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5 best Ways to Use your Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo can make your life easier in innumerable ways.
January 4, 2017
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5 high-tech gadgets to upgrade your next cookout
From a next-level cooler to an essential Bluetooth speaker, these devices will up the ante on any outdoor gathering.
September 23, 2016
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5 Things Every Smart Home Owner Should Have
Putting together a smart home takes time, money, patience, and a little elbow grease.
April 25, 2017
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9 Alexa tips and tricks
Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices can do more than just check the weather and sling playlists.
December 23, 2016
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9 low-cost, high-tech ways to secure your home
Technology is ever the equalizer, and this is increasingly true in the realm of home security. for most people, home security means a few good deadbolts and possibly some bars on the window. Whole-home, monitored, wired security systems that cost upwards of $50 a month (not to mention long-term contracts and multiple up-charges for installation and additional features) are an expensive option if all you want to know is if someone is in your backyard or trying to open your front door.
April 19, 2017
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9 must-know Amazon Echo tips and tricks
Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices can do more than just check the weather and sling playlists.
December 23, 2016
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10 best Alexa Skills you can use right now
Your Amazon Echo only gets smarter from here.
March 22, 2017
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10 Natives for Pollinators in Prairie-Style Gardens
Pollinators are in decline, but the right selection of plants can draw bees, butterflies, and humming birds to your yard in search of food and shelter
July 12, 2016
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10 smart light bulbs that work with Amazon Echo and its virtual assistant, Alexa
Here's how an Amazon Echo, Tap, or Echo Dot can light up your smart home.
September 16, 2016
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15-second ads coming to Amazon's Alexa
Ads at the start and end of Alexa conversations, thanks to third-party company.
May 12, 2017
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20 helpful Google Home commands to try
"OK Google, help me out!"
April 20, 2017
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22 products to make spring cleaning a whole lot easier
Put on a good podcast and get to work.
March 23, 2017
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A Bright-White Kitchen Redesigned Online
Consulting by e-mail, pin board, Skype, and telephone, a long-distance designer helps a dark but otherwise great cook space lighten up
June 9, 2016
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A free Google Home is in store for those ordering an LG G6
Although the LG G6 was announced last month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the firm wasn't quite clear on the device's price, but did offer a US release window set sometime in April. While we wait for more information, we will have to settle for a new promotional page that has surfaced on the LG website that promises a free Google Home to those that purchase a G6.
March 16, 2017
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A nanoparticle boost for solar-powered water heating
Solar energy could provide a renewable, sustainable source of power for our daily needs. However, even the most state-of-the-art solar cells struggle to achieve energy conversion efficiency of higher than 30%. While current solar-powered water heaters fare better in terms of energy efficiency, there are still improvements to be made if the systems are to be used more widely.
November 21, 2016
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A Seemingly Simple Tweak Unlocks Google Home's Full Potential
Voice-powered speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home have carved out a place on kitchen counters and nightstands in countless homes. what makes their immense popularity all the more remarkable is that they've achieved it without a key feature: Knowing exactly who's talking. that changes with Google Home's introduction of support for multiple accounts.
April 20, 2017
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A weekend with Google Home: Where's the magic?
"Sorry, I don't know how to help with that. But my team is helping me learn."
November 7, 2016
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Add Edibles to your Garden for Food–and Beauty
Colorful vegetables and fruit-bearing plants can enhance the look of your flower beds, not merely provide a mealtime bonus
June 2, 2016
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Abode home security system review: Flexible, easy to install, and readily expandable
A basic home security system that you can expand into a powerful smart home system now or later.
March 21, 2017
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Airmega 300S air purifier review: Clean air comes at a high cost
This smart air purifier monitors air quality in real time, adapts to the environment, and can be controlled with a smartphone app. But its price tag might make you swoon.
March 22, 2017
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Alexa -- and retailers -- want to get to know you better
Software giant Adobe helps Amazon's digital assistant get more personal by employing a whole lot of data.
March 22, 2017
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Alexa can now clean a floor with Neato's robot vacuum
Neato got on the smartphone connected robot vacuum train early on, so it's really only fitting that the company become the first to embrace Amazon's multi-talented home assistant. Starting this week, the company's Botvac Connected vacuum gets Alexa integration, so users can control a clean by speaking.
November 23, 2016
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Alexa now works with Sengled carbon neutral LED bulbs
"Alexa, reassure me that buying this new gadget won't harm the environment."
February 21, 2017
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Alexa's next voice control feat? Making phone calls
New Amazon devices powered by the voice assistant will support phone calls, a report claims.
March 3, 2017
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Almost six months after its announcement, Google begins shipping its $129 Home speaker hub
It's been almost six months since Google unveiled Home, its voice-activated speaker designed to compete with the Amazon Echo. the company opened pre-orders for the home hub device last month, priced at $129, and at long last, the product is now heading to customers.
November 3, 2016
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Alphabet's Nest Said to Work on Cheaper Thermostat
Alphabet Inc.'s Nest, seeking a bigger share of the connected home market, is developing a cheaper version of its flagship thermostat and new home security products, according to a person familiar with the matter.
March 8, 2017
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Alphabet's smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain
As Amazon, Apple and others tee up smart home strategies with apps, hubs and new devices, Google is also turning up the temperature, so to speak, on its own ambitions. Today, Nest – the smart home business that Google acquired for $3.2 billion a few years ago – announced at DLD in Munich that it would be expanding sales of its thermostat, camera and smoke alarm products in four more countries in Europe – Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain.
January 16, 2017
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Amazon Alexa now supports Office 365 Calendar
Amazon's connected speakers and other Alexa-powered devices now work with Office 365 calendars, Amazon announced this morning. the addition is one of several in recent weeks that sees Alexa becoming a device that can help you with work, instead of just music, entertainment and controlling your smart home.
March 6, 2017
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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover
It's a fat iPad with no battery
May 9, 2017
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Amazon Echo 101: the basics of Alexa
Amazon Alexa and Echo are one and the same, right? Sort of. not really. But yes and no. Let's break down what's what in the hottest little AI we've seen since HAL.
February 1, 2017
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Amazon Echo adds Office 365 calendar integration
Now you can add a new calendar appointment for work without getting off the couch to grab your phone.
March 6, 2017
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Amazon Echo and Google Home want to replace your home phone
Phone calls could be coming to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but the companies are currently hung up on several technicalities.
February 16, 2017
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Amazon Echo may be number one, but Google Home is quickly catching up
Amazon Echo is certainly dominating the market, but that's because there hasn't been much competition until now.
May 8, 2017
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Amazon Echo gains support for Outlook calendars
Personal calendars are officially supported, but some business calendars also work
February 16, 2017
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Amazon Echo Show has a 7-inch Touchscreen
Amazon has unveiled a new product in its Echo line of voice activated speakers called the Echo Show. the big difference between this Alexa device and the others that are already on the market is that the Echo Show has an integrated 7-inch touchscreen and is sort of a mash up of a tablet and the Echo speakers.
May 10, 2017
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Amazon Echo Show: Alexa-powered touchscreen speaker launches June 28
$230 device makes video calls, shows smart camera feeds, and helps you shop.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon Echo smart speaker with video screen is in the works?
One of the hottest tech devices of the last couple of years has been the Amazon Echo smart speaker. the device is powered by the cloud based AI assistant dubbed Alexa by the online retailer. Alexa has been so popular that Motorola is going to include it on some of its Moto branded handsets this year.
April 27, 2017
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Amazon Echo speakers obey TV's command to buy a dollhouse
Alexa doesn't discriminate. If Amazon's smart speaker hears its name, it will respond to the voice talking to it–even when that person isn't really there.
January 9, 2017
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Amazon Echo versus Google Home: Which works best with Philips Hue
Making the lights dim when you proclaim "It's movie time" to everyone in your house is kinda awesome.
March 21, 2017
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Amazon Echo versus Google Home: Which works best with your Apple products?
Need help deciding between Amazon Echo and Google Home? If you're an Apple product user trying to choose your in-home voice assistant, this one's for you!
May 9, 2017
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Amazon Echo's Alexa now works with your Office 365 calendar
Amazon Echo is getting even friendlier for anyone who depends on Microsoft to manage their calendars. After extending Calendar support for Outlook accounts earlier in February, Amazon Echo's Alexa now supports Office 365 calendars as well (via TechCrunch).
March 6, 2017
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Amazon Echo's new 'Computer' wake word lets you fulfill your Star Trek fantasies
Echo still can't make hot Earl Grey, alas.
January 24, 2017
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Amazon introduces new Echo Show with a touchscreen and ability to make calls
This morning, Amazon introduced its next-generation Amazon Echo device, the Echo Show. as expected, the new smart speaker includes a touchscreen, and will allow users to make phone calls over the internet. with the screen, Echo users will have a new way to interact with Amazon's AI personal assistant Alexa. the new model takes on the form factor of an office intercom instead of the tall cylinder design seen with the current version of the Echo.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon is courting Alexa developers with free AWS services
Most Alexa developers incur costs, but don't have a way to make money.
March 15, 2017
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Amazon is working on its own home security camera
An image of it is sitting right on Amazon's servers
March 2, 2017
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Amazon launches Echo Show with video chat
Your relationship with Alexa just got a lot more personal.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon launches Echo Show with video chat
You're relationship with Alexa just got a lot more personal.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon launches Echo Show with video chat
You're relationship with Alexa just got a lot more personal.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon makes It Easier to Locate Alexa Skill Builders
By all accounts, if you listen to the majority of the media, Alexa is a bonified hit for Amazon. And, as such, one would expect the online sales company to rest on its laurels. Whether or not Alexa's popularity was a shock to Amazon -- considering the company thought its Fire phone would be a mass market hit -- the company is not taking Alexa's adoption casually.
February 3, 2017
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Amazon plans to release new Alexa devices that can make phone calls and work as intercoms
Alexa is popular, but daily usage is key.
March 3, 2017
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Amazon unveiled an Alexa shopping machine for your kitchen
At $230, it's the most expensive Alexa device yet.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon unveils free calling and messaging with Alexa Calling
Hands-free voice calls and messages are coming to Amazon Echo speakers.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon v. Apple: Home game grudge match
When will Apple take on Amazon in the smart home?
January 23, 2017
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Amazon's Alexa Calling feature doesn't let you choose who can contact you
Shortly after revealing the new touchscreen-touting, Alexa-enabled Echo Show, Amazon announced a new service called Alexa Calling & Messaging that lets users send audio messages and place calls using Alexa-enable devices and the Amazon Alexa app.
May 12, 2017
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Amazon's Alexa gains support for Outlook calendars
Personal calendars are officially supported, but some business calendars also work
February 16, 2017
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Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically
Ability to screen callers, block people Coming Soon™
May 12, 2017
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Amazon's Alexa will place that annoyingly long Starbucks order for you
Starbucks now lets you order through its Alexa assistant and iPhone app, which means less time waiting in line to get your name spelled wrong.
January 30, 2017
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Amazon's Echo calling doesn't let you block people
The new Alexa feature has some major privacy flaws
May 12, 2017
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Amazon's 'Echo Look' could snoop a lot more than just your clothes
The new Amazon Echo Look seems like a logical enough extension of Alexa, the company's AI-powered digital assistant. Previously, Alexa lived inside speakers. Now, it's in a camera. that progression belies just how much more the Echo Look could know about you than other Alexa hardware does--especially if Amazon ever unleashes the full power of its machine learnings smarts.
