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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 »

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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 »

AmbiVision tricks out movie, gaming experiences like woah

Whether it’s the interior of gaming desktop towers, the belly of your hot ride, or cosmic bowling, LED lights make everything totally awesome. And if you spend a lot of entertainment time with your big screen TV, why not have some LED lights for added ambiance and cool-factor? There are a lot of LED lighting more »

Hive gains funding on Kickstarter, offers home automation for everyone

Hive is a new smart home system that’s gaining a ton of traction on Kickstarter. It’s billed as a system that anyone can afford and that offers complete security, automation, and whole home audio all in one. The smartphone app pairs to the small hub to control lights, locks, electronics and appliances from anywhere. The 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 »

Unveiled at CES, Skylink PowerHub has smarts & wireless

To say that anything related to smarthome products and/or automation was big at CES 2015 is a gross understatement. Although there was a clustered area dedicated to such booths, you were able to find manufacturers in almost every hall. It made things a little difficult for those with a home-centric interest. This explosion of devices more »

Are drones the future of smart home security?

CES 2015 saw a huge turnout in digital imaging drones by companies such as Yuneec, Hexo +, and Hobbico. These drones are making waves in the film and virtual reality industries while ushering in a new age of home filmmaking. But these companies are seeing a new trend in market interest. “The market is wide open,” says more »

The iCamPRO FHD is set to impress at 2015 CES, Kickstarter

Home automation and monitoring is shaping up to be the big thing for 2015. Even though products have been hitting the consumer shelves for well over a year, innovation and design are starting to catch up and improve the most recent releases. When it comes to home security, the next big star just might be more »