Tag Archive: Home


Turn your Google Home into a portable speaker with LOFT

Remember the Vaux? The accessory which was introduced by the Ninety7 startup back in March, could turn the Echo Dot into an Alexa-powered portable speaker. Now, Ninety7 aims to bestow the same portable capabilities to the Google Home. Say hello to LOFT – basically a Google Home bottom which attaches to the speaker using magnets […]

Google Home Mini and Daydream View leak ahead of October 4 unveil

Google is gearing up for an October 4th announcement, where it is rumored that we’ll get to see the wraps taken off the Android owner’s second-generation Pixels – the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. As is the case with Google I/O announcements, though, product unveils often bring an additional gadget or accessory, and newly leaked […]

Pattern your home screen this Wallpaper Wednesday

Patterns are everywhere else; why not have them on your home screen, too?

Patterns and geometry help us make sense and order out of the seemingly random nonsense of the world around us. They help us find peace, and their symmetry can be as pleasing to the eye as it is to the mind. A patterned wallpaper can also work wonders on your home screen, helping you find and keep things in order so that you can  [Read More…]

Google’s smaller Home Mini speaker will cost just $49

The Google Home Mini will cost just $ 49 when it debuts next month.

A treasure trove of leaked Google hardware information is coming to light today as Droid-life is reporting evidence of an upcoming miniature version of the Google Home set to debut at company’s October 4 hardware event in San Francisco. From Droid-life:

According to the information we’ve viewed, the Google Home Mini (official name) will arrive in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colors. The Google Home Mini  [Read More…]

Google Home Mini is the Amazon Echo Dot competitor we need — now it just has to sell

Google’s problem hasn’t been that it can’t make good hardware. It’s just that it’s never been able to market it properly.

Fun fact: Google Home is my favorite of the connected-speaker-assist-things so far. I like it more than Amazon Echo. Way more than the Echo Dot. Maybe not quite as much as Echo Show, but that’s a whole ‘nother product just waiting for a purpose.

No, these are not to scale.

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Bring wireless music to your home with the $165 Sonos Play:1

The powerful and compact Sonos Play:1 speaker is currently $ 35 off at eBay, dropping the price of it down to just $ 165. While $ 35 may not seem like a big discount, it isn’t too often that we see any savings on these speakers, so you don’t want to miss when it happens.

Whether you have Sonos speakers already spread throughout your house or are looking to get started with your first one, taking advantage of discounts when  [Read More…]

Win this contest and keep your home safe with the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt!

We’ve teamed up with Schlage to give away two sets of Sense Smart Deadbolts and adapters!

Schlage has updated their popular Sense Smart Deadbolt with Android support , allowing millions of new users the opportunity to unlock their front doors with a tap — or a code. This is a great product for those who frequently open their homes to friends, family, or temporary guests and understandably want to keep that access secure. The brand also announced the new  [Read More…]

Review: Iris by Lowe’s home automation and security pack

In the ever-crowded world of smart home and home security systems, Lowe’s is trying to carve out its niche. The retailing giant has been working on its Iris smart home/home security system for years, basically using generation 1 and some of gen 2 as a public beta test. This has hurt its standing in the […]

Add a smart plug to every room in your home for just $26 each

Smart homes are the future and thanks to our pals at Thrifter getting started just got more affordable!

If you’re looking to dabble in the smart home space, the easiest way to get started is with smart plugs. Not only are they one of the most affordable accessories, but they also provide a whole lot of value to your daily life. From being able to control lights to turning on small appliances remotely, there are tons of different use  [Read More…]

Buy an HTC U11 and get a chance to win a smart home bundle

Last month, the HTC U11 become the first smartphone with integrated, hands-free Amazon Alexa assistant. Sure other phones like the Huawei Mate 9 let you access Alexa, but they require users to open an app and pushing a button before issuing a voice request.  You don’t have to do so on the HTC though. You […]