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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The most eco-friendly smart home companies
Upgrade your smart home responsibly with these eco-friendly manufacturers.
June 4, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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