Tag Archive: Home


Vivint brought the most comprehensive smart home kit to CES 2016

CES 2016 bombarded us with connected smart home devices like cameras, doorbells with video cameras, automated garage door openers and every other smart device you could think of. As great as these products are, taking them time to do research on every single item, and having a professional come out to install each item can be time consuming and intimidating.

Smart homes are still not commonplace, because they require an entire well-thought out plan to make them “smart”. You can  [Read More…]

New ‘driving’ home screen shortcut gives Google Maps a jump-start

A new update to Google Maps is aimed squarely at making getting driving directions less of a hassle thanks to a new “Driving” shortcut that can be added to your home screen. Aside from providing quick access to navigation mode, Google says that using the shortcut will automatically serve up ETAs on frequent destinations like home and work, along with suggested destinations based on your recent search history. From Google:

If you’ve preset home and work in  [Read More…]

Latest Google app update brings back home screen rotation, introduces icon normalization

Google is pushing out an update to the Google app, which reintroduces home screen rotation and brings icon normalization to the Google Now Launcher. We’ve seen the rotation stuff before in the Marshmallow preview builds, but its been in hiding since then. Once updated, you may need to enable this feature. To do so, bring up Google Now, tap Settings, then scroll to the bottom and enable.

The other big change here is icon normalization. This  [Read More…]

LG’s SmartThinQ is a smart home hub that can also stream music

LG has announced the SmartThinQ, a smart home hub that features a speaker and a 3.5-inch screen. The device acts as a “gateway” to your connected home, with the ability to control and monitor information from smart appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, ovens, robotic vacuum cleaners, and air conditioners. Data from connected devices is displayed on the LCD screen, or you can set the SmartThinQ to announce them through the speaker.

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Home automation gifts for the holiday season

Give the gift of home automation this holiday season with any of these excellent options that will switch your home into smart mode.

Need some gift ideas for that special someone who’s all about automating their home? Whether it’s a smart thermostat, camera, door lock, or light bulbs, this comprehensive guide highlights some great products to consider that are user-friendly and fun to use. If you’re interested in checking out some of our top picks that  [Read More…]

Swannone adds new partners to fully protect and control your smart home

Swann, a global leader in security monitoring, consumer electronics and security-centric solutions for the smart homes and businesses, has just announced new partners for deeper integration with its SwannOne home security system.

SwannOne is now compatible with:

Phillips Hue Nest Thermostat Samsung SmartThings Power Outlet Kwikset SmartCode Deadbolt Locks Yale Digital Door Locks Lockwood Wireless Digital Deadbolt Locks Jasco Plug-in Smart Switch & Smart Dimmer Centralite 3-Series Appliance Module Chamberlain Garage Door (Coming Soon)

From monitoring your home though  [Read More…]

Wink home automation via your Android device: Wink Hub and app reivew

If I could, I would control every piece of my home from my phone. But I’m too poor to make that happen right now. What I was able to afford was putting a Wink Hub/GE Link Light Bulb starter kit on my Christmas wish list last year and I was lucky enough that my wish came true. Christmas shopping is in full swing and if you’re anything like me (I assume you are if you’re reading this) you’ve been seriously considering  [Read More…]

Lowes revamps its Iris Smart Home Solution package, kits starting at $99

Lowes, the home improvement retailer, has announced its second-generation Iris Smart Home Solution package, which brings big improvements over the first. This time around, Lowes has updated the software and released a new mobile app, and when paired with the new hardware it brings some new functionality, along with faster performance. The mobile app makes it easier to navigate, as users can control devices with just a tap now.

Redesigned from the ground up for a more  [Read More…]

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE CellSpot is a mini-tower for your home

T-Mobile wants to make sure its customers will have 4G LTE coverage wherever they are, including in their homes. The carrier will soon offer the new 4G LTE CellSpot, which is basically a mini-tower that gives customers up to 3,000 square feet of 4G LTE coverage.

Automate your home or business with the Nyrius Smart Outlet

Tired of having to get out of bed to turn off the lamp or television? Yeah, the days of The Clapper are behind us with the announcement of the Nyrius Smart Outlet. The Smart Outlet can turn any existing outlet into a Bluetooth controlled source, for controlling any device that is plugged into it using the Android or iOS app.

The Nyrius Smart Outlet was another successful Kickstarter campaign and early adopters saw the true value in a product like this one.  [Read More…]