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.
Just in time for the holidays, Google Assistant is introducing a bunch of new smart home features, including the ability to reply to broadcast messages, create and use cookbooks, and access enhanced storybook content for kids.
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.
Midterms are coming, and Alexa is ready. She can tell you where to vote, who's running, what a yes or no vote on a ballot measure means, and -- on election night -- who's winning. What she won't tell you is how you should vote.
Ring security systems are getting a slew of improvements, many via updates to the smartphone app, which helps customers monitor activity around doorsteps, porches and other locations equipped with Ring doorbells and cameras.
Got $2,400 for a dishwasher designed for glasses? More for one with a light show? Thermidor $2,399 Glass Care Center and its $2,799 Star Sapphire dishwashers are part of its Radiance Collection of luxury kitchen appliances.
Are you so immersed in technology that you long for a touch of nature in your home? You could get some potted plants -- or you could invest in Mui, a wood panel that is also an internet-connected smart display.