Tag Archive: ‘Smart


Add some color with the $40 Philips Hue smart dimmable flood light

The Philips Hue BR30 dimmable LED smart flood light is down to $ 39.97 on Amazon. This light normally sells for around $ 50, and the deal is a match for the best we have ever seen.

BR30 bulbs are made for recessed, horizontal, or vertical light fixtures. Other than that, they operate just like any other Philips Hue smart light. Each bulb has more than 16 million color options that can be controlled by the app or  [Read More…]

Gear Up: Check out our favorite smart wallet options

Smart products are everywhere. Anything that we can add technology to, we usually end up doing. That ranges from everything like lights, fans, and security systems to garage doors, car chargers, and more.

Adding smart technology to otherwise dumb products can be a real game changer. No longer do we have to wonder if that shadowy figure in front of our door is a robber or sweet old grandma. Now we can unlock the front door of our home so  [Read More…]

Amazon Smart Plug review: Everything should be so easy

Amazon’s smart plug brings a new meaning to the term “plug and play.”

I’ve been using the Amazon Smart Plug for a few days, and I’m convinced it’s the best hardware product Amazon has ever made.

I’m no stranger to smart plugs. I have an assortment of them in my house, ranging from hard-wired old-school Wemo and Insteon plugs to inexpensive iHome socket adapters to “green” models like Edimax’s offerings. They’re a great way to transform any  [Read More…]

SimpliSafe smart video doorbell now available for $169

The doorbell supports 1080p video recording and has a 162-degree wide-angle lens.

Founded in 2006, SimpliSafe has become one of the best brands when it comes to home security solutions. On October 16, the company announced its first outdoor security solution in the form of the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro.

The Video Doorbell Pro replaces your traditional doorbell and has a camera lens that can record in 1080p Full HD and capture a wide field of view  [Read More…]

The smart home conundrum: Amazon or Google?

If you want to make your house as smart as it can be, you’ll need to make a choice.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed about having a “smart” home. I grew up watching The Jetsons and reading about the future, and while most of my friends were waiting for flying cars I just wanted to be able to talk to my house and have it do things. Not crazy things, mind you, just simple  [Read More…]

Google’s Home Hub smart display spotlights another Microsoft failure

Google’s Home Hub joins Amazon’s Echo Show in an ambient-computing, smart-display space in which Microsoft is conspicuously absent.

Amazon pioneered the progression of voice-controlled ambient computing with its Alexa-powered smart speakers. The Google Assistant-powered Google Home and Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod eventually followed. In 2017, Amazon upped the ante with its Amazon Echo Show smart display. The Echo Show brought the ability to display interactive content to the smart speaker battle.

Microsoft was notably absent from this space  [Read More…]

The Google Home Hub is running a different OS from other Smart Displays

Google’s also using a completely different processor — but why?

At Google’s big hardware event this Tuesday, the company announced a slew of new products — one of which was the Google Home Hub. The Home Hub is the latest Smart Display to hit the market and is essentially Google’s version of products like the Lenovo Smart Display and JBL Link View.

However, while Lenovo and JBL’s gadgets run something called Android Things (an Internet of Things  [Read More…]

Google Smart Display updates, OnePlus 6T fingerprint scanner, and other news worth knowing

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Thursday, October 11th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, OnePlus confirms the 6T will not use an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, Fortnite  [Read More…]

Google Home v2.6 brings huge redesign, in-app smart home controls

Google’s Home app is looking better than ever.

While Google’s Home line of smart speakers has been outstanding ever since the first Google Home, the companion Home app has never been fantastic. Thankfully, with the v2.6 update that’s rolling out now, Google’s made the best version of it yet.

The new Home tab is what you’ll see upon open the app, and here you’ve got quick controls for toggling your smart lights on/off, playing music on any  [Read More…]

Google Home Hub vs. Lenovo Smart Display: Which should you buy?

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Google Home Hub

Bedside Companion

$ 149 at Best Buy

Pros Compact design Crisp display Cons Rear-firing speakers limit where you can place this hub

With it’s super simple and compact design, Google made it clear this is the smart display  [Read More…]