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How to get ready to pre-order Apple Watch Series 4

Time is short before you can pre-order the next-generation of Apple Watch. Apple will start taking people’s money at exactly 12:01 am tomorrow morning Pacific time.<p>If demand is as heavy as we expect, the company might run short of units available on launch day. If you delay your order you might …

Apple Watch

Home Wiring Demystified: Electrical Cable Basics You Need to Know

Before you take on your next home wiring project, arm yourself with basic information about the electrical cable and wiring that you’re likely to see.<p>…

Arduino

The Stupid-Easy Way To Clean Your Washing Machine

Yes. This is a thing you actually have to do.<p>It cleans, so you don't have to clean it, right? WRONG. Just like your towels (which BTW, you aren't washing enough), you have to keep your washing machine clean — <i>weekly</i>. And if you're doing heavy loads or washing things every day, then you may want to …

Cleaning

7 Things You Should Do When Building Your Deck

Want to avoid deck decay and enjoy your outdoor space for the rest of your days? If you use these deck building tricks during the initial build, …

The 15 Best Islands in the World

These destinations, voted tops by T+L readers, will inspire some serious wanderlust.<p>To island-hop some of the most beautiful havens in the world, …

The World’s Top 15 Cities

Ready for your next urban getaway? These thrilling destinations continue to beguile T+L readers, who voted them best above all others.<p>What makes a …

This Genius Hack Guarantees Your Phone Charger Will Never Break

Keep your cord from breaking!<p>It’s a struggle that has raged on since the invention of the cell phone. Phone chargers fray and break far more …

HomePass for iOS is a helpful HomeKit app for storing all those important setup codes

Deciding how to manage all of those eight-digit setup codes is one challenge every HomeKit enthusiast faces. Accessory makers warn that misplacing codes can make it impossible to set up devices again in the future, and not all accessories include a copy of the code on devices.<p>HomePass is a brand …

HomeKit

Bath-Fan Venting for Cold Climates

The common solutions to this ice problem are to use a higher-powered fan, use a larger-diameter, shorter duct run, and wrap the pipe with better duct …

Homecam app for HomeKit cameras gains powerful new controls, video switching on Apple TV

Homecam is a handy HomeKit app on iOS and tvOS that specializes in letting you view multiple video streams simultaneously. The latest version of Homecam builds on top of the app’s multi-feed view by adding new data layers, room control, and more to the Apple TV version.<p>9to5Mac Happy Hour<p>Homecam is …

HomeKit

iDevices smartens up ceiling fans with new switch at CES

iDevices wants to smarten up your ceiling fan, unveiling a new switch on Tuesday here at CES 2018. This Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled fan controller allows you to adjust your fan's speed and light with Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.<p>The Ceiling Fan Switch is compatible with most ceiling fans …

CES 2018: Speck Announces New Presidio Mount iPhone Case Designed to Work With Scosche Mounts

Speck today announced that it has teamed up with Scosche to create a new Presidio Mount iPhone case that is designed to work with Scosche's lineup of MagicMount magnetic mounts.<p>Scosche's magnetic mounts typically require iPhone users to attach metal mounting plates to their iPhones or iPhone cases …

CES

CES 2018: First Alert's New HomeKit-Enabled Smoke Detector Doubles as AirPlay 2 Speaker and Assistant

First Alert at CES 2018 has introduced the Onelink Safe & Sound, its latest smoke and carbon monoxide detector for smart homes.<p>iPhone and iPad users can control the Safe & Sound with Siri or Apple's Home app thanks to HomeKit compatibility. The two-in-one detector can also be controlled with First …

Apple

CES 2018: 'U by Moen' Smart Shower System Adding Support for Apple HomeKit and Siri Voice Controls

One year after being announced during CES 2017, faucet brand Moen is back at CES this year with a new announcement for its "U by Moen" cloud-based, Wi-Fi enabled shower system (via <i>CNET</i>). The company this week revealed that the smart shower will add support for Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa AI …

CES

How to make your furniture into a wireless charger

Take your wireless charging setup to the next level by buying (or embedding) wireless charger furniture!It wasn't long ago that I was absolutely, …

Tech Trends

Konnected alarm kit makes your old home security system smart

Konnected's Alarm Panel wants to make your existing wired security system smart.<p>Startup Konnected found a use for your janky old wired home security system -- to convert it into a SmartThings- or Home-Assistant-powered security system via its $69 Alarm Panel (roughly £50 and AU$90 …

How to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar

Cleaning

Half a million dishwashers recalled due to risk of fire

If you have a Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air or Thermador dishwasher, check here to make sure you don't have a faulty power cord. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall on Oct. 20 for just over 400,000 units after reports that power cords overheated.<p>There have been five …

Swidget modular plug makes your home smarter one outlet at a time

A new start-up is looking to bring a hassle-free smart home to consumers without them having to worry about rewiring. Swidget, which launched on Kickstarter this week, is a modular electrical outlet designed to turn anyone’s home into a smart one. It uses the existing wiring in your house and …

Amazon Echo

Red Dot Award Winning Tools: DeWalt Demo Hammer

A hammer designed for demolition work and remodeling.<p>SB&D recently received a 2017 Red Dot Award for its DeWalt Demo Hammer. Unlike the standard …

5 ways orange peels help your kitchen appliances

• Shine your stainless: Orange peels produce natural oils that are used in many cleaning products because the oils shine surfaces so well, especially stainless steel. You can skip the cleansers and go straight to the source, though. Every time you eat an orange, take a few seconds and use the orange …

Elgato Launches Cute Apple HomeKit-Compatible Smarthome Weather Station: Eve Degree

Elgato launched its Eve smarthome range in 2014 and it has gradually expanded since then. All the items are compatible with Apple HomeKit so you can control them using Siri as easily as from the Eve smartphone app.<p>Eve Degree is a newly redesigned version of the Eve Weather, a wireless outdoor …

Celicas, Supras and more at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum

Torrance, in south Los Angeles, has a hidden gem of an automobile museum. It's the Toyota USA Automobile Museum and it's by appointment only, so you can't just wander in off the street. But once you're inside you'll find dozens of beautifully maintained Toyotas, from reserved and sedate sedans to …

Amazon announces apprenticeship program to train veterans for high paying tech jobs

Amazon today signed an agreement with the US Department of Labor to create an apprenticeship program designed to aid military veterans as they attempt to re-enter the workforce.<p>Through ApprenticeshipUSA, veterans can take on paid internships at Amazon and learn the tech skills needed to move into …

Amazon's New Credit Card Primed To Disrupt Retail

In July 1995, when Amazon sold its first book, <i>Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies</i> by Douglas Hofstadter, few could have predicted the disruptions that would follow.<p>One-click purchasing. Drones. Amazon Prime. Amazon Go.<p>Yesterday, Amazon announced its latest benefit for Amazon Prime members: an …

Credit Cards

13 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people

All self-made millionaires had to start somewhere.<p>Much of their transformation from ordinary to seven-figure status can attributed to "rich habits," …

Five tips to speed up your Mac

The only place I like seeing a beach ball is at a beach or in a stadium during a baseball game or concert. The one place I least like to see a beach ball is on my aging MacBook Pro, where the spinning beach ball has become an altogether too familiar a sight. If your Mac has become frustratingly …

How to Defrost Your Car Windshield in Less Than a Minute

If you live in a place where it snows for three or more months out of the year, you know that defrosting car windows is not just a slight …

iOS 10 Public Beta 2 is out, here's how to get started with it!

Itching to try out iOS 10? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it!iOS 10 is coming this fall with a ton of new features — …

Beta Testing