Category Archives: smart home

The Best Printer for 2020

Yes, printers are still a thing. Despite the near ubiquity of digital displays — from phones to laptops to TVs — there are still times when you need a hard copy. Shopping for a printer can be a bewildering process, … Continue reading

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Pro-Installed vs. DIY Home Security Systems

When purchasing a home security system, one of the first decisions is whether to install it yourself or have a professional install it for you. The equipment needed to safeguard your home – primarily security cameras (indoor, outdoor, and doorbell), … Continue reading

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My CES 2020 Coverage

As I have for the last 35 years or so, I helped cover the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for the official CES Show Daily, published by TWICE. Here is a sampling some of my pre-show and on-the-spot reporting. FCC Chair … Continue reading

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Techlicious Top Picks of CES 2020 Awards

I contributed to Techlicious’ top CES 2020 top products roundup. You can read the entire roundup of products here.

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The Best Sleep Tracker

Sleep trackers come in four basic varieties: apps that use sonic feedback via your smartphone’s microphone to track your sleep-related vitals; wearable sensors for your wrist, finger or forehead; under-mattress sensor pads; and, smart beds with built-in sleep tracking technology. … Continue reading

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How To Overcome Consumer Smart Home Compatibility/Security Concerns

Just how private are voice-activated smart speakers? Just how secure is footage captured by Wi-Fi cameras? Just how compatible – and smart – are smart homeproducts?  These are just a few questions retailers trying to sell fancy new smart home products … Continue reading

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Nest Aware Makes Whole Home DIY Security Affordable

Google is adding audio monitoring to its Nest Aware video security monitoring service next year to let you know if something is amiss at home. So you’ll be able to use one of the new Nest Mini smart speakers to listen for … Continue reading

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20 Awesome Things We Saw at the IFA Tech Show

IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show is always a hotbed of new products introductions. This year’s show was especially rich in innovative, unique, and even eye brow-raising new gear. After walkiing the two-dozen-plus buildings that house IFA on the Messe … Continue reading

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GfK: Overall Consumer Tech Business Will Be Flat Or Down In 2019

Political uncertainty, trade wars and regional economic worries are shaking consumer confidence, and TV prices continue a precipitous decline. These and other factors will combine to produce an overall slightly down year in overall consumer technology sales, according to market research company … Continue reading

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IFA 2019: Top 11 smart home gadgets from Berlin

IFA’s annual event in Berlin is where Europe goes to find the smartest of devices for the coming year. Walking the show, we found brands are focused on wireless — both in terms of connections and power.  Since our visit to … Continue reading

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