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The most eco-friendly smart home companies

Upgrade your smart home responsibly with these eco-friendly manufacturers.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Are we becoming too dependent on the smart home?

Smart homes are convenient, but are we trading mental strength for that convenience?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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How smart is too smart for your pets?

Smart pet tech can do incredible things -- but is it actually healthy for our pets? Here's what we think about the relationships between tech, owners, and pets.
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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?
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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.
iRobot Roomba S9.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
Samsung Family Hub fridge touchscreen.

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?
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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?
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This high-tech hillside home brings the outdoors inside

In episode 5 of Genius Home, our hosts Ariana Escalante and Caleb Denison take us on a tour of a hillside hangout that's stuffed with subtle tech touches
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This Malibu mansion is a perfect mix of tech and tranquility

In this episode of Genius Home, our hosts tour a villa that sneakily hides its smart home tech to create a wonderfully calm and meditative space
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Inside a modern mansion full of art, automation, and open air

In this episode of Home Genius, our hosts tour an art-packed party pad that's designed to handle common household chores autonomously.
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Step inside a stylish, self-sustaining California villa

In this episode of Genius Home, our hosts take us on a tour of a home that's not only smart and automated, but also completely self-sustaining