Best Smart Light Swtiches

Looking to find the best smart light switches for your house? Check out these reviews.

How to Choose the Right Platform to Run Your Smart Home

Maybe you’re taking your first tentative steps into the smart home market, or maybe you’re expanding what you’ve already got, but at some point you’re going to want to get everything working t

Fitbit Ionic vs Blaze – Which Should You Buy?

Nowadays it’s more difficult to spot someone who isn’t wearing a fitness tracker of some kind that it is to find something who is. With the advent of the Fitbit and other wearable trackers, peopl

Uber Visa Card Review: Is 4% Back on Dining Too Good to Be True?

If you prefer spending your money on experiences rather than things, the can reward you handsomely. The standout feature, a whopping 4% back on dining, earned the card the top spot in our bes

LG developed its own AI chip to make its smart home products even smarter

As its once-strong mobile division continues to slide, LG is picking up its focus on emerging tech. The company has pushed automotive, and particularly its self-driving capabilities, and today it doub

Sling TV vs Hulu: Which is the Best Live Streaming Service?

There was a time when cable television was all the fad, with subscribers in the United States reaching more than 68 million at its peak in 2000.  However, cable TV has slowly declined since then. In

Tuft & Needle Mattress Review: An Honest Assessment

Tuft & Needle mattresses aren’t made with memory foam, so they don’t hug the body the way most beds delivered in a box do. We’ve tested several versions of the Tuft & Needle Ori

Review: Shell Recharge

Even when I had a petrol car, I boycotted Shell - refusing to use their petrol stations. I thought that would continue once I got an electric car - no dino-juice for me! My car has more than enough ra

Review: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember - Annalee Newitz

In its 4.5 billion–year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How?

Is Financing a Mattress Worth It?

You can’t sleep. You’re achy and cranky all the time. Your sanity hangs in the balance. You need a new mattress. But there’s a problem. Mattresses are expensive—and you’re not sure

Adding Sign Language to HTML5 video

I watched this video from my colleagues in NHS England - it's the first time I've seen a Sign Language overlay on a Twitter video. Need help fast, but not sure what to do? Go straight to https://t.co/

A report from the AMP Advisory Committee Meeting

I don't like AMP. I think that Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages are a bad idea, poorly executed, and almost-certainly anti-competitive. So, I decided to join the AC (Advisory Committee) for AMP. I do

Make your smart home hack-proof | Komando.com

Our homes are more connected than ever before. Between Alexa, smart home devices, and Wi-Fi throughout our houses, there’s no escaping the reach of the internet in our domestic lives. On one hand, t

Roomba 805 vs 890 – Features and Main Differences!

When it comes to home robotic vacuums, iRobot is typically the brand that comes to mind. Since the company launched its first robot vacuum in 2002, it has been nothing short of amazing. iRobot makes

Review: The City & The City by China Miéville

When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks like a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime

The Best Smart Sprinkler Controller

A smart sprinkler controller is like a smart thermostat for your garden or yard. It optimizes your in-ground irrigation system by auto-adjusting to weather and soil conditions, making a healt

Google Just Handed Amazon A Massive Advantage In Smart Home Tech

“Alexa, say ‘Thanks’ to Google.” We won’t see any message like that in the near future, but Amazon executives should be very happy right now. And the massive ‘Works with Alexa‘ program s

The Swagtron T8 Review – Does it Live Up to the Hype?

With each passing week, hoverboards are becoming more and more popular. As a result, there are plenty of options from which you can choose if you’re in the market for a hoverboard. These include de

Privacy remains a big issue in today’s smart home | VentureBeat

Sales of smart home-related products are growing at double-digit rates in many countries across the globe (particularly in the United States and Western Europe), as highlighted at the IFA Global Press

Building an ersatz scanning table

I found a bunch of my old school-books that I wanted to digitally capture. I do have a flatbed scanner, but most of my 1980s workbooks were far too large for it. So I decided to build a cheap scanning

Review: 84K by Claire North

Theo Miller knows the value of human life to the very last penny. In the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk & makes sure the correct debt to society is paid. But w

Roomba e5 vs e6: What’s the Difference?

