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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.

Smart home no longer a choice between ultra-expensive and cheap DIY (Post sponsored by URC)

Great news: It’s more affordable than ever to automate your home, while taking all the guesswork and annoyance out of setting it up. It wasn’t always this way. For most of its existence, home automation has been the domain of both the ultra-wealthy and the DIY enthusiast. The ultra-wealthy regularly have, for decades, paid five more »

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 »

Think you know IoT? Here’s your chance to prove it and win!

I’ve had the opportunity to test and check out many a smart device, and I can tell you that not all Internet of Things are created equally. It’s all still kind of new – maybe more like a toddler instead of infancy – yet there is a lot of ground to cover before such products mature and hit their stride.

This ultimate backup battery just may change the world

The Tesla Powerwall is like a backup battery for your house. During the day, the Powerwall can store energy from a solar panel array or city energy grid.

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.

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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.

Want a smart way to improve health, nutrition in the kitchen?

There are many ways, big and small, to upgrade a home to make it smarter. Things like lights, home monitoring cameras, alarm systems, and thermostats are the usual suspects. But what if you want something beyond a simple convenience or peace of mind? So then how about a smart kitchen device that encourages better eating and a healthier lifestyle?

Love light? Then you’ll want the Philips Hue Go

By now, you’ve sure to have been exposed to all sorts of LED bulbs from a variety of brands. Both the standard and the wireless kind. So far, the wide majority of these offerings have been of the A19 type that goes into a traditional lamp socket. If you haven’t experienced the ultimate convenience of wirelessly controlling and/or dimming your lamps with a smartphone, you’re totally missing out.