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FIU students develop solution for protecting smart homes during disasters

By making use of IBM's Watson, a pair of students at FIU developed a system capable of helping smart homes adapt to disasters in real time. If a riot broke out, it would have the ability to lock doors or increase police presence.
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Maytag 24-inch top control dish washer Review

Maytag’s latest top-loading dishwasher cleans without a commotion
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Airbnb buys Luxury Retreats to offer more luxurious villas for your vacation

If you're going to go on vacation, go on vacation. Thanks to Airbnb's new acquisition, you certainly can when it comes to your accommodations. Airbnb has announced the addition of Montreal-based Luxury Retreats to its portfolio.
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Canned spam: New Padmapper algorithm takes aim at scams and fishy listings

Padmapper introduces its new Post a Pad app, which allows you to access the Zumper and Padmapper rental marketplaces. Plus, its security algorithm makes the marketplace safer, sifting through all the scams and spam.
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The HP Pavilion 21.5-inch LED monitor is a budget-friendly full HD display ($100)

At just $100 on Amazon, the HP Pavilion 21.5-inch LED Monitor is an affordable desktop display suitable for both work and play. The IPS panel allows for clear viewing at all angles and outputs in crisp 1080p.
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Watch out, Alexa: You can now make purchases on Google Home

While Google Assistant may have the leg up on contextual search capabilities, Amazon's Alexa has enjoyed a strong lead on the ability to make purchases. Google is catching up fast, though, as you can now make purchases via Google Home.
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It’s tough to trust a smart smoke alarm, but Roost and Nest Protect won me over

Smart smoke alarms offer benefits like letting you silence a false alarm before the device starts blaring and getting notifications about dying batteries. As long as you buy a battery-operated one, it’s a great addition to a smart…
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Amazon's Alexa finally gets support for Outlook.com calendars

Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, has lots of neat skills. So many, in fact, it seems like a new one appears every day. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Echo, Dot, or Tap.
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Alexa, call mom: Amazon and Google want to add voice calls to digital assistants

Amazon Echo and Google Home may soon add a home phone feature, which would allow the devices to do even more. However, there remain a load of hurdles to jump over before voice call capability comes to their smart home speakers.
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Boogeymen beware: SwitchLight turns ordinary light switches into night lights

Currently taking Kickstarter by storm, the innovative SwitchLight boasts the ability to turn an ordinary light switch into a functioning nightlight. Not only does it preserve outlet space but it won't mess with a room's feng shui.
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3D printing your household items could save you some serious cash, study finds

Looking for an investment promising you a 100 percent return? According to a new study, buying a 3D printer and printing your own household items is just about the safest bet you can make.
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The Airy Box uses plants to purify your air, no electricity required

Plants clean the air we breathe. But, what if we could increase a plant's air cleaning power, turning a regular plant into an air purifier? The Airy purifier claims it found a way to do just that.