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Will robot vacuums make the leap into disinfecting at CES 2021?

Robot vacuums will no doubt be seen at CES 2021, but the biggest opportunity for them now is the ability to disinfect surfaces. Will we finally see it?
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All eyes on improved privacy for indoor cameras as CES 2021 approaches

Security cameras have evolved with their technological advances, but one area that's continually neglected is privacy. Hopefully that all changes at CES 2021.
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Our confinement spurred the smart home’s increased growth in 2020

Most people found themselves becoming much more acquainted with their homes in 2020 thanks to lockdowns. Here's how the cultural changes drove industry growth.
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The biggest trends we saw in the smart home in 2020

There wasn't a single trend that defined the smart home in 2020, but several that showed its adaptability in a challenging year for all.
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Do you really need a smart Christmas tree? Here’s how much it’ll cost you

A smart Christmas tree can streamline your decorating, but is it strictly necessary?
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5 useful smart speaker features for virtual learning at home

Learning from home can be challenging, but here are some helpful tips that can turn your smart speakers into learning machines.
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Five Google Assistant-powered smart display features worth checking out

Google Assistant smart displays like the Nest Hub recently got an updated, more intuitive user interface that makes the devices more functional than before.
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Ditch the manual toothbrush, smart toothbrushes under $50 are better buys

A smart toothbrush can help you track how often you brush, improve your technique, and even reward you for good hygiene habits.
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What are you really missing out on when buying a cheap, $20 security camera?

Security cameras are continually becoming cheaper to buy. But, what are you exactly gaining or missing when buying them over more expensive options?
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More security cameras need color night vision. Here’s why.

Security cameras that have color night vision provide a clearer picture to users and give details that can help identify thieves to the police.
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5 reasons to use Android 11’s quick access smart home controls

Android 11 is finally here and provides users with a new quick access menu for the smart home, so we break down the reasons why you should start using it more.
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Leave the pros out of it, installing a bidet is easier than you think

A bidet toilet seat is a great addition to your bathroom. They are superior to toilet paper in many ways and very easy to install. We'll show you how.
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Five reasons why HomeKit in iOS 14 is a small update with huge rewards

The recent release of iOS 14 brought with it changes to the layout and user interface of HomeKit that make it a stronger competitor.
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Google September 2020 event: Everything announced

Google has announced its latest and greatest devices, including the new Pixel 5, and a new Chromecast. Here's everything Google unveiled at its annual event.
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The Litter-Robot 3 Connect saves time, but makes me miss my cats’ poops

Cleaning the litter box is a chore, but the Litter-Robot 3 Connect takes that hassle away. It's an asset for the smart home, but makes me miss my cats' poops.
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Robot vacuum scorecard: Which is the most efficient cleaner?

Robot vacuums were one of the first smart home appliances people bought. The tech has come a long way since then. These are our favorites.
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It’s time to give Siri, Alexa, and other smart home devices a feminist reboot

Dr. Yolande Strengers and Dr. Jenny Kennedy talk about their new book, Smart Wife: Why Siri, Alexa, and Other Smart Home Devices Need a Feminist Reboot.
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Smart toothbrushes are expensive. Quip’s model is proof why you don’t need them

As smart toothbrushes become more advanced, their prices tend to go up -- but the Quip Smart Brush has great smart features without the high price point.
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Not all security cameras will watch over your home when the power goes out

Battery-powered security cameras that have local storage are ideal when your power goes out. But there aren't many out there.
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Back to School Gift Guide 2020

Not sure what gift to get in 2020? Here are the best gifts for students right now, whether they are going back to class or learning online.
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Upgrade to a smart home for under $100 with these 3 essentials

If you don't have a smart home yet, now's the time because it doesn't cost a lot. We'll guide you on how to build an essential smart home for less than $100.
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Which video doorbells will protect your packages? We’ve ranked them all

Video doorbells are the easiest security upgrade you can add. Your front door is your center for activity, and a video doorbell is your best way to monitor it.
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In a power outage, I’d take this Xiaomi fan over a phone. Yes, really

Move over smartphone, battery banks, and other gadgets, the Xiaomi SmartMi 2S is more of a godsend than all of them, especially when you're without electricity.
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Can UV light negate the 5-second rule for food?

UV wands are effective tools for sanitizing surfaces, but can they sanitize food? Potentially, but not easily, and not without risks.
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Bidets are smart investments that save money as the pandemic rages on

Bidets are cleaner, more effective ways to clean yourself after you use the bathroom, and these devices are smart investments during the current pandemic.
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Skeptical about UV light sanitizers? We put one to the test

If you're paranoid about germs, UV light sanitizers have been touted to be effective. How well do they really work? We put one to the test to find out.
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Can an air conditioner make you more prone to coronavirus?

Your air conditioning system isn't likely to give you coronavirus, but an unclean system can exacerbate other respiratory problems that may put you at risk.
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Is your home packed with smart speakers? Here’s how to make them work together

Multiple smart speakers with multiple accounts can be a headache. We have some tips to help.
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Lululemon’s purchase of Mirror proves home gyms are the future of fitness

The pandemic is changing the traditional gym. People are still afraid, so there's been an increase in adoption of home gyms, connected apps, and subscriptions.
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How data helps robot vacuums clean your home with maximum efficiency

Robot vacuums like the Roomba i7+ create a map of the layout of your home and use this information to more efficiently clean and navigate your living spaces.
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The future of smart home lighting is big on sensors, slim on apps

The smart light bulb made it easier for us to control them, but they've been slow with innovations of late. The future does hold some promising possibilities.
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The case for putting a voice assistant in every device

Smart assistants can control your home, answer questions, and shop for you. With all these features, voice assistants should be part of every smart home device.
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Having a backyard bash? Your smart speaker could pose a security risk

Smart speakers may be great choices for controlling your smart home, but they aren't the best picks for outdoor party speakers. Here's why Bluetooth is better.
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Should you worry about hacked smart home appliances?

As smart appliances continue to evolve, the potential for them to be hacked becomes greater. We spoke with a cybersecurity expert who sheds light on the risks.