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Doors open via Bluetooth with Genie Smart Lock

One of the tests of manhood involves carrying all the groceries into the house in a single trip. Even as our spouse heads to unlock and open the front door before turning around to help, we’ve already collected each bag and shut the trunk. As we shuffle with loaded arms, lifting over bushes, twisting through more »

Blink does away with high costs, wires for home surveillance

If you’ve only ever thought about home security and monitoring, yet never had the motivation to move forward, now is a good time as any. The power and range of surveillance cameras have grown so that there is something to fit anyone’s needs. Many options are highly affordable, require no monthly fees, and allow users more »

BrightSwitch automatically shuts lights off, saves energy at home

If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re more »

Monolyth improves AC units with control, energy savings

With the growing concerns about human’s environmental impact, many people are understanding that less can mean more. Less waste, less consumption, and less harvesting of finite resources means a better situation for every living thing on the planet. Even if you don’t believe that human activity has been contributing to climate change (although you should), more »

Sentri steps beyond home security to personalize home monitoring

If you haven’t thought about setting up some form of home security system, it’s a great time to do so. Not only are monitoring cameras very affordable, installation and setup is a breeze. Users can have their equipment up and connected to mobile devices in no time at all. Many of the latest and greatest more »

DXG Seeing Cam helps homeowners with DIY video monitoring

Home security is one of those services that almost everyone wants, yet only some can afford. Despite the upside of protection and included features, it’s still another monthly bill to tack on with the rest. But now that the internet of things has been expanding into the home, video monitoring is becoming easier and more more »

Technology Tell Review: SwannSecure HD Monitoring System

The Swann HD Monitoring System can benefit users who need to mount a camera to view outside their home/building or on the property. Just know that the results can be mixed, depending on lighting.

Haiku smart ceiling fan senses, monitors, thinks

Many homes still use ceiling fans, which are a great way to circulate air in a room without using as much energy to cool an entire house. And if you’re going to stick with a ceiling fan, it might as well be a smart one.

Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller now available at Home Depot

If you’re interested in a smarter, connected watering system, Rachio has launched its Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller. This controller replaces your old one with a simple swap and reconnecting of the low voltage zone wires. Launch the Iro app, available for iOS and Android, and you’ll be stepped through the process of syncing and zone setup.

Honeywell challenges Google’s Nest with Lyric smart thermostat

Let the battle rage on! In this corner, the seasoned smart thermostat veteran, Google’s Nest, is ready to take on a new competitor. And seeing as this smart thermostat is coming from Honeywell, this is sure to be a good brawl. Plus, this battle goes back to 2012 when Honeywell claimed Nest infringed on several patents. Check mate.

D-Link AC1200 Dual Band Range Extender brings high-speed wireless connectivity to dead zones

The D-Link’s Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1650) if officially available and shipping. The extender improves the range and signal strength of your home network for those night when streaming The Bachelorette in your bedroom just isn’t working out for your laptop. It also doubles as an access point or media bridge. In media bridge mode, more »

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TechnologyTell Review: Blumoo

Although universal remotes are not necessarily new, latest tech trends have been turning our mobile devices into yet another tool. When you follow the logic of eliminating a pile of remotes for a single one, it makes sense to ditch that and just use a smartphone. As the internet of things continues blessing our home more »