Category Archives: smart home

The Next Best TV Under $1,000?

In January, we named the 55-inch 6 Series TCL TV, the 55P607 (the 2017 model), the best value for a TV under $1,000, and now TCL has upgraded its 6 Series for 2018. Better yet, the company is selling its new … Continue reading

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Harman/Kardon Allure: Alluring Sound, Short on Features

Let’s get right to the point: The Harman/Kardon Allure 360-degree Amazon Alexa-enabled speaker ($249.95) is alluring, both aesthetically and aurally. It’s got an unusual Star Trekprop-like smoky opaque plastic topped design with an interior tube that lights up when sound … Continue reading

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6 Best Alexa-Enabled Speakers (Beyond the Amazon Echo)

A review roundup of the 6 best Amazon Alexa-enabled speakers on Techlicious, which you can read here.

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Review: D-Link 936L Wi-Fi Camera

There are two distinct reasons why you’d consider buying a Wi-Fi security camera for your home: either to alert you if someone enters your space while you’re away, or to act as sort of a nanny cam to let you … Continue reading

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How did Xiaomi make such a great – and cheap – Wi-Fi security camera?

Wi-Fi security cameras usually come in two distinct varieties: either expensive ($150-$200) and a full-raft of features and options, or cheap (sub-$100) and – well, you get what you pay for in the end. With its Mi Home Security Camera, … Continue reading

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Review: ADT Home Security Starter Kit is a good start – if you add ADT monitoring

The purpose of a home security system is to ease concerns about the safety of your castle and the people it houses. With a standard ADT system, the company installs your system – sensors, motion sensors, keypads, etc. – and … Continue reading

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Selfie Journals & Viper Drones: Tech Toys Grow Up To Keep Up

Welcome to the future, where kids aren’t happy with toys that just … well, sit there. Now playthings must move on the ground and through the air and even speak of their own or user-programmed accord. This year’s Toy Fair … Continue reading

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Thinking of Buying an Apple HomePod? Don’t.

Consider buying an Apple HomePod more of an investment bet than a practical purchase because, right now, it’s a pretty useless device. Like most gaudy objects, HomePod’s aural and aesthetic beauty blinds you of its practical near-worthlessness in comparison to … Continue reading

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Toy Fair 2018: ‘Alexa, Play With Me’

Like a puppy trailing a child, the toy industry often trails after the consumer electronics industry in integrating advanced technology into playthings. But at this year’s Toy Fair, Amazon Alexa voice-recognition, AR and VR, STEM/STEAM-oriented educational gear, 3D printing and … Continue reading

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Review of the Apple HomePod

Is it the best-sounding and most beautiful smart speaker extant with a lot of potential or an overpriced smart speaker with limited functionality? The ‘net has been bubbling over with one or the other of these wildly divergent assessments of … Continue reading

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