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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: Accessory Power Enhance mood light

A lot of the LED lights that have been hitting the market as of late have been, well, boring. Sure, they replace our soft light or bright white bulbs for greater efficiency – sometimes even with wireless capabilities – but that’s about it. Can’t party with them, really. But if you want something a bit more »

Want wireless anything? Nyrius Smart Outlet makes it happen

I’ll tell you right now that having wirelessly-controlled LED lights is equally awesome and convenient. Sure, there’s the lazy aspect, where I’d rather push a button than get up out of my cozy bed to turn a light off upstairs. Then there’s the smart part of it, where I can put lights on a timer 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 »

Neurio Home Intelligence now available for pre-order, 15% off

It’s always great to see a successfully-funded Kickstarter project make it all the way through to the point of shipping to backers and starting up pre-orders. Such is the case with Neurio, one of the latest bits of technology set to smarten up the home. Unlike other smarthome devices that provide wireless control and/or automation 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 »

Qi wireless charging gets a big boost from Ikea

Although wireless induction charging for mobile devices has been around for a while, it hasn’t really caught on. At least as fast as proponents for the technology may prefer. The wireless charging pads merely replace the need to plug a cable into a smartphone or tablet, but at the cost of charging at a lower 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 »

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: Cree Connected LED bulb

I’m a big fan of Cree. I love their stuff, although it’s mostly been related to top-notch flashlights. And while I had been aware of the company’s emergence into the home-lighting market, I just recently decided to check out what they’ve got going on. So how does Cree’s latest version of their A19-shaped LED bulb 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 »