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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 »

Blink home monitor now taking pre-orders, shipping summer

If you were reading posts sometime around last summer, you might have caught our coverage on the Blink wireless HD home monitoring system. This particular Kickstarter project successfully overfunded, topping over a million dollars with only a $200k goal. That over 6800 backers to keep happy, and so far things appear to be chugging away steadily. more »

Are drones the future of smart home security?

CES 2015 saw a huge turnout in digital imaging drones by companies such as Yuneec, Hexo +, and Hobbico. These drones are making waves in the film and virtual reality industries while ushering in a new age of home filmmaking. But these companies are seeing a new trend in market interest. “The market is wide open,” says more »

The iCamPRO FHD is set to impress at 2015 CES, Kickstarter

Home automation and monitoring is shaping up to be the big thing for 2015. Even though products have been hitting the consumer shelves for well over a year, innovation and design are starting to catch up and improve the most recent releases. When it comes to home security, the next big star just might be 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 »

BeON smart bulb lights homes, deters burglars

A lot of media attention is paid to high-profile cyber crimes such as stolen identities, hacking, and stolen credit cards. Although such incidents may be big, they’re still not quite as prolific as basic break-ins and theft. These happen all the time nationwide, but you’re only going to hear about local incidents. The key to more »