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The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, is an interconnected system of computing devices and digital machines that communicate with each other without requiring human interaction. This includes smart home devices, wireless networks, thermostats, and even smartphones — and lately people are calling it the Intelligence of Things, a far more apt moniker. Digital Trends offers in-depth coverage of this expansive topic, providing news, analysis, and explainers on everything from privacy concerns to which devices you should put in your home.

With the arrival of better 5G coverage across the U.S., IoT is about to get a whole lot smarter. We’ll keep you updated with the latest info on 5G home internet and news from the best 5G carriers as it arrives.

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