April 28, 2017
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Amazon's Echo Show could disrupt enterprise-class unified communications
Low-cost device will eventually enable workers to connect email, calendars, video and voice calls
May 11, 2017
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Amazon's Echo Show is a giant phone for your kitchen counter
The $230 device includes a built-in touchscreen that can be used for video calls and checking security cameras.
May 9, 2017
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American Homes Double as Bug Retreats
More than 600 types cohabit with people in their living space
November 3, 2016
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Another shakeup at Nest as [some] software responsibility heads to Google [Update]
Nest sends some platform engineers over to Google to help with Google Home.
August 30, 2016
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Anova Ticks Off Customers by Requiring Accounts to Cook Food Using the App
Being able to control devices in your kitchen via your phone is convenient, at least that was the case for owners of the Anova Precision Cooker. But many of those consumers say a recent update to the sous vide cooker's app requires them to create an account and share personal information with the company in order to use all of the features of the device.
April 12, 2017
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Apple announces new IoT app called Home
Now you can tell Siri to stay home and cook dinner, and she will.
June 13, 2016
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Apple debuts a new Home app website to show how its devices work in a smart home
Apple is touting the home automation capabilities of iOS and Apple TV on a newly updated website for its HomeKit software and its related Home app. the page now includes a new 45-second video that demonstrates the Home app for iOS 10 in action, showing a woman operating a range of devices from her phone, including the Honeywell Lyric Round thermostat, Kwikset smart lock, and iHome smart plug.
March 2, 2017
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Apple home hub rumor roundup
Apple's been working on bringing Siri and HomeKit Hub functionality fully into the living room for years, but what will they release and when will they release it?
April 27, 2017
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Apple Wants to Get Inside your new Home Before you Even Buy It
In a darkened master bedroom, David Kaiserman stood in shirtsleeves next to a turned-down king bed. "Good morning, Siri," he said to the iPad in his hand, and the lights went on while the blackout shades retracted.
October 19, 2016
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Apple's HomeKit is still working on the basics
Apple never shows up to CES, but the last couple years, it's still managed to have a quiet presence through HomeKit. That's true this year, too, but it's been really quiet, failing to drum up anywhere near the excitement of something like Amazon's Alexa.
January 5, 2017
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Apple's intelligent assistant plans shouldn't just echo the Echo
Opening up Siri would accomplish more than releasing a device like Google Home or Amazon Echo.
May 27, 2016
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Apple's website now has a useful list of smart home gadgets that work with HomeKit
Apple's list of HomeKit-compatible devices just got a whole lot better. While Apple has offered a list on its website that tracked which devices work with HomeKit, the new version (as first spotted by 9to5Mac) is far more useful. It now sorts products by category instead of brand, and notes whether or not the devices are actually available for purchase or not (along with links to purchase those that are).
March 13, 2017
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Appliances on Line
Frankly, this site isn't much to look at, but to be fair, what appliance store is? Still, it promotes small appliances and electronics such as kitchen tools, household gadgets and entertainment units.
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Become that nosy neighbor you always wanted to be with the Netatmo Presence
There's a fine line between security and being creepy and I think the Netatmo Presence is on the right side of things. this porch light/security camera melds the best of an automatic LED floodlight with an outdoor webcam, offering you a way to keep tabs on things even if you don't want to leave the relative safety of your basement bunker.
October 17, 2016
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Behmor Brewer review: a connected coffeemaker for coffee geeks
Wi-Fi connectivity and a smartphone app help deliver a precisely calculated brew.
July 8, 2016
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Best color LED smart bulbs
Today's color-tunable bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.
October 14, 2016
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Best internet-connected security cameras
Always have a watchful eye on what matters most, no matter where you are, with these great security cameras.
June 1, 2016
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Best smart home gadgets: Awesome gifts for high-tech homes
It's crazy that smartphones and social media apps get all the press. If you really want to explore cutting-edge tech, you'll look into smart home gadgets, which deliver surprise, delight, and utility in spades.
November 22, 2016
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Best Wall Outlets with Charging Ports
What's the best wall outlet with USB ports?
April 26, 2017
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Best Wall Outlets with USB Charging Ports
What's the best wall outlet with USB ports? we rounded up seven awesome options.
April 26, 2017
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Best white LED smart bulbs
Color smart bulbs are fun, but white bulbs are a lot more practical. We'll help you find the right one.
October 30, 2016
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Bialetti Cold Brew Coffee Maker review:
Bialetti's pitcher makes powerful cold brew in your fridge
April 7, 2017
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Bixby can live in your Samsung refrigerator now
Back when Bixby was announced alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung made sure to let us know that it won't be a feature exclusive to its smartphones. Little did we know that the first product that will receive Bixby, other than its newest flagship smartphones, was going to be a refrigerator.
May 15, 2017
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Black & Decker adds Wi-Fi to a slow cooker
Slow cookers can be the culinary savior of a busy person -- you throw in your food, let it cook all day while you're away and come home to a hot meal. Black & Decker wants to add even more convenience with the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity in its new six-quart slow cooker.
March 19, 2017
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Online advice on how to use the window blinds for wise home improvement solutions and sun protection.
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Building Conversational Apps Using Actions on Google and API.AI
At the Amazon re:Invent conference, Amazon announced Lex, a deep learning service that is based upon the technology used by Alexa in Amazon's portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Echo speaker. Shortly after Amazon's announcement, Google introduced Actions on Google which allow developers to build Google Assistant-based conversational apps, including integration with the Google Home device.
December 25, 2016
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Canary debuts Flex cam suited for your living room and your lawn
The $199 security cam is weatherproof and much smaller than the original.
September 20, 2016
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Canary Flex security camera review: the perfect companion to the original Canary
But if you're not already vested in that ecosystem, there are better outdoor security cameras.
December 19, 2016
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Canary spreads its wings with a weatherproof security camera, new accessories and services
The battery-powered Canary Flex can operate truly wire free, and a new membership benefit could reimburse up to $1000 of your insurance deductible in the event of a break-in.
September 20, 2016
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Carpet Cleaning and Water Damage Restoration in West Palm Beach
My Steam Masters provides high quality yet affordable carpet cleaning for residential and commercial owners in West Palm Beach. Contact us today for all your service needs!
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Ceiling fans
Ceiling fans provide a welcome breeze on a hot summer's day and also help to circulate warm air inside the home during winter. with an extensive range of ceiling fans available for perusal on their website
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Changing Alexa's Wake Word
If you're not totally enamored with the default "wake word" for your Alexa device you can change it. Amazon currently offers three options: Alexa, Amazon, or Echo. In the future, Amazon plans to allow custom wake words.
January 17, 2017
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China is going to help iRobot sell more robo-vacuums
The company reported more profit than expected.
April 26, 2017
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City Sues Star of HGTV's 'Rehab Addict' Over Un-Remodeled Home
The premise of HGTV's Rehab Addict is simple: the show's star, and home remodeler Nicole Curtis buys a historic home in Detroit or Minneapolis that has been ravaged by years of neglect and returns it to its former glory. But nearly five years after purchasing one Minneapolis property, the city is suing Curtis, claiming she hasn't done the work, resulting in complaints from neighbors and piled-up bills.
March 22, 2017
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Clever Finds from the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Show
See 33 of our top picks for these frequented rooms
June 7, 2016
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CNBC and other partners make Google Home more useful
With outside partners offering news, movie advice and remote control of cars, Google's smart speaker is becoming a better alternative to Amazon's Echo.
December 16, 2016
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Code reuse exposes over 120 D-Link devices models to hacking
A vulnerability in a service shared by many D-Link products allows attackers to take over cameras, routers and other devices
July 7, 2016
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Come Home to Google's new personal assistant
Up until now Amazon has had a free reign of the market for home assistants thanks to the success of Alexa. It was time to get some competition, which tends to make things better all around and few companies are more capable than Google.
October 4, 2016
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Connecting Alexa to Calendars other Than Google
By default, Alexa connects to Google Calendar to read upcoming events, manage diary entries. In fact, currently this is the only option that Alexa provides.
January 26, 2017
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Control your Lights from Across the Room with These Remote Outlet Switches
You can't control these semi-smart power outlet switches with your phone, or automate them with IFTTT recipes like you can with Belkin's WeMo line, but you can control them from across your house with a remote control, and they're incredibly affordable today.
July 6, 2016
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Control your smart home automation with Home Remote for Xbox One
Want to control your Philips Hues or smart thermostat from your couch? There's an Xbox app for that.
September 2, 2016
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Could this patent reveal a Samsung Bixby dedicated device that will rival the Google Home and Amazon Echo?
With its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, Samsung introduced its newest take on a smart assistant -- Bixby. it's nothing much right now, but the company is pretty convinced that it will become a valuable feature on its products in the near future -- a notion that is evidenced by the very fact that Bixby has its own hardware button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
May 11, 2017
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Craftsman's new Toolboxes can be Unlocked with a Smartphone
Tools are expensive, but so is having to replace your rolling tool chest, because you misplaced its key in your workshop and had to physically cut the lock open. So Craftsman's new Pro Series storage units feature Bluetooth-connected locks that can be opened and secured using an app–just don't lose your smartphone.
July 26, 2016
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Creating a Backyard Pond
Dan Gibbon may have spent the last three and a half decades around Wisconsin's flat farmlands, but the lapping waters of Lake Superior, where he grew up, were always on his mind. So recently he got out the shovel and started making a pond.
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D-Link DCS-8200LH HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera review: An all-seeing eye for large spaces
With its ultra-wide-angle lens, D-Link's HD 180-degree camera can take in more of a room from a fixed position than other cameras.
February 1, 2017
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D-Link Omna review:
D-Link's HomeKit camera is nothing to write home about
March 1, 2017
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D-Link sells first Apple HomeKit security camera
The camera with a 180-degree wide-angle lens costs $199.95 from the Apple Store.
February 15, 2017
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D-Link's Omna, the first Home-Kit security camera, is now on sale
This smart camera can show you a live feed right on your iPhone lock screen.
February 15, 2017
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Developers will be able to build interfaces for the Echo Show soon
Amazon's new Echo Show doesn't run traditional apps, it's based on Alexa "skills," just like the Echo and other Alexa devices. But Amazon is going to add some new functionality to its Alexa Skills Kit for developers so they can add more visuals and interactivity to their skills on the Echo Show.
May 9, 2017
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Dirror's touch mirror brings Windows 10 to your walls
Do-it-yourself smart mirrors have become sort of a thing on the internet recently, but one company is serving up ready-made digital mirrors that should appeal to Windows fans. German company Dirror is selling what it claims is the "world's first digital mirror," with Windows 10 powering all of the smarts inside.
January 30, 2017
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Don't run commercials designed to trigger smart assistants
A well-known fast food chain -- let's call them Kurger Bing -- is debuting a new 15 second ad today set to start running nationally. It starts off simply enough, some dude standing behind the counter of an otherwise empty "restaurant,'' addressing the camera. He explains that he doesn't have the time to fully explain an iconic hamburger to you. Ad time isn't cheap, even for a successful fast food joint. So he's got an idea.
April 12, 2017
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Door and window locks are less carbon-costly and more effective than burglar alarms and CCTV, a new study finds
A new study, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. this is because they are not only more effective at preventing crime, but also more environmentally friendly, having a much lower carbon footprint than other measures, such as burglar alarms or CCTV.
March 13, 2017
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Dyson's new $600 Smart-Fan Heats, Cools, and Purifies Air
The smartphone is a perfect example of a streamlining multiple gadgets into a single device that improved functionality, and took up less space. you no longer need to carry a separate digital camera, MP3 player, and cell phone, and with Dyson's new Pure Hot+Cool Link is a fan, a heater, and an air purifier all at once.
