smart home devices

SmartRent raises $60 million to manage connected buildings

SmartRent raises $60 million to manage connected buildings

SmartRent, which furnishes apartment units with smart home devices and access control systems, has raised a $60 million round.
Smart device maker Wink demands customers pay up or lose features

Smart device maker Wink demands customers pay up or lose features

Smart home startup Wink announced that customers will lose functionality if they opt not to subscribe to the company's new service plan.

Aqara HomeKit-enabled smart wall switches more likely to work in your home

There are quite a few wall switches that support Apple’s HomeKit home-automation system, but Aqara on Tuesday unveiled two that should catch the eye of anyone with an older home. Unlike virtually all
Firewalla review: A powerful solution to monitor and protect your home network (Update: 4 months later)

Firewalla review: A powerful solution to monitor and protect your home network (Update: 4 months later)

Parental controls, security monitor, ad blocker, and more Update 1: 2020/04/06 12:01pm PDT Four months later Security and privacy are at the heart of our concerns with technology now. With every
Top 11 High-Tech Kitchen Gadgets You Need in 2020

Top 11 High-Tech Kitchen Gadgets You Need in 2020

With the coronavirus, you are home a little more. Take the opportunity to build your cooking skills for quick kitchen work when you’re free to go out again. Here is a great way to upgrade your kitchen
What’s Wrong With Smart Home Apps?

What’s Wrong With Smart Home Apps?

Designers underestimate how intuitive a smart home app needs to be to appeal to mainstream users. That’s one of the biggest problems with smart home products. In-house designers want to design

HomeKit-compatible security tools are all over CES 2020

This week’s Consumer Electronics Show brings a range of security devices that support Apple’s HomeKit home-automation system, including the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. Other notable announcements are new
Moen’s new kitchen faucet works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Moen’s new kitchen faucet works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Moen unveiled a slew of smart home devices ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, including a voice-activated kitchen faucet.
Kohler unveils smart showerhead speaker and touchless faucets and toilets

Kohler unveils smart showerhead speaker and touchless faucets and toilets

Kohler has launched new smart home kitchen and bath products at CES 2020, including a smart showerhead speaker and others.
Firewalla review: A powerful all-in-one solution to monitor and protect your home network

Firewalla review: A powerful all-in-one solution to monitor and protect your home network

Security and privacy are at the heart of our concerns with technology now. With every breach, hack, and vulnerability, we discover how frail this digital footprint we've created is. To protect

Make your house instantly smarter with these awesome accessories [Deals]

Houses are mostly brick, wood and/or concrete, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be smart. With the right bit of technology, you can enhance the efficiency, convenience and security of the place where

Here’s a smart home cam with facial recognition, night vision and more for under $45 [Deals]

Home security cam shoppers are always looking for that middle ground between a feature-laden device and the sticker shock that usually comes with such units. The Blurams Dome Pro 1080p Security Camera

These iPhone-controlled robot vacuums are on sale today [Deals]

One of the few pure and good things technology has brought is the ability to release a personal R2-D2 in our homes to keep the carpets clean. Personal robots are automatically cool, and even better

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells that exposed the passwords for the Wi-Fi networks to which they were connected. Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was
Sweepr raises $9 million to diagnose smart home devices in real time

Sweepr raises $9 million to diagnose smart home devices in real time

Sweepr, whose platform automatically remediates smart home device and appliance issues using machine learning, has raised $9 million.

Illuminate your life with LED smart bulbs [Deals]

Lightbulbs are the symbol of invention and good ideas, but it’s not until the last few years that they’ve changed in a fundamental way. The LED bulbs are energy efficient, and full of possibility for

Google Assistant, navigation and apps coming to GM vehicles starting in 2021

GM is turning to Google to provide in-vehicle voice, navigation and other apps in its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles starting in 2021. GM began shipping vehicles with Google Android
iDevices’ Instinct is a light switch with Alexa built in

iDevices’ Instinct is a light switch with Alexa built in

iDevices' Instinct is a light switch with Alexa built in, complete with a two-microphone array and high-fidelity speakers.
Xiaomi’s effort to become a “new species” of company is stuck

Xiaomi’s effort to become a “new species” of company is stuck

The company promised investors it was transforming from a pure hardware seller into an "innovation-driven internet company."
Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One: Which smart speaker should you buy?

Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One: Which smart speaker should you buy?

If listening to music matters most to you in picking a smart speaker, two choices stand out: The Sonos One and Apple's HomePod. They both sound amazing, but they're also very different on price and