Tag Archive: Home


Does your home really need a Nest Temperature Sensor?

Best answer: If you live in a multi-story home and own either a 3rd-gen Nest Learning Thermostat or a Thermostat E, the Nest Temperature Sensor is a good way to manage the comfort of your home.

Best Buy: Temperature Sensor ($ 40)

What does the Nest Temperature Sensor do?

The Nest Temperature Sensor is a small plastic puck that connects to your Nest thermostat over Bluetooth and, as the name implies, measures and reports the surrounding  [Read More…]

Take 20% off some of the best Alexa-enabled smart home accessories

Add a little more intelligence to your home.

Amazon has a list of select, but excellent, smart home devices, and you can take 20% off the item of your choice with the code SMART20. The code is limited to the products on that screen, and you’ll only be allowed to use it once. So choose wisely. Lucky for you there aren’t any real bad options on that list. Since the sale is designed to promote Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant,  [Read More…]

Ring shares Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on its smart home products

If 2019 is the year you plan to smarten up your home, then this upcoming shopping season is one you’ll want to watch closely. Moreover, if you have a friend or loved one who has a smart, connected home, you might be interested in the following details.

Ring, of the first names in the smart home space, has a number of deals in line for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s the perfect opportunity to add a video doorbell, camera,  [Read More…]

How to make your Google Home multilingual

Google Home picked up bilingual support earlier this year, allowing you to converse with Google Assistant in two languages. The Assistant works with any pairing of English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, and Japanese, and you can switch between either language on the fly and the Assistant will understand your query.

Products used in this guide Best Buy: Google Home ($ 129) Best Buy: Google Home Mini ($ 49) How to make your Google Home multilingual Open Google  [Read More…]

Mount Genie offers a variety of accessories for Google Home, Echo Dot, and other devices

If you own a smart device from Google or Amazon, you might find that as awesome as it is, things could be a little more convenient. Not so much in what they can do, but where and how they can be placed, physically.

Let’s say, for instance, that you have a Google Home Mini that you’d like to put in your kitchen. The problem? You don’t have any counter space near the open outlets. That’s where something from Mount Genie  [Read More…]

The best smart thermostat for your home

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We love smart home tech, and try as much of it as possible to give you the best recommendations.

The Nest Learning Thermostat observes how you adjust the temperature depending on factors like the time of day and outside temperature, and automatically creates a heating and cooling schedule for your convenience. It saves on energy bills and looks great doing it.

Our pick Nest  [Read More…]

Add USB and Quick Charge ports at home with 20% off Topgreener outlets

Forget wall adapters.

The Topgreener 36W Quick Charge 2.0 USB power outlet is down to $ 23.51 with code TGBF2018. This is a brand new offering from Topgreener, and it has never dropped from its regular $ 29 price.

The two USB ports provide fast charging for any QC 2.0 device and regular charging for non-compatible devices like the iPhone. It still gives the best possible charge no matter what is plugged in since it can detect  [Read More…]

Can a Google Home stand up to kitchen spills and bathroom sprays?

Best answer: Nope, the Google Home is many things, but waterproof is not one of them. If you want a Google Home you can use in water-prone areas like your shower singalongs or poolside parties, grab a waterproof Google Assistant-powered speaker like the JBL Link 20 instead.

Best Buy: JBL Link 20 ($ 150)

Drowning on dry land: The abusive history of my Google Home

When the original Google Home was announced back in 2016, I  [Read More…]

Your Google Home Hub won’t get hacked, but it may be rebooted

Users on the same local network can “talk” to a Google Home Hub using the same API that the Google Home app is using.

Hackers aren’t going to brick your new Google Home Hub, but Google does need to fix a few things when it comes to the smart display’s network security settings. Kind of.

It started when security advocate Jerry Gamblin did what a security advocate does and scanned his local network after he hooked up  [Read More…]

Google Home Max vs. Sonos Play:5 — Which should you buy?

I have years of experience with Sonos and other connected speakers — I’ve said Hey Google almost more than my own kids’ names — so I know a thing or two when it comes to in-home audio.

Sonos Play:5

Stellar sound

$ 499 at Amazon

Pros Top-quality sound Stream from over 55 music services Easy multi-room streaming Cons Expensive No Bluetooth No voice control or smart features

The Sonos Play:5 is an amazing speaker with  [Read More…]