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Apple's Answer To The Amazon Echo Sounds Creepy

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is moving forward with plans for a smart home hub, joining the Amazon Echo and the upcoming Google Home device in the battle to take over your house.

Steve Jobs Would Have Hated Savant's Fancy Home Remote

When I met Savant’s top executives in their posh SoHo office, they were quick to brag about how their company helped design Steve Jobs’ yacht. The well dressed men went on to say that they’d also outfitted Bono’s castle with a smart home system, years before anyone knew the word smarthome. So when I finally got to test Savant’s new home remote for the everyman, I had high expectations.

11 DIY Projects To Turn Your House Into A Smart Home

The smart home revolution definitely isn’t happening overnight. Even with a flood of new devices and platforms available, most of us are still only inching toward fully automated homes. Still, you can take matters into your own hands and speed up the rate of progress with these DIY smart home systems. They’re easy to build and most can be up and running in under an hour.

Nest's Outdoor Camera Lets You Extend The Range Of Your Paranoia

The people at Nest have had a rough year. Following founder Tony Fadell’s exit in June and parent company Google launching its own unaffiliated smart home product in May, many have been wondering what the future of Nest will look like. Now, it appears the company is betting big on … smart home cameras?

Frigidaire's Gorgeous New Connected AC Works Like A Fever Dream

The first time I saw the new Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect smart air conditioner my jaw dropped. It was the best-looking window AC unit I’d ever seen with a sleek design and supposedly neat Wi-Fi functionality. After a month of using it, I now remember that no gadget is truly perfect — not even if you want it to be.

The D-Link Smart Home Range Has IFTTT Integration

IFTTT (If This Then That) is now available on the mydlink Home app across a bunch of D-Link’s “Connected Home” devices, including Wi-Fi Smart Plugs, Motion Sensors and Wi-Fi Siren. This means you can now create conditional commands and link multiple IFTTT products and apps together for a completely customisable home automation experience.

40 New Tricks For Your Amazon Echo

Amazon recently announced that the Alexa AI powering its Echo and other hardware has now learned 1,000 “skills” (up from just 135 in January). In case you’re not up to speed with all the new tricks, we’ve picked out 40 of our favourites — you can discover the other 960 yourself.

How You Can Make Your House Look Like It's From The Future

It’s impossible to predict what the future looks like – while Back To The Future got many things right, aesthetics wasn’t one of them. One safe assumption, however, is that technology will be integral to the home of the future. If you want a house that looks like it’s from the future, it’s best to look at technology rather than styling.

How To Use Smart Blinds To Keep Your House Safe, Even When You're Not There

There are things we all do when we go away. Take out the garbage so the place won’t smell on your return. And do whatever you can to make it seem like your house isn’t actually empty — put lights on timers, ask friends or neighbours to collect the mail, water plants and put out the bins. But these are awfully 20th century methods of signalling that you’re home. You need something smart. Your home needs protection whether you are at home or not.

How Smart Gadgets Can Take The Chores Out Of Doing Housework

Between classic appliance made smart and multiple new types of helpful household robots, smart gadgets are popping up left and right that will make your work around the house a little easier. Whether you prefer to use them individually or as part of a smart home ecosystem, here are some of the best smart household devices on the market — and how they can help you.

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