Drew Prindle

Drew Prindle

Drew's fascination with technology began at an early age - shortly after he licked a 9-volt battery for the first time. It was this first taste of technology that sparked his interest in how electronics work, and he's been obsessed ever since. Aside from keeping up with the latest developments in tech, he enjoys shock humor, and working puns into his writing at every opportunity. You can find his work on Digital Trends and The Manual.

Netgear jumps on the smart home bandwagon with a weatherproof connected camera

Netgear isn't just about routers anymore. Earlier today, the company announced the launch of a new security camera -- the first of many products it plans to release under its newly-minted Arlo smart home brand.


Wal-Mart now sells Insteon home automation gear

Insteon, one of the more well-established home automation platforms in the biz, has recently announded that its connected home products and kits are now available in more than 1,500 Walmart stores across the country


The BeON smart bulb is designed to stop break-ins before they happen

With the help of an embedded microphone and some clever programming, BeON can learn your family's habits and make it seem like you're home all the time -- thereby deterring would-be-burglars from breaking in.


Nest’s latest software update displays outside weather, improves behavior-learning features

Good news to anyone who owns a Nest Learning Thermostat -- the company just released a software update that adds some long-requested features to the device.


Verizon’s new wireless router comes smart home-ready with built-in Z-Wave compatibility

In addition to regular Wi-Fi, Verizon's new router also supports the Z-Wave protocol, meaning it can function as a network hub for any Z-Wave compatible device. The router also offers a lot of other perks.


Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of November 2, 2014

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Cool Tech

The Fountain app connects you with home improvement experts right when you need them

Rather than forcing you to scour through forums and crowdsourced answer sites, Fountain allows you to video chat with home improvement experts on-demand


New iOS 8 widget lets you control Philips Hue lights from Notifications Center

Freshly launched in the App Store, this new iOS 8 widget allows you to turn your Hue lights on or off right from the iOS Notification Center menu -- effectively making the entire process much faster


AirGuard can tell when there’s weed or tobacco smoke in the air

Using a special set of polymer films, the device can accurately detect cigarette and marijuana smoke in a way that a normal smoke alarm cannot.


Hoover’s latest really sucks: Air Cordless takes the wires out of work

If you’re looking for an ultra-maneuverable vacuum that you can whip around your floors with ease, the Hoover Air Cordless should definitely be on your short list.

  • Pros: Super lightweight , Cordless , Comes with two batteries…
  • Cons: Struggles with mid-sized granules (sand) , Feels flimsy…

Like Shazam for songbirds, this app identifies birds by their tweet

Similar to song-identifying apps like Shazam and SoundHound, Warblr uses your smartphone to record a nearby bird song and then analyze it in real time with sophisticated machine learning algorithms to determine the species of the performer.


SmartThings adds Windows Phone support to its home automation hub

Joining the existing iOS and Android apps, SmartThings' new Windows Phone application opens up the platform to an even wider population of smart-home enthusiasts.


MAID is a smart microwave/convection oven hybrid you can control with your voice

In addition to pulling double duty as a microwave and a convection oven, MAID understands voice commands, gestures, and can connect to your smartphone for remote operation.