart speaker? This question is common these days and it’s true that things are …

6 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Shoes More Comfortable, According to Podiatrists

Regardless of what kind of trip you’re heading on — a relaxing and quiet beach getaway or a week-long exploration of a few European cities — walking …

Backpacking

Blue Light Is Causing The Human Eye to Attack Itself

Not good.<p>Excessive exposure to blue light isn't great for our eyes, contributing to a slow loss of vision over the course of a lifetime.<p>Scientists …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Speaker maker Sonos goes public, but acknowledges vulnerability

Wall Street investors are still hot for music technology – at least that was the message Sonos Inc broadcast this week after its stock SONO surged 33% above its IPO price in its market debut.<p>Shrugging off lacklustre opening trading, the maker of popular, high-end wireless and voice recognition …

Santa Barbara

The best motion-activated LED lights on Amazon are down to their lowest price

There are about a million different uses for motion-activated LED lights, from automatically lighting up closets and cabinets when you open the …

Tech Trends

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. …

50 most useful Alexa skills

Out of the box, Alexa can do an impressive number of things. It can stream Amazon Music or Spotify, control your Philips Hue smart bulbs or anything connected to a SmartThings hub and integrate with IFTTT for a laundry list of other functions. You can also order millions of products off Amazon …

Smart Homes

Bluetooth security flaw requires updating to recent iOS, macOS versions

Many people are slow about updating the operating system on their phone or laptop, sometimes from fear of bugs. But a security flaw in Bluetooth requires updating to recent versions of iOS or macOS to fix.<p>This flaw could allow a hacker to access information exchanged over Bluetooth. And it affects …

Information Security

Amazon Echo Speakers Get an Equalizer

If you enjoy listening to music through your Echo smart speakers, but wish there was more control over how it sounds, you're in luck. Amazon is …

Amazon Echo

Ellumi's LEDs use light to kill household germs and mold

What if there was a way to get rid of germs that didn't require scrubbing and elbow grease? That's what lighting company Ellumi says its LED light fixtures can do. Just flip a switch, the company says, and bacteria, fungus and mold don't stand a chance.<p>According to Ellumi, its LEDs not only …

Cleaning

This Product Prioritization System Nabbed Pandora 70 Million Monthly Users with Just 40 Engineers

When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, <b>Pandora</b> employed fewer than 40 engineers. With this skeleton crew, the …

Product Management

Major TV Shootout Results: OLED And QLED Both Score Key Wins

On Sunday, internationally respected UK AV website HDTVTest held its annual TV shootout, pitting four current flagship TVs against each other before an audience of AV fans. And it’s fair to say that the results, as voted for by that AV fan audience, make for fascinating reading.<br>The shootout was …

Microsoft Whiteboard is a dead-simple way to brainstorm with your team

Microsoft has finally launched its Whiteboard app for Windows 10 devices. It’s a free tool for collaborating on ideas with as many people as you like, and it’s not half bad.<p>Whiteboard (which has been available in preview since last December) is designed for use with a stylus, so it’ll automatically …

Apps

Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest upgrade in over a decade

WPA3 certification starts today<p>Wi-Fi devices have been using the same security protocol for over a decade. But today, that’ll begin to change: the Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees adoption of the Wi-Fi standard, is beginning to certify products that support WPA3, the successor to the WPA2 security …

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.<p>They tout we’re “in control” of our …

Apps

Decorating Your Ceiling with Light Panels

4 Supposed Mosquito Repellents That Absolutely Don't Work, According to Science (and 5 That Do)

Tried a "sure-fire" mosquito repellent and still got bitten? It's not your fault.<p>It's officially summer and you know what that means: hiking, swimming, backyard barbecues...and mosquitoes. Everyone is bothered by them, but some people think they've found the perfect antidote to unpleasant and …