Smart Homes

4 smart home projects you can start, and finish, this Memorial Day weekend

Installing a smart home device doesn't have to be a big ordeal. Most gadgets can be bought, unboxed and put in place in a day—and certainly over a …

Home Automation

Review - Koogeek Smart Socket not ideal way to enter HomeKit ecosystem

Review<p>More and more HomeKit peripherals ship each day with lighting ones being the most common —where does the Koogeek Smart Socket land on the …

Home Automation

TP-Link Smart Bulbs Get Amazon Alexa Support in The UK

TP-Link has announced that their TP-Link Smart Bulbs are now supported by Amazon Alexa in the UK with the “TP-Link Kasa” smart home skill.<p>Amazon …

Home Automation

Self-cleaning toilets and Fitbit-style beds - what's on your smart home wish list?

Self-cleaning toilets and a Fitbit-style bed, anyone?<p><b>If could create the perfect smart home what features would you choose? It could be as futuristic</b> …

Wishlist

Home is where the HomeKit wants to be

Since it first introduced HomeKit back in 2014, Apple has been dancing around the idea of the smart home and automation. Since then, it’s expanded …

Home Automation

The next-gen Ecobee4 smart thermostat is here, and Alexa is the star of the show

Alexa-enabled smart thermostats are fantastic, but they obviously have one pretty big limitation: you need an Alexa speaker like the Amazon Echo Dot …

Home Automation

The best security cameras you can buy for your home

<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>Logitech/Business Insider</i><p><b>The Insider Pick:</b><p><b>Home security cameras can keep your home safe from thieves, but they also help you keep an eye</b> …

Home Automation

You can get four of these best-selling home security cameras for the price of one Nest Cam

We love the Nest Cam, we really do. But as great as the quality is and as sleek as the interface is, $169 is a lot of money to spend on one camera. …

Home Automation

Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit

It's been a year since Apple officially launched its internet-of-things smart-home service – an event that we noted at the time was somewhat …

Home Automation

Make your TV look like this for $15

It’s pretty crazy that a single strip of tiny little LED lights can have such a profound impact on the TV watching experience. But it’s true — HDTV …

Home Automation

Helpful Home: Control Your Lights, Thermostat & Security System with the Home App

The Home app has officially arrived with iOS 10, finally letting you control all your smart home devices in one place, from light bulbs to thermostats to security systems. In order to take advantage of this application, you’re going to need some HomeKit-compatible hardware. In this article, I’ll …

Home Automation

Ikea's smart lights get voice control from Siri, Alexa and Google

Ikea has moved to improve the functionality of its line of Wi-Fi-connected lights known as Trådfri. The retailer has announced that in the coming …

Home Automation

You can now control your entire smart home with a single command

The new IFTTT Maker tier makes it possible to control your entire smart home with a single command.<p>Back in November, IFTTT rolled out one of the biggest redesigns the service has ever experienced.<p>In addition to a new site and a new look, what used to be referred to as recipes are now called …

Home Automation

This device wants to keep your home secure with just your Wi-Fi signal. (Yes, really.)

By Lee Turner<p><i>Pros: Incredibly simple set up, elegant and unobtrusive, works nicely for small apartments, IFTTT support.</i><p><i>Cons: Expensive for what it</i> …

Gear & Gadgets

Verizon may have just made the world’s most pointless thing

Someone, somewhere, deep in the bowels of Verizon’s marketing department, has apparently read a study saying that the Internet of Things is going to …

Wi-Fi

Up close with Olive & Dove's Wi-Fi camera and doorbell

Home Automation

How Amazon's Echo went from a smart speaker to the center of your home

When Amazon first introduced the Echo back in 2014, it was pitched primarily as a smart speaker, promising a way to control your music with your …

Home Automation

The Best Smart Kitchen Appliances: Here’s What’s Cooking!

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesGood news for those of us who wish a robot could do all our cooking: We’re almost there—really!—thanks to …

Home Automation

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May 24<p>scottys_hvac (Scotty's Heating & AC)<p>Share this:<p>0<p>22<p>Total Rate: 868 <i>5/5</i><p>About the Scotty's Heating & AC:

Home Automation

Samsung RF28K9380SG 4-Door Flex Food Showcase Refrigerator review

High-end looks and powerful performance from this four-door fridge<p><b>The Good</b> Samsung's four-door Food Showcase fridge looks terrific in black stainless steel, offers a compelling mix of high-end features and holds steady, accurate temperatures at all settings.<p><b>The Bad</b> The ice maker takes up too much …

Home Automation

Which virtual butler will command the servants in your smart home?

With Belkin's WeMo gadgets finally set to take orders from Apple's Siri, the smart home giants are vying for the coveted position of household butler …

Home Automation

Verizon’s SmartHub packs 4G LTE and support for smart home devices

Why it matters to you<p>Have trouble getting Verizon 4G LTE in your house? The carrier's new SmartHub router might be able to help.<p>Verizon wants to …

Home Automation

How Smart Thieves Hack Your Smart Home

For the tech lovers among us, the rapid advancements in smart home technology are exciting developments. It won’t be long until most homes have …

Wi-Fi

We talk iPhone’s 8 big price hike and our favorite HomeKit smart lights on The CultCast

This week, on The CultCast: rumors point to a big iPhone 8 price hike. What’s the max you would pay? Plus: Intel makes a huge move to push Thunderbolt into the mainstream; Ikea about to drop tons of great HomeKit gadgets on us; DJI’s Spark selfie drone is a compact powerhouse; we’ll tell you about …

Home Automation

Giving Consumers a Say

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a stunning advancement of technology. Like a lot of us, I follow it closely, and the details of how things are done …

Internet of Things

How to Build a Smart Home Entertainment System That’ll Rock Your World

fStop Images - Twins/Getty Images; realtor.comWith all the interconnected, smarter-than-smart home features available today, it makes sense that our …

Home Automation

Pizza guy or assassin? Kuna AI recognizes cars outside your home instantly

Why it matters to you<p>Artificial intelligence can identify vehicles and match them to their owners, making stranger danger a thing of the past.<p>There’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple’s HomeKit Dilemma: Building A Great Smart-Home Hub Is A Huge Challenge

A central connection point could make HomeKit more appealing to more people–but not without trade-offs.<p>If you’re planning to build a smart home around Apple’s HomeKit platform, be prepared for higher prices, more clutter, and fewer choices than other platforms.<p>That’s because unlike competitors such …

Home Automation

A smart camera that can ID your car in less than a second

Security camera manufacturer Kuna says its new software can distinguish a car's color, make and model in under a second.<p>Security camera and outdoor lighting manufacturer, Kuna, today introduced exciting new software that promises to identify a car's color, make and model in less than a second. …

Gear & Gadgets

Homes Will Get Darker as Smart Lights Screw In

On the eighth day, IKEA said let there be darkness; and there were Trådfri light bulbs. Sweden’s popular purveyor of tiny meatballs and flat-pack …

Home Automation