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Add Wi-Fi connectivity and HomeKit compatibility to your Roomba with this clever retrofit

Designed to replace the faceplate of your existing Roomba, Thinking Cleaner connects the bot to your home wireless network and gives it all the features and functionality that iRobot forgot to include

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Hot, smelly, and handmade: A behind-the-scenes look at how Christmas decorations are made

This video profiles the city of Yiwu, China, where 60 percent of Christmas decorations are made. Somewhat surprisingly, they're mostly hand-assembled, instead of being mass-produced in a huge factory.

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Home accessories holiday gift guide

The gift-giving season is upon us, and our wish list is long, especially when it comes to gadgets for the home. But since it’s better to give than to receive, we also have a bunch of cool home tech we want to bestow upon our loved ones. Need some…

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Do you hear that? Startup wants to make silent fridges and air conditioners

A startup just received $44 million in funding; Phononic uses semiconductors for refrigerators and wants to use them for air conditioners, too; this would make them much quieter.

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Don’t remember the milk: In five years, a third of people will have smart fridges

Adoption of smart home devices is growing, and by 2019, most people expect to have at least one Internet-connected device in the house. This data comes from a recent survey of 2,000 people.

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Diagnose ear infections at home with this low-cost smartphone accessory

CellScope has developed an innovative new smartphone attachment that essentially transforms your device into a fully-functioning, network-connected otoscope -- the medical device that doctors use to look inside of people's ears.

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It's as sexy as a boiled potato, but Lowes' Iris system makes your home smarter

These may not be sexy gadgets, but Lowe’s Iris system might be the smartest path to a smart home.

  • Pros: A wide variety of compatible devices from third parties…
  • Cons: Requires a proprietary hub , Advanced features require a…

4 tech trends we’re going to see blow up at CES 2015

The 2015 CES, the biggest gadget show of the year, is mere weeks away. From wearables to the Internet of Things to smartphone cases galore, here's what we expect to see.

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LoTR Litter: Two cats are the proud owners of a Hobbit-hole poop box

AWE me's Super Fan Builds made a Lord of the Rings litter box. Two cats will now be pooping in a gorgeous Hobbit-hole. Personally, we wouldn't let them wreck the Tower of Sauron scratching post, either.

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Long-awaited Google Now voice controls might soon be coming to Nest

Based on some recently discovered features, it appears that Nest will soon integrate with Google Now, making temperature adjustments possible via spoken commands on your smartphone.

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Rock out to this neighborhood’s amazing synchronized Christmas light display

A neighborhood in Yucaipa, California synchronized all their Christmas lights to flash in time to Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizards of Winter." The video was taken by a drone, so... bonus points?

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Double down on delicious with Frigidaire's Gallery Series double oven

Frigidaire’s Gallery Series double oven is spacious and sleek, offering plenty of room for any size meal.

  • Pros: Attractive , Spacious , Lots of rack options…
  • Cons: Temperature issues , Preheat not as fast as promised

No need for the sniff test with this sensor that detects spoiled food

MIT chemists have created sensors that detect spoiled food and many types of gas; the sensors don't use much power and can communicate with smartphones, and researchers hope they can detect dangerous gas levels in manufacturing plants, too.

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Build your own expanding table with these downloadable DIY instructions

Contractor and garage tinkerer Scott Rumschlag has spent the last couple years developing his own version of the iconic Fletcher Capstan table, and has recently begun selling the plans online for just 29 bucks

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Gin and juicers: All the barware you need to make sure guests sip in style

If you want to invest in a home bar, this guide will tell you what accessories and essentials you need, just in time for all that holiday entertaining that’s about to happen.

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Sony secures a spot in the smart home market with its crowdfunded Qrio lock

Sony’s Qrio is a smart lock that quickly exceeds Its crowdfunding goal on the Japanese equivalent of Kickstarter; the lock requires no tools to install and lets users open their doors with their smartphones.

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Gifts for the obnoxious family member

You can’t stand them. But either through marriage or bad luck, you’re related. And you’re going to see them during the holidays, so you need to get them something.  Sure, you could be polite and just purchase an inoffensive Starbucks gift card and call…

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This 4K display turns digital art into an analog experience (and that’s OK)

The Depict Frame is a specialty 4K display designed for the sole purpose of showcasing art in ultra-high resolution. You get framed art that you can constantly update, simply by using Depict's iOS app.

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Let them drink (off-brand) K-cups: Hackers rig Keurig’s new machine

The new Keurig 2.0 only works with the company's branded K-Cups, but people have found an easy way to trick the machine by affixing a Keurig label onto cheaper, off-brand K-Cups

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Has Intel’s chip come in with its IoT platform?

Intel launches its IoT platform, hoping it will bring simple, secure IoT-based solutions to a variety of industries, including wearables and smart homes. The chip-maker wants to be ahead of the game when it comes to the Internet of Things.

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The definitive guide to fixing a clogged toilet

An overflowing toilet is incredibly stressful, but so is paying for a plumber. If you don't want to wait around for help you can use these simple steps to take care of that clog yourself.

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Big red mistake: Starz CEO calls 2008 deal with Netflix ‘terrible’

Starz CEO spoke at the 2014 UBS Global Media and Communications and explained why business with Netflix is not always good.

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