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Solar-powered cube home in Australia hovers over the landscape

Optical illusions go hand-in-hand with architecture, but this tiny cube structure by Matt Thitchener Architect truly hovers over the landscape — with …

Architecture

Jacob Jensen Design creates minimalist bathroom collection for Cotto

<b>Dezeen promotion:</b> Danish studio Jacob Jensen Design looked to modern Scandinavian design to create this minimalist bathroom collection for …

Design

GE Appliance’s new smart air conditioners work with HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant

These are the first HomeKit air conditioners sold in the US<p>GE Appliance’s smart air conditioners, which are the first to support Apple HomeKit in the US, are now available for sale. The new models — AEC08LX, AEC10AX, AEC12AX, AHP08LX, and AHP10LX — use GE Appliance’s Wi-Fi Connect technology making …

Plús Hús

If you’re thinking of joining the tiny home movement, reducing your footprint, and living a simpler life, don’t assume you have to do away with …

5 simple tech upgrades that'll make your car a lot smarter

<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>YouTube / ROAV Although I really love driving, there's little I know about cars beyond which pedals to push and how to refill the gas …

I Was a Smart-Home Skeptic — Until I Fell Head Over Heels For This 1 Smart Lamp

When I was growing up, I really loved this one Ray Bradbury short story called "There Will Come Soft Rains." It's set around a futuristic (at the time) smart home, that outlives the humans that once inhabited it and continues to function long beyond the end of the human race. While that may sound …

Smart Homes

These 3 Buttons Make Controlling your Smart Home Easier

You can buy the Logitech POP Smart Button Kit for around $60 from Amazon. Additional POP Buttons cost $40.<p>Hue Tap<p>The Hue Tap switch is a remote …

Home Automation

A biometric ring could replace your passwords, cards and keys

Smart rings aren't a novel idea: There are plenty of fitness tracking, notification-sending, payment or even protective finger ornaments around. But none have the ability to identify you and authorize your transactions wherever you go. That is, until Token hits the market. It's a biometric ring …

Credit Cards

Connect with these 35 IFTTT-friendly smart devices (pictures)

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; …

Stream Practically Anything to an Apple TV With These 5 Apps

You’ve got your shiny new Apple TV hooked up to a big display... so how do you get all the videos you own up there on screen? Easy enough for your …

Smart TV

Elon Musk Responds to Claims of Low Pay, Injuries, and Anti-Union Policies at Tesla Plant [Updates]

Tesla’s effort to bring electric cars to the world has often felt like science fiction in real life. CEO Elon Musk’s continued defense of and …

The One Gadget That Solves Airbnb Hosts' Biggest Problem

For Airbnb hosts, it’s not a matter of “if”, but rather “when”. At some point, some guest is going to try to sneak in more people or pets than their reservation allows. For some hosts, this could even be a pretty regular occurrence.<p>Of course, such gate-crashing attempts don’t necessarily mean these …

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant might have a new home soon in Sonos speakers

<i>This article originally appeared on our sister site, Sound Guys</i><p>Sonos has been a leader in the connected speaker industry for some time, but now it faces competition in that space from the likes of Amazon and Google. To confront that threat head on, the new CEO of the company, Patrick Spence, says …

Smart Homes

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

Common scenario: You buy a new laptop, thinking you'll sell, donate or hand down the old one... but it never happens. Maybe you don't want to deal with the hassles of Craigslist or Ebay, not to mention wiping all your data, reinstalling Windows and so on.<p>Whatever the case, now it's just taking up …

Linux

Chamberlain brings garage control to HomeKit at CES 2017

Chamberlain's newest gadget will put HomeKit to work in a brand new way.<p>Amazon Echo ($80 at Amazon.com) has long been able to control garage doors, but so what? The vast majority of the time you're opening or closing your garage, it's when you're in the driveway or the garage. Now, finally, Apple …

