How To Use Smart Devices to Protect Your Home

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With the holiday season upon us, many people will be away from home for long periods of time. Consequently, crime takes a turn for the worse at this time of year—for all the goodwill in the air, thieves know that an empty home is an easy target.  But what if the home didn’t appear to […]

6 Best Alexa Skills That Help When You’re Sick

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Amazon’s Alexa platform has revolutionized the way we approach technology. As one of the first widely-available voice assistants, Alexa introduced the average person to voice control of their home. Since that time, Alexa has branched out and become a beast of a service that can do everything from ordering a ride to shopping online. One […]

How To Spot a Fake Website Or Phishing Attempt This Holiday Season

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The holidays are almost upon us. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are less than two weeks away. For retailers, it’s the most wonderful time of year—revenue goes up as shoppers scramble to snag the best deals and finish their Christmas shopping early (like they always say they’re going to do, but somehow never succeed in […]

How To Setup a Power Schedule on Your Smart Plug

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Smart plugs are some of the most affordable and easy-to-use smart devices, and as a result end up as people’s first introductions to connected devices. Smart plugs make it easy to control the flow of power to any appliance plugged into it.  For example, you might plug a small space heater, curling iron, or laundry […]

The Ultimate Smart Home Theater System: How To Set It Up

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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the home theater is the brain. Your home theater is where you go to unwind at the end of a long day and binge watch your favorite shows. It’s where you sit with breathless anticipation as you watch the latest thrillers. It’s where you declare […]

The Best Smart Lights When Style Matters

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Lighting is about so much more than convenience. The type of lighting you have speaks to your sense of style. In the same way that a chandelier tells a different story than a fluorescent overhead light, certain kinds of smart lights separate themselves from the competition.  In our article about the best smart lights on […]

The Ultimate Apple HomeKit Guide

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Amazon has Alexa. Google has Google Assistant. Apple has Siri. A lot of people might say Siri lags behind the other two assistants, but there are still many that swear by Apple’s HomeKit smart home system.  The one glaring downside to the Apple HomeKit system is the lack of widespread compatibility. Many devices (especially those […]

5 Low-Cost Ways to Make “Dumb” Appliances Smart

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You hear and read a lot about smart home tech, but it’s not always the right fit. After all, a lot of the technology tends to lean toward a more futuristic appearance, but you might not be willing to give up that heirloom lamp your family has kept in the living room for generations.  Thankfully, […]

The Best Smart Lights On a Budget

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Smart lights serve as an easy entry point into home automation. After all, everyone needs lighting, and Pete’s home in Friends introduced everyone to the idea of saying “Romantic lights!” to their home for the perfect Netflix-and-chill setting.  On the other hand, smart lights can be expensive. The Nanoleaf Aurora starter kit will run you […]

Sleep Smarter – The Best Devices For Improving Sleep

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A good night’s sleep is a rare thing, as it turns out. According to statistics, 35% of adults don’t get enough sleep at night. Pair that statistic with the fact that 20% of all car crashes are associated with sleepiness and you have a recipe for disaster.  But our sleeplessness can’t be blamed entirely on […]