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Free software upgrades Harmony products with smart home control

Free? Upgrade? You heard correctly, but only Logitech Harmony owners will gain this benefit. The company has just announced that a few of its most popular hub-compatible products are getting a boost with smart home control capabilities.

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Want a smarter, more powerful smarthome? Go for Oomi.

These days, it seems that every company has already thrown their hat into the smarthome, IoT/IoE ring. If you want wireless lights or wireless sockets or home alarm/monitoring systems, there’s plenty enough choice to go around. But that in itself ends up being a problem. If you’re like me, then you have at least half more »

TechnologyTell Review: Nyrius Smart Switch Outlet

If you’re interested in providing wireless connectivity to a variety of devices, you’ll do well to keep an eye on Nyrius. I’ve granted Bluetooth wireless to speakers with the Songo and wireless HDMI with the Aries Home+, both of which are fantastic products and deliver. One of Nyrius’ latest gadgets for the home is the Smart Switch, which brings the power of Bluetooth to an outlet.

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 »

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 »

TechnologyTell Review: Lutron Caseta Dimmers, Smart Bridge

Wireless LED bulbs are currently a big hit with consumers, drawing much attention with energy efficiency and app connectivity. The ‘smart’ home is definitely the next frontier when it comes to developing new and (hopefully) useful technology. But upgrading a bulb isn’t the only way to gain remotely-operated lights. Lutron happens to have a couple more »

iPhone universal remote showcasing at CES 2015, shipping January

If you haven’t yet experienced the convenience of a universal remote, you’re totally missing out. Not only can one streamline actions and selections, but it seriously cuts down on coffee table clutter. And if you happen to be an iOS user with an older iPhone lying around, there’s a great way to repurpose that device more »

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TechnologyTell Review: LockState WiFi Electronic Deadbolt Lock

Among the variety of new home automation devices, locks are turning out to be quite popular. Why have physical keys when a mobile device can do the same thing? Remote locking and unlocking can be very convenient. But then why have a mobile device in your hand when a glowing pinpad works just as quickly, more »

Control more than lights with Insteon Dual On/Off Outlet

If you haven’t caught up to the wireless LED light craze, you’re seriously missing out. It’s one of those things that ends up being much more useful than expected, once in practice. Whether you want to save energy by remotely controlling lights, or to create a lived-in appearance at home while away, wireless is the more »

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TechnologyTell Review: Okidokeys Smart Lock System

Doors and locks are no strangers to advanced methods of operation and security. For years, homeowners could purchase and have installed locks with pinpad access. But with recent tech and the internet of things making its way into the home, options are plentiful and more affordable. If you’ve ever found yourself fumbling around for house more »

TechnologyTell Review: Belkin WeMo LED Starter Set

There are a lot of products coming out with a wireless feature for remote operation. Everything from sprinkler systems, AC units, thermostats, and fans can now come with an app for iOS and Android. More products are soon to follow – such is the nature of the Internet of Things. While some of these wireless-enabled more »

Swann Security expands into the connected home space

Swann Security is a household name known for cameras and security, and have been for quite some time. After some recent tiptoeing into home connectivity geared toward the common consumer, Swann Security has decided to jump right in. The company has just announced its latest flagship product, the SwannOne. It kind of has a ring more »

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