Smart locks: everything you need to know about intelligent deadbolts

We’re well on our way to a world where everything – from your refrigerator to your car – is connected via the internet. And while some of these connected devices like smart lights and smart speakers already enjoy mainstream status, others have yet to break out of their niche.  So which of our household objects do we feel is going to be next on the list to get the smart treatment limelight? Smart locks. A number of these intelligent deadbolts have popped up on the market over the past few years,…

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Apple HomeKit devices: great smart home appliances that work with the smart home system

Ever since Apple launched its own smart platform HomeKit in 2014, and updated it with the release of iOS 10 in 2016, it’s had to compete with the Alexa and Google Assistants of the world for the loyalty of smart home owners across the world. However, those who rely on iPhones and Macs know the quality and reliability of everything the company touches, and so have embraced the technology. Others may wonder which devices actually work with HomeKit, and which only support other platforms. It’s no use expecting a Ring…

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Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod vs Google Nest: which smart speaker is the best?

If you’re new to smart home tech and don’t know where to begin, start with a smart speaker. There are several top smart speakers on the market today, but which one is right for you: the Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod vs Google Nest? A smart speaker is a home for a voice assistant, like Siri on your iPhone or Google Assistant on Android. You can ask assistants to play a song, find information, set an alarm or carry out tasks by ‘talking’ to other smart home products.  Most smart…

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Roomba Combo j7+ could be the best robot yet for cleaning your home

iRobot, known best for its popular Roomba range of robot vacuums, has announced two big developments for 2022 – a large OS update and a new model with a unique retractable mopping mechanism. This news is the first major development we’ve seen from the manufacturer since news broke in August 2022 regarding its acquisition by Amazon. iRobot is also using the moment to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of its first Roomba robot in 2002. We spoke with Praj Shyamkant, Senior Product Manager, about iRobot’s new platform, its latest combo cleaner, and…

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Your Roomba is about to become an Amazon device

Amazon will buy iRobot for $1.7 billion. The deal, which the companies announced on Friday morning, will make the popular Roomba line of robot vacuums part of the Amazon family and fast-track a deeper integration with Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa and the company’s smarthome ecosystem. Founded in 1990 by MIT roboticists Colin Angle and Helen Greiner, the company struggled for most of the 1990s, attempting to break into the toy game with an all-too-real and creepy robotic My Real Baby Doll. iRobot, however, struck gold when it moved away from…

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Give the gift of a cooler summer with the Dreo Pilot Max tower fan

Mother’s day? Father’s day? A birthday coming up? Coming up with a great gift for someone is always a struggle, but you’ve got a solid seasonal option right in front of you with the Dreo Pilot Max tower fan. Now, you might hesitate to buy an appliance for someone. After all, appliances usually take up a bunch of space and use a ton of electricity, don’t they? That’s actually part of what makes the Dreo Pilot Max a great gift. It’s a powerful tower fan that’ll let your friends or…

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Top Christmas tech gifts for kids

Christmas gift guides We’re bringing you a tech-focused Christmas gift guide every day up to the big day itself, to help fuel your present buying inspiration. Day 1: Apple fans | 2: Photographers | 3: Switch gamers | 4: Xbox gamers | 5: PS4 games | 6: Retro gamers | 7: PC gamers |  8: Lego fans | 9: Music lovers | 10: Mobile gamers | 11: Home cinema dreamers | 12: Home cookers | 13: Smart home starter kit | 14: Tech toys for kids  If you’re feeling the…

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Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaner so far by Dreame – D9 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

 Smart vacuums have become one of the most popular cleaning devices to have in homes, as they do one of the most annoying and time-consuming household chores for you, saving you time and energy. As a result, the market for these devices is quite fierce, but it’s about to be shaken up by Dreame’s latest smart vacuum model, the D9. Here’s an overview of everything that makes it so awesome.  Smart cleaning has never been this efficient   Above all else, any kind of vacuum needs to be good at,…

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Top Christmas gifts for pet owners

Christmas gift guides We’re bringing you a tech-focused Christmas gift guide every day up to the big day itself, to help fuel your present buying inspiration. Day 1: Apple fans | 2: Photographers | 3: Switch gamers | 4: Xbox gamers | 5: PS4 games | 6: Retro gamers | 7: PC gamers |  8: Lego fans | 9: Music lovers | 10: Mobile gamers | 11: Home cinema dreamers | 12: Home cooks | 13: Smart home starter kit | 14: Tech for kids |  15: Fitness fans |…

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This HGTV Home® by Sherwin-Williams paint and primer is the one-step way to ensure your curb appeal updates last: part of Lowe’s List for Innovation

Painting the outside of your home is stressful enough. From choosing the color to buying the equipment, you don’t need the added burden of hours of research to figure out which paint will last the longest and hold up against the elements.  Lowe’s has done the work for you with their Lowe’s List for Innovation badge. The designation is a simple way for DIYers and homeowners to know that a product has been thoroughly vetted by Lowe’s as a high-quality and innovative product. The list includes tools, appliances, washing machines…

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