August 23, 2016
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Easy Turf
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eBay's new Google Home chatbot can tell you how much your stuff is worth
If you want to start cleaning out your junk drawer, ask Google Home for the value of what you want to sell.
March 8, 2017
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Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat: Everything you need to know!
I am here for this Alexa-integrated ecobee4 smart thermostat!
April 24, 2017
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Ecobee4 versus Nest: Which smart thermostat should you buy?
Should you buy the ecobee4 Smart Thermostat or the Nest Learning Thermostat? this guide can help you decide!
May 10, 2017
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Ecobee's new smart thermostat has Alexa built in
Ecobee has unveiled its latest smart thermostat, and it boasts the intelligence of Alexa.
May 3, 2017
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Electrolux Masterpiece Blender ELJB74D9PS review:
Electrolux's so called Masterpiece Blender still needs some work
March 18, 2016
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Electrolux says its new dishwasher dries dishes exceptionally well
Sorry, but your old dishwasher stinks at drying dishes. at least that's what Electrolux would have you believe. According to the appliance maker, its new $1,099 Electrolux Dishwasher dries kitchenware the right way.
January 10, 2017
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Elgato Avea Bulb review: a novelty bulb, through and through
This LED bulb is great for mood lighting, but it's not so good at lighting a room.
October 14, 2016
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ElliQ is a friendly looking Amazon Alexa for the elderly
The ElliQ is a new product from Israeli startup Intuition Robotics that aims to help take care of elderly family members, allowing them to continue to live at home even as they grow older.
January 12, 2017
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Energy-Generating SolarGaps Smart Blinds a Renter's Dream
He who can install solar paneling, does; he who cannot, Kickstarts energy-generating solar panel window blinds.
May 15, 2017
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Everything you need to know about the Google Home app
This relative newcomer to Team Google has turned into an essential application for managing several core services.
March 2, 2017
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Extreme yard care! Lifted lawn tractors are a rabbit hole of DIYers
Hybrids? Diesels? 30 MPH? YUP.
March 17, 2017
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EZVIZ Husky review: this weatherproof camera gives you an eye on the outside of your home
EZVIZ brings the easy setup and operation of the Mini indoor camera to its high-res outdoor model.
January 16, 2017
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Ezviz Mini 360 Plus review: this little security camera covers a lot of ground
Thanks to its pan-and-tilt and motion-detected tracking features, not much will evade this camera's eye.
March 28, 2017
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Facial recognition door lock shows huge potential of Windows 10 IoT Core
If you're looking for just a small glimpse at the possibilities enabled by Windows 10 in the Internet of Things (IoT), look no further than this door security prototype built by Microsoft researchers. the prototype security setup uses facial recognition as a security tool for locking and unlocking the door, only unlocking for authorized users. you can see the mechanism in action in the video below.
July 15, 2016
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Finally, Windows 10 on a refrigerator door
To the thousands, nay, millions who were holding out for a Windows 10 fridge before upgrading, we've got some pretty great news straight from the IFA show floor. Granted, it's still just a prototype with no firm release date, but here you go. LG put a fully functioning Windows 10 tablet on the door of a fancy new icebox.
September 2, 2016
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First Alert Onelink Environment Monitor brings Alexa and Siri into your child's bedroom
First Alert's Environment Monitor wants to keep your child safe and comfortable. It monitors temperature, humidity, and carbon monoxide and connects to your Wi-Fi network so you can check on any of the three via the First Alert Onelink app when you're out and about. Now, you can even check on your child's room with your voice.
January 3, 2017
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FluxSmart Bluetooth LED Light Bulb review: a fun light to be sure, but it's not bright enough on its own
You'll encounter lots of features here, but if you're looking for a light to read by, look elsewhere.
October 14, 2016
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Forget about keys and open the front door with your smartphone like a boss with these 5 smart locks
Unlocking your car doors with your smartphone sounds rad, right? the next logical step on your way to 2017 technological supercoolery is entering or locking up your house or office using just an app on your phone or tablet, secured with all sorts of mechanisms — from lock screen codes or patterns to biometric security like fingerprints and iris scanning.
March 8, 2017
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Fremo Evo Battery Base for Amazon Echo Dot review:
This simple battery pack gives the Echo Dot a portability upgrade
March 14, 2017
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Google announces new smart home integrations for Google Assistant
Best Buy Insignia, LIFX, TP-Link and Wink are the latest brands to become compatible with Google Assistant.
March 28, 2017
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Google Assistant reviews and what they mean for Google Home
Assistant needs to grow fast for Google Home to be great.
October 28, 2016
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Google Assistant's shopping lists are moving to the Home app today
See ya, Google Keep
April 10, 2017
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Google cooks up a tasty update to Home with step-by-step recipe instructions
Choose from more than 5 million dishes from Bon Appetit, the New York Times, Food Network, and others.
April 26, 2017
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Google has completely messed up Assistant's 'shopping list' feature
I don't have Google Home or Google Express. Why make my experience worse?
April 11, 2017
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Google Home + Google Wifi now available in the UK
Price starts at £129 for both devices from Google's store and retail partners.
April 6, 2017
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Google Home adds support for Logitech Harmony, August locks and more
A slew of companies are announcing new-found compatibility with Google's Home hub this morning, including August Home smart locks, Logitech's Harmony line and light bulbs from TP-Link and LIFX. the announcements come as the company works to bolster its smart home presence in the wake of big pushes by Amazon and Apple.
March 28, 2017
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Google Home and Amazon Echo Do Record You, and Here's Why
If you're an avid Google Home or Amazon Echo user, you should know or already are aware that both of the home assistants can and do record your voice. They're listening, and they're definitely keeping track of what's been said. this isn't a new concept or anything like that. your internet history and activity online is recorded every time you visit a site, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the 'always-listening' devices in your home are retaining some of that data.
December 5, 2016
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Google Home and eBay can tell you how much that's worth
The two companies demo eBay's new Shopbot, a digital "concierge" for shopping, at Google's cloud conference in San Francisco.
March 8, 2017
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Google Home app for Android: Everything you need to know
The Google Home app is for more than the speaker.
January 25, 2017
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Google Home app hints at multi-user support
A new card in the app's Discover tab says multiple users are now supported... but they aren't yet?
April 10, 2017
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Google Home brings iDevices into its smart home family
iDevices outlets, sockets and switches now play nice with all three major smart home assistants -- Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
May 9, 2017
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Google Home can now buy stuff for you on command
Now you can ask Google Home to order things from Walgreen's, Costco, or Toys R Us through Google Express.
February 16, 2017
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Google Home can now order you pizza (and do other, lesser things)
More than 30 organizations – including Domino's Pizza, WebMD and Tripadvisor – bring new functionality to Google's smart speaker.
December 16, 2016
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Google Home can now recognize different users by their voice
As many as six people can have accounts on one Home device.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home can now recognize individual users by the sound of their voice
An inevitable but important step forward for smart home hubs
April 20, 2017
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Google Home can now tell users apart just by their voice
Now up to six people can train Google's voice appliance to recognize them.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home expands its mind with more than 30 new services
Now you can talk about news, food, and health with your voice-activated roommate.
December 16, 2016
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Google Home gains Belkin WeMo support
As the proud owner of an Amazon Echo (and Echo Dot), I often like to show it off. My favorite demonstration is using the internet-connected voice assistant to control a lamp in my home. Like a giddy kid, I tell guests to prepare to witness magic. Then, I say "Alexa, turn on the lamp." Guess what happens? the lamp turns on! this is thanks to Alexa's connection with my Belkin WeMo outlet device. Guests are seemingly never as impressed as I am, but I digress.
January 24, 2017
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Google Home gets hands-free calling, visual notifications, and more!
Google Home gets a whole host of updates including hands-free calling and visual notifications.
May 17, 2017
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Google Home gets shop-by-voice
Voice assistants are all the rage nowadays, with hardware like Amazon Echo becoming very popular in homes. While some people are fearful of such devices because they are always listening for commands, some consumers are willing to trade their privacy for convenience. In other words, since consumers aren't required to buy such a device, they are empowered to make that decision with their wallets.
February 16, 2017
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Google Home gets smarter with Belkin WeMo and Honeywell thermostat support
Google Home now has support for two big names in smart homes, as Pixel waits for its turn to control your thermostat via Google Assistant.
January 25, 2017
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Google Home gets voice support for Netflix and Google Photos with latest update
Google Home has added voice support for Netflix and Google Photos. These new capabilities allow users to interact with their home assistants to control content on their televisions via a Chromecast device. According to Google, these "hands-free" features are a great way to access all of its festive content this holiday season.
December 14, 2016
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Google Home has a glaring flaw
Before you put Google's voice-activated virtual assistant to work in your home, there's something you should know about how it operates.
November 1, 2016
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Google Home hoping to improve the kitchen with 'start cooking' command
We could all use an extra kitchen helper.
April 26, 2017
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Google Home is even more useful with support for new services
You can now use Assistant to control iHome, Leviton, Emberlight, and Samsung Artik Cloud devices.
May 2, 2017
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Google Home is getting a bunch of new smart home integrations
Including August, Wink, and LIFX
March 28, 2017
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Google Home is going to help you misdiagnose yourself
Google announced its conversation actions for the Google Home this past week, which are similar to the Amazon Echo's skills but instead prompt users to converse with Home to get something done. Today we got a better idea of Google's partners. Domino's Pizza, Genius, and WebMD will all be supported, according to VentureBeat. Publications, like BuzzFeed, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN will also have actions. the new actions are available starting today, bringing the total number of conversation actions up to 35.
December 14, 2016
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Google Home is official: Google undercuts the Amazon Echo at $129
New search technology will roll out across all Google platforms.
October 4, 2016
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Google Home looks set to support multiple users soon
The Home app says the feature is available now, although this seems to just be a placeholder message
April 10, 2017
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Google Home may get support for multiple user accounts
Google may be on its way to solving one of the biggest problems with smart speakers: they only work with a single account.
March 2, 2017
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Google Home may soon let you use multiple accounts
The feature would let different people access their personalized information like calendar appointments and music playlists.
April 10, 2017
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Google Home multi-user support lets you connect up to 6 accounts simultaneously
Now everyone gets a properly personal Google Assistant in the home.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home now allows you to command Neato vacuums with the sound of your voice
If you ever found yourself wishing for a day in which you could shout some words at a white, cylindrical object in order to get a robot to clean your home for you, today is your lucky day. Neato, the company behind the Botvac vacuum cleaner, has just announced that owners of a Google Home are now able to control its entire array of devices just by speaking a few words to the Google Assistant.
March 16, 2017
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Google Home now Recognizes Specific Users'' Voices, Allows for Multiple Accounts
In a move to differentiate its Google Home voice-activated assistant from competitors like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, or Microsoft's Clippy (yes, we know it's Cortana, but we prefer Clippy), Google has tweaked its Google Home assistant to allow for multiple users, each of whom can supposedly be uniquely identified by their voice.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home now serving up ads in your daily briefing
Or a "tale," according to Google.
March 16, 2017
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Google Home now supports multiple users in the US; UK support "in the coming months"
Google has announced that its Home speaker hub, powered by the company's digital Assistant, now supports multiple users. the new feature uses voice recognition to distinguish between up to six people whose accounts are connected to a single Google Home speaker, allowing the Assistant to offer personalized information, music playlists, and other features for each individual.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home officially plugs into the smart home
Belkin's might be the first in a line of critical smart home partnerships for Google Home.
