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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 »

Research shows Nest saves 10 to 15 percent on energy bills

Long before Nest was ever conceived and born, people worldwide have had simple, functioning thermostats. For decades these devices served well enough to control the heating and cooling of homes and buildings. Eventually, as technology grew and continued to permeate all aspects of modern lives, thermostats went digital and then smart. When it comes to more »

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More smarthome lawsuits: Allure Energy vs. Honeywell

Innovation and production of gadgets and technology for the home has been steadily marching forward. If you consider my experience at CES 2015 like a temperature-taking thermometer, then the connected smart home is poised to heat up like summertime asphalt. Even the home LED lighting market has gotten so aggressive, leading Samsung to call it 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 »

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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 »

Nest’s first national commercial stars a grumpy old man

Ever had an older relative who just doesn’t get today’s new technology? Are you that older relative yourself? Either way, you can probably relate to Nest’s new commercial, its first national one, which began airing in the last week. The ad stars Richard Herd, who played George Costanza’s boss Mr. Wilhelm on the later seasons more »

WeMo enabled smart coffee maker now available from Belkin

For many people, mornings just aren’t until that first sip of coffee from a freshly-brewed pot. Having a solid morning routine helps to get a day started right. However, there’s something to be said about spontaneity and flexibility. Sometimes things change, and you need to adapt on the fly. Your coffee maker should, too. Belkin 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 »

Cook smarter, easier with MAID multi-function oven

When I’m not toying around with tech or rattling out words for articles and reviews, you could probably find me cooking. It’s my favorite way to escape from the digital world to get my hands dirty with creating. If you want to eat great food, you’re either making it or paying someone else to make more »

Keecker launches, brings new meaning to mobile media

If you’re interested in some seriously inventive and powerful computer hardware, you’re going to want to check out the Keecker project up on Kickstarter. It’s called the world’s first ‘HomePod’, but it looks more like an 80s throwback of a futuristic robot pet. Don’t distract yourself with its appearance; you can always add decals, racing more »