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5 reasons I still use the Echo Show 15 everyday

The Echo Show 15 came out six months ago, and I still use it on a daily basis to stay on top of tasks. Here's why I still love it.
2 days ago
Amazon Echo Show 15 hanging horizontally on the wall in a kitchen.

How smart tech can improve your 4th of July BBQ

Want to one-up your family members' 4th of July barbecues? Let smart home tech help you show your patriotism.
4 days ago
philips hue outdoor range

I followed Alexa’s prompts for a day and this is what I learned

The Echo Show delivers prompts and news items during the day. Just how tailored are they to your preferences? We did everything it says for a day to find out.
June 26, 2022
The 2021 Amazon Echo Show 8 in an angled view.

Is a smart faucet worth it?

On the surface, a smart faucet seems silly, but is it? Can an intelligent tap truly make a difference in the kitchen?
June 22, 2022
Delta Leland

Cloud services are convenient, but they hurt smart home longevity

Relying on cloud servers for basic smart home functionality is a terrible idea.
June 21, 2022
The Echo Show 15 is the largest smart display yet.

Is a smart grill worth it? We weigh the factors

Smart grills are now a thing. But do we really need to add technology to the most primal of human acts: Cooking over fire?
June 13, 2022
weber genesis smart grill review

Is your smart home child-safe?

How friendly has the smart home become for kids? Let's take a look at the potential dangers around home automation and how to make sure your child is safe.
June 8, 2022
Roborock S7 cleaning while kids and pets play.

Why aren’t smart locks and video doorbells the same device?

Smart locks and video doorbells seem like two gadgets that would work well as a single product, but manufacturers aren't racing to produce them. Here's why.
June 7, 2022
eufy by Anker Security Video Smart Lock installed on corner.

All of Apple’s big no-shows from WWDC 2022

Unsurprisingly, the WWDC 2022 rumors weren't totally correct. Here's everything Apple didn't announce during its annual developer keynote.
June 6, 2022
Tim Cook at WWDC 2022.

The most eco-friendly smart home companies

Upgrade your smart home responsibly with these eco-friendly manufacturers.
June 4, 2022
a sapling grows in the forest

Enhancing a vacation home with smart tech

Going away on vacation for the summer? Check out these products, from security to cleaning, that can help elevate your summer home to smart home status.
June 1, 2022
Multiple colored hue lights on inside a living room

The benefits of solar-powered smart wearables

Imagine a life free from cables, power banks, and wall outlets. Solar wearables are here, but are they worth it?
May 24, 2022
A Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar rests in the sand on a sunny day.

How loud is too loud for your smart devices?

Smart speakers are one of the most popular smart home accessories -- but can they be too loud? Here are the details about smart device volume and its limits.
May 23, 2022
An Amazon Echo in living room.

Can your smart home save you money on homeowners insurance?

We all know the smart home is supposed to make our lives easier, but can it save you money on insurance? Let's find out.
May 20, 2022
Nest devices grouped together on a counter.

Are we becoming too dependent on the smart home?

Smart homes are convenient, but are we trading mental strength for that convenience?
May 19, 2022
Amazon Echo Show 15 hanging horizontally on the wall in a kitchen.

For Get Caught Reading Month, let Alexa suggest a book

May is Get Caught Reading Month, and Alexa is more than up to the task of helping you participate. Here's how Alexa can help you find a good book or audiobook.
May 15, 2022
Woman in bed looking toward Echo Dot.

There’s no new Nest Hub, but that’s OK

Google didn't announce a new Nest Hub yesterday, but that's OK. Other areas need to be focused on first.
May 12, 2022
Hosting a Zoom conference through Nest Hub Max.

Vivint’s new updates make its smart home system even smarter

Vivint updated its product line to a new generation and added a few highly-desirable features to an already great lineup.
May 10, 2022
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The Sandman wars, or how accurate are sleep trackers?

I compared the results of three different sleep trackers to determine which one is the most accurate.
May 8, 2022
A person weraing the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro for sleep monitoring

Alexa, May the Fourth be with you

From trivia and jokes to Easter eggs and more, here are some fun commands to give Alexa in honor of Star Wars Day 2022.
May 4, 2022
Kylo and Rey fighting in Rise of the Skywalker

Do smart posture-correcting devices really work?

We've all seen those smart posture trainers pop up in our feeds, but do they really work, and are they worth the money?
April 27, 2022
Upright go being worn using adhesive on the back.

Smart homes without Wi-Fi: Huge possibilities or roadblocks?

Our wireless networks are the building blocks of our smart home ecosystems, but should every automation require an Internet connection? Here's what we think.
April 25, 2022
Amazon Echo Show 15 hanging horizontally on the wall.

Can a robot vacuum work as an air purifier?

Is there a future where robot vacuums and air purifiers are the same device? Not likely, but they might be able to work together.
April 24, 2022
iRobot Roomba S9.

The Google Nest lineup needs a redesigned plug

The Google Nest Hub is a great smart display, but its bulky plug is in dire need of a redesign. Here's why users are still frustrated years after its launch.
April 22, 2022
Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen on table.

CBS is wrong. Hackers are unlikely to burglarize a smart home

Your smart home might have a few vulnerabilities, but it isn't likely to aid a burglar in gaining access to your property.
April 20, 2022
wyze lock bolt smart fingerprint scanner finger

Why moving your smart home could be a nightmare

As we adopt smart home devices and make intelligent spaces, what happens when we relocate? Moving a smart home can be a nightmare -- but it doesn't have to be.
April 16, 2022
Philips Hue Appear Outdoor smart light.