December 13, 2016
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Google Home review:
Google Home can't topple Alexa (yet), but it's off to a promising start
November 3, 2016
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Google Home review: a step forward for hotwords, a step backward in capability
A $129 voice appliance should be a pure upgrade over Android voice commands.
November 3, 2016
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Google Home review: Google puts its A.I. on a nightstand for the win
Yeah, it's just like Amazon Echo–but better in almost every way.
November 3, 2016
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Google Home successor could feature built-in Wi-Fi router
Less than a year after Google unveiled its Assistant-powered Echo competitor, Google Home, there are murmurs that the Big G is working on a new iteration of its home speaker, and that it's aiming to kill two birds with one stone with the new product.
April 6, 2017
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Google Home speaker and Pixel smartphone debut, with help from the Assistant
The Google Assistant is ready to take on Siri, Alexa, and the chatbots.
October 4, 2016
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Google Home tightens Chromecast bonds with Netflix, Photos integration
Watch Stranger Things and show off your photos without lifting a finger.
December 12, 2016
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Google Home to receive multi-user support soon
Multi-user support for Google Home is finally rolling out to some owners of Google's AI-enabled smart home speaker after a long time in the making.
April 10, 2017
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Google Home Versus Amazon Echo
The Google Assistant Faces Off Against Amazon's Alexa
November 3, 2016
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Google Home versus Amazon Echo: the battle to control your home
Which talking speaker do you want controlling your home?
October 14, 2016
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Google Home versus Amazon Echo: Video head-to-head!
How do you choose between Google Home and Amazon Echo? Start by listening.
November 4, 2016
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Google Home versus Amazon Echo: Which has the better speaker for music?
Which sounds better, Google Home or Amazon Echo?
January 17, 2017
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Google Home welcomes 12 new partners in big smart home update
Starting today, Google's smart speaker can control a variety of new devices, including locks and sprinklers.
March 28, 2017
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Google Home will finally launch in the UK early this summer
Google Home, the speaker that integrates the company's virtual Assistant, will finally be coming to the UK early this summer. Home was originally unveiled late last year, and has only been available in the US.
February 28, 2017
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Google Home: another source of fake news and conspiracy theories
Devices like Google Home might seem fairly harmless at a first glance. After all, it's just a smart speaker that hosts the sympathetic Google Assistant which can be commanded via your voice. you can ask it questions, queue up some music or podcasts, and also order the device to search the web for information.
March 7, 2017
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Google Home: how to set up Philips Hue integration
OK, Google. Let's do cool stuff.
November 15, 2016
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Google Home: Top 10 Tips & Tricks
Get the most from your Google Home by starting with these tips and tricks.
December 13, 2016
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Google Home: what it does and when you can get one
A house is not a home, clearly, without Google Home.
October 5, 2016
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Google Home's interchangeable bases now available at the Google Store
One of the things that separates Google Home from its competition is the ability to swap out the base for another color or material. Google told us about them during the unveiling at Google I/O 2016, but we haven't seen them available until today.
November 7, 2016
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Google Home's multiuser support might finally make it worth talking to
With user authentication, Google Home might finally be able to access personal data.
April 10, 2017
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Google is taking dozens of Nest engineers to work on the smart home
In preparation for Google Home's launch
August 30, 2016
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Google primes Home for a major new feature: multiple account support
Google appears to be allowing different family members to access their own calendars and music libraries on the speaker.
April 10, 2017
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Google Wifi and Home to launch in the UK -- with a few hidden British treats
After launching in the US late last year, Google Home is making its way to the UK. Google's voice-activated rival to the Amazon Echo is powered by Google Assistant, and can be used to play music, control smart devices, and perform online searches.
March 28, 2017
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Google will rebrand its Cast app to Google Home, in tie-in with smart speaker system
Back at its I/O event, Google introduced an entire ecosystem of products, designed to work together and give users a complete Google experience. as part of that commitment, the company is now getting ready to rebrand its Cast app which controls Chromecast devices, which will now be called Google Home, a tie-in with the Home device and ecosystem.
October 11, 2016
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Google's taking Brillo into smart homes with Android Things
The stripped-down OS is out as a developer preview, along with updates to Weave
December 13, 2016
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Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung lead sales in smart home devices
Smart home hardware and services' revenue is forecasted to hit $195 billion by 2021, according to new report.
January 10, 2017
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Hands-on: WeMo Dimmer and Google Home make home automation seamless
Google Home + WeMo is a recipe for home automation bliss.
January 6, 2017
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Harman Kardon teases the Invoke speaker, a Cortana-powered Echo competitor
Is a fall ship date too late for the first Cortana-powered home assistant, though?
May 8, 2017
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Have Alexa Locate your Missing Keys
In a recent Skill of the Week, I highlighted TrackR. TrackR is a good Alexa skill that enables you to find your smartphone even if the ringer is turned off. TrackR has plans to develop the ability to track other things using Alexa, but right now it only works with an app installed on the smartphone that is connected to the Amazon Alexa service.
February 1, 2017
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Here's a look at the LG Smart InstaView refrigerator with Windows 10
Here at IFA 2016, LG is showing their Signature Smart InstaView fridge running Windows 10. it's still a prototype and LG currently does not have any launch plans yet, but it's definitely interesting.
September 2, 2016
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Hey Alexa, let's save some money on a refurbished Echo!
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great way to pick up a discounted Amazon Echo!
May 3, 2017
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A regularly updated stream of HomeKit and HomeKit-enabled accessory news!
April 25, 2017
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Honda Miimo is an adorable Roomba for your lawn
After being announced years ago, it's finally coming to the US.
April 11, 2017
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Honeywell's scalable security cam lets you decide what matters
It's hard to find a security camera that's truly versatile, but Honeywell's new Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Indoor Camera is an exception. with local storage, free cloud storage an optional cloud storage upgrade, as well as optional professional monitoring, the Lyric C2 really lets you decide how you want to manage your home security.
January 5, 2017
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Honeywell's Wi-Fi water and freeze detector has restored my calm
I probably care way too much about this, but it's still a great tool to have.
July 5, 2016
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How Google can seriously one-up Amazon's Echo Show
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May 9, 2017
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How one man found independence with the help of Apple's HomeKit technology
Smart home technology can be about more than turning on lights and unlocking doors. When accessibility and inclusivity are a priority, smart home tech can help improve lives.
May 9, 2017
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How to Attach Window Boxes to Brick Siding
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to securely fasten outdoor containers to masonry
June 30, 2016
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How to Build a Cedar Ice Chest
Make a handsome cooler enclosure to update a backyard essential
March 18, 2016
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How to Build a Coffered Ceiling
Apply basic carpentry techniques to primed boards and molding to add a formal, elegant touch to any room
July 19, 2016
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How to Build a Storage Chest
Relegate those plastic bins to their rightful place and replace them with classic wood storage
July 12, 2016
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How to change the Amazon Echo 'wake word' using Alexa app
How can I address my Echo as "Computer"? Just follow these steps!
January 24, 2017
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How to connect Google Home to your Nest thermostat
How do I hook my Google Home up to a Nest thermostat?
January 26, 2017
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How to Choose Tools for First Time Gardeners
Ask this Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shows off some of her favorite tools to help out first-time gardeners
June 9, 2016
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How to Control Tropical Pests
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to control insect pests without the use of pesticides
March 8, 2016
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How to Create Succulent Art
Ask this Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada explains how to create a piece of artwork out of succulent plants
July 19, 2016
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How to get Alexa in your home without buying an Amazon Echo
You don't need an Amazon Echo to enjoy Alexa.
February 17, 2017
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How to Hang a Flat-Screen TV
Get your living room ready in time for the big game
February 1, 2014
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How to Install a Fire Escape Ladder
Ask this Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install an emergency escape ladder
July 12, 2016
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How to Install a Garage Storage System
Adding garage storage with this Old House general contractor Tom Silva
July 13, 2016
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How to Install a Smart Thermostat
This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows a homeowner how to install and operate an energy-saving smart thermostat
March 18, 2016
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How to Install Fiesta String Lights
Ask this Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install fiesta string lights to get the party started in Texas
July 8, 2016
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How to Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask this Old House, wires an old house with new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
June 7, 2016
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How to mute Google Home's microphones (and why you need to)
OK Google, stop listening to me.
February 1, 2017
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How to Paint a Colorful Carpet on your Porch Floor
Give your outdoor room a permanent rug design
March 18, 2016
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How to Pick the Right Mulch
Use this guide to navigate the options for the best topdressing around your plant bed
June 17, 2016
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How to Plant a Pollinator Garden
Ask this Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Texas to plant a garden that attracts butterflies and other pollinators
June 9, 2016
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How to Plant a Privacy Screen
Ask this Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner plant a living privacy screen
June 17, 2016
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How to Plant Palm Trees
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to plant several varieties of palm trees in a front yard
July 14, 2016
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How to program Google Home to talk to you
If I could talk to the gadgets in my life, just imagine it. "Okay, Google, what will today be like?"
December 25, 2016
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How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure
Don't let your smart clock expose you to hackers. a web app from BullGuard can help.
January 12, 2017
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How to Repair a Broken Doorbell
Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask this Old House, replaces a broken chime on a doorbell
July 13, 2016
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How to replace the base on Google Home
How do I change the base on my Google Home?
December 19, 2016
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How to set up and control smart thermostats using Amazon Echo
How do I control my thermostat with an Amazon Echo?
October 4, 2016
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How to Keep Amazon Echo and Google Home from Responding to your TV
Voice assistants such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home are pretty smart, but they're not yet sharp enough to understand the difference between TV and reality. a Google commercial during yesterday's Super Bowl prompted Home to play whale noises, flip the hallway lights on, and recite a substitute for cardamom.
February 6, 2017
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How to set up a smart home using Windows 10 and Amazon Echo
Smart home apps are mostly MIA from Windows 10, but that doesn't mean you can't join in the fun.
May 9, 2017
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How to set up payments with Google Home
Now that payments are built into Assistant, your Google Home can not only keep your shopping list but order from it, too.
February 27, 2017
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How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink
Ask this Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey reveals the best ways to unclog a backed-up bathroom sink
June 7, 2016
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How to Use a Speed Square
Ask this Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the amazing versatility of the humble rafter square
June 17, 2016
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How to use Google Home's built-in ambient audio to get some rest and relaxation
A new update adds ambient sounds with their own sleep timer.
May 8, 2017
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Huawei could rescue Amazon's Alexa from the smart home
Mobile integration a lifeline out of domestic drudgery
January 26, 2017
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I want a smart home. What's the simplest way to start?
Recode's Kara Swisher and the Verge's Lauren Goode and Dan Seifert discuss on Too Embarrassed to Ask.
December 9, 2016
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iDevices 'Smart Home Essentials' kit is Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa compatible
As prices continue to drop, and the technology becomes easier to use, 'smart home' devices are set to explode in popularity. as someone who once swore off such things, I now have Wi-Fi-enabled electric sockets and home cameras. When I am away, I can turn on a lamp and monitor my house. It is very cool, but slightly annoying that there is no central app for all of my connected home devices. Since I chose different brands, I unfortunately have a few different apps on my smartphone and tablet.
September 19, 2016
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iDevices smart home products now work with Google Home
The family of outlets, switches, sockets, and other products can be controlled by voice through the Google Assistant.
May 10, 2017
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iDevices Wall Outlet review:
Here's the best smart outlet, but it's ahead of its time
March 28, 2017
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If Google Assistant isn't your thing, you can now talk to Cortana on the Android lock screen
You can ask questions and update calendar entries without needing to unlock your phone.
