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How comfortable would you be using a fingerprint-only smart lock?

Anyone who has spent some time learning the skill of picking locks understands that a home’s locked doors are merely an illusion of security. Sufficient skills and/or the right tools is all it takes to gain entry through tumblers, sometimes in just mere minutes. I know I’ve been able to pick both locks on my front door in under 60 seconds.

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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TechnologyTell Review: Flir FX wireless HD video camera

This is Flir’s first true consumer product. And considering the quality of things Flir, the expectations are running a little high. Did they stick the landing, or is this first foray a flub? Read on and find out! Design & Installation The Flir FX WiFi 1080p HD video monitoring security camera shows that much thought more »

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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: Izon View Wi-Fi surveillance camera

Consumer home monitoring cameras come in a small variety of shapes and sizes. The most common ones you’d find are in the shape of a puck or some kind of zoom lens. Or a miniaturized observatory for astronomy. None of them are really designed to be small and secretive to blend in with a room’s more »

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Upgrading to the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6? Turn old devices into home security

Sometimes the thrill of upgrading to a brand new mobile device can be tempered by that feeling of waste. It’s part of technology culture, where the latest features and powerful hardware come with the latest models. Given the marketing push behind new releases as well as discounts through mobile carriers, it’s hard not to want to trade in older devices for the new.

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: 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 »

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 »

Samsung SmartTV listens in, records private conversations

It goes to show that in this day and age it behooves consumers to be thoroughly familiar with all aspects and features of the tech they own. You never know just how “smart” some smart devices can be. If you own a Samsung SmartTV (or two or three), you might want to go and disable more »

TechnologyTell Review: Oco Wi-Fi cloud camera

At CES 2015, there was no shortage of home monitoring and surveillance cameras. Now that there are so many models from different brands available, it may seem that they’re mostly the same. In terms of hardware, it could be true. However, when you get down to it, it’s the software and interface that can make more »