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How does Ring Video Doorbell work?

Shopping for a Ring Video Doorbell? Here's what you need to know about using one and connecting it to an Amazon-enabled device.
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Is it worth it to buy a self-emptying robot vacuum now?

Shopping for a robot vacuum and wondering if a self-emptying robot is worth it? Here's what to consider.
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Amazon Echo vs. Apple HomePod: Which has better speakers?

It can be hard to decide on a smart speaker. In this post, we'll pit Amazon Echo 4th Gen against the Apple HomePod. See which one wins and why.
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7 dorm gadgets to make campus living a breeze

Setting yourself up for college success is easy. Just make sure you have a comfortable, welcoming and fun home space with these tech and gadget picks.
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How to adjust the sound settings on your Amazon Echo

Want a little more boom in your room? You can make adjustments to the audio or EQ settings on your Echo speaker easily. Here's how to do it.
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How to protect your home security camera from hackers

Letting cameras into your home can seem dicey when hackers can infiltrate your camera or network. Here's what to know to protect your family today.
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How to get Alexa to answer a Ring Video Doorbell

You know you can view your Ring Video Doorbell on an Amazon Alexa smart display, but did you also know you can train Alexa to answer the door for you?
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How to adjust Google Nest speaker sound settings

Want a little more oomph in your music, or need to get that bass rumbling? Here's how to adjust sound settings on Nest Audio.
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Best places to install a home security camera

A home security camera can provide protection and peace of mind, but only if you place it well. Here's where and where not to put a wireless security camera.
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Amazon Alexa: A complete guide to using the voice assistant

Not sure you need a voice assistant, or want to learn more about what a digital butler like Alexa can do? Our in-depth guide will take you through it.
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Why won’t my Roomba charge? Tips to fix your robot vacuum

Did you splurge on a pricey robot vacuum, but now it's not charging? These are the most common fixes for robovac power problems.
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How to connect a Ring Video Doorbell to Alexa

Tired of digging for your phone to view who's at your Ring Video Doorbell? Here's how to link your Amazon Echo device and see or get a verbal notification.
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How to set up a geofence for your Ring cameras and doorbells

Ring's new geofence settings can help you monitor your home in a better way and minimize needless alerts. Here's what to know.
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How to access Ring video doorbells and cameras through a web browser

Need to get the bigger picture? Here's how to view your camera recordings using a web browser instead of the Ring app.
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How to set up boundaries and virtual barriers for robot vacuums and mops

Robot vacuum getting stuck on clothes or curtains, or spilling the dog's water? Here's how to create no-go zones in your home.
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Black+Decker Health trackers are the reimagined life alert system for seniors

Live alone, or have older parents who do? These new trackers from Black+Decker can help if someone has an unexpected medical problem.
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Vitapod drink system swirls water into a nutrient-rich beverage

Tired of plain water? This new drink system zaps water into a nutrient-rich beverage that's healthier than water.

Generark HomePower 2 emergency backup generator can charge EVs and much more

Don't settle for backup power that can't handle most of life's appliances and devices. This power tower can recharge anything.
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This smart sensor gives you a first row seat to birds singing in your backyard

Terra pipes real-world nature sounds into your home, and helps track bird migration too!
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Upright Go’s new budget wearable nags you when you slouch to improve posture

Working from home got you down, like literally leaning downward from poor posture? This new budget device can help.
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Not keen on Ring? Try these Ring video doorbell alternatives

Ring has filled the market with video doorbell options. If recent headlines about the company have you thinking twice about them, check these alternatives.
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This portable dishwasher can go wherever you go to clean and sanitize dishes

No budget or space for a full-size dishwasher? Capsule is a portable dishwasher that can handle daily dishes and bigger pots too.
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Ring Video Doorbell Wired vs. Video Doorbell Pro 2

Shopping for a wired video doorbell? Ring makes two of the most popular options. Here's how to choose between them.
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Ring Video Doorbell 2020 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Shopping for a new video doorbell to keep tabs on your household? Ring makes some of the best on the market. Here's how to choose between two popular models.
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Ring Video Doorbell Wired vs. Nest Hello: Which is better?

Shopping for a video doorbell? Ring Video Doorbell Wired and Nest Hello are two of the most popular wired options. Here's how they stack up.
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How to install a Ring Video Doorbell Wired

Ring Video Doorbell Wired is the smallest and most affordable Ring doorbell. But how easy is it to install, and what do you need to know?
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The best health and fitness gadgets

There’s more attention being paid to health monitoring than ever before, but can consumer tech help you keep tabs better? These gadgets certainly can.
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The best robot mops for 2021

Hunting for the best robot mop to keep your home clean in this new world? These are the best robots that can take this dreaded chore and automate it for you.
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The best Roomba alternatives for 2021

We all know iRobot's Roomba is the granddaddy of all robot vacuums, but there are many other superb brands and models out there to look at if you're shopping.
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How to delete apps on an Apple Watch

Do you have a lot of unused Apple Watch apps cluttering up your device? Clean them up and save storage space with this easy how-to!

How to factory reset an Apple Watch

If you're giving away or selling your old Apple Watch, a factory reset to clear off all your data is a must. Here's how to to factory reset an Apple Watch.
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The best car vacuums for 2021

Need to tackle cleanups on the go? Dedicated car vacuums can make keeping your car tidy and crumb-free easy. These are some of the most popular and versatile.
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How to measure blood oxygen using an Apple Watch Series 6

Considering getting an Apple Watch Series 6 to keep tabs on your health? Here's how you can use the watch to monitor blood oxygen levels for health or fitness.
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How to use Alexa in your car

Many new cars come with helpful smarts. If your new vehicle has Amazon's Alexa digital assistant installed, here's what it can do.