March 28, 2017
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If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash
Paul Vixie on how to survive the impending IoT security nightmare
December 5, 2016
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IFixit Teardown of Google Home Reveals Chromecast Guts and a Little House
The Amazon Echo seemed like a strange idea when Amazon introduced it two years ago, but the voice-activated assistant hub has proven popular with consumers. Now, Google is leveraging its more powerful voice-activated "Assistant" in a similar product called Google Home.
November 7, 2016
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iHome iSP6 and iSP8 SmartPlug reviews: An easy entree into the smart home
From ease of set up through broad compatibility, including with Apple's HomeKit, these smart plugs hit nearly every mark.
March 29, 2017
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IKEA launches affordable smart lighting range
Love it or hate it, Swedish home furnishing brand IKEA has a strong track record of providing affordable, well-designed home wares with unpronounceable names.
March 28, 2017
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IKEA Launching Customizable "Open Source" Furniture to Give Customers More Choices
Maybe you can't afford that bespoke chaise with the walnut legs and expensive upholstery, but that doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to having the same living room as everyone else who shops at IKEA: in an effort to help customers living in tight spaces more options, the Swedish furniture company is introducing what it calls its first "open source" furniture.
January 30, 2017
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IKEA's summer lineup includes solar-powered outdoor LED lights
The low-cost lamps and fixtures use solar panels and high-efficiency LEDs to stay powered for years.
March 3, 2017
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ilumi A19 LED Smartbulb review: the smart light bulb for the security conscious
This bulb claims to be the brightest Bluetooth bulb on the market, but its light is cooler than expected.
October 14, 2016
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Industrial Cleaning Products for your Home
Webstore with industrial strength cleaning products available for home use.
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Integrate your Sleep Number Bed with Microsoft Health and other Services
A recent update to SleepIQ (the Sleep Number Bed smartphone app) now allows Sleep Number Bed owners tie sleep to activity. from the update description:
August 29, 2016
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Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker
Just what you wanted
December 2, 2016
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Installing Window Trim
Requires good carpentry skills--and ample patience--but installing trim isn't difficult.
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IP Cameras versus Nest, Arlo and integrated systems: Which security ecosystem should you invest in?
Whether you want something simple or need a complicated whole-house system, there is a security camera that will work for you.
March 10, 2017
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Is it a robot vac or a security cam? Well, both actually
With brands like iRobot, Neato and Dyson leading the charge with app-enabled robot vacuums, floor cleaners are getting a lot smarter. Case in point? Ecovacs Robotics Unibot.
January 6, 2017
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It May not be Beautiful, But this $89 Thermostat Includes Smartphone Control
No, this Honeywell thermostat doesn't look like a futuristic work of art like the Nest Learning thermostat. But that's easy to forgive when you realize that it still includes Wi-Fi, meaning you can program and control it from your phone, and costs less than $90.
July 26, 2016
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Jenn-Air wall oven will work with Nest beginning this summer
Does it get a little too hot in the kitchen when you cook? a new smart home collaboration will help keep things cool automatically.
March 18, 2016
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June Intelligent Oven review:
A smart countertop oven, but for whom?
November 15, 2016
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Kalita Wave 155 review:
Kalita dripper makes quality coffee if you put in the work
February 16, 2017
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Kenmore Alfie Voice-Controlled Personal Shopper review: for shoppers with plenty of time but too little imagination
Years from now, we'll look back at this product and decide that it was ahead of its time.
January 1, 2017
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Great prices on Henckels cutlery.
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Kuna smart home security light review: a great product, but consider the full cost
You'll want one of these at every entry point, but yikes! Those subscription fees!
June 2, 2016
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LampChamp light-socket USB charger review: it's kinda handy
This gadget turns most any lamp into a readily accessible USB charger.
October 27, 2016
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Online retailer of outdoor lighting in the newest looks and styles, including top brands and designers, all with free shipping.
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Laying a Brick Path
When crossing your muddy yard to fetch the daily paper turns into an obstacle course of slips and slides, perhaps it's time to think about an alternative path--literally.
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Leaked images show Microsoft is ready to take on Amazon Echo with Windows 10 HomeHub
While we've heard about the HomeHub feature of Windows 10 before, we've not seen what it might look like in practice. Now, thanks to a series of leaked images, that all changes, and it shows that Microsoft is ready to take on Google Home and Amazon Echo with its own devices.
May 10, 2017
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Ledvance Lightify RGBW A19 review: Affordable smart lighting with a steep learning curve
You'll find lots of form factors in the Ledvance Lightify collection, but getting the most out of them takes some effort.
October 14, 2016
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Let Netatmo coach you to a better home environment
Like Netatmo's first product -- the Urban Weather Station -- the Netatmo Healthy Home Coach is a cylinder that sits in your home and monitors the conditions around it. Announced today and available now, the $100 Healthy Home Coach tracks the same things as the indoor module of the Urban Weather Station -- air quality, humidity, temperature, and noise.
October 11, 2016
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LG put Windows 10 on a fridge
Samsung unveiled a smart fridge with a giant 1080p touchscreen attached to it earlier this year at CES. not to be outdone, LG is at IFA today in Berlin with its own smart fridge, except it goes one step further. While Samsung opted for Tizen in its own fridge, LG has gone for Windows 10. that means you can launch all kinds of Windows apps on the fridge, and even classics like MS Paint and regedit if you desire.
September 2, 2016
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LG Smart Security review:
Your DIY smart home now works with ADT
January 26, 2017
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LG threatens to put Wi-Fi in every appliance it introduces in 2017
Its new fridge includes Amazon's Alexa and a bunch of cameras.
January 4, 2017
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LG unveils new refrigerator with 29-inch touchscreen, 2MP camera and Alexa voice support
A couple of years ago, when companies like LG introduced a "smart" refrigerator, many laughed it off as being a bit much. But as technology has advanced and IoT has grown in popularity and availability, the smart refrigerator is starting to make more sense.
January 4, 2017
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LG's new touchscreen refrigerator gets an assist from Amazon Alexa
"Hey Alexa, buy milk."
January 4, 2017
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LG's new webOS-powered refrigerator has Amazon Alexa voice control
This will henceforth be known as the point when Amazon brought Alexa to everything.
January 4, 2017
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LG's see-through fridge army grows at IFA
LG's expanding its Instaview line of fridges once again. After debuting it on the LG Signature Refrigerator at CES, the Korean company introduced the feature on standard four- and three-door French door refrigerators. Now, at the IFA trade show here in Berlin, LG's showing off side-by-side refrigerators with the Instaview feature.
August 31, 2016
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Lifx Plus is a color-changing smart bulb that helps your cameras see in the dark
Connected, color-changing light bulbs are a fun way to smarten up your home's lighting, but the new Lifx Plus wants to smarten up your home's security cameras, too. Its trick? Invisible infrared light that shines out into the darkness when the bulbs are turned off. you can't see that infrared light, but night-vision cameras can, which makes it easier for them to see what goes bump in the night.
September 30, 2016
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LIFX+ color LED smart bulb review: this light bulb helps your security camera see in the dark
The original LIFX bulb is one of our top picks. the LIFX+ packs LEDs that illuminate the area around it with infrared light even when the bulb is otherwise turned off.
December 20, 2016
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Listen up, Alexa: Google Home could soon act as a Wi-Fi extender
The next version of Google's voice-activated Echo competitor could reportedly double as a Wi-Fi repeater.
April 5, 2017
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Live Home 3D for Windows 10 helps you virtually redesign your whole home
Coming on the tail of a renewed focus on 3D content creation with the Windows 10 Creators Update, BeLight Software has announced its new Live Home 3D app. a rebranded and revamped version of Live Interior 3D, Live Home 3D helps you to virtually redesign your entire home on Windows 10 with models built off of 2D floor plans.
April 27, 2017
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Logitech Harmony works with Google Home
When I first set up a Logitech Harmony hub in my home, it was life-changing. No longer did I need to have multiple remote controls littering my living room table. the one Harmony remote (or mobile app) controls my television, cable box, sound bar, and Xbox One. Once I linked it with my Amazon Echo, things got even better -- I could control my entertainment devices by voice. If I am dozing off on the couch while watching TV, for instance, and the remote is out of reach, I can simply say "Alexa, tell Harmony to turn off the TV." Like magic, the television shuts off.
March 30, 2017
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Lutron syncs your lights up with Google Assistant
You can already ask Siri or Alexa to turn your Lutron smart lights on and off -- starting today, you can use Google Assistant, too.
April 18, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg's Custom Smart Home is Just as Stupid as the Rest of Them
Mark Zuckerberg is known to start each year by setting aggressive personal goals for himself. this year, he announced he was going to build an artificial intelligence (AI) that would help him control things around his smart home, like turning on the lights, starting home appliances, and playing music on various speakers.
December 19, 2016
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Master your ambient and mood lighting with these 5 smartphone-controlled LED smart lamps
Ever get the feeling that something is missing in your room, but can't quite figure out what is it? what you are missing might be vibe. Mood. Something to color the place in response to your thoughts and feels. Or pulse along with the heavy beats of your favorite tunes, enhancing their impact and maximizing pleasure. If any of this sounds appealing, you should get a smart lamp. Unlike regular lighting, these inexpensive gadgets can output millions of colors, most of which you probably haven't imagined yet. they are also controlled with your smartphone, which enables interesting possibilities.
February 23, 2017
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Mattel Aristotle is an Amazon Echo that understands your kids, too
It's a baby monitor. it's a voice-activated smart assistant. It answers your questions, and maybe your kids' questions, too. It orders more diapers when you run out and soothes babies back to sleep automatically. It plays with your kids. It could be the most exciting thing toymaker Mattel has ever produced.
January 3, 2017
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Mi Robot, you carpet: Xiaomi's new $255 vacuum sucks for less
From water filters to drones to electric bicycles, Xiaomi isn't shy about plunging its fingers in every pie. Its new Mi Robot Vacuum is the latest example of how the Chinese phone maker plans to take over homes and make them smarter -- for less than its competitors.
August 31, 2016
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Microsoft to take on Amazon's Alexa and Google Home
The tech giant plans to unveil a range of Cortana-powered devices by the end of this year.
May 10, 2017
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Microsoft's Home Hub ambitions aim to crush Google Home and Amazon Echo [exclusive]
Microsoft's connected home ambitions with Home Hub lay far beyond just competing with Amazon and Google.
December 2, 2016
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Microsoft's Home Hub vision makes more sense with Windows 10 ARM and Project Evo
It's all starting to come together.
December 16, 2016
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More Sony products work with Google Assistant on Google Home after update
Sony has released new firmware which allow Google Home users to use their voice to stream music and video to several models of new and existing Chromecast built-in Sony speakers and Android TV Sony 4K HDR televisions.
December 20, 2016
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Mossberg: Google Home shows promise, but needs work
The intelligent speaker isn't always smart.
November 3, 2016
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Mossberg: the old dream of the information appliance is now real -- so what's next?
Smartphones got us there, AI will take us further.
March 22, 2017
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My burning question about Google Home
An intelligent virtual assistant for your home sure sounds appealing -- until you stop and think about one pesky question.
July 8, 2016
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National Association of the Remodeling Industry
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Nest Cam Outdoor review: Nest goes outside with a fully weatherized security camera
Advanced security and ease of use worthy of the Nest Cam name.
September 26, 2016
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Nest Cam update literally shows you the door
An update to the Nest app for Android makes some big improvements to notifications using machine learning.
February 14, 2017
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Nest is reportedly working on an outdoor security camera
A weatherproof Nest Cam for outside your home could be on the way.
