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Steve Castle

Steve Castle

Steve Castle’s fascination with technology began as a staff writer for luxury magazine Robb Report, where he reported on high-end home theater, and has grown to include home tech from smart home to green and emerging technologies. He has been writing about technology for 20 years.

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Ready to toss your cable box? It could be what connects your smart home

With about 25 billion connected devices, can the lowly cable box become the hub of the smart home anfd the undisputed Internet of Things King? The cable companies would like that.
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To sync the microwave and range, GE’s Chef Connect adds a dash of Bluetooth

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This brick-laying robot can build an entire house in 2 days flat

An Australian engineer has developed a bricklaying robot that can lay 1,000 bricks an hour, work 24/7, and complete the shell of a home in just two days.
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Nest Protect users get insurance discounts, Big Data concerns

Liberty Mutual announced insurance discounts for customers in some states who use the Nest Protect communicating smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
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Emergency Floor aims to give refugees protection from the ground

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Ily is sort of like a smartphone for the whole home

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How to use Siri to control Apple HomeKit

Apple has just released some Siri commands for you to use to control the few HomeKit-compatible devices available.
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Toilet of the future is flush with solar power, sensors

Researchers at Caltech took seven high-tech steps to build the toilet of the future, including adding solar power and sensors.
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In drought-stricken California, smart meters catch water hogs, help find leaks

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The Sage RF cooking appliance is like a super-precise microwave

Freescale Semiconductor's new RF microwave oven concept uses radio frequency (RF) emitters instead of magnetrons to heat our goodies.
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Toss that filthy sponge for an antimicrobial 3D printed scrubber

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You can now control Nest with sensors

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Strips is a window sensor so thin it’s nearly invisible

Zero Energy Smart Home

This home looks ordinary but it could save its owners $70,000

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World’s thinnest light bulb is made from graphene

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LEDs are gaining in popularity, a new survey finds

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Which appliances cause the most fires? The answer may surprise you