Rock out to this neighborhood’s amazing synchronized Christmas light display

There’s a street in Portland, Oregon that has such a spectacular Christmas-light display that the police routinely have to block it off from cars, because it’s so packed with pedestrians gaping in wonder. No disrespect, but a neighborhood in Yucaipa, California just might have Peacock Lane beat. Jeff Maxey uploaded a video (which was filmed by a drone, according to the ‘hood’s Facebook page) on YouTube showing the town’s synchronized Christmas lights flashing in time to Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Wizards of Winter. Yes, it looks amazing, but the truly miraculous part seems to be that everyone in the vicinity was willing to participate, not a Grinch among them. Are we sure this isn’t Pleasantville?

Mobile

Google Duo is getting a low-light mode to brighten up your video chats

Google Duo is getting a little more useful in low light. Google has announced a new low-light mode for Duo that is aimed at brightening up video in case you're video-chatting at night or in a poorly lit environment.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video in September 2019

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all of the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in August and September, from new original series to classic films.
Smart Home

Here are 5 intelligent uses for smart plugs

Smart plugs can make even the dumbest appliance controllable through an app on your phone or through voice commands using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Homekit. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate smart plugs into your…
Deals

Best Labor Day sales: Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot drop early deals

Labor Day 2019 lands on Monday, September 2 this year. We've gathered all of the information you need to prepare yourself for the many sales to come, from REI to Walmart and everything in between.
Smart Home

What is a smart thermostat and how does it work?

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Smart Home

The best pet tech products for 2019

Pet-centric tech has come a long way in the past decade. From self-cleaning litter boxes to DNA tests designed to trace your pup's ancestry through the ages, here is some of the best pet tech available.
Smart Home

Alexa’s Custom Interfaces hope to augment gadgets, games, and smart toys

Alexa is growing smarter again with a new feature for developers called Custom Interfaces. The feature is aimed at augmenting interactivity between users of Alexa-powered devices like Amazon's Echo and developer's newest products.
Smart Home

Amazon and Walmart match lower prices on Echo Dot and Google Home Mini

Amazon and Walmart resumed their price competition on the entry-level smart speakers for the Amazon Echo and Google Nest Home smart home ecosystems. The price cuts have started with 40% discounts on the Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini.
Smart Home

Your smart oven might be more ready for breakfast than you realize

Several owners of the June Smart Oven have reported the device turning on and preheating in the middle of the night without any input. June says this is due to user error, but customers are concerned.
Smart Home

Make heading off to college easier with Alexa

If you love Alexa at home, you're going to love her even more when you go off to college. She has skills that can help with dorm laundromats, tracking your team, keep track of campus events, and more.
Smart Home

Best smart plugs for inside your home

Smart plugs can make your dumb outlets smart. To help you choose the right one, we've rounded up the best smart plugs for your consideration. This selection covers smart plugs rated for indoor use.
Smart Home

Best smart padlocks of 2019

It's time you upgrade your padlock! The best smart padlocks can be controlled with an app and include many useful abilities, like tracking when the lock has been used or adding new fingerprint users. Check out our picks.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Racing drones and robotic ping pong trainers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Expect to see a lot more from Ikea in the smart home sector

Ikea is doubling down on its smart home efforts with the formation of a new business unit dedicated to the sector. The Swedish company said the move marks its biggest commitment to a single product line in more than 20 years.