How much toilet paper do bidets actually save?

Is the best option for a squeaky clean butt also the best option for the environment? Let's learn about bidets.
April 15, 2022
A bidet on a toilet seat.

5 creative ways to repurpose your old and unused tech

Rather than simply tossing out your old electronics, it's actually quite easy to find alternative uses for them. Here are some of our favorites!
April 3, 2022
An old iPad being used as a picture frame.

During spring cleaning, don’t forget smart home security

During spring cleaning, don't forget about home security. Change passwords, enable two-factor authentication, and more.
April 3, 2022
A physical lock placed on a keyboard to represent a locked keyboard.

How does sleep tracking work?

Sleep trackers can help you improve the quality of your sleep, but do you understand how they work? We spoke with sleep scientists to find out.
April 2, 2022
A person weraing the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro for sleep monitoring

WyzeCam’s security flaw should not have been kept secret

The WyzeCam v1 has reportedly been vulnerable to hackers for three years, but Wyze never mentioned anything.
April 1, 2022
WyzeCam hands-on review center

How to use technology to make spring cleaning easier

Don't spend a Saturday scrubbing. Let technology and gadgets do the work. We've got ideas for how to use tech to tackle all your spring cleaning.
March 30, 2022
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni cleaning hardwood floors.

Is a smart refrigerator worth it?

Smart fridges are pricey, but can having technology like cameras, Wi-Fi, and touchless access really make your kitchen better?
March 23, 2022
Samsung Family Hub fridge touchscreen.

Can the M1 Ultra help improve Homekit and Siri?

The HomePod mini and Siri need an upgrade. Is the new M1 Ultra chip the key to HomeKit's future?
March 17, 2022
Black HomePod mini on a side table, in front of an Apple TV

Is a smart coffee maker worth it?

Smart coffee machines can do barista-level brews at home. They're expensive, but are they truly worth it?
March 16, 2022
Control panel of Philips 4300 machine with drinks selected.

Is it feasible to go all-in with one smart home ecosystem?

What is the true cost of choosing only one smart home ecosystem? Whether HomeKit, Alexa, or Assistant, we tackle what it will take to invest in just one.
March 6, 2022
Nest mini next to a HomePod mini next to an Echo Dot on a table.

I had the best cardio workout of my life while boxing in VR

Liteboxer VR gamifies working out in the best way possible, but is it an effective workout?
March 1, 2022
Liteboxer VR challenges you to keep moving.

What I learned after tracking my home’s air quality for a week

The air quality in your home might not be as great as you imagine. An indoor air quality monitor can show surprising insights and tips on how to breathe easier.
February 27, 2022
The AirThings View Plus is an indoor air quality monitor.

How does direct current power work?

Despite the dominance of alternating current in our day to day lives, direct current still has some very useful applications.
February 25, 2022
Electrical power lines cast against a blue sky.

Inside a high-tech Hollywood home where everything is hidden

In this episode of Genius Home, we take you on a tour of a high-end Hollywood hills home full of secret rooms, hidden fixtures, and subtle sophistication.
February 23, 2022
A grassy backyard that has a life-sized chess game.

Are Blink’s floodlight and solar panel add-ons worth it?

The Blink Outdoor Cam is a versatile camera with a set of accessories that make it even more powerful -- but is the added cost for these accessories worth it?
February 19, 2022
blink expands lineup affordable video doorbell floodlight camera

Best gifts for a first-time smart home setup

Don't get bogged down thinking about what to get someone who's just starting a smart home. Here are the gifts for first-time smart home setup.
November 16, 2021

Should you buy a security camera on Black Friday 2021?

Black Friday is the best time to buy a security camera, but don't wait for a better deal. This year, the sales start early -- and so should your shopping.
November 14, 2021

Should you buy a soundbar on Black Friday 2021?

Black Friday is a great for deals on all kinds of products, but it's especially good for soundbars -- the easiest way to get better TV sound.
November 14, 2021
Samsung The Terrace Soundbar.

Which smart security cams are serious about privacy? We’ve ranked them all

Indoor security cameras boast a variety of features. We put some of the most popular models to the test to see which take security and privacy more seriously.
July 16, 2021
Wyze Cam v3 vs Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor Comparison

Got multiple Alexa devices? Here are are some die-hard features to try

While two isn't always better than one, owning more than one Alexa device means more for you and your smart home. Here are some multi-device Alexa tricks.
July 6, 2021
Drop In on the Amazon Echo Show 10.

Summer’s a scorcher. Here’s how smart home tech can offer relief

With the dog days of summer on the way, your smart home devices can help you beat the heat and stay comfortable.
July 4, 2021
Google Nest Thermostat (2020)

Outdoor smart lights are best for expressing your patriotism this 4th of July

Looking for a way to avoid a major fireworks purchase this year? Outdoor smart lighting is a great way to replace that pyro in the sky. Read on to see how.
July 1, 2021
4th of July lighting as brought to us by Philips Hue.

4 reasons to look forward to Apple HomeKit and Matter collaboration

Matter represents a major joining of hands across the smart-home landscape, but what does that mean for the future of Apple HomeKit? Here's what we think.
June 24, 2021
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7 things we wish Amazon Alexa could do

Can you imagine a future where Amazon Alexa has even more tricks up her sleeve? Here's a wish list of seven features we'd like to see added to the assistant.
June 22, 2021
Amazon Echo 4th Gen smart speaker on a table.