Consumer Tech

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; it just merrily turns on the sprinklers to water the lawn anyway. You knew it was supposed to rain—but you forgot to adjust the system’s settings.<p>You …

Smart Homes

Which smart lights should you use with Amazon's Alexa?

Alexa, turn off the Bedroom lights.<p>When you think about making your home "smarter", the first thought is usually towards the thermostat or your front …

Home Automation

What Fitbit Paid for Pebble Is Undeniably Sad

One of the biggest reasons Pebble was a damn fine smartwatch was its entirely reasonable price. Back in December, the Kickstarter success story sold …

Wearable Tech

The 15 Best Tactical Flashlights

J5 Hyper V Tactical Flashlight<p>With a bright red tail button, maximum output of 400 lumens, toothed bezel, and three light modes – this offering from …

Gear & Gadgets

Six easy ways to turn your house into a smart home

From heat and light to safety and security, you can now control everything remotely<p>about 3 hours ago<p>Nest Protect will alert you to safety issues in …

Home Automation

Which internet-only TV service should Apple device owners use?

Feature<p>People truly wanting to cut the cord now have three major internet TV services to choose from: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. All …

Apple TV

Your computer's blinking LED is actually a huge security risk

Researchers have discovered a way to hack into a computer by aiming a drone at the tiny blinking light found on most Windows desktops.<p>The espionage …

Gear & Gadgets

Galaxy S8 Plus Specs Leaked: This Is Big

One of the big benefits of designing a smartphone with an edge-to-edge display is that you can cram a big screen into fairly compact package. And it …

Samsung

Big Pharma Quietly Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-a-Day Drugs

Over the last three years, pharmaceutical companies have mounted a public relations blitz to tout new cures for the hepatitis C virus and persuade …

Health Care

How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Video Powerhouse

With Hollywood blockbuster film budgets consistently reaching north of $200 million, the film world has never been harder to break into. However, …

Gear & Gadgets

The telltale watch: Half-marathon runner disqualified following fitness-tracker investigation

New York food blogger Jane Seo’s second-place finish has been scrubbed from history after her Garmin gave her away<p>A New York food blogger has had her …

Marathons

Forget Weather Apps: Measure the Wind Yourself With an Old Electric Motor

One of the best ways to measure wind speed is to use an anemometer. You could go out and buy one, but I find it much more fun to build my own.<p>There …

Arduino

Ah, the Raspberry Pi 3. So much love. So much power ... So turn it into a Windows thin client

Using the Raspberry Pi 3 as a Windows thin client is not a new idea, but NComputing has wrapped it all up in a nice package for its target markets of …

Raspberry Pi

Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug

The newest addition to Belkin's family of smart home devices, the Wemo Mini Smart Plug ($34.99) is a Wi-Fi-enabled switch that lets you control …

Home Automation

Nintendo Switch Accessory List

The moment we have all been waiting for has arrived. In less than two weeks the Nintendo Switch will be released, and there’s a laundry list of …

Nintendo

Smart security cameras are creepy, but the Nest Cam gave me some peace of mind

For the sixth installment in our Digital Trends Smart Apartment series, we’re on candid cameras.<p>I don’t like having security cameras in my home. I …

Smart Homes

Breathtaking drone footage of dam's spillway takes you into the bowels of hell

The California rain has brought us some stunning images of spillways this month—none more captivating than the damaged wall in Oroville Lake that …

Gear & Gadgets

Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough

What I learned at Code Media<p>Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Recode.<p>In August 2011, Steve Jobs, the tech icon who disrupted a string of …

Apple TV

LG Watch Sport review: The best standalone smartwatch

When Google announced Android Wear 2.0 last May, we knew standalone/cellular-connected watches were going to be a major focus. For the last couple …

Wearable Tech

This robotic camera system can replace an entire fashion photography studio

When I was getting started as a professional photographer some years ago, I decided to work at a studio as a manager to understand the business side of things. I learned a lot in the year I spent there, but I had to quit when my boss decided to take on a massive contract to shoot clothes by the …

Gear & Gadgets

Foxshot Waterproof 1080p Mini Camera From $39 (video)

Anyone searching for a small waterproof 1080 P HD camera may be interested in the Foxshot, which is small enough to be positioned almost anywhere and …

Gear & Gadgets

The Very Best Gadgets for Life on the Road

<b>Life gets busier and busier but there’s more and more tech to make your life on the go that little bit easier. Here’s</b> <b>Skurt’s</b> <b>roundup of the best</b> …

Gear & Gadgets

Why Apple TV has repeatedly failed to take off

Apple’s 4th generation TV device now features apps that let you stream movies and TV shows. For Kiwis, it has apps for Lightbox, Netflix and …

Apple TV

iDevices Connected App Update | iDevices LLC

Dynamic Automation:<p>Set your home to play your “Movie<br>Time” scene when you turn on the TV.<p>Location Triggers:<p>Have your lights turn on when you …

Smart Homes

The LG Watch Sport is too big for its own fitness-tracking good

A good fitness tracker — if you can stand to wear it<p>If you’re considering the LG Watch Sport as a health-and-fitness tracking sport watch, I won’t blame you. But if you have small-ish wrists, I will dissuade you.<p>This new smartwatch, made by Google and LG, <i>seems</i> like it would be the platonic form of …

Wearable Tech

After reading our reviews, would you buy the LG Watch Sport, Style, or something else? [Poll]

Along with the release of Android Wear 2.0 this month, Google and LG announced two new smartwatches: the Watch Sport and Watch Style. We recently reviewed both of these smartwatches and now want to know if either of them interest you. If not, what other smartwatch (if any) are you interested in …

Wearable Tech

Battle of the wristbands: why you should pick the Gear S3 Frontier over the LG Watch Sport

Cellular data is becoming one of the newest iterations of smartwatch advancement, though companies such as Samsung have been offering at least 3G …

Wearable Tech

Why 10,000 steps might not be the right goal

For some, that standard could do more harm than good.<p>My teenage daughter swims further than most people walk in a given day. She gets up at 5 a.m. to …

Fitness

TinyLogics Memo Box Mini

The goal of every effective consumer medical product is to be that perfect balance of attractiveness, simplicity, and practicality. Even modernizing …

Gear & Gadgets

Moov Fitness Coaching Tracker App Receives Major Update

Wearable activity tracking company Moov has issued a major update to its fitness tracking app, introducing high-intensity workouts and a design overhaul to make tracking data simpler to parse.<p>Version 4 of the Moov Coach Tracker brings six new heart-rate based HIT circuit workouts that rely on body …

Wearable Tech