In 2002, the iRobot Corporation released its first Roomba robot vacuum. Almost twenty years later, the company now makes several families of vacuums, each with different features and capabilities.  

Purple Mattress Review: An Honest Assessment

Purple sells two mattresses made from a stretchy, gel-like foam that it claims helps to relieve pressure better than memory foam. But after trying the Original Purple and the All-New Purple,

The Best Bike Basket

If you want to carry small amounts of stuff on your bike, a front basket can come in handy. (If you need to tote more than 10 pounds, though, we suggest getting a rear rack.) After considerin

Tutorial: 3-Way Switches and 4-Way Switches

How do I use 3-way switches and 4-way switches to control lights from two or more locations? A complete tutorial on controlling lights with multiple switches.

The Best 4K Monitors

After spending 40 hours researching nearly 50 monitors and testing six finalists, we’ve found that the 27-inch HP Z27 is the best 4K monitor for most people. If you’re buying a new monito

Roomba i7+ vs Botvac D5 – Which is the Best Robot Vac?

Botvac and Roomba are at the top of most lists when it comes to the best robot vacuums on the market. They are reliable, high-quality machines with a lot of high-performance features. They provide a

Google Has Tips to Make Your Smart Home More Eco-Friendly | Digital Trends

Just in time for Earth Day, Google has some new ways to save energy around your home and keep the Earth clean while you’re at it. The company is announcing new integrations for Google Assistant with

Smart home tech helps older Americans age in place

May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme of connecting, creating and contributing is made easier with smart home technology that helps our aging population connect with family and friends

Simplisafe vs Iris – Which is the Best Home Security System?

As smart home security continues to grow in popularity, so do the number of systems from which you choose. With all the options available, it can be difficult to know which one is the right one. If y

Nest Cam vs Blink XT – Features, Pros and Cons

There are plenty of smart security cameras on the market, so it can be tough to decide how you want to equip your home. Nest and Blink both offer benefits and drawbacks to your home security solution

Deals We Love From REI’s Anniversary Sale 2019

Through Memorial Day weekend, REI hosts its annual anniversary sale, its biggest and best sale of the year, with discounts you generally don’t see again until Black Friday. This year is no

Looking for the Best Smart Light Switch? Read our 2019 guide!

If you’re shopping for the best smart light switch, there are some things you should know. Read our guide to find out which these are!

How much would it cost to buy every domain name?

The ridiculous proliferation of TLDs (Top Level Domains) continues unabated. I wondered how much you'd have to spend to secure your name on every TLD. tl;dr;tld Over $300,000! (Roughly €280.000 / £

Alexa, don’t store this recording: California bill targets smart home speakers

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would prohibit makers of smart home speakers from saving or storing recordings without users’ explicit consent. The Anti-Eavesdropping Act, w

The Best Gaming Laptop

After researching and testing 10 gaming laptops, we found that the Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL504GS-DS74 is still the high-end gaming laptop to get. It can play most modern games on ultra setti

Review: The Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shukla

Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants - job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees - until, by winning Olympic races or baking good c

The Best Elegoo Tutorials to Get You Started

When I was younger, kids my age usually played outside a few hours before it gets dark. Now, they can stay indoors and play.  I will always be amazed at how high-tech today’s toys are.  Before wh

The Furnace and Air Conditioner Filters We Would Buy

If we were looking to buy a new filter today for our HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, we’d aim for a medium-efficiency filter with a MERV rating in the 8 to 13 rang

Nest Secure vs ADT Security: Who Wins?

In the world we live in today, professional monitoring has become quite necessary. Security and alarm systems are no longer just a luxury feature reserved for big business establishments and rich men

Google Nest: Why Google finally embraced Nest as its smart home brand

The search giant’s smart home division is now called Google Nest Starting today, Google is done holding smart home appliance maker Nest at arm’s length. It was folded into the Google Home division

Review: The Secret Barrister

One day you or someone you love will almost certainly appear in a criminal courtroom. You might be a juror, a victim, a witness or – perhaps through no fault of your own – a defendant. Whatever yo

Use This Tool to See Where Your Smart Home Devices Are Sending Data | Digital Trends

It might feel like your collection of smart home devices are just communicating with each other and with you. Odds are, that isn’t the case. The data from your devices can be sent all over the place

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