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7 Alexa commands you're not using but should

With Alexa and the the Echo, Amazon has built a robust service that can deliver seemingly endless information and control your home. But, are you taking advantage of all it can do?<p>If you haven't yet unlocked the full potential of Alexa, these seven voice commands will get you closer. These are the …

$19 device adds motion activation to anything that plugs into the wall

Want to turn on a lamp anytime you walk into a room? Don’t want to spend a lot of money or deal with fickle smart home hubs to make it happen. …

India and Mexico Get an Early Taste of the ‘Bank of Amazon’

As Wall Street worries about someday going up against the “Bank of Amazon,” recent moves by the online shopping Goliath indicate it’s already going …

Anker’s gigantic portable battery is now smaller, lighter, and almost half the price

The PowerHouse 200 gives you 200Wh in a seven-pound package<p>Anker today announced a second-generation version of its extra-large PowerHouse portable battery that is lighter and smaller than the original, with less than half the capacity but almost half the price. The device, unveiled at CES, will be …

iDevices packed Alexa into a light switch at CES 2018

We've seen plenty of smart light switches that work with Alexa over the past year or two. Now, at CES 2018, iDevices is streamlining things with a new Wi-Fi light switch that comes with Amazon's popular virtual assistant built right in. You won't need an Amazon Echo device to talk to her -- you'll …

Smart Homes

ConnectSense’s Smart In-Wall Outlet smartens up your dumb appliances

There’s no need to buy a host of smart appliances to take your home into the 21st century. You really need only to plug your existing appliances into …

Control your outlets w/ Alexa: Etekcity 2-pack Wi-Fi Plugs $27 (Reg. $35)

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>Etekcity (99% positive feedback from 197,000+) via Amazon offers a two-pack of its Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini Outlets for <b>$26.99 …

I’ll never go back to watching TV without this $14 accessory

It might seem odd if you’ve never experienced this for yourself, but I don’t think I can ever go back to watching TV at home without the EveShine …

LG’s first 4K projector can beam a 150-inch picture onto your wall

LG claims it’s half the size of other UHD projectors<p>LG isn’t waiting until CES to reveal one of its high-end living room gadgets for 2018: it’s a 4K HDR projector. LG claims the new UHD projector is roughly half the size of competing 4K options on the market, many of which are “heavy, expensive, …

Gear & Gadgets

GE's latest smart lighting includes Alexa and HomeKit options

Creating a smart home can be a complicated affair, with myriad options for adding voice control and automation to your lights, window coverings, thermostats and more. GE wants to simplify your options (with its own branded products, of course) with some new smart ceiling fixtures, wall switches, …

Home Automation

The Second Coming Of Small Screens In The Home

Gadget makers have long tried to sell us on displays that aren’t a PC, tablet, or TV. With new products from Amazon and others, the time may finally be right.<p>Much as the watch was the first digital display to grace most people’s wrists, the alarm clock was the first digital display to appear in …

Gear & Gadgets

The best smart home devices you can buy

<i>The Insider Picks 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><i>Nest/Business Insider</i><p>The Insider Pick:<p>The smart home has grown and evolved into a major tech category over the past few years, and while …

The Best Smart Locks – And Why You Might Need One

In recent years, in the United States but also elsewhere throughout the world, smart locks have become some of the most popular home technology …

Home Automation

These $15 Plugs Turn Any Home Into a Smart House

When did everyone decide their house had to be “smart”? That’s a rhetorical question, meant to never be answered — but I remember exactly when I …

Apple HomeKit devices: great smart home appliances that work with iOS

HomeKit is Apple's attempt to bring all your smart devices together into a single connected ecosystem. In Apple's vision of the home of the future …

Home Automation

Here are the smart home devices that you should get for your parents on Black Friday

With Black Friday finally upon us and the holidays fast approaching, there's no better time to get your parents pumped about the idea of living in a …

