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cucumber yogurt raita salad

Think of this as cucumber raita with the proportions inverted — a lot of cucumber, a smaller amount of yogurt dressing — but it’s not overly …

Recipes

indian-spiced cauliflower soup

This recipe is adapted, just a little, from Madhur Jaffrey’s excellent Vegetarian India. She has nearly three different preparations for every …

Recipes

Zaha Hadid's best buildings photographed by Hufton + Crow

<b>Zaha Hadid 1950-2016:</b> following the sudden death of architect Zaha Hadid, photographers Nick Hufton and Allan Crow have shared their favourite images …

10 Weekend Projects to Make Yours a Smart(er) Home

For the most part, having a smart home is simply a matter of energy efficiency. Sure, high-tech home automation systems and gadgets will help you save—and even create—energy, but the low-cost (or free!) DIY weekend projects can make the biggest splash. Here are 10 weekend projects and 14 quick tips …

Branto allows you to monitor your home, control your smart appliances and more

Branto has been in the making since late 2011. While we were geeking out over dual-core processors, these guys were already thinking about making what seems to be one of the most full-featured smart home products in existence. Branto really does it all, and now you can put your name to one of these …

Smart Homes

Smart Home Technology...Speed Bumps?

While more smart home technology keeps rolling out from manufacturers, some of the targeted customers are finding the systems do not always satisfy their expectations or have shortcomings. This was pointed out recently in a Wall Street Journal piece that noted the downsides of the latest smart home …

5 reasons why the 'smart home' is still stupid

For several days after I returned from my vacation, the lights in my house would automatically turn on around 6 pm and then again at 7 am. This would …

Review: iHome’s Siri-controlled SmartPlug lets you try Apple’s HomeKit platform for under $40

Smart plugs aren’t exactly new. Belkin has its WeMo platform of connected home devices including its Wi-Fi-enabled ‘Insight Switch’, an iPhone app-controlled outlet, and others have similar competing products. But iHome’s new SmartPlug is one of the first arriving for Apple’s recently launched …

Home Automation

Smarter Britain

Life in the 21st century means staying connected, living smart and taking charge of the information at your fingertips. Smart meters put the control back in your hands by showing exactly how much energy costs, in near real time. Here, discover the truth about the biggest leap forward in UK …

The YO! Home Is High on Style but Smart About Space

This convertible home concept lets you live the high life, minus the square footage.<p>The man behind Yotel and the YO! Sushi chain Simon Woodroffe is …

iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug Is Far From Perfect, But It's a Cheap Way to Give HomeKit a Try

iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug is one of the first five HomeKit-compatible devices on the market, and it's the most affordable option for Apple users who are looking to try out the company's home automation platform. The SmartPlug is a simple device that plugs right into any outlet, transforming any …

LG's new gadget lets you control home appliances remotely

LG has announced the SmartThinQ Sensor, a device that can monitor your home appliances and allow you to control them from anywhere with an app.<p>The company says its latest offering can sense vibration and temperature when attached to devices and beam those readings back to your phone.<p>For example, …

Home Appliances

LG sensor adds smarts to your 'dumb' home appliances

Sure, it's easy to find connected home appliances, but what if you want to add a dash of intelligence to many of your existing appliances (not just one or two)? LG might come to your rescue before long. It's launching a SmartThinQ Sensor which uses feedback like temperature and vibration to tell …

Invent your own smart home with new LittleBits kit

Your old appliances can now learn new tricks.<p>Looking to gain a foothold in the fast-expanding smart-home market -- and potentially save a bunch of old and unloved coffeemakers and refrigerators from the junkyard -- New York startup LittleBits on Tuesday came out with its new Smart Home Kit. The …

GE: Smart grid yields net-zero energy home

NISKAYUNA, N.Y.--General Electric unveiled a project at its research labs that will let homeowners cut annual energy consumption to zero by 2015.<p>These "net-zero energy homes" will combine on-site power generation through solar panels or wind turbines with energy-efficient appliances and on-site …

In Panasonic's smart home future, I'm wearing digital make-up

BERLIN — I entered Panasonic's IFA booth as me, a 27-year-old man, and within seconds I was transformed into a virtually unrecognizable female with …

Samsung to Roll Out Smart Home Product This Month

First came the PC, then the internet, then the smartphone and tablet. Now, technology companies want to link them all to your front door, your …

Meet the smart hubs competing to control your home

Perhaps the most overwhelming thing about the smart home revolution is the fact that so many of these new gadgets come with their own separate apps and control hubs. If you buy more than one or two, you'll end up needing a whole bookcase to store all of the blinking control centers plugged into …

Smart garden buying guide - CNET

Nature and technology don't have to exist at odds with each other. In fact, similar smart home tech that automates your thermostat or your garage door can extend outside the walls of your house, helping you make your own corner of nature thrive.<p>Smart garden and lawn care tech encompasses plant …

When Innovation in Marketing Meets Smart Homes

Smart homes are no longer the stuff of the Jetsons or early-2000s SciFi movies. Today, it’s reasonable to expect your coffee to start brewing five …

Here’s the right way to set up your smart home

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve dreamed about living in a smart home.<p>To me, that meant more than just opening an app to turn the lights on; it …

Home Automation

Quirky files for bankruptcy, will sell off its Wink smart home platform

Quirky, the New York-based developer of crowdsourced inventions and parent company of the Wink smart home platform is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure its debts, per a corporate update released today.<p>The news comes seven weeks after the departure of Quirky founder and CEO Ben …

SmartThings Hub (Second Generation) review: Streamline your connected home with SmartThings 2.0 - CNET

<b>The Good</b> SmartThings' second-gen hub is outfitted with USB ports and a Bluetooth radio (that hasn't been activated yet) for all sorts of future integrations. The related app is full of useful automations and alert settings.<p><b>The Bad</b> The app layout is so confusing that it's hard to find what you're …

A Plugged-In Home Rises in Prague

Talk to your house with these voice-activated smart-home systems

Until recently, controlling your smart home tech boiled down to apps and automation -- scheduling a smartened up lamp to turn on at sunset, for instance, or using your phone to turn it off after you've climbed into bed. But what if you could simply tell your smart home to turn it off?<p>It might sound …

Google unveils OnHub, a Wi-Fi router for the smart-home era

Google has for years tried to remake several household items, from thermostats and speakers to smoke detectors and TVs. Now, it's tackling another device lots of people have in their house: Wi-Fi routers.<p>The search giant on Tuesday unveiled the OnHub, a sleek new router that Google developed with …

Schlage's HomeKit-enabled Sense Smart Deadbolts hit preorder

Today Schlage announced that its $229 Sense Smart Deadbolts are available for preorder on Amazon, Home Depot and Build.<p>We first spied this latest Schlage creation at CES 2015 and while it doesn't deviate a lot from the brand's existing models in terms of looks, it has new tech that should make it …

Selecting a hub for the CNET Smart Home

<b>Editors' note (April 20, 2016):</b>Due to ongoing issues with performance and reliability, SmartThings' hub no longer controls the CNET Smart Home. Check out this post for more details.<p>Yep, we bought a house, the "CNET Smart Home" -- our new spot for testing out as many connected gadgets and gizmos as …

This startup's connected outlets can make your smart home even smarter

As I walk into my master bedroom, a bedside table lamp turns on. Five minutes after I exit it turns off. The same thing happens downstairs when I …