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<b>Overview:</b> <br>Home automation is "The Internet of Things". It simply means the way all devices or appliances are networked together to provide customers …

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Google Home review: Can Google's smart speaker topple Amazon Echo and Alexa?

Home sweet Home?<p>After months of envious glances at Google Home owners across the pond, the Google Assistant-powered smart speaker has finally made …

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The Magic Door and the Potential of Voice Assistants

<b>The Magic Door is not just an interactive adventure that we can play in Alexa: it is also the perfect example that voice assistants are a world to</b> …

Amazon Echo

Mentor scale uses smarts to school home baristas

To the uninitiated, making pour-over coffee properly is a challenge. The $99 Motif Mentor scale is designed to help by using a clever combination of app connected smarts and wireless Bluetooth link to phones and tablets.<p>Born from a partnership with Perfect Company, the people behind the Perfect …

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Amazon Prime members can get an exclusive discount on Philips Hue bulbs right now

<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're an Amazon Prime member looking to expand your smart home, Philips is currently having an exclusive sale on their Hue White …

Home Automation

All the Gadgets in HGTV's Smart Home (and How to Get Them)

Consumer Tech

17 Tips That'll Make Your Energy Bills A Lot Cheaper

Save your wallet <i>and</i> the environment.<p>Posted on April 21, 2017, 21:01 GMT<p>1. Switch to energy-saving bulbs.<p>NBC<p>These bad boys are cheap, easy to get your hands on, and will save you cash in the long run. Back in the day they were ugly spirals, but now you can get energy-efficient bulbs that look just …

Home Automation

5 great home security products

This petite security camera outperformed 40 others in experts' tests. Setup is "ridiculously simple," and the device alerts your smartphone when it …

Real Estate

The best smart outdoor security cameras of 2017

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.</i><p>Security cameras aren't a new idea. For years, they’ve …

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Appy Hour: The 10 Best Apps for Your Amazon Echo or Google Home

I have to make this clear right off the bat: this blog post isn’t going to tell whether you should buy an Amazon Echo or Google Home.<p>More in line …

Home Automation

5 of the hottest devices out there are on sale at all-time lows on Amazon

We already rounded up the day’s best daily deals, but it turns out there’s plenty more out there that you need to know about. We just would be able …

Home Automation

17th-century smart lock was really smart

Think cool technology is only a recent thing? A 340-year old smart lock may change your mind.<p>As <i>The Verge</i> reports, the device in the collection of the …

Gear & Gadgets

Lutron pairs with Google Assistant to let you turn the lights on with your voice

Why it matters to you<p>With more and more homeowners turning to Google Assistant and Google Home, Lutron is getting ahead of the curve by integrating …

Home Automation

Google Home Just Gained A Major Edge Over Amazon Echo

The battle for the King of smart-home assistants is heating up and the newcomer, Google Home, just landed and uppercut that gives it a decisive edge …

Amazon Echo

10 gadgets that will do gardening and yard work for you

It’s tough to keep your yard and gardens looking their best year-round, especially when you have limited time for yard work. However, you don’t have …

Home Automation

This smart house could keep track of your health like a live-in nurse

Why it matters to you<p>Our health is one of our biggest concerns. This prototype smart home could worry about it for us.<p>When people get sick, they go …

Gear & Gadgets

Hate the Galaxy S8's unlocking options? Buy a Fitbit

The Galaxy S8's fingerprint sensor placement has some people in a tizzy. Here's how to avoid using it and still keep your device safe.<p>The Galaxy S8 …

Samsung Galaxy

OK, Google, let's put the new voice ID everywhere

Google Home knows who's talking.<p>When each recognized user speaks Home's wake words — which are "Hey, Google" and "OK, Google" — Home now switches to …

Technology

You have one day left to save big on the Nest Thermostat and the Ecobee3

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, and there are a number of different ways you can celebrate it. But did you know that there’s one thing you can do to …

Home Automation

Save the planet and save money with these Earth Day green tech deals

Saving the planet shouldn’t be something we only think about once a year, but Earth Day does give us the opportunity to scope out the hottest tech …

Home Automation

Review: Koogeek Smart Socket adapts your existing bulbs to work with HomeKit & Siri voice control

There are many ways to add HomeKit-connected lights to your home, allowing you to turn them on and off from your phone at a tap or with your voice using Siri. You can buy special Philips Hue bulbs, change wall switches with Lutron or Elgato, or plug in lamps to a smart plug socket.<p>The Koogeek Smart …

Home Automation

Control And Set Schedules For Your Garden Hoses From Your Smartphone

Switching between different watering devices in your yard or garden can be a big hassle. Maybe you have a multiple sprinklers in the front and back …

Home Automation

We are giving away connected home gadgets!

One lucky reader will take home a Harmony remote, a Logitech Pop smart button and a Logi Circle security camera to make their home a lot smarter. This promotion ends on May 4, 2017.<p>Want to build a more connected home? This giveaway is your perfect chance.<p>We've joined forces with Logitech to give …

Home Automation

What Smart Casual Dress Code Really Means and How to Wear It to Look Cool

Dress codes have their place, especially for business or special occasions. Smart and formal wear is pretty easy to make a decision on, and casual …

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The Disconnected Bulb

Apr 21, 2017 by Doug Krug<p>We’ve seen significant growth in the connected lighting space over the past few years, yet consumers still face a daunting …

Home Automation

The best HomeKit-enabled products that save energy for Earth Day

<i>From 9to5Toys:</i><p>Earth Day 2017 is upon us, so it’s time for our annual look at how you can save money by adding a few simple accessories to your home. Elgato, Philips, Ecobee and many others have released a number of products geared towards saving energy (and your hard-earned cash).<p>Chances are, as an …

Home Automation

Ads for voice assistants are here and they're already terrible

Can commercials ruin the Amazon Echo and Google Home?<p>Last week, a smirking, overeager guy in a Burger King polo and hat appeared on TV and managed to hijack countless Google Home speakers in a matter of seconds.<p>"You're watching a 15-second Burger King ad, which is unfortunately not enough time to …

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How In-Home Package Delivery Could Save E-Commerce

The makers of the August smart lock asked participants to overcome their concerns and see if they liked in-home deliveries. They really did.<p>Would you allow UPS to drop off a package inside your home when you’re not there?<p>advertisement<p>That question is at the heart of a three-month pilot program that …

Gear & Gadgets

Logitech Harmony paired with Android is the ultimate universal remote

If you spend a lot of time in the living room with a lot of entertainment devices, the Logitech Harmony system is a worthy investment.<p>I once owned a …

Home Automation

Touring the Control4 Smart Home RV

Control4, the company behind the award-winning home automation platform favored by many electronics integrators, has taken the smart home on the …

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