It’s never been less expensive to fill your home with Philips Hue bulbs

Philips Hue bulbs are fantastic, but they can also be extremely expensive. As great as they are, $50 for a single LED light bulb can certainly be a …

Keep your router running when the power’s out w/ this $20 APC 125 VA UPS (33% off)

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>Today only, Newegg offers the APC Back-UPS Connect 125 VA UPS Battery Backup with 3 outlets for <b>$19.99 shipped</b>. That’s good for $10 …

The latest and greatest gadgets to give as gifts

Gift-giving season shouldn’t be confined to Christmas and birthdays, especially with tech as cool as this. There’s something for everyone in this rundown of the latest and greatest gadgets.<p>Rise and shine<p>Give your nose a reason to get out of bed with Sensorwake’s olfactory alarm clock, which emits …

Sonos One review: The best-sounding smart speaker you can buy

When Sonos released the Play:5 speaker in late 2015, the Amazon Echo was still an unproven tech curiosity. But since then, Alexa and the Echo have grown rapidly in both popularity and functionality, inspiring competition from the likes of Google and Apple. Talking to a speaker is totally normal now …

Smart Homes

Honeywell’s popular wireless doorbell ships with three buttons for $20

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 offers the Honeywell Premium Wireless Door Chime with three push buttons for <b>$19.99 Prime shipped</b>. That’s a $50 savings off …

Control just about anything w/ your phone: iDevices HomeKit Switch for $23

Amazon is currently offering the iDevices HomeKit-enabled Smart Switch for <b>$22.99</b> <b>with free shipping</b> for Prime members or in orders over $25. That saves you around $7 compared to the going rate and is $2 less than our previous mention. Over 55% of shoppers left a 4+ star rating.<p>iDevices HomeKit …

August's latest smart locks warn if you left the door open

If you've lived on this planet long enough, you've probably had that moment where you <i>thought</i> you'd closed the door on your way out, only to find out that it didn't quite shut. But how are you supposed to know if no one's at home to tell you, and even many smart locks won't fill in the gap? August …

Home Automation

6 Ways To Make Your Content More Engaging

Here’s how the story often goes: A company puts a ton of work into a piece of content. They align it with their marketing strategy, optimize it for the search engines, and publish it with great fanfare.<p>To… crickets. Okay – maybe some supportive words from colleagues. Hopefully some approving nods …

Infographics

Infographic: 5 Markets Amazon Is Charging Into

Conglomerates went out of fashion in the 80′s and 90′s thanks to a spate of asset stripping. Now they’re back in vogue thanks to the high-flying ambitions of tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, who all seem to be entering markets you’d never have predicted a decade ago. Amazon, which …

eCommerce

What is HomeKit?

If you see a "HomeKit compatible" label on the packaging of a smart-home device, that means you can control it with your iPhone or iPad. HomeKit is Apple's smart-home software. It works in the background on modern Apple devices and allows you to control your connected lightbulbs, locks and …

Playbuzz unveils a new editor for writing articles chock full of interactive content

Playbuzz helps online publishers make their content more interactive by adding elements like polls and galleries.<p>Until recently, those elements have taken the form of widgets that publishers can embed into their stories, but that’s changing with the launch of Playbuzz’s new Storytelling platform, …

Widgets

Ezviz Mini Trooper wirelessly watches over your home, up to 9 months on 1 charge

Ezviz, the company behind the very affordable Mini 360 Plus that we rather liked, has announced a new home security camera that continues its trend …

A new wave of gadgets is setting out to secure your smart home

But it's not your fault you have to worry about it in the first place<p>October 21, 2016, was a rough day on the internet. Dyn, a company that provides domain-name services, was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS). Perhaps you tried to visit sites like Twitter or Reddit and found that …

10 Ways to Use Amazon Alexa to Make Your Life Easier

Control your home by voice command.<p>Amazon’s family of Echo devices are great for playing music or settling arguments about Scrabble rules. But …

Smart Homes