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House buried in snow by blizzard.

The truth about outdoor smart home gadgets and extreme cold

Has your smart camera or smart light frozen solid? It's frustrating, but is it normal and can it be prevented?
Tineco Toasty One on counter with fresh toast.

Toasting … for dummies? Who really needs a smart toaster

Roost Smart Water and Freeze Detector

How smart water management can protect against damage and save money

Twinkly smart lights set up around Christmas tree.

Smart ways to save on your utility bills during the holidays

Arlo Go 2

The Arlo Go 2 can go beyond Wi-Fi, and that’s really cool

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This is how much it costs to run a smart garden, and how much it can save

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro on wall.

Ring security camera buying guide

The PuriCare AeroTower acts as a conversation piece in a room.

Turns out, sleep mode in smart fans isn’t just a gimmick

Someone presses the Nest Video Doorbell in front of their home.

Is it worth upgrading to the new Google Nest wired doorbell?

The Yale Assure Lock 2 installed on the outside of a door.

Yale Assure Lock 2 hands-on review: tiny footprint, tremendous features

The Google Pixel Table and the Speaker Dock.

Is the Pixel Tablet a competitor to the Echo Show 15?

Photo of a woman adjusting a Nest Thermostat.

Nest Renew could be the first step to a smarter electrical grid

i replaced my fancy coffee machine with a smart tea kettle and love it

I replaced my fancy coffee machine with a smart tea kettle, and I love it

Can a smart tea kettle really replace the magic of a fancy coffee machine? Our reviewer puts it to the test to see if it's up to the task.
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What we want to see from Google’s fall event

Google is holding a big event on October 6. Here's a closer look at what smart home reveals have been confirmed, along with a few surprises we'd like to see.
Astro looking at a dog on a couch.

Despite its new features, Astro is still impractical for most people

Amazon's Astro is a nifty invention, but it's functionality is still limited. It's not the most practical purchase for the vast majority of people.
Amazon Astro in a build with Ring Virtual Security Guard on its screen.

Everything announced at Amazon’s 2022 Fall Event: new Echos, Fire TVs, Kindle Scribe, and more

Didn't get an invite to the 2022 Amazon device event? We've got you covered. Here's a recap of everything they announced.
A person loading the Amazon Astro with a snack.

What we want to see from Amazon’s fall event

Amazon's annual autumnal showcase is likely coming up quickly, and we have a lofty wishlist of everything we'd like to see at the event.
Amazon Astro Robot.

What to expect from Amazon’s September 28 event: Ring Always Home Cam, Amazon Astro, more

With Amazon's Devices & Services event in one week, here are all the details and rumors we know so far.
amazon smart oven review keypad

Are smart kitchen gadgets worth it?

So many gadgets are popping up with 'smart' in the name. But what does this really mean, and when it comes to smart kitchen appliances, is it worth it?
Matter CSA image.

Is it worth waiting for Matter to buy new smart products?

Matter is on the way, and it promises a faster, more seamless smart home. Is it worth holding out until it's live before buying your next smart light?
thermapros tempspike hands on thermaspike wireless meat thermometer

ThermoPro’s TempSpike: A wireless thermometer for the newbie in all of us

We got a sneak peek at the ThermoPro TempSpike wireless meat thermometer. Read on to see if it impressed as much as the TP25 four-prong one for grilling.
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Smart gadgets need a face-lift. A lot of them are way too ugly.

It is high time design catches up with technology. Why can't our gadgets be beautiful and functional?
Bluetti's AC500 is the size of a large cooler and takes up a ton of space in a vehicle.

I tried to ruin a camping trip with 130 pounds of batteries

The Bluetti AC500 delivers 5,000 watts of power in a package you can toss in your trunk. But should you?
HGTV Smart Home 2022 in Wilmington, NC.

Big smart home growth predicted: These are the appliances and features we’d like to see

Smart home gadgets aren't going away. Recent studies show this market is booming. Here's what you need to know to plan your own smart home of the future.
Apple HomePod mini render vs Google Nest Audio on table

Everything we know about the HomePod 2 (which isn’t a whole lot)

The HomePod 2 didn't make an appearance at Apple's latest event, but there are a lot of rumors about it.
The Bites 2 Lite device mounted on a wall.

5 Alexa skills and features your pet will love

Our four-legged friends may not be able to use Alexa themselves, but with a little programming of our own, we can easily build Alexa into the lives of our pets.
Echo Dot (4th Gen) sits on a shelf in a kitchen.

5 unique and creative uses for Alexa’s Sound Detection feature

Alexa's Sound Detection feature allows you to build Routines around a number of different audio cues. Here are five ideas for some automations you can create.
A white HomePod mini sitting on a desk.

6 HomeKit settings you should disable (or adjust) right now

Apple claims better security, but it still gathers information about its users. Here are six settings you should change now.
An older man using the Show and Tell skill with an Echo Show.

The 5 best Alexa skills for older people (and one bonus tip)

Alexa can help your loved ones manage prescriptions, hire a plumber, and so much more. Here are five of the best Alexa skills for older folks you can use today.
The Amazon Smart Thermostat hanging on wall.

Break out of a rut with these useful summer-focused smart home routines

From managing your air conditioning to adding life and color to your outdoor ambiance, here are the best smart home routines you can use throughout the summer.
John Cleese, naked except for a photo held in front of his crotch, in A Fish Called Wanda.

Alexa has seen me naked, and that’s okay

Your smart home technology has probably seen you naked, too. Is that something to worry about? I say no.
Customers inspect the new Apple HomePod at an Apple Store on February 9, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

HomeKit Secure Video: Why it’s great and why you should use it

Apple's HomeKit Secure Video is a layered and resourceful way to store surveillance footage, and here's why you should start using it right away.
Amazon acquires iRobot

Will Amazon’s iRobot purchase turn your Roomba into a spy?

Amazon's acquisition of iRobot, the maker of Roomba, is a window into a future where one corporation has way too much information about your personal life.
A stack of ten-dollar bills.

6 smart home devices that can save you hundreds per year

A smart home isn't only convenient, it can also save you money in the long run with energy efficiency improvements.

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