Smart Homes

The amazing ceiling fan trick you're not using

Your ceiling fan is something you generally regard as something that is either on — and set to one of the three or so speeds — or off. It moves the air around your house to keep it from feeling too stagnant or to help cool you off without running your air conditioning too much in the summer.<p>What …

How-To's

Quick tip: Find the hot spots in your microwave

You've probably noticed that your microwave heats unevenly. It's a frustrating little thing that makes a difference in your meal. There's a simple way to find out where the hot spots are exactly. Once you know where the highest concentration is, you can position your dish there for more even …

How-To's

Philips Hue Calla Smart Outdoor Pathway Light

Easily enhance any outdoor setting with the Philips Hue Calla Smart Outdoor Pathway Light. Just plug in this light to play with its 16 million colors …

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The Smarthome Industry Has Reached a Plateau. Here’s What’s Holding It Back

There’s a problem with the smarthome industry—multiple problems, actually. And after experiencing a huge boom over the last few years, smarthome as a …

Gear & Gadgets

Save 61% off this discreet USB wall charger and hidden camera

Home security should be a priority no matter how safe you think you are. Sometimes it’s nice to gain a little extra peace of mind, knowing you have a …

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HomePod will soon be able to make phone calls, run multiple timers at once, and more

Apple’s expected to introduce a major HomePod software update this Fall that could significantly change how you use and enjoy the smart speaker. …

iOS

Protect your home from fire and carbon monoxide while listening to your favorite tunes

<b>NEWS</b> – You probably have a smoke detector in your home, right? How about a carbon monoxide (CO) detector? Do you have an Amazon Echo in your home …

Amazon Echo

home automation: everything you need to know

Imagine always coming home to a toasty house in winter - or a cool one in summer. Imagine being able to lower the blinds on a blistering day - …

Home Ownership

Yale Conexis L1 Review | Trusted Reviews

What is the Yale Conexis L1?<p>When you think about it, keys are a rather old-fashioned approach to security. Although a proven technology, the fact …

Home Automation

TaoTronics Smart LED Floor Lamp, Works with Alexa review

<b>REVIEW</b> – I must admit that I am a fan of Alexa controlled smart devices, not only because of the smart integration but also because my kids simply …

Gear & Gadgets

This wire-free home security camera has 6-month battery life for half the price of an Arlo Pro 2

Arlo wire-free home security cameras are amazing, but they’re also amazingly expensive. Luckily there’s a ton of competition out there right now, and …

Batteries

How to keep pests out of your home

Summertime is the prime season for pest invasions. Fruit flies, roaches, bed bugs and mice can become huge problems if you're not vigilant. If little creepy-crawlies are your least favorite kind of visitor, here are some tips to keep your home pest-free, the all-natural way.<p>Fruit flies<p>Fruit flies …

Cleaning

Philips Hue introduce New Outdoor Lightstrips and More

After recently introducing a large series of new outdoor lighting products to coincide with summer (at least in the western Hemisphere), Philip Hue …

Home Automation

5 Smart Home Tricks That Are Actually Impressive

Photo: Alex Cranz, Gizmodo<p>Going to the effort of setting up a smart home just so you can turn your lights on and off from your phone may not seem …

Gear & Gadgets

Your home won’t be smart without these Home Automation Hacks

So you read our Ultimate Guide to Smart up your house and invested in the latest gadgets. Now you are all set to start automating your house.<p>Below a …

Home Automation

How to Install the Ring Video Doorbell

A video doorbell is a handy smart-home device that not only tells you when someone comes to your door, but also shows you who it is and lets you talk …

Home Security

How to Prevent Home Automation Hacking

With many home security systems on the market today, home owners are able to add home automation features. These features can automatically lock and …

Gear & Gadgets

What a streamlined HomeKit means for Apple's smart home ambitions

First announced in 2014, HomeKit is Apple's iOS-based framework for the smart home. The idea is that you'll pair compatible devices like smart lights and smart thermostats with your phone, then automate everything alongside each other using standardized controls in Apple's Home app, or by using …

Home Automation

Trying to Conceive? 8 High-Tech Fertility Monitors to Try

If you're trying to conceive and are looking to technology to help you, these are some of the most interesting fertility monitors available now.<p>PCMag …

Tech Trends

11 DIY Projects to Turn Your House Into a Smart Home

The smart home revolution definitely isn’t happening overnight. Even with a flood of new devices and platforms available, most of us are still only …

Raspberry Pi

Eight of the best ways to use voice control now

<b>Voice is the new frontier for control. Telling your tech exactly what you want it to do has gone from an unreliable novelty to a useful feature</b> …

Personal Finance (UK)

Safe online banking, smart homes and more: Tech Q&A

<b>Secure Online Banking</b><p><b>Q:</b> I need to access my bank account when traveling. How do I this the safe way?<p><b>A:</b> Online banking is a real luxury, especially when you're on the road. No one likes to check his or her balance at a service station's ATM, and things get even more complicated when you're overseas. …

Tech Trends

Senclo Fi Garage Door Controller

Price: $309Control your garage door from any location with the Senclo Fi Garage Door Controller. This fully autonomous opener offers a smarter, …

Home Automation

Home, Echo or HomePod? We roadtest three digital home assistants

The funniest story I ever heard about Siri came from a Melbourne friend who swore, hand on heart, that having dashed to her car in a rush she’d …

Gear & Gadgets

Smart home gadgets aren't foolproof, even if you skip the installation

In April my husband and I moved into a new house. It was big step for both us: our first place after moving back to the US from London and our first "suburban" home with a yard on a quiet street.<p>The previous owners had fixed it up nicely with new kitchen appliances and a few bits of smart home …

Gear & Gadgets

Smart home spending to double to $123 billion in next four years

<b>Amazon Echo (AP/Elaine Thompson)</b><p>With this much demand expected for connected products, companies will have to start working together, says research<p>Lauren Barack<p>July 22, 2018 12:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on <i>GearBrain.</i><p>Spending on smart home products will hit $123 billion by 2022 — or …

Amazon Echo

6 Smarthome Safety Features You Should Enable Right Now

Most homeowners deck out their houses with smarthome gear for the convenience and cool features, but what you may not know is that some devices come …

Home Automation

Crestron Alexa skill launches in Australia - Media Releases - CSO | The Resource for Data Security Executives

Crestron home automation systems are not limited to basic functions such as control of temperature and lighting, but also extend to motorised shades, …

Dining Rooms

5 steps to keep your smart home from being hacked

It took between 5 and 20 minutes for security researchers to hack various smart home devices. Learn from their success: there are ways to keep real …

Gear & Gadgets

Lattis Ellipse Smart Bike Lock review: Equal parts smart and frustrating - CNET

<b>The Good</b> My bike was not stolen.<p><b>The Bad</b> My phone was smashed.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The Ellipse smart bike lock has an ambitious design, but using it daily was an incredibly frustrating experience.<p>Visit manufacturer site for details.<p>Owning a bicycle brings me a tremendous amount of joy. I love the …

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