Home Automation

New iDevices Instant Switch on-wall light switch makes convenience king

The Instant Switch injects other iDevices plugs and switches with an extra measure of accessibility. But is it worth the price?<p>Over the past few years, iDevices has slowly been expanding its roster of smart home devices -- from smart plugs, to a thermostat ($60 at Amazon.com), an in-wall switch and …

Home Automation

HP's tiny Xeon-powered PC puts the Mac Mini to shame

HP has unveiled the Z2 Mini, a mini PC that packs workstation-class parts, including an Intel Xeon CPU, NVIDIA Quadro mobile M620 graphics and M.2 SSD tech. It managed to squeeze that power into a 2.3-inch-high case that's "90 percent smaller than a traditional business-class tower," HP wrote. In …

Intel Corporation

Best WiFi & Bluetooth Smart Garage Door Openers | 2018 Listings and Reviews

Smart Garage Door Openers<p>These garage door openers offer built-in connectivity. Replace your old door opener unit to enjoy all the benefits of an …

Home Automation

Google’s Wifi router is now up for pre-order

Perhaps you missed the news about Google’s new router. Wouldn’t have been hard. The company announced the thing at the same event it debuted the Pixel and its Daydream headset, so no one spent all that much time talking about the new home networking hardware.<p>If you weren’t privy to the news, by way …

Voice Bridge

Simply connect Voice Bridge to your landline phone, and to your Wi-Fi router. There is no additional equipment required, and no additional …

Can't buy a NES Classic Mini? How to build your own retro console for just £50

Like vinyl records, Robot Wars and football hooliganism, retro gaming is in the middle of a resurgence. There are reimagined consoles coming based on …

How to transfer data from a PS4 to a PS4 Pro

It’s easy, but it could take a while<p>The PlayStation 4 Pro debuts tomorrow, and although Sony may have a tough time selling the console to people who already own a PS4, that audience certainly exists. In the PS4’s 4.0 firmware, which was released in mid-September, Sony introduced an easy way of …

Best 4K TV 2018: 6 awesome Ultra-HD TVs you need to see to believe

<i>Best 4K TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar's round-up of the best 4K TVs you can buy for any budget in 2018.</i><p>There has never been a better time to …

4K Ultra HD

Bose's sound bar streams big

The Bose SoundTouch 300 sound bar offers wireless streaming and 4K compatibility in a compact form factor.<p>The competition for sound bars over $500 is heating up with the release of some excellent models recently including the Sony HT-NT5 and the Samsung HW-K850. Now, Bose is trying to get in on the …

Samsung's Dolby Atmos soundbars are ready for your living room

After announcing a pair of Dolby Atmos-equipped soundbars at CES, Samsung is finally shipping the duo in the US. The HW-K950 and HW-K850 are both available now, so long as you're willing to part with either $1,499 or $999, respectively. What are you getting for the extra dough? Samsung's HW-K950 is …

Dolby Atmos

No Nightstand? 9 Products for Bedside Organization

Nighttime storage for a cell phone, reading glasses and more<p>Those of us who live in small homes have a number of organizing challenges—and one of …

Wooden Desktop Arcade Might Be the Most Beautiful Retro Hardware I've Ever Seen

8Bitdo, the company behind those Bluetooth SNES and NES controllers that let you play classic 8 and 16-bit games without annoying wires, is teasing …

4K Resolution Rules TV Screens But Look, The Emperor Has No Clothes

The corporations that make TV screens tried to sell the world on 3D TV but the world wasn’t having it. Now they’re marketing 4K resolution and (pardon the pun) things are looking much better. Content owners like Netflix and Amazon are streaming in 4K and Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-Ray discs …

10 DIY Hacks To Improve Your Home Office

As more and more people work from home, creating a livable (and productive) workspace is an important undertaking. Recently Maxwell Ryan, CEO of Apartment Therapy, sat down with FORBES to discuss some tips for turning your home office into a personal sanctuary.<p>After being an elementary school …