Best Smart Light Swtiches

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

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

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!

The Best USB Power Banks for Phones and Tablets

USB power banks offer peace of mind when your battery is dead or close to dying but you don’t have access to a wall outlet. After nine hours of research and 30 hours of testing, we’ve fou

Our Favorite Kids Beachwear

Going to the beach with little kids in tow can be more fun for everyone if you don’t have to worry about adequate sun protection or potential diaper blowouts. Below are some of our staff’

Smart home devices ‘creepy’ say two-thirds of owners – 9to5Mac

Smart home devices are ‘creepy’ according to the majority of people who own them, based on an Ipsos MORI poll. Two-thirds of US owners of smart home gadgets bought them despite this feeling. The t

Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Will Love

Father’s Day—on June 16 this year—is a time to remind dads they’re loved and appreciated. Don’t fall prey to the tired tradition of giving another boring tie. Whether he’s handy,

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

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

The Best Window Air Conditioner Bracket

After more than 20 hours of research and a hands-on look at five window air conditioner brackets, we recommend the Top Shelf TSB-2438. Because it requires no drilling, it’s far easier to in

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

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

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: 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

Swagtron T3 vs T5 – Find the Best Hoverboard!

The hoverboard craze of 2016 ended in a blaze of glory. Literally. Hoverboards everywhere were catching on fire, leading most hoverboard manufacturers to recall their products and go back to the draw

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 Rear Bike Rack

A solid rear rack is the foundation of any good carrying-stuff-on-your-bike setup: It enables you to attach other components to your bike and get a heavy pack off your back. After considering

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Streaming TV May Not Be the Cable Replacement You Hoped For

If you want to get rid of your cable or satellite TV package but still want access to live TV channels, streaming TV services like Sling TV and YouTube TV may seem like an appealing alternati

How to Survive the End of Works With Nest

We recommend several Nest products at Wirecutter, along with many devices that work with them, and that integration is often crucial to how people use their devices. But the recent news that

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 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

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

The Very Best Smart Home Gadgets

The first smart home gadgets from a few years ago weren’t actually very smart, but times have changed, and there’s now plenty of good reasons to upgrade your vacuum cleaner, microwave, and even y

Review - The End of The Day by Claire North

Sooner or later, death visits everyone. Before that, they meet Charlie. Charlie meets everyone - but only once. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to

The Best Android and iPhone Gimbal

After spending 20 hours researching and testing top-rated gimbals for smartphones, we found that the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is the best mechanical stabilizer for casual phone videographers who want

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

When Is Amazon Prime Day 2019? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Photo: Michael Hession Although we’re still waiting for an official date, Amazon Prime Day 2019 is coming, and we’re getting ready to bring you all the best deals on Wirecutter picks

Make your smart home hack-proof |

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

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

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

Google’s Nest changes risk making the smart home a little dumber

Google is trading Nest’s platform for Google Assistant, and the implications could be huge for the smart home ecosystem This week, Google announced that it would be integrating the Nest brand into i

Oculus Rift vs PSVR – Which is the Best VR Solution?

Virtual reality used to be a futuristic idea, but it’s becoming more mainstream by the second. VR headsets and other devices are prominent these days, and they have real applications in medical tec

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.  

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 / £

The Best Medical Alert Systems

After more than 40 hours of research and over a month of testing 13 devices, we think the GreatCall Lively Mobile is the best medical alert system for most people. Unlike most devices, it can

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


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