Smart Homes

Why Control Center no longer turns off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11

It used to be so simple: If you swiped open the iOS Control Center and tapped the Bluetooth icon, then Bluetooth would be toggled on or off. That was it, and the same went for Wi-Fi.<p>In iOS 11, tapping the same Bluetooth button doesn’t do that. Instead, the Control Center Bluetooth button …

iOS

F-Secure Sense keeps hackers out of your connected devices

Making your smart home more secure was top of mind for F-Secure with its new Sense router that boasts more security options than most 802.11ac routers. At $199 (£169), it performs adequately for speed and range, but the bang for your buck comes in securing connected devices such as phones, laptops …

Wi-Fi

Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener has iPhone-control for $138 shipped

Lowe’s is currently offering the Chamberlain Belt Drive Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener for <b>$138 shipped</b>. Regularly going for nearly $200, that saves you over $60 and is the best offer currently available. Ratings are a little light for this model, but other Chamberlain products are …

Gear & Gadgets

Philips Hue complete system review: A shining light in the smart home

In 2012 Philips launched Hue, one of the earliest examples of smart lighting, allowing for colour and brightness control from a smartphone or tablet. …

Home Automation

The best smart thermostats you can buy

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>Nest/Business Insider</i><p><b>The Insider Pick:</b><p><b>A smart thermostat can save you money and allow for easy temperature control straight from your</b> …

Home Automation

Ring Floodlight Cam review: A logical addition to any Ring household Review | ZDNet

For over a month now I've been testing Ring's Floodlight Cam. I had previously tested the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and appreciated the refinements …

Home Automation

Blossom Smart Watering Controller review

Blossom's smart sprinkler gets lost among its competition<p><b>The Good</b> Blossom's easy-to-use app helps you set a schedule for your sprinklers. Blossom watches the weather and adapts the schedule accordingly so you're not running your sprinklers in the rain.<p><b>The Bad</b> Blossom gets the smart sprinkler basics …

Automation

Green Deals: 8-pack Philips 100W LED A19 Light Bulbs $30, more

Amazon offers the Philips eight-pack of 100W LED A19 Light Bulbs for <b>$30 shipped</b>. For comparison, it previously sold for $48 and Home Depot offers a two-pack for $12. Switching to LED light bulbs delivers a longer lifespan and lower energy costs in comparison to traditional alternatives. Rated 4.4/5 …

Gear & Gadgets

LIFX Mini Smart Bulb Now Available To Preorder

Smart bulb manufacturer LIFX is now taking preorders for its new range of LIFX Mini smart bulbs which are now available from €30 for the LIFX Mini …

Home Automation

Researchers Find Vulnerability in Smart Home Control Apps

Apps used to control Wink Hub and Insteon Hub are vulnerable—the Internet of Hackable things rears its head once again.<p>We've seen many vulnerabilities in internet-of-things (IoT) devices over the past several years, but the problems can also extend to their companion mobile applications and cloud …

Information Security

Apple was Granted 36 Patents Today Covering a Futuristic Smart Home Flexible Room Control System and more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on …

Patents

Smart Refrigerators Pack Cool Features

Today’s intelligent iceboxes come with all manner of bells and whistles<p>Some may try to convince you that the stove is the star of any kitchen, but …

Luxury Homes

Get a free Google Home speaker with purchase of Alexa-compatible LG smart appliances

From October 8th to the 25th, anyone in the US of A that purchases a Wi-Fi-enabled LG home appliance will receive a free Google Home assistant, a $130 device that's often on sale for about $99. The offer is applicable to about 90 smart appliances sold by LG, including washing machines, dryers, …

Automation

Today’s best deals: Philips Hue, waterproof Bluetooth speaker, Storm Glass, wireless earbuds, more

We’ve got another killer roundup of daily deals for you on Tuesday, and it all begins with a bargain on Philips Hue bulbs that’s available only to …

Shopping

These are the latest "smart glasses" and they promise to turn your nose into a remote control

Welcome to the latest run of smart glasses that will turn your nose into a remote control for your phone.<p>"Itchy Nose" is the smart collaboration …

Remote Controls

The Black Friday 2017 Home Goods Sales You Need To Know About

From kitchen appliances to smart home tech, the savings are going to be major this year.<p>Ready to refresh your house, from kitchen to living room? Black Friday is the perfect time to re-stock every room with new appliances, technology, and decor. The shopping comparison site DealNews has rounded up …

Shopping

The Future of Technology – Robotics in the home and beyond

Introduction<p>Now that our technological level has progressed as far as it has, the greatest amount of work is being put into the field of robotics as …

Robots

WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

<b>Review</b> After <i>El Reg</i> covered the My Cloud Home file server announcement in August, WDC kindly sent me a Duo unit to try out in my home office. What I …

Home Automation

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Wink and Insteon Smart Home Systems

Rapid 7 has discovered IoT vulnerabilities within the home with two new disclosures in two different smart home systems designed to connect various …

Automation

D-Link Adds Android Support and Launches Updated App for Omna 180 Cam HD

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 26, 2017<p>/PRNewswire/ D-Link today announced enhancements to its popular Omna 180 Cam HD (DSH-C310/AN), adding Android …

Home Automation

The 4 gadgets you need to create an amazing smart home setup for under $250

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>If you’ve waited until now to start your smart home, your patience has paid off.<p>Technology has gotten better, cheaper, and smaller over the …

Home

The Philips Hue LightStrip might be your new favorite thing in the world

Everyone loves Philips Hue bulbs. What’s not to love? They’re class-leaders on every level. We recently told you about a sale on everyone’s favorite …

Home Automation

This $48 Yi Home Camera records in 1080p with night vision and motion detection

Get 1080p video recording, night vision, and a monitor for your baby at one of its lowest prices ever!<p>The Yi 1080p wireless home security camera is …

Home Automation

Talking to my thermostat feels like the future, but the present isn’t ready

Ecobee’s latest smart thermostat has Amazon’s Alexa built right in<p>For the past few months, I’ve been talking to the thermostat mounted on my wall. And, oddly enough, for the past few months, the thermostat on my wall has been talking back to me. I’ve been testing the $249.99 Ecobee4, a smart …

Home Automation

Here's how to keep up with Nest's growing smart home

Nest debuted a bunch of new devices at last week's press event -- the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor security camera, the Nest Hello smart doorbell and the Nest Secure alarm system. The Google company also reintroduced the long-anticipated Linus Lock, now called the Nest Yale Lock.<p>What was once a limited …

Home Automation

Ask an expert: 'Can I get rid of my smart meter?'

<i>I recently had a smart meter installed but have since changed my mind and would prefer to go back to my old meter. Do I have the right to do this? If I must have a smart meter, what other rights do I have as a consumer?</i><p><b>SJ, via email</b><p>The first thing to say is that you do not need to accept your …

Smart Meter

Trend alert! Stunning statement light bulbs you won’t want to hide under a shade

One costs just £3!<p>Blame the hipsters, but lighting these days is all about daring to bare… your bulbs. It all started in those trendy …

Home Automation

Open your door with just a touch using the $210 Kwikset Kevo

This smart lock offers multiple ways to get into your home without a key while keeping it secure when you're away!<p><b>Update:</b> The last deal we shared on …

Home Automation

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

<b>Pros</b><p>Elegant design. 24/7 live video with 4K sensor, HDR, and close-up tracking. Weatherproof with IP66 rating. Two-way audio. Person …

Home Automation

Electronic outdoor lock tattles on thieves

Locking your outdoor gear up certainly helps keep it from getting stolen, but guess what – <i>thieves may still go after it anyway!</i> That's where goLock's …

Home Automation