June 9, 2016
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Nest is supposedly developing a brand new security system and more affordable thermostat
Our smartphones are incredible tools. they allow us to communicate with friends and family members, capture memories with high-quality cameras, play endless hours of video games, and control our entire house or apartment through home automation tech.
March 8, 2017
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Nest Learning Thermostat (2015) review:
Same great Nest, now with even better looks
June 9, 2016
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Nest Outdoor Security Camera
While I've tested out various indoor WiFi-based security cameras over the past decade on Phoronix, outdoor WiFi cameras have been a different story. Either through my contacts from Phoronix or through my own personal searching, I've never found an outdoor WiFi security camera that I've liked either due to poor build quality, poor video quality / viewing angles, or other issues but most of the time has revolved around not being well-engineered.
September 21, 2016
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Nest reportedly planning a cheaper smart thermostat for "under $200"
The thermostat might even lack the current version's trademark metal ring.
March 8, 2017
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Nest reportedly working on cheaper thermostat and new home security system
Nest may finally have some new products in the works. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Alphabet-owned company is working on a slate of new connected products, including a home security system, a smart doorbell, an updated version of the indoor Nest Cam, and a cheaper version of its popular smart thermostat.
March 8, 2017
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Nest ships its Nest Cam Outdoor and shows off new colors for its Nest Thermostat
Nest Cam users will need a subscription to get all the new features, but non-subscribers aren't left totally in the cold.
September 12, 2016
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Nest Thermostat Gen 1 vs Gen 2 vs Gen 3: Comparison and main differences
See what changed from the first Nest to the current model.
March 2, 2017
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Nest's first post-Fadell product will be an outdoor version of the Nest Cam
And new colors for the Nest thermostat
June 9, 2016
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Nest's new Cam Outdoor is now up for pre-order to keep your home safe
Nest has launched an outdoor version of its popular Cam. it's essentially the same product but with added weather proofing to ensure it'll last the days when attached to the side of your property. this is achieved by a combination of magnets and screw mounts, which will in turn enable you to direct the unit to face in an orientation of your choice.
July 14, 2016
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Nest's new CEO tells employees it's sticking with current plans and 'is not for sale'
Nest's new CEO Marwan Fawaz sent out an email to all of the employees of the connected device company, stating "Nest is not for sale".
June 8, 2016
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Nest's new outdoor camera uses Google AI to see if there's a person at your door
The fourth Nest hardware product has arrived.
July 14, 2016
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Nest's outdoor camera and Google A.I. tell you when someone's at your door
Nest has a new outdoor camera, and it comes with a butterfly.
July 14, 2016
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Netatmo challenges Nest with smart smoke detector, adds siren to camera
A new HomeKit-capable smoke detector, plus a loud camera accessory.
January 4, 2017
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Netatmo Healthy Home Coach review: this indoor climate monitor reports the obvious
This gizmo monitors indoor air quality, temperature, humidity, and noise, but it won't tell you much you don't already know.
October 17, 2016
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Netatmo Presence review: this outdoor home security camera/floodlight justifies its high price tag
It costs almost twice as much as some of its closest competitors, but you'll only pay once because there are no subscription fees.
November 2, 2016
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Netatmo's light-based camera brings figure recognition outdoors
The $299 outdoor security camera knows you, your car, and your dog.
November 2, 2016
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Netatmo's Smart Radiator Valves are a beautiful privilege reserved only for Europe
Smart thermostats are cool. they save energy, lower bills, and they make your house look like the futuristic residence of a Star Trek character. the problem is, I live in an apartment in New York City that only has a radiator, so I can't really get in on the connected home action.
September 2, 2016
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Netgear Arlo Pro review: a great home security camera you can use indoors or out
Netgear's truly wire-free IP cam brings welcome flexibility to home monitoring.
March 17, 2017
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Netgear tweaks its home security camera line by introducing the Arlo Pro
The Arlo Pro features a host of improvements, including two-way audio and a rechargeable battery.
October 11, 2016
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Netgear's Arlo Pro security camera starter pack has dropped to $600
If you need a solid wireless security camera set-up, this Arlo Pro four pack won't be getting much cheaper right now.
March 14, 2017
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Netgear's next Arlo security camera goes where Wi-Fi can't
If you'd like to monitor a cabin, a campsite -- any remote location -- that doesn't get a reliable Wi-Fi connection, Netgear might have the product for you. the networking company's line of DIY home security devices is expanding today with the launch of the $450 US-only Arlo Go Mobile HD Security Camera.
November 15, 2016
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New Google Home partnerships expand the smart speaker's footprint in the smart home
Vivint, Wink, and 11 other other brands add 'OK Google' to their vocabularies.
March 28, 2017
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New HomeHub concepts show how Microsoft plans to take on Amazon Echo
We've reported before on how Microsoft is looking to make your Windows 10 PC the center of your home with a new feature called HomeHub, and now we've gotten our first glimpse at what that might look like. new concept shots revealed by the Verge paint one of our first pictures of how HomeHub will work on partner hardware in a bid to challenge Amazon's Echo devices in the home.
May 9, 2017
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New Sleep Number bed wants to take the weary out of your rest
Sleep Number's latest mattress, called it (their lowercase, not mine), is loaded with sensors that track your heart rate, breathing patterns and nocturnal movement to gather information and use an accompanying app to suggest changes for better sleep.
September 15, 2016
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New smartphone attachment can detect cancer
The cancer spectrometer was created for an iPhone 5, but can be adjusted to work with any smartphone
November 2, 2016
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Newegg is giving away a free smart plug with the purchase of a Google Home
This $129 Google Home/smart-plug combo is a great starter kit for aspiring smart-home enthusiasts.
April 14, 2017
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Ninja Coffee Bar CF092 review:
Ninja's new coffee maker is a jack of many trades but master of none
November 7, 2016
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No surprise, Google Home is based on Chromecast, not Android
When Google announced its Home speaker to take on the Amazon Echo, I made a big assumption: it was essentially a super-powered Chromecast device at its tiny little heart. Making assumptions is a stupid thing for a tech reporter to do, but turns out this one was accurate. Amir Efrati at the Information has confirmed from "a person with direct knowledge of the plan" that Google Home will be based on the Chromecast.
May 31, 2016
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Norm Abram's best Tricks of the Trade III
TOH assembles even more pro wisdom from master carpenter Norm Abram's archive
June 9, 2016
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Notion Home Awareness Starter Kit review: Smarter sensors, but limited control
This unconventional smart home system lets you know what's going on in your house, but you'll need other hardware to do anything about it.
April 24, 2017
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Novel Nanoscale Vehicles for Drug Delivery
Postnova Analytics reports on the recent investment by the Department of Chemistry at University College London (UCL) in an AF2000 Field Flow Fractionation System to assist them in their development of novel nanoscale vehicles for drug delivery.
December 6, 2016
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Now it's personal: Google Home picks up support for multiple accounts, voice recognition
In an update rolling out to all U.S. users, Google Home will now support up to six users and be able to tell who is speaking.
April 20, 2017
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Now you can buy things from Costco, Whole Foods and other stores via Google Home
"Okay Google, order paper towels."
February 16, 2017
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Now you can control your smart devices from your Pixel, no Google Home required
A new option in the Google Assistant settings lets you adjust your lights, thermostats, and cameras with your phone.
February 9, 2017
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Oak Doors
Specialised in both interior doors and furniture for 20 years Country doors hand craft traditional interior doors, both ledge and brace style and victorian style four panel doors. all doors are made to measure and competively priced.
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OK Google Home, give a clear answer on the CIA and spying
Watch what happens when you ask a Google Home speaker about the CIA. Talk about defensive!
March 24, 2017
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OK Google, your Neato vacuum voice control is way better than Alexa
Google is winning the battle to control Neato's robot vacs.
March 16, 2017
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Online Interior Design Help, a Click Away
How to upgrade your home with virtual help
March 8, 2016
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Overheating in UK homes could lead to grave consequences, expert warns
Professor Kevin Lomas, an internationally acclaimed expert in building simulation, says the next heat wave to hit the country could have grave consequences for the most vulnerable in our society, as the country now has a housing stock unable to keep cool in the warmer months.
February 23, 2017
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Perfect Blend Pro review:
This scale uses weight, Bluetooth to help you blend better smoothies
March 28, 2017
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Philips gives your candelabra bulbs some color... finally
Philips Hue has long vied for domination of the smart LED lighting market, and it's leading the charge into color-changing candelabra bulbs, too. Up until now, the best smart LED bulbs that would fit into most chandeliers or ceiling fans came from Feit, a smaller-name company with only middling candelabra bulbs.
March 17, 2017
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Philips Hue and Sylvania Lightify motion sensor reviews: These add-ons make your smart lighting smarter
The Lightify Smart Sensor is a good add-on for Sylvania smart bulbs, but the Hue sensor demonstrates why Philips leads the market.
March 3, 2017
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Philips SceneSwitch review: it's not a smart bulb, but it is clever
This new white-only LED bulb changes color with a flip of the switch instead of an app on your phone.
October 28, 2016
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Photoshop Redo: Reviving a Faded Victorian
A high-contrast paint scheme and period-style accents help a Queen Anne cottage keep pace with its neighbors
July 13, 2016
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Picking the Perfect Exterior Paint Colors
The owners of the current TOH TV house used period illustrations, expert advice, and modern technology to find the right hues for their home
July 15, 2016
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Pineapple-Themed Home Goods
No matter how you slice it, this tropical fruit has had enduring appeal as a decorative motif and a symbol of welcome, from colonial days to the present
July 12, 2016
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Pixel's Google Assistant can now control your smart home
Google's Pixel phones are getting the update now, so you can use your voice to turn off the lights without a Google Home.
February 10, 2017
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Plex now supports Alexa commands via new skills for your Amazon Echo
Get the party started and much more with the Plex skills for Amazon Alexa!
February 1, 2017
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Project Nursery Video Baby Monitor System review:
Wear this baby-size video monitor like a watch
August 26, 2016
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Protecting your wireless security camera footage
About four years ago, before I had children, I was quite surprised when friends of mine had a baby monitor with a video display -- not because I didn't think something like that was possible, but the fact that it was normal and available in a nice wireless package was striking for someone inexperienced in the baby world.
September 12, 2016
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Rachio's second-gen smart sprinkler controller is still a must-have for homeowners
If you have a lawn, you'll need to water it. and the Rachio connected controller will do it smarter -- and save you money at the same time.
April 11, 2017
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Rainwater Gutter Systems: Classical Rainwater: Cast Iron Rainwater Gutter Systems
supply cast iron rainwater and gutter systems, available to buy online in the UK.
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Redirecting sunlight into your basement studio really spruces the place up
Using sunlight to brighten a room sounds like a good idea. I love working from my bedroom because my room faces east and has the sun shining in during most of the day, and everyone knows more sunshine equals a yes, good situation. Lucy is a new product from a company called Solenica that tries to fill more spaces with sun. It just launched on Indiegogo and claims to be able to redirect sunlight in order to illuminate rooms.
September 14, 2016
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Reolink RLN8-410 8-Channel PoE NVR review: Corral up to 8 cameras into a single system
This eight-channel NVR can be the hub of a powerful security system for anyone with serious surveillance needs.
June 24, 2016
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Reolink's HD security cam could be yours for just 80 bucks
With just two days remaining on its Indiegogo campaign, Reolink's battery-powered, indoor-outdoor Argus security camera has raised more than $500,000. Have I mentioned its original funding goal was just $25,000?
