A longtime PC World/TechHive editor and contributor, Denny Arar (a.k.a. Yardena Arar) has also written for The New York Times, Modern Maturity, Windows Secrets and other publications. She's a graduate of Brown and Columbia (French major at the former, graduate degree in journalism at the latter), and her hobbies include cooking (hello, smart kitchen!) and duplicate bridge.
Locks from Yale, a major traditional lock vendor, and smart lock pioneer August made their debut at CES 2019. These new products range from single-hole keyed models with keypads to web-connected deadbolts
Daikin introduced the first full-featured smart thermostat to offer two-way communications with its popular climate control systems. This means it can respond to feedback and make adjustments accordingly.
Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 may be history, but fans of Google hardware including the popular Google Home Hub, Pixel 3 and 3XL mobile phones still have lots of deals in store -- the Google Store, that is.
Vacuum cleaning robots are dandy, but how much would you pay for a robot that cleanstoilets? Altan Robotech is betting that people will shell out $500 for its Giddel Toilet Cleaning Robot, which goes on sale today at Amazon and New Egg.
We can't say it will make your pot roast tastier, but Uncanny Brands' $50 Star Wars Slow Cooker, decorated with cartoon figures of Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and other characters, might make cooking it more fun.