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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 »

Why aren’t all home outlets smart like the Brio?

By the time we make it to adulthood, power outlets are so ubiquitous that we hardly give them a thought. That is, until, babies. You know, there is an entire industry of outlet plugs fully supported by new, freaked-out, or new & freaked-out parents. The look is always the same when the conversation turns to more »

Save water, save the world, with Amphiro b1 smart shower

There has been a lot of focus on reducing energy usage and conserving. New and efficient smart LED bulbs have grown in popularity due to their low costs and longevity. However, there is more to a home’s total resource consumption than just lamps and lighting. You can tell by looking at the water and electricity/gas more »

Control more than lights with Insteon Dual On/Off Outlet

If you haven’t caught up to the wireless LED light craze, you’re seriously missing out. It’s one of those things that ends up being much more useful than expected, once in practice. Whether you want to save energy by remotely controlling lights, or to create a lived-in appearance at home while away, wireless is the more »

Smart Booo Dimmer puts wireless light control in hands

One of the reasons that wireless-enabled light bulbs have grown in popularity is the ease of control. Sure, there may be a pinch of laziness thrown in here or there, but it’s still pretty cool to turn lights on and off with a mobile smartphone or tablet. Besides, wall switches aren’t always in the most 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 »

Netgear’s Arlo home security cameras are totally wireless

By now, you should be fairly familiar with modern home security cameras. Advanced models seem to be popping up every month from familiar manufacturers or relatively new companies. Most of these cameras tout wireless connectivity, yet fail to be completely wireless. Users are left to figure out the closest outlet to provide power. You better more »

Cree steps up as Philips splits, Samsung call it quits on LEDs

Cree has always been a household name for me, as all of my best EDC (every day carry) flashlights have Cree bulbs in them. They’re bright, reliable, and affordable – the trifecta for those who don’t want to blow half a paycheck on a quality flashlight. But soon enough you can equip your entire home more »

Samsung pulls the switch on its LED lamp business

Samsung has been in a rough patch lately, as profits from its mobile business sales have been shrinking. Although they’ve been selling more smartphones overall, margins have been whittled away by steady marketing costs and falling sales prices. Just recently the company has announced its plan to discontinue making LED lights, an indicator that the more »

Hue tap provides physical switch for all your Hue smartbulbs

There has been a growing concern that people are becoming too attached and addicted to mobile devices. It’s easy to point out, maybe, when you know someone who perpetually checks their social media every minute. Literally. But at the same time, manufacturers keep developing awesome apps and/or hardware that can consolidate features into a single more »

Dyson announces latest dual-use humidifier and fan

With summer on its way out, we might finally get the chance for some cooler, wetter weather. Fingers crossed, since California has been suffering a pretty serious drought for some time. Notice that I don’t even mention having seasons – we don’t have much of that here either. We’ve better odds at being gifted some 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 »