April 26, 2017
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Replacement Windows Doors Custom Vinyl Glass Aluminum Double Glazed Windows Doors
Welsh Window Systems provides high quality replacement double glazed PVCu windows, doors, conservatories, replacement Fascia, Soffits and glass related products specialising in repairing all PVCu, Aluminium and Timber windows, doors and conservatories.
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Report: Google plotting a Google Home/Google Wifi combo device
Google wants a Google Wi-Fi and a Google Home in every room--why not just combine them?
April 5, 2017
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Report: Microsoft's Home Hub will chase Amazon's Alexa and Echo as a software service
It sounds like a long way off, though.
December 2, 2016
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Review: Schneider Electric brings its Wiser Air smart thermostat app to Windows 10
How well does the Wiser Air thermostat work with Windows 10? I put it through its paces in my review.
August 29, 2016
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Review: the Google Home invasion
Google's new voice-controlled device extends the company's reach to casual conversation.
November 3, 2016
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Roost Smart Smoke Alarm RSA-400 review: it's all about that battery
This 4-in-1 smoke detector comes with a smart back-up battery, but that's as high as it raises the bar.
October 26, 2016
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Roost's smart water detector monitors your home's wet spots
The utilitarian side of the Internet of Things.
June 22, 2016
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Rural King Online
This lawn, home, garden and farm supply store offers online ordering of their brand-name inventory.
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Safe Room Design and Engineering
Florida Engineering Solutions has the knowledge and experience to design solid concrete safe rooms - concrete floor - concrete walls - concrete ceiling. Contact us today.
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Samsung Club des Chefs Members Dish on Innovating in the Kitchen
With the unveiling of Family Hub 2.0 and its latest range of built-in appliances at this year's CES, Samsung has introduced new ways for consumers to bring their kitchen experience squarely into the twenty-first century.
January 6, 2017
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Samsung Connect Home aims to be more than a Google Wifi competitor
It does more than mesh networking. Samsung Connect Home acts as a hub for all your smart home gadgets, too.
March 29, 2017
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Samsung Expands AddWash Washing Machine Range with 'Washer-Dryer Combo' and 'Slim' Lineups
Samsung Electronics today announced the addition of two new AddWash lineups -- the Washer-Dryer Combo and the Slim, which will be displayed at IFA 2016. the move, reflecting strong consumer demand for the original AddWash WW8500 introduced last year at IFA 2015, aims to offer consumers a wider range of options to utilize and enjoy the innovative AddWash feature.
August 22, 2016
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Samsung SmartThings Water Leak Sensor review: a cheap detector that leans on its ecosystem
SmartThings' name-brand flood detector is short on useful features, but it's inexpensive and plays nicely with other devices and services.
December 13, 2016
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Sense review:
Sense knows how much electricity you're using
March 24, 2017
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Sevenhugs Smart Remote controls any smart device you point it at
$299 touchscreen remote uses motion tracking magic to simplify smart homes.
January 5, 2017
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SCI, Operator of 1,000 Funeral Homes, Doesn't Pass Savings on to Bereaved
Did you know that there's a Walmart of death care? That's often a comparison used to describe Service Corporation International, which uses the public-facing brand Dignity Memorial, and operates more than 1,000 funeral homes across the country. that kind of economy of scale should mean Walmart-style discounts, right?
March 7, 2017
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Should you invest in a smart smoke detector?
Smart smoke detectors come with a higher price tag, but the safety and convenience features they offer offset it very well. the internet of things should make us safer while it makes things easier.
November 9, 2016
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Siri SDK will help Apple's assistant catch up to Amazon Alexa and Google Home
Your iPhone isn't exactly difficult to use as-is, but imagine if you voiced commands like, "Call an Uber" or "Check savings account balance" and your phone jumped into action without your having to lift a finger. Having a conversation with your iPhone is about to become the norm, thanks to the launch of Apple's new Siri software development kit, which will finally let third-party app developers give the voice-activated digital assistant more smarts.
June 13, 2016
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Smanos W020 WiFi Alarm System review: Buy just the parts you need
It's effective enough, but a la carte pricing is really the only thing that sets this inexpensive DIY home security system apart from its competition.
December 28, 2016
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Snag the excellent Ecobee3 smart thermostat at one of the best prices we've seen
Make your home a little smarter and save a few bucks while you do it.
November 18, 2016
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SnapPower Guidelight and a USB charger is a smart way to fix a dumb outlet
Never fear the dark again – or have a dead phone – with this ingenious way to make the most out of your home's power outlets.
December 23, 2016
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Solar houses scientifically evaluated
According to the current German Energy Savings Ordinance, new residential buildings are to require one quarter less primary energy. Solar houses with large collector surface areas meet this requirement. In these well-insulated buildings, solar energy systems cover at least 50 per cent of the heat demand. the BINE Projektinfo brochure 'Assessing solar houses in energy and economic terms' details the costs and energy requirements of the various solar house concepts.
August 30, 2016
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Solar smart window could offer privacy and light control on demand
Smart windows get darker to filter out the sun's rays on bright days, and turn clear on cloudy days to let more light in. this feature can help control indoor temperatures and offers some privacy without resorting to aids such as mini-blinds.
November 17, 2016
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Sony's Cast-enabled speakers and Android TVs now work with Google Home
OK Google, play music on my Sony speaker.
December 23, 2016
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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning -- now throw yours in the trash
Watch web giant destroy its own product
March 16, 2017
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SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in
When it comes to home surveillance cams there are two kinds of cams -- low-end, highly-motorized, wireless IP cams that are (typically) fairly insecure and higher-end cloud service systems like Dropcam that offer secure but more expensive cameras. SpotCam seems to land squarely in the middle with their SpotCam Sense Pro line.
April 13, 2017
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SpotCam Sense Pro HD review: expanding the idea of home monitoring
Spotcam's new indoor/outdoor camera keeps tabs on your home's security as well as environmental changes.
May 12, 2017
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Staples develops an office competitor to Amazon Echo and Google Home
The office supply company turns its Easy Button into device that will be the assistant's assistant
October 26, 2016
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Starbucks embraces voice ordering through both its iOS app and Amazon Alexa
Starbucks coffee fuels the days of many people. While the company's beverages are a bit expensive compared to, say, McDonalds or 7-11, they are chock full of caffeine and very tasty. Quite frankly, I drink Starbucks coffee or tea pretty much every day, as I often work in its locations -- they have clean tables and free Wi-Fi.
January 30, 2017
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Sure Fit Slipcovers
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Swann's latest security kit comes with four HD cameras
Swann has sold DIY security kits globally for nearly 30 years and today marks the latest addition to the company's roster -- the $500 Smart Series system.
September 1, 2016
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Sylvania's Smart Multicolor A19 light bulb is HomeKit compatible, but it doesn't require a hub
The new bulb can be controlled via Siri when you're at home, and remotely via an Apple TV when you're not.
January 3, 2017
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T-Fal OptiGrill review:
T-Fal's indoor grill cooks almost all by itself
March 10, 2017
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Tesla app update lets Powerwall owners keep an eye on their electricity
Tesla's iOS and Android apps are being updated today to give owners of the company's Powerwall home energy storage product access to information about their in-home electricity grid.
April 20, 2017
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Text-based adventure games may be coming to Google Home soon
Google Assistant is no stranger to games. Although what's currently on offer is rather limited, Google's AI helper can still entertain you (or at least try to) with a handful of trivia games, spanning different themes, doodle and audio games, and a couple of other distractions. all of these, however, are available on your smartphone only.
March 31, 2017
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The Awair Glow is a nightlight that senses -- and reacts to -- bad air
There are plenty of air quality sensors out there but so far the Awair Glow is the only sensor I've found that can do something about nastiness in your environment. the Glow is a small plugin nightlight that connects to an iOS or Android phone and lets you turn on a fan or air purifier if certain conditions are met.
April 28, 2017
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The bathroom mirror gets smart
New Kinpo Group is an odd company. Its CEO popped into our New York City offices the other week ostensibly to speak about its XYZ brand, whose budget 3D printers have shot to the top of the top spot in global market share. Then it busted out the HiMirror.
October 13, 2016
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The Belkin Wemo Mini makes your home that much smarter
A question your friendly neighborhood Modern Dad gets a lot is this: Are connected lights worth it? Sure. But there's a great alternative.
January 19, 2017
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The best Speakers to Use with your Amazon Echo Dot
You may want to add a speaker to that Echo Dot.
March 9, 2017
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The Ecobee4 thermostat will come with integrated Alexa controls
The next iteration of Ecobee's connected thermostat will likely include the ability to talk to Alexa. Marketing materials obtained by Dave Zatz depict the Ecobee4 with a blue light at the top, which is a pretty obvious Alexa giveaway. Apple initially leaked the HomeKit-enabled device last month when it included it on a list of compatible thermostats. the Ecobee4 also passed through the FCC, showing a speaker built in.
April 17, 2017
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The Gate smart lock is a Swiss Army knife for home security
Why bother with a bunch of pesky accessories when you can have a single device do all of the heavy lifting? That's the idea behind Gate Labs' Gate smart lock. as a Wi-Fi deadbolt with a built-in keypad, camera, motion detector, speaker, microphone and "call" button, Gate promises to do much more than your standard app-enabled lock.
October 30, 2016
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The Google Assistant SDK will let you run the Assistant on anything
Build your own Google Home out of whatever you want.
April 27, 2017
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The Google Cast app is now called 'Google Home'
This marks, somewhat confusingly, the third name for Google's companion application for controlling Google-branded connected devices, following the original "Chromecast" and "Google Cast" names.
October 26, 2016
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The Google Home app will now help you decide what song you want to hear
A new Listen tab is dedicated to helping you discover the right music to fit your mood.
March 15, 2017
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The Happy Home Company shuts down, team members move to Google
The company was founded by Doug Ludlow, who sold his previous startup, Hipster, to AOL (which also owns TechCrunch). Its goal was to take some of the confusion out of the home maintenance process – when something broke in your home, Happy Home's "home managers" would help you find the right service provider, and they also helped you develop a long-term maintenance plan.
November 4, 2016
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The Internet is Transfixed by the Wonderfully Pointless, Surreal, Circular Debate Between Two Google Home Devices
Hundreds of thousands of people have tuned in to Twitch today to be amused, befuddled, and delighted (often at the same time) by the Internet of Things' version of a dog chasing its own tail – two Google Home hubs speaking to each other about everything and nothing, with no immediate end in sight.
January 6, 2017
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The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret: it's not really yours
If you pay any attention at all to technology news right now, you might be led to believe that "smart" devices are here to liberate you from your old, dumb objects around your home. Over the last few years the Internet of Things craze has slowly but surely taken hold – and every company you can imagine wants to bring your stuff into a Jetsons-esque future.
July 12, 2016
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The Nest Cam Outdoor is a $199 camera with an easy-to-install magnetic base
Plus Nest adds a "person detection" feature, provided you pay the monthly fee.
July 14, 2016
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The new LIFX smart bulb emits infrared light to help security cameras see better
California-based lighting startup LIFX has released a number of smart lightbulbs since completing a successful Kickstarter campaign back in early 2013. the latest from the company is pretty straightforward as far as such things go, offering up the kind of features we've long come to expect from the company and competition like the Philips Hue.
September 30, 2016
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The next Google Home speaker is expected to include a built-in Wi-Fi router
It's been almost 11 months since Google unveiled its Home speaker hub, offering voice interactions powered by its digital Assistant to help users complete tasks, access entertainment features, and get their questions answered. the device didn't go on sale in the United States until almost six months later, and has only launched in the United Kingdom today, priced at £129.
