Now part of Amazon, Eero reaffirms commitment to customer privacy

  Eero wants you to know it still cares about your privacy, regardless of who owns it. Amazon’s acquisition of the five-year-old startup, which makes home Wi-Fi hardware, is complete, Eero CEO and co-founder Nick Weaver said Tuesday in a blog post. In the post, Weaver wrote extensively about Eero’s promise to maintain customer privacy andRead More

Yale’s new Sync security system gets Philips Hue, Alexa integrations

Yale’s refreshed home security system is getting a few new connected features. At the IFA 2018 tech show in Berlin, the door lock maker’s UK arm on Thursday unveiled the new Yale Sync Alarm, its second-generation home security system for European markets. The new system, which starts at 299 euros, is a follow-up to theRead More

Smart display review roundup: The next frontier for the smart home?

We’ve come to call them ‘smart displays,’ these countertop touchscreen devices that also feature either the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice services. The Amazon Echo Show was the first example in this category, and while it had a clunky design, its 2017 debut proved that the concept had potential.  The category his since grownRead More

Best Amazon Black Friday 2018 deals now: Bose discounts, $20 Echo Dot, $25 Fire TV, $30 Roku, $30 Fire tablets, $69 Echo and much more

No need to wait until Black Friday — give thanks today because the big annual sale at Amazon is already under way. It includes some of the best prices of the year (or, at least since Prime Day) on Amazon’s own devices including the Amazon Echo, Fire tablet, Fire TV and Kindle — and other top-notch gadgets, too. New andRead More

The best smart bed could be the one you already own

Shopping for a new bed can be intimidating. You want a mattress that’s comfortable, affordable and durable. Increasingly, bed manufacturers are introducing smart features so you can track your sleep, adjust the incline of your bed via a motorized base and a supporting app, and even control the temperature of the bed itself.  More choicesRead More

Black Friday 2018 Google Assistant deals: $25 Google Home Mini, $99 Nest Thermostat E, $170 SimpliSafe security system and more

The holiday shopping season is here and, like us, you’re probably holding out for the best Black Friday deals before you empty your wallet. Fortunately, we’re on top of it, regularly adding new smart home and appliance deals right here so you can search through them easily.  This time around, we’re talking all about discounts onRead More

Alexa goes audiophile: Why Amazon may finally be getting serious about audio

Sorry, Alexa: Amazon Echo speakers are at the bottom of my list for music listening. Yes, I know the company has a bajillion speakers already, but the focus so far has been on voice, not audio quality.  Maybe that’s about to change. CNBC reports the company is planning at least eight new devices including ‘a microwave oven,Read More

Target halts smart product line that would have ordered refills for you

Target won’t move forward with Target Fetch, a service that would have used Bluetooth-connected household goods to monitor and reorder your toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap. The company announced the decision Aug. 31 in a message to people who pre-ordered the service through its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Backers will receive a refund. TargetRead More