Smart thermostats are known for their energy efficiency, but if you want to get an in-depth look at how much money they’ve saved you on your bills, the Ecobee lets you take a peek at all sorts of usage information.
If you use your Amazon Echo to add things to your shopping list, but aren’t near your Echo, there are other ways to add items to the list besides just using your voice.
While you can get professional systems installed that hook up your lights to your doorbell, you can use an existing smart video doorbell (like the Ring or SkyBell HD) and Philips Hue bulbs to have your lights blink whenever someone rings the doorbell. Here’s how to set it up.
If you’re having seconds thoughts about jailbreaking your iOS device, here’s how to easily unjailbreak it and go back to normalcy.
A lot of newer cars come with Bluetooth built-in–or at least as an option from the manufacturer. However, if you have an older car and really want Bluetooth access for your phone, here are several ways you can add it to your vehicle.
The Ring Doorbell is a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell system with an integrated camera so that you can quickly see who’s at the door. But its internal battery means that you need to recharge it once or twice every year. Here’s how to recharge the Ring Doorbell whenever the battery gets low.
Philips Hue bulbs make it easy and convenient to turn on and off your lights, thanks to the ability to control them from your smartphone wherever you are. However, you can also use your Philips Hue lights to make really cool flashing animations to step up your house party game.
Humans are creatures of habit, and it’s likely that you turn on your TV close to the same time every day after you get home from work, and turn it off close to the same time every night before you go to bed. Here’s how to automate that process by using the Logitech Harmony Hub and an online service called IFTTT.
Smart thermostats are convenient, and claim they can save you a lot of money on your energy bills. But is a smart thermostat actually worth the price and effort?
Whenever you set a timer or an alarm on your Amazon Echo, it emits a default sound when your timer or alarm go off. It’s not an annoying sound at all, but if it’s not quite your cup of tea, here’s how to change it and pick a better sound that’s more geared toward your liking.
If you have multiple people in your household and want them all to have access to SmartThings from their phones, here’s how to share access to SmartThings with anyone you want.
While the Ring Doorbell can send you alerts if anyone actually rings it by pressing the button, you can also receive alerts whenever motion is detected. Unfortunately, it isn’t perfect. Here’s how to adjust the sensitivity of that motion.
The Apple TV remote can easily get lost in between the couch cushions, but thanks to the Apple TV Remote app for iPhone and iPad, you’ll always have a backup ready and waiting. Here’s how to set up the app and begin using your iOS device as an Apple TV remote.
Driving for Uber seems like a pretty easy way to make some extra money, but there are a handful of factors that make it more complicated than you might expect.
Recently Amazon added the functionality to order almost any product it offers through the Amazon Echo. Here’s how to set it up and begin doing some online shopping with nothing but your voice.
With Manything, you can turn an old smartphone into a home security camera and have it start recording whenever motion is detected. However, if you have pets, the motion feature sort of goes out the window. By using sensors from SmartThings or Wink and pairing it with IFTTT, you can have Manything only record whenever a door or window opens.
Whether you need to replace your optical drive or swap it out with a solid-state drive, here’s how to remove the DVD drive from an older iMac.
The Ring Doorbell ($200) looks just like any other doorbell for the most part, but it comes with an integrated video camera so that you can see who’s at the door–from your smartphone–even when you’re not home. Here’s how to install and set up the Ring Doorbell quickly and easily.
Many smart thermostats claim they can save you money on your heating and air conditioning bills. Indeed, you might save a considerable amount of money by getting a Nest or Ecobee3, but they can also cost you more money if your house itself isn’t optimized for good airflow.
If you’re going on vacation soon, and don’t want to be bothered changing the thermostat as you’re trying to wrangle the family, the Ecobee actually allows you to schedule the thermostat to go into an away mode ahead of time.
If you’re on vacation, the last thing you want is to find out that someone broke into your house. There’s really not much you can do about it if you’re halfway around the world, but if you have a trusted neighbor and a SmartThings setup, you can automatically notify them if someone tried to break into your home.
One of the best ways to extend the features of the Amazon Echo is by installing third-party Alexa Skills. However, if you installed a Skill that you’re not particularly fond of, here’s how to uninstall it from your Amazon Echo.
If you’re away from home and your HVAC system breaks down suddenly, you probably want to get it fixed as soon as possible. Here’s how to receive instant alerts from your Ecobee thermostat whenever there’s a possible problem with your heating and cooling.
If you’re still rocking an older iMac but want to breathe some new life into it, replacing the traditional hard drive with a solid-state drive is a great way to do that.
Changing the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad is a simple way to breathe new life into your mobile device. Here’s how to change the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad and make it feel like a new device again.