April 6, 2017
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The Oco smart security camera is your high-definition guard dog
Protect your most valuable assets, now 20 percent off MSRP.
April 18, 2017
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The Ring Floodlight Cam uses Wi-Fi video recording and a 100dB siren to thwart crooks
For $249, the Ring Floodlight Cam may be Ring's most bad guy-unfriendly smart camera yet.
January 4, 2017
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The Sevenhugs Smart Remote magically adapts to control whatever device it's pointed at
Okay, it's not really magic. the remote relies on an indoor positioning system to know where it is, and the devices you'd have it control are located within the room. and that's cool.
November 10, 2016
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There's a Reflector Built Right Into this Camera Bag
If you're not careful, photography can become a black hole of never-ending accessories and camera gear that you can never escape. you don't always need to bring along an entire studio's worth of gear to get a great shot, and Betabrand is making it even easier to travel light with a new camera bag featuring a reflector built right in.
September 30, 2016
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These are the coolest things you can do with Google Home
Make Google your home companion
November 28, 2016
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This 4G LTE security camera can survive a Wi-Fi outage
Canary, the startup behind the Canary all-in-on?e security system, is back with a new product -- the $199/£159 Canary Flex. Here's an overview of the Flex's basic specs:
September 20, 2016
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This Alexa-enabled coffee pot isn't great at making coffee, but dang it's cute
It was only about a month ago that we discovered the Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass, and now a couple of enterprising college students have created a muppet-esque talking coffee pot. to get their device working, the two students, David Frank and Carter Hurd, ran Alexa on a Raspberry Pi and hooked up a microphone.
December 19, 2016
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This Color Temperature-Changing Desk Lamp can Also Recharge your Phone
$25 is a solid great price for any LED desk lamp, but it's one of the best we've ever seen for a model that includes a USB charging port and adjustable color temperature, which can seriously boost your productivity.
February 1, 2017
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This LG refrigerator runs Windows 10 with Cortana, and has a translucent 29-inch touchscreen
Refrigerators with apps and internet connections are nothing new, but they haven't exactly become a common sight in homes around the globe. that hasn't stopped big tech manufacturers from running with the idea though.
September 1, 2016
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This LG Smart Fridge Has a Windows Brain
Last year, Samsung embedded a giant tablet in the front of a fridge and called the fridge smart. People kind of bought it, and there was much hype. this year Samsung is hoping that some software updates to that fridge tech will set it apart. But it won't. Instead, the Samsung smart fridge must suffer. Because LG one-upped Samsung and made Windows refrigerators.
January 5, 2017
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This Nest Security Flaw is Remarkably Dumb
The internet has made it supremely easy to install connected security cameras wherever you want. Unfortunately for Nest, that easy connectivity makes it simple for hackers to disable its cameras with just a few keystrokes. and that's a very bad feature for a security camera.
March 22, 2017
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This Shiny Connected Toaster Uses your Smartphone to Remember your Perfect Toasting Settings
It's one of the simplest appliances in your kitchen, but how many times have you popped bread in a toaster, only to have it nuke your slice because the previous user had it set to well done? Too often, which is why Griffin Technology's shiny new Connected Toaster isn't that absurd of an idea.
January 4, 2017
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This Simple 3D-Printed Door Handle Works Without Any Moving Parts
Instead of just working on improving what 3D printers are capable of, researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut are also finding ways to make everyday objects more 3D printer-friendly, including those that rely on moving parts that can't be reproduced during the printing process.
September 12, 2016
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This smart countertop oven will scan your meal and cook it automatically
A microwave-sized product that launches today on Kickstarter confirms that small smart appliances are leaps ahead of their full-sized counterparts in connecting the kitchen.
March 8, 2016
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This smart light is bright: It turns any surface into an interactive display
Lampix can transform most flat surfaces into interactive displays.
September 13, 2016
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This Smartphone Sensor Lets you Peer Right Through Walls
You may never again have use for that stud sensor buried in your kitchen's utility drawer with a new sensor for Android smartphones called the WalabotDIY that promises to let your device peer right through walls revealing everything from pipes, to wiring, to even unwanted pests hiding between rooms.
August 16, 2016
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Toggling Alexa's Voice Purchasing Power and Setting a Passcode
You may have heard new reports where Alexa owners accidentally and unknowingly ordered products from Amazon that showed up on their doorstep unexpectedly.
January 11, 2017
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Top 5 reasons to bring home a Google Home
The easiest way to high-tech your home.
December 19, 2016
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TP-Link releases three Alexa-compatible smart light bulbs
TP-Link has released three new smart Wi-Fi light bulbs, and as with just about every smart product released this year, it's compatible with Amazon's Alexa. If it wasn't clear before, Alexa has become the default smart home integration option for the majority of smart device manufacturers.
September 13, 2016
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TP-Link unveils new Wi-Fi bulbs with 16 million colors
Smart lightbulbs have become an in-thing these days. Philips brought it to the mainstream with Hue, but we've reviewed others in the market such as LIFx. all do basically the same thing, working from a phone or tablet to turn on and off, or change colors. It mostly comes down to what the app can do and how easy is it to use?
October 28, 2016
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Turn your Home Into a Smart One with Mesh's DIY Kit
The Internet is everywhere, and if you're down with using a smartphone to control everything in your life, the Internet of Things is a dream come true. the problem is living the networked Good Life generally means forking out the cash to buy connected gadgets ($67 for a lightbulb?) or being an adroit hacker.
June 8, 2016
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Twin Cooling Plus™ Technology: how to Make your Fridge Fresher
From the primitive ice buckets of yesteryear to the modern day refrigerator, the technology we use to keep our food cool has evolved. Yet, even though the methods have changed over the years, the basic principles of cooling have been the same for centuries and we have always used a cooling substance and some form of insulation.
November 17, 2016
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US government starts asking foreign visitors for their Facebook, Twitter and other social media info
In a move that has drawn criticisms from privacy groups, the US government this week started to ask some foreign travelers arriving in the country to hand over their social media account details.
December 23, 2016
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Watch two Google Home voice assistants arguing
The two smart home speakers are asking life's important questions, like "Can artificial intelligence be amused?"
January 6, 2017
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Watching two Google Homes trying to have a conversation is the best thing you'll see today
In the future, computers will be able to talk to one another. Perhaps intelligently.
January 6, 2017
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WeMo's new smart dimmer solves the problem of LED light flickering
Belkin's WeMo is back with a couple more smart home gadgets to make your life easier.
January 3, 2017
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What is It? | Black Plastic Handles
Ask this Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows off a cleverly designed wheelbarrow accessory
June 24, 2016
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What we Want to see from Google Home in 2017
Google Home is currently the only contender that's able to do battle with the Amazon Echo. After living with one for about a month, I've found Google's search capabilities give it some key advantages over Alexa. However, when it comes to the home digital assistant game that's only part of the equation.
December 23, 2016
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When will Alexa and Google Assistant appear in speakers that actually sound good?
The Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers are great at reading the weather, but can't spin a tune to save their digital lives. how long till someone makes a talking speaker that really sings?
January 17, 2017
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Which apps and services work with Google Home?
Clear your throat for a lot of "OK, Google" with these services that are ready on day one for Google's Echo competitor.
October 11, 2016
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Which smart lights should you use with Amazon's Alexa?
Alexa, turn off the Bedroom lights.
February 22, 2017
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While Amazon Alexa quickly becomes part of the family, Google Home is like a stranger who knows too much about you
Digital assistants from Amazon and Google have different perspectives and personalities.
November 10, 2016
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Whirlpool and smart-kitchen software company part ways
The appliance manufacturer and Innit, a startup that wants to better connect smart kitchen appliances, had previously announced that they would work together on a line of smart wall ovens.
March 3, 2017
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Whirlpool's Wi-Fi microwave will send a notification to your phone when your food's ready
The world's largest appliance manufacturer will create an over-the-range microwave oven that you can monitor from your smart device. (No camera, yet.)
March 16, 2017
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Why Amazon's Alexa Can't Tell you If it's Connected to the CIA
Is your Amazon Echo device -- and its virtual assistant Alexa -- somehow connected to the CIA? a video of one Echo refusing to answer that question both amused and alarmed (but mostly amused) viewers, but Amazon is now chalking it up to a glitch that has since been fixed.
March 10, 2017
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Will Spinn sling great coffee or just hype?
It's hard to bring a quality espresso machine to market, let alone one made for ordinary consumers. now add to the list a device that can brew everything from drip to pour-over to Americanos and the bar for success rises even higher. No sweat, says startup company Spinn. According to Spinn, the $499 (£400, AU$650) Spinn Coffee Maker, on sale for $299 at the time of this review, can handle all that and then some.
February 24, 2017
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Windows 10 makes thirsty drinkers wait while it updates the fridge
Last year we wrote about how Windows 10 ruined a live weather broadcast with an unwanted upgrade, and killed a live pro gaming stream with a badly timed update.
January 6, 2017
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Windows made from transparent wood are cooler than glass
Engineers at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) demonstrate in a new study that windows made of transparent wood could provide more even and consistent natural lighting and better energy efficiency than glass.
August 16, 2016
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Wink Hub 2 review: this second-generation smart-home hub is one of the best choices for do-it-yourselfers
Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth LE, or Wi-Fi, the second-generation Wink Hub can control every aspect of your smart home.
May 3, 2017
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Wink joins up with Google Home for Assistant
Like Amazon Echo, Google Home is a device that can answer your questions, play music, and control home automation tasks. it's a handy thing to have around if you don't mind Google listening to you on a regular basis.
March 29, 2017
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Withings has canceled its Homekit-enabled Home Plus camera
Seemingly over a patent dispute between parent company Nokia and Apple
April 19, 2017
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Xiaomi Mi Robot review: your weekends just got lazier
The Mi Robot raises the bar for robot vacuum cleaners.
October 22, 2016
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Xiaomi rolls out a $250 robot vacuum cleaner
Xiaomi isn't your average phone manufacturer. the Chinese company makes everything from air purifiers to hoverboards, smart rice cookers, smartwatches, body scales, power banks, routers, and even an electric screwdriver. Xiaomi brings these products to market under its Mi Ecosystem label, which sees the company facilitating startups across various categories by providing monetary assistance and connecting them with its supply chain partners.
August 31, 2016
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You can buy a robot to plow your driveway this winter
But it won't dig out your parked car.
October 14, 2016
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You can finally say 'Computer' to your Echo to command it
Still can't make Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
January 23, 2017
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You can now order food from Grubhub with Alexa
If you're too lazy to make dinner, you can pull out your phone to order something on Grubhub. Now, if you're too lazy to do even that, you can just yell at Alexa.
March 15, 2017
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You'll have to step outside to see Nest's next security camera
Nest Cam Outdoor, a $199/£150 outside-only Wi-Fi security camera, is slated to join the smart home brand's product lineup this fall. International availability is expected to follow soon after.
September 15, 2016
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You're Killing your Home with Kindness
Kick these deceptive "home improvement" habits STAT
May 31, 2016
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Your next Google Home could double as a Wi-Fi router
This is how Google plans to take on the Amazon Echo.
April 5, 2017
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Zmodo Torch Pro review:
This giant security light takes up way too much space
March 9, 2017
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Zuckerberg's Jarvis home AI is like an Alexa that learns your musical tastes
Mark Zuckerberg set himself an ambitious personal project for 2016 -- build a connected artificial assistant to help him automate certain tasks at home, including things like controlling the lights, watching for visitors and operating appliances
December 19, 2016
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