Domestic Technology

Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit: A smarter way to a dimmer home

Smarten up your lights without changing your bulbs.<p>Testing<p>The hardest part about setting up a Lutron starter kit is deciding which one to buy. There are currently five different configurations to choose from, each with a different assortment of in-wall switches, remotes, and plug-in dimmers. You …

Home Automation

The $30 Kitchen Gadget That Changed My Life

I’ve always envied people who can slice and dice their veggies with ease. On cooking shows, food videos, and even in my own house, so many people …

Consumer Tech

Start your smart home lighting system with the Philips Hue Motion Sensor for $20

Best Buy is offering the Philips Hue Motion Sensor in white for <b>$19.99</b> with free store pickup or free shipping on an order of $35+. That’s $20 off the original listing, $18 less than Amazon’s current price and the lowest we can find for it. Rated 4.6/5 stars by Best Buy shoppers.<p>Philips Hue Motion …

Home Automation

Nest unveils smart doorbell with HD camera

The new Hello Doorbell Camera has a microphone and a speaker for two-way audio, an LED ring that can provide some front door illumination and a 4:3 HD camera.

Home Automation

Illuminate hard to reach places with these Eufy Lumi Stick-On Night Lights

Illuminate even hard to reach places with a set of Eufy Lumi Stick-On Night Lights, which are currently 46 percent off on Amazon. These handy lights …

Home Automation

Which? smart light bulbs test exposes security flaws

<b>We’ve tested eight smart light bulbs from the likes of Philips Hue, Ikea and Hive and discovered some weak security settings.</b><p>Smart lighting lets you …

Home Automation

Automate Your Garden and Garage with These Discounted Smart Home Items

It rained. Hard. Just when you watered your plants this morning, This wouldn’t have happened if you had the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. It …

Home Automation

Control any light with your iPhone: HomeKit-enabled Koogeek Smart Socket $27

Beebo-US (98% positive feedback) via Amazon offers the Koogeek Smart Socket with HomeKit compatibility for <b>$26.79 shipped</b> when promo code <b>YUEI9X58</b> is applied during checkout. That’s good for $13 off the regular price, $2 less than our previous mention and the best available. Rated 4.6/5 stars.<p>Koogeek …

Home Automation

Vacuum cleaner, brown leather sofa and suitcase dumped in unusual location

A VACUUM cleaner, a brown leather sofa and a suitcase are among the items ditched along a narrow road.<p>Fly-tippers have also left bin bags, carpets, …

Manchester

The Washhouse

This Manchester laundromat is hiding something.<p>People passing by the Washhouse in Manchester, England could be forgiven for thinking the spot is …

Culture

Bissell 9595a Vacuum With Onepass

Bissell is a vacuum-selling vacuum cleaner that sells well in the European market. Like other big brands, Bissell 9595a Vacuum With Onepass also has …

Shopping

Nest aims to make home security a whole lot less annoying

Much like thermostats, home security systems have long been in need of a 21st century upgrade. Nest Secure takes those issues and streamlines the …

Home Security

Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

<b>Pros</b><p>Hypoallergenic design. Comes with multiple size socks. Intuitive app. Loud base station alerts.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Expensive. Sock must be within Bluetooth range …

Babies

How to link and unlink smart device services from the Google Home app

Some things seem more complicated than they should be.<p>The Google Home app does more than setting up the Google Home itself. You use it to set up …

Technology

Nest reveals new home security system, video doorbell

Alphabet-owned (GOOG, GOOGL) home automation company Nest debuts new products at a launch event.<p>The Nest Secure product family forms a full, …

Business

Social Sensing Shareable Smart Sensor (video)

A second-generation monitoring system which uses smart sensors and a companion smartphone application has this week launched via Kickstarter and is …

Home Automation

Smart Nora

<b>Pros</b><p>Pillow insert inflates to stop snoring when detected. Money-back guarantee.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Might wake you up. Can't flip or squeeze your pillow.</b> …

Sleep

Nest unveils a new alarm system, HD video doorbell, and Nest Cam IQ outdoor, a $349 camera

Home Automation

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Aren't Fully Disabled When Toggled Off in Control Center on iOS 11

Apple has confirmed that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are not fully disabled when toggled off in Control Center on iOS 11.<p>Even when toggled off in Control Center on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 11 and later, a new support document says Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will continue to be available for …

Wi-Fi

Cree 100W Replacement BR30 Floodlight LED review

Cree's new LED is a bright idea for homes with high ceilings<p><b>The Good</b> Cree's newest floodlight is one of the brightest money can buy, and it dims smoothly on a wide variety of common dimmer switches. It also offers an uptick in color quality compared with the average LED.<p><b>The Bad</b> It might not dim as …

Home Automation

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor goes official w/ facial recognition, weather proofing, $349 price tag

Nest is constantly working to improve its lineup of products, and today at an event in San Francisco the company is launching several new products, starting with the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor.<p>This new outdoor security camera pulls from the Nest Cam IQ which launched earlier this year, packing a lot of …

Home Automation

Home 3.0 Offers Powerful HomeKit Automation in an iOS 11-Optimized Package

Matthias Hochgatterer’s Home app has received a major update to version 3.0 alongside the release of iOS 11. It includes an updated UI and drag and drop support, but the biggest news with Home’s update is the way it unlocks a world of new automation possibilities thanks to iOS 11’s HomeKit …

iOS

Best smart sprinkler controller

Watering the lawn and garden is a thankless chore, and it tends to be especially wasteful if done with a hose in one hand and a beer in the other. …

Automation

Logitech Harmony’s remote and Hub bundle is just $79 in this Amazon sale

Logitech Harmony makes the best universal remotes in the world. In fact, some might say the only thing better than a Logitech Harmony remote is the …

Home Automation

ABB integrates Amazon and Sonos technology into its smart home products

<b>ABB has partnered with Amazon and Sonos to enable new functions to its home automation range of products, collectively called free@home.</b><p>ABB claims to …

Automation

Is it better to repair or replace broken washing machines?

A jet plane is landing in my laundry. Or taking off, so loud is the noise coming from my least favourite room in the house.<p>It's my 13-year old front …

Australian News

Watch Nest unveil its latest product right here starting at 9 AM PT [Livestream]

Shortly after unveiling the new Nest Thermostat E last month, the company began teasing another “big announcement” set to take place today, September 20. As nothing concrete has yet leaked, most are not certain what the company might be announcing. Thankfully Nest is livestreaming the event so you …

Home Automation

CNET: Best smart home locks of 2017

If keeping your home secure but also adding some 21st century functionality while cutting down the number of keys on your keychain are all important …

Home Automation

Take the Plunge: How to Select the Right Smart Toilet for Your Next Design

<i>In line with our</i> <i>new content direction</i><i>, Architizer is highlighting a different building-product and how to specify it. Toilets are this week’s topic. If you’re looking for the perfect toilet for your next project, search for it on Architizer’s new network marketplace for building-products. Click</i> …

United States

Father and daughter take on Godfreys over vacuum deal that sucks

The dust had barely settled on a vacuum cleaner sale when things got messy.

New Zealand News