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Amazon’s open Alexa takes on Apple’s closed HomeKit initiative

Apple’s HomeKit serves as the foundation of its own unique approach to home automation technology. HomeKit is a set of software tools that developers …

Home Automation

Smart Locks and Keyless Locks Are Opening Doors to the Smart Home

With home security as the most powerful driver in the adoption of smart home systems, it’s no wonder that the world of smart locks is growing.<p>First …

Home Automation

Watch Out For iBeacon—Because It’s Watching You

It might even tell you about mayo discounts.<p>Last June, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software, sneaked something big into his Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. On a slide listing features that would debut in iOS 7, an unfamiliar word appeared: iBeacons. An iBeacon is a …

The Recipes That'll Help You Get More Blue Cheese In Your Life

Blue cheese is understandably polarizing. It's strong, stinky and to the uninitiated, can be visually off-putting. If you haven't taken your chances with blue cheese yet, you're selling yourself short. Whether it's Roquefort, Gorgonzola or Stilton, blue cheese is like a beautiful, deep well of …