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How (and Why) to Opt-In to Google Recording Storage

It’s no mystery that Google saves a lot of your web activity. However, the company doesn’t save the recordings of audio when you speak to Google services (anymore). You can opt-in to audio recordings if you want to improve th…

How to Set a Room’s Mood with Smart Lighting

Color can affect your mood. Businesses spend thousands of dollars each year researching which colors of decor will encourage customers to drop the most dough when they walk through the door. You can also use this mental tric…

How to Set Up and Mount the ecobee SmartCamera

You might know ecobee best for its remarkable smart thermostats, but the company has now entered the home security space with the ecobee SmartCamera. This compact security camera provides a 1080p resolution and a 180-degree f…

How to Update Your Philips Hue Firmware

Your Philips Hue bulbs, bridges, and switches all run firmware you can update. That’s especially critical now, as a vulnerability could allow malware to be installed on a Philips Hue bridge. Here’s how to check for and instal…

How to Set Up a Smart Garage

How often have you asked yourself, “did I close the garage door?” With a smart garage, you won’t have to wonder. That’s just one of the many reasons to bring smart home technology into your garage, too….

Are Smart Homes Worth the Investment?

Converting to a smart home might seem expensive and complicated at first, but do the benefits outweigh the cost and hassle? Let’s check out why setting up a smart home is a good investment of your time and money….

How to Install a Smart Lock

When you’re setting up a new smarthome, one of the easiest gadgets you can add to your arsenal is a smart lock. It’s not much harder than changing a standard lock on your home. Here’s what to do.

Wi-Fi vs. ZigBee and Z-Wave: Which Is Better?

For most of the modern smarthome era, ZigBee and Z-Wave have been the dominant communication protocols. But now, Wi-Fi is a strong contender, and more Wi-Fi smart gadgets arrive every day. So, which should you use? The answe…
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