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With Memorial Day just around the corner, deals galore on some of the hottest and most sought-after tech products of the year are available right now. And there’s no area more exciting than smart home products, where major retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy are dropping prices on everything from smart locks to learning […]

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When Nest ($NASDAQ:GOOG) rolled out its Wi-Fi connected learning thermostat in 2011, it ushered in a swell of consumer interest and subsequent sales in the smart-home category. Philips ($NYSE:PHG) Hue smart lighting system launched the next year, and by then a mad rush to connect every home device to smartphones and the internet was underway. Since […]

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As smart home technology continues to become mainstream, Generations X, Y, and Z are all recognizing the benefits this technology can offer. From asking Alexa to play a song or programming the lights to turn on when they enter a room, smart home technology can make life more convenient for users of any age. One […]

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Touted for their convenience and home security services, smart home technologies like app-controlled locks, lights and appliances could be reinforcing gender stereotypes and restricting women’s freedom. A new study [pdf] from Monash and RMIT universities, along with Intel, found that women were increasingly worried about being spied on or being locked out of their homes. […]

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New data suggests the number-one thing consumers want from future smart home technology is to integrate older appliances into their smart home network. And they don’t want to pay extra for smart devices. According to data gathered by PCMag via a Google Survey of 2,075 US consumers, 30 percent don’t want brand-new smart tech; they want to […]

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One of the most important homes in America is a snug, three-story residence on Sumner Road in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its walls are stuffed with insulation made from recycled blue jeans. Enlarged windows and skylights mean the lights stay firmly off until dark. Two hundred eighty-five sensors are installed throughout the 94-year-old house, constantly monitoring electrical […]

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Not so long ago, the ability to receive verbal instructions from a speaker box or control your household appliances from your smartphone were fantasies created by the over-imaginative minds of Hollywood screenwriters.  But, owing to a wave of technological advances – machine-learning; inexpensive, high-speed internet; secure cloud storage; mobility solutions and low-cost devices – automated […]

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The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is just about the largest tech show on the planet. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people gather in Las Vegas to experience the latest technologies and innovations across a number of sectors. It’s fitting that the event takes place in early January, as it often acts as a predictor […]

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ASUS Lyra Voice Alexa Router Speaker With 8W drivers and Alexa voice control, the ASUS Lyra is an impressive smart speaker. But that’s not all this device can do. Thanks to AiMesh technology, Lyra can actually help to spread Wi-Fi around your house. It’s basically a portable router. ASUS Lyra is a smart speaker and a router […]