Category Archives: smart home

7 ways Qualcomm’s new chip set will change your smart devices for the better

Read the rest of this report at Gearbrain.com here. Smart speakers can be frustrating. They’ll wake up from hearing their name uttered in casual conversation or even if it’s said on the TV. Worse, they sometimes don’t wake up at … Continue reading

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5 Best Smart Locks for Your Home

Smart locks that supplement or replace your front door deadbolt do much more than lock and unlock your door without a key. Most smart locks (and all of the locks on our top picks list) let you receive alerts and … Continue reading

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Review of the Epson FastFoto FF-680W

Let’s face it. The process of digitizing photos is mind-numbingly slow: the laying of each photo on the scanner and waiting the agonizing minutes for each to be scanned, then saving each photo. And many of these photos are likely … Continue reading

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High-End & High-Tech Comfort In Every(!) Room Of The House

Considering the high number of intensely personal activities performed behind their closed doors, it’s somewhat surprising that the bathroom is seen as the last high-tech-free bastion. But bathroom fixture and accessory suppliers are making up for lost time by creating a wide … Continue reading

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High-Tech Luxe Beds Know How You’re Sleeping (And Snoring)

A high-tech bedroom used to mean a rotating or vibrating bed (or both), strobe or not-too-subtle colored lighting, and perhaps Barry White sensually crooning from in-wall speakers. But at least three bed makers — Sleep Number, Magniflex and Duxiana — are … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The best internet connection you can buy today

A new age of speedy wireless internet connectivity is upon us, thanks to not only the possibly over-hyped 5G (mass rollout of which is not really due until next year) but the next generation Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax, aka Wi-Fi 6. … Continue reading

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My CES 2019 Coverage

Here’s some of my coverage of CES 2019 for the TWICE Show Daily, distributed daily on the show floor. CES 2019 Was The 8K TV Show – For 8K TV Vendors CES 2019: TV Makers Form 8K Association CES 2019: … Continue reading

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A/V In ’18: 5 Foundational Changes & 11 Newsmakers

Traditionally, A/V product categories don’t tend to be very newsworthy outside of the latest updated versions of existing products and technologies. But 2018 unusually saw five major foundational changes in audio and video. See the rest of this 2019 recap … Continue reading

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7 Companies That Owned The Smart Home Conversation In 2018

Two trends dominated the smart home category in 2018. On the product side, there is the growing battle for voice assistant ecosystem supremacy between Amazon and Google. Not only has there been hockey-stick growth in the number, as well as unit sales, … Continue reading

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Bad Wi-Fi? How To Choose Between an Extender and Mesh

Most of us are, at one time or another, likely unhappy with our home Wi-Fi. Netflix buffers too often. Skype or FaceTime connections are blurry, and an online game stalls as a roommate streams video. Wi-Fi reception is great in … Continue reading

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