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How to sync your Alexa devices

Syncing up Alexa devices like Echos is a great way to play multi-room music and much more. If you have more than one Alexa speaker, here's how to pair them.
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9 Sonos tips, tricks, and little-known features

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How to customize your Ring doorbell for Thanksgiving

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LG CordZero vs Samsung Bespoke Jet vaccum

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9 ways Google Assistant can help with Thanksgiving

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How to deck out your pad with smart home gadgets for the holidays

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How to clean your robot mop

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Should you give a smart speaker as a holiday gift?

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How to track devices with Echo Show 15

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How to clean the fabric on your smart speaker

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What is Apple TV? The streaming device fully explained

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What is a smart fever thermometer?

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How to install the Blink Pan-Tilt Mount

How to install the Blink Pan-Tilt Mount

Blink has introduced its new Pan-Tilt Mount for the indoor Mini camera. Here's how to get it set up and working flawlessly.
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Ring Video Doorbell 4 vs. Nest Doorbell Wired

Ring Video Doorbell 4 vs. Nest Doorbell Wired

The Ring Video Doorbell 4 and Nest Doorbell Wired are two of the best video doorbells available. Here's a closer look to figure out which is best for your home.
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How to use your smart speaker to scare people for Halloween

How to use your smart speaker to scare people for Halloween

Looking for an easy way to scare people with a voice assistant? Here's how to set up those Halloween smart features for maximum chills and thrills.
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The fall smart home checklist: How to prepare for cooler weather

The fall smart home checklist: How to prepare for cooler weather

It's fall, which means that smart homes need several important updates to improve safety, save money, and get ready for colder months. Here's what to do.
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How to find ghosts with Alexa (and other scary skills)

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.
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How to use Alexa Together

How to use Alexa Together

Alexa Together is a useful suite of Alexa features designed to help you keep tabs on family members remotely. Let's explore the many things the platform can do.
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How to program your smart hub to scare the pants off of you

How to program your smart hub to scare the pants off of you

It's the Halloween season, and your smart hubs are ready to help you celebrate. Here are ideas for how your smart home can help you stir up some frights.
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Best cheap space heater deals for October 2022

Best cheap space heater deals for October 2022

Avoid cold spots and keep warm without breaking the bank. We've found the best deals on efficient space heaters.
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Which Amazon Echo should you buy?

Which Amazon Echo should you buy?

Not sure which Amazon Echo to buy? There are several excellent models to choose from, depending on what you are looking for. Here are the latest and greatest!
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Nest Cam with Floodlight vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Pro

Nest Cam with Floodlight vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Pro

Spotlight features made DIY home security cams even more useful. Let's compare Google's Nest Cam floodlight model with Amazon's latest Ring Spotlight Cam Pro.
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Nest Mini (2nd-gen) vs. Amazon Echo Dot (5th-gen)

Nest Mini (2nd-gen) vs. Amazon Echo Dot (5th-gen)

Looking for a little smart speaker for your desk or bedside? The latest versions of the Nest Mini and the Amazon Echo Dot are both great. See which one wins.
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History of Ring devices

History of Ring devices

Ring's suite of smart security cams and video doorbells is immense. Let's take a look at where the models stand and what important differences mark them.
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Amazon Devices & Services livestream: Alternatives to every announced product

Amazon Devices & Services livestream: Alternatives to every announced product

Tons of Amazon smart home devices are heading our way later this year, but if you don't want to wait, here are some great alternatives you should consider.
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Smart speakers vs. smart displays: Which is right for you?

Smart speakers vs. smart displays: Which is right for you?

Is a smart speaker with a voice assistant right for you, or would your smart home work better with an added touchscreen? Let's look at the big differences.
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The history of the Amazon Echo

The history of the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo smart speaker has had a varied history covering all kinds of devices. Let's look at how far things have come since the first Echo in 2014.
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Breville Precision Brewer Thermal vs. Technivorm Moccamaster

Breville Precision Brewer Thermal vs. Technivorm Moccamaster

Interested in the best high-tech drip coffee? Both Breville and Technivorm have high-end options for coffee fiends. Here's how the two coffee makers compare.
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How to set up geofencing for Alexa

How to set up geofencing for Alexa

Did you know Alexa can run routines based on your location? Here's how geofencing works with Alexa devices, what you can do, and how to set it up for your home.
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How to set up geofencing for Google

How to set up geofencing for Google

Geofencing with Google Assistant and Google Home allows you to set Home and Away routines based on location, among other tricks. Here's how you can use it!
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IFTTT routines for fall

IFTTT routines for fall

As the days get shorter and the weather becomes less predictable, use IFTTT to alert you to important news and to make your routines easier.
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The best Alexa Routines for every lifestyle

The best Alexa Routines for every lifestyle

Here are a few Alexa routines that can help organize your days, keep you healthy, and get tasks done.
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How to build a smart kitchen

How to build a smart kitchen

Are you getting ready for a new or renovated kitchen? It's a perfect time to add smart tech and appliances. Here are the upgrades to watch for when building.
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How to sell your parents on a smart assistant

How to sell your parents on a smart assistant

Are you trying to convince your doubtful or budget-minded folks to invest in a smart assistant like Alexa or Siri? Here are some pointers for your argument.

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