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Comparing security camera subscription plans

Today's security cams frequently include subscription fees to use many features or access video storage. Here's how it works and what you get.
1 day ago
Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System 2-cam kit

How to get sports updates from Alexa

Eager for the latest sports updates? A word to Alexa can get you scores, wins, and more. Here's how to give sports commands and how to personalize your updates.
4 days ago
Amazon Echo Studio

Best cheap space heater deals for July 2022

Stay warm in cold spots year round without breaking the bank with these efficient space heaters.
4 days ago
Stay warm with space heaters

Celebrate Fourth of July with these patriotic Alexa skills

Wondering how you can use your smart home to express your patriotism? Use these Alexa skills.
4 days ago
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How to set up a Blink security system

Learn how to set up a complete Blink home security system step by step from start to finish. It's easier than you might think.
5 days ago
Blink Home System security cameras on a kitchen counter.

The best Instant Pot accessories for 2022

We've rounded up the best Instant Pot accessories to complement your favorite all-in-one appliance.
5 days ago
best instant pot accessories chili

How to set up a Blink doorbell

A step-by-step guide to setting up your Blink Video Doorbell and getting it ready for use.
6 days ago
The Blink video doorbell expands Blinks line of smart home devices.

How to find ghosts with Alexa (and other scary skills)

Far more than a smart home controller, many Alexa devices can also be used for some truly ghoulish fun. Here are some of our favorite frightening Alexa skills.
6 days ago
A scared woman afraid of something in the dark.

Red, green, flashing: What do my Shark vacuum’s lights mean?

Have you noticed a solid or flashing red light somewhere on your Shark vacuum? It's a sign there's something wrong with the unit, and we're here to help.
June 29, 2022
The Shark Rotator vacuum in action.

How to reset a Ring Video Doorbell

If your Ring Video Doorbell is acting strangely, you may be able to fix it (or prep it for sale) with a full reset. Here's exactly how it works and what to do.
June 27, 2022
The Ring Video Doorbell 4 beside a door.

Best widgets for the Echo Show 15 for the connected family

The new widget function in the Echo Show 15 has several options that are particularly useful for connected families.
June 27, 2022
The Echo Show 15 is the largest smart display yet.

How to fix Alexa not connecting to the internet

Smart devices that get disconnected from the internet can lose a lot of functionality. Here's how to fix that if it happens to your Echo device.
June 23, 2022
Echo Show 8 on a wooden table.

How to descale a Keurig

When scale builds up inside a Keurig, it might start more slowly and struggle to pour a cup of coffee. Use these easy steps to descale your coffee machine.
June 20, 2022
The Keurig K-Duo coffee maker sets on a kitchen counter.

The best Alexa commands

Unboxed an Amazon Echo and looking for the best Alexa commands? Learn how you can utilize your new virtual assistant to its full potential with our guide.
June 20, 2022
An Amazon Echo in living room.

Trouble with your Shark vacuum? Check out our repair guide

From overheating and Wi-Fi issues to suction loss, here are some of the most common Shark traditional and robot vacuum maladies and a few fixes you can try.
June 20, 2022
The Shark Rocket Cordless Stick Vacuum.

How to factory reset a Ring Doorbell

Here's step-by-step on how to factory reset any generation Ring Video Doorbell to fix software issues.
June 19, 2022

How much does it cost to install security cameras?

If you're thinking about a home security cam, you may be wondering about extra installation costs, too. Let's break down what related expenses you could see.
June 14, 2022
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How long does a Ring Doorbell’s battery last

Having your Ring Video Doorbell on battery power means it won't last forever. Here's how long you should expect it to work and what to do when it doesn't.
June 10, 2022
The Ring Video Doorbell 4 with battery.

What is Alexa Intruder Alert?

You may have seen the memes, but you really can set up an Alexa Intruder Alert with various actions, either as an emergency response or a personal joke.
June 10, 2022
Amazon Echo Plus in home.

How to install a Nest thermostat

Considering upgrading your home with a smart Nest Thermostat? Here's everything you need to know about choosing the right one and exactly how to install it.
June 7, 2022
The Google Nest Learning Thermostat in stainless steel.

How to fix a Shark robot vacuum that’s not charging

Is your Shark vacuum refusing to charge? This issue can be frustrating, especially with a robot vacuum that's supposed to recharge easily. Here's how to fix it.
June 6, 2022
Shark ION Robot vacuum cleaning. cleaning tile

What are smart ovens and smart stoves?

Hearing more about smart ovens and smart stoves and wondering what they can really do for you? Here's what to know before you click the buy button.
June 5, 2022
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How to fix a Roomba that can’t return to its docking base

Is your Roomba struggling to return to its home base to recharge? Here is what may be going wrong and the solutions to help it find its way home again.
June 2, 2022
Roomba in dock.

How to use Amazon’s Alexa app on your smartphone

Amazon's Alexa app brings its immensely popular voice search and control features to many Android and iOS phones. We'll show you how to make the most of it.
June 1, 2022
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Troubleshooting a noisy Roomba: 6 fixes to keep your bot quiet

Is your Roomba making loud noises while it works? That's annoying when you want some quiet, and it can scare pets: Here's how to keep your robot vacuum silent.
May 31, 2022
iRobot Roomba 692 on a hardwood floor negotiating a mat.

