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Free new features for Amazon Fire TV, TV Stick announced

The Amazon TV Stick hasn’t been out for that long, and the company is already looking to send out free updates. Awesome. It’s no wonder that the “Customer response to Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been overwhelming”, because the TV Stick packs some great hardware and user interface. But now we can look forward more »

New HP devices to feature premium Bang & Olufsen sound

When the topic of “quality audio” is brought up, it’s very unlikely that anyone mentions laptop speakers in the discussion. Sure, there may be some exceptions to that rule, but I can’t remember the last time someone got excited to jam tunes for me from their laptop. The teeny, tinny speakers with the most basic more »

This needs to happen now: Lyric IoT speaker

I’m a little bummed out that I missed my chance to see this Lyric speaker in action while at SXSW 2015. Ah, if only I had an additional half a day more. I’ll cross my fingers the company will showcase this product at next year’s CES 2016. Now I’ve seen and listened to my fair more »

KeyMe expands digital key kiosks, now available at Lowe’s

I’ve locked myself out of the house twice this past year. The first time was a complete ‘derp’ moment, when I left my keys sitting on the counter. The second time – lets blame it on entropy – my house key fell off my carabiner clip. Since I am that kind of person, it took more »

TechnologyTell Review: Accessory Power Enhance mood light

A lot of the LED lights that have been hitting the market as of late have been, well, boring. Sure, they replace our soft light or bright white bulbs for greater efficiency – sometimes even with wireless capabilities – but that’s about it. Can’t party with them, really. But if you want something a bit more »

Want wireless anything? Nyrius Smart Outlet makes it happen

I’ll tell you right now that having wirelessly-controlled LED lights is equally awesome and convenient. Sure, there’s the lazy aspect, where I’d rather push a button than get up out of my cozy bed to turn a light off upstairs. Then there’s the smart part of it, where I can put lights on a timer more »

TechnologyTell Review: Skylink Alarm System Starter Kit

Many of the latest home monitoring and security products have been cameras. These compact wireless devices let owners take a live peek, remotely, as needed. The costs are very reasonable, too. But not everyone needs a camera for each situation. Sometimes a simple window and/or door alert is all it takes for notification and peace more »

Review: Mohu Leaf Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna

The Leaf Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna is not your father’s antenna. Or your grandfather’s. Or really, any relative of yours who bought their first TV in the days before HD or the Internet. The Leaf antenna, from parent company Mohu, has a simple pitch directed at cord cutters: While you’re spending a little bit each more »

TechnologyTell Review: Marshall Woburn speaker

As awesome as portable audio can be, it doesn’t compare to the power of a fuller-sized speaker. Anything that fits in a backpack isn’t going to wash your body over with vibrations and melodies. Sometimes you really need to get that fix, even at the risk of a having a neighbor calling in a noise more »

Neurio Home Intelligence now available for pre-order, 15% off

It’s always great to see a successfully-funded Kickstarter project make it all the way through to the point of shipping to backers and starting up pre-orders. Such is the case with Neurio, one of the latest bits of technology set to smarten up the home. Unlike other smarthome devices that provide wireless control and/or automation more »

Zero-tool connected WiFi deadbolt kit available for pre-order

There are a variety of wireless/connected locks available on the market, most all of which involve some sort of installation process. And it’s not really a big deal, unless you’re the kind that hates to hassle with tedium. Aside from that, a number of these kits tend to look like eyesores. Now, if you had more »

A Look at the Rise of Smart Home Technology

Time travel, flying cars, smart homes – these sound like topics out of a 1960’s science fiction book. While the first two may not be possible, the latter is coming to fruition in major ways. Over the past decade, technologically advanced houses, or smart homes, have gone from a futuristic idea to reality. Smart Homes more »