Best Google Assistant settings to update right now

Want to make your Google Assistant work better for you? Check out these settings to improve your experience or fix issues you have with the voice assistant.
May 27, 2022
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How to change time on a Garmin watch

Ready to hit the gym with your Garmin watch and realize the time is wrong? Our guide will help you adjust the clock so you can work out in a timely manner.
May 26, 2022
garmin forerunner 935 review watch.

What an Alexa red ring means and how to fix it

Is your Alexa device showing a red ring that doesn't seem to go away? Don't worry -- it's usually something that's easy to fix. Here's what you should know.
May 25, 2022
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) on table.

7 ways to prep your smart home before you go on vacation

Smart devices have vacation modes and other settings to help keep your home safe while you're away for long periods. Here's what to do before your next trip.
May 21, 2022
Smart home app use.

How to save Ring Doorbell video without a subscription

You can record video with a Ring Doorbell, but to access it, you need a subscription. Here's what else you need to know about saving videos.
May 19, 2022
Ring Doorbell mounted outside a front door.

How to convert your window blinds into smart blinds

Smart blinds can be prohibitively expensive, but DIY conversion kits can save money and provide all of the same benefits.
May 18, 2022

How do I remove an account from Google Smart Lock?

Google Smart Lock makes logging into your Google products easy, but sometimes things change. Here's how to remove an account from Google Smart Lock safely.
May 18, 2022
A person using WhatsApp Messenger on his Android smartphone.

How to cancel your Ring account

There are two ways to cancel your Ring account. Find out which one is easiest for you.
May 17, 2022
Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 on a wooden door.

How to stop your robot vacuum from going under furniture

Robot vacuums can do a lot to keep your floors clean, but homeowners may have concerns about them getting stuck under furniture: Here's how to prevent it.
May 13, 2022
Roomba near a sofa.

Can you use a Blink Outdoor Camera without a subscription?

Blink's outdoor camera is affordable and has great battery life, but do you absolutely need a subscription to use it? Our guide will cover the key details.
May 13, 2022
Blink Outdoor cam wet from the rain.

Why does my Roomba robot vacuum keep going in circles?

Does your Roomba get trapped going in circles? Here's what could be causing the problem and the best solutions that can get the Roomba working again.
May 10, 2022
iRobot Roomba i3 Plus cleaning a wooden floor.

How to use Alexa to play radio stations

Did you know Alexa can access tens of thousands of local, national, and international radio stations? Here’s how to get Alexa to play your favorite broadcasts.
May 10, 2022
Echo Dot on an entryway table.

How to connect your Ring camera or doorbell to Wi-Fi

Whether your Ring doorbell lost its Internet connection or you've reset your entire network, here's how to connect (or reconnect) your Ring product to Wi-Fi.
May 10, 2022
The Ring Video Doorbell 4 beside a door.

What are HEPA filters, and can you clean them?

HEPA filters are excellent at trapping particles in vacuums, but they can get clogged easily as a result: Here's how to clean and care for them the right way.
May 7, 2022
A Dyson HEPA Filter.

How to reset Philips Hue bulbs

Philips Hue bulbs are easy to reset. Learn how to return your smart lights to their factory settings with or without the bridge accessory.
May 6, 2022
Philips Hue bulb on a bleached wood plank.

How to charge a Ring Video Doorbell

Charging the battery for a Ring Video Doorbell is a straightforward process that doesn't require many tools. Here's how to recharge it in a few simple steps.
May 6, 2022
Ring Video Doorbell 3

Ultimate pet tech buying guide

What smart pet tech is right for your pet? Let's talk about what devices to look for, what to be careful of, and which features provide the most value.
April 29, 2022
Dog next to robot vacuum.

How to use a tea infuser

Looking to make better tea? While there's nothing wrong with basic infusing, it is possible to add technology and take your tea to the next level.
April 25, 2022
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Can a smart sprinkler system help you use less water?

Saving water is crucial in a shifting climate. Can smart sprinkler systems ensure you're only using as much as you need?
April 21, 2022
Rachio IRO smart sprinkler installed on wall.

How does RingCentral work? Everything you need to know

RingCentral provides essential VoIP services to businesses large and small -- but what exactly is it, and how does it work? Here's everything you need to know.
April 20, 2022
An image showing RingCentral in use on a smartphone.

Can you run an air purifier and essential oil diffuser at the same time?

Do an air purifier and an essential oil diffuser cancel each other out? Can you use them both at the same time, or is it not worth it? Here's what to know.
April 19, 2022
URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser.

How long do I run my air purifier?

Air purifiers use a variety of filters to clean a home's air -- but how long do they need to do their jobs? Here's how long to run your air purifier.
April 18, 2022
The Coway Airmega purifier.

How often should you use your robot mop

We break down how often you should mop your floors with your new robot mop, especially if you have pets or children.
April 16, 2022
irobot roomba spraying water on wood floor with vacuum Roomba in dock behind it.

How to connect MyQ Garage with Alexa

If you have a MyQ smart garage system, you can make it even smarter! Learn how to connect Alexa to your smart garage via IFTTT and issue voice commands.
April 13, 2022
The myQ Garage Door Opener control with app.

How do I clean my smart air purifier?

Air purifiers need to be cleaned to keep the filters working and avoid problems with mildew. Here's how to thoroughly clean your smart air purifier, and when.
April 13, 2022
The Mila Smart Air Purifier.