October 2018 | Digitized House
What’s Driving Demand for Smarter Home Security? Answers in New Market Report
Available as a free download, the new "Smart Door Locks Report 2018" offers key insights on smart home security. Image: ASSA ABLOY.

What’s Driving Demand for Smarter Home Security? Answers in New Market Report

Home security is getting more intelligent: that’s one conclusion of a new report by consultancy IFSEC Global and door opening solutions provider ASSA ABLOY, which examines results from a specially-commissioned smart home customer survey. This comprehensive report—entitled “Smart Door Locks Report 2018”—is available as a…

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August Enables More Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT Skills
Just in time for Halloween: August Home brings new Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT skills to its smart locks and doorbells. Image: August Home.

August Enables More Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT Skills

Adding to a repertoire of voice commands for its smart door locks, August Home has added a smart unlock feature for the Google Assistant. Designed to work with the August Smart Lock and Smart Lock Pro, the new integration pairs a voice command with a…

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4 Alternative Decking Materials for Your Outdoor Space
Polymer decking from Azek is among a new wave of highly durable decking materials. Image: Digitized House Media.

4 Alternative Decking Materials for Your Outdoor Space

As technology marches forward, the materials we use for constructing our homes continually evolves. In many cases, building products manufacturers are developing hybrid, synthetic, and metallic materials designed to supplant conventional wood, which can bring higher durability, contribute to sustainability, or add architectural interest. That's…

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A Closer Look at Google Assistant and Multilingual AI
Goggle Assistant is taking on the world with its multilingual AI capabilities, enabling users to navigate seamlessly between two languages. Image: Digitized House Media.

A Closer Look at Google Assistant and Multilingual AI

While Google Translate may have a bad and sometimes hilarious reputation for mistranslated text, that doesn't mean Google Assistant won't understand you when speaking another language. The new Google Multilingual AI upgrade for the Google virtual assistant is adding three new Spanish dialects, and earlier…

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How to Select a Smart Door Lock for a Rental Property
Smart door locks can be a secure addition to your rental property and a delight to tenants. Image: Nest and Yale.

How to Select a Smart Door Lock for a Rental Property

For centuries, physical locks have been the first line of defense for our properties, keeping them safe from break-ins and unauthorized access. But beyond that, they are a way to assign and revoke access to our rental properties. Like most aspects of properties today, locks…

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Native Amazon Alexa Controls Debut in Bose Smart Speakers
The Bose Home Speaker 500 is one of 3 new Bose products with the Amazon Alexa assistant built in. Image: Bose.

Native Amazon Alexa Controls Debut in Bose Smart Speakers

In a play to make its audio gear more relevant in today’s connected home, Bose has launched new smart speakers and soundbars with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant built in. New products from the company include the Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700,…

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6 Smart Home Gadgets That Help Your Cat Live in Luxury
Smart tech for cats, like the Petcube Play camera, can add to their luxury life as your pet. Image: Petcube.

6 Smart Home Gadgets That Help Your Cat Live in Luxury

Anyone who has ever lived with a cat knows that you don't own them—they own you. We love our felines. They're affectionate but independent. Best of all for busy owners, they’re fairly low maintenance. But what if you could make pet care even easier? There…

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Google Home Hub Embraces the Hybrid Connected Home
Google Home Hub aims to be the central command center for your connected home. Image: Google.

Google Home Hub Embraces the Hybrid Connected Home

Making a wager on the existence of connected home life beyond pure voice activation, Google has announced Google Home Hub, a 7-in. touchscreen tabletop display with the Google Assistant built in. As part of the growing Google Home speaker family, the device dutifully processes voice…

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Facebook Bets on Smart Video Calling with Portal Displays
From the new line of hardware from Facebook, the Portal+ features smart two-way video capability on a 15-in. screen. Image: Facebook.

Facebook Bets on Smart Video Calling with Portal Displays

Putting a new face on the social network, Facebook has announced its Portal line of countertop video displays and cameras, designed to enable video calling with Facebook friends or Messenger contacts. Clearly ideated to embrace the video-everywhere mantra of the Menlo Park company, the two-way…

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Smart Coffee Makers to Energize You and Your Home
Ready to find your inner barista? The Saeco GranBaristo Avanti is a thoroughbred among coffee makers. Image: Saeco.

Smart Coffee Makers to Energize You and Your Home

You walk into the kitchen and stare at your countertop. It looks so empty and lonely there. Your trusty old coffee pot brews some bitter muck that helps you get through the morning, but you wouldn't call it smart. Sometimes, when you go shopping, you…

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Google Home Mini Speaker Turns Blue with Aqua Version
The Google Home Mini voice-activated speaker will soon be available in an aqua shade. Image: Google.

Google Home Mini Speaker Turns Blue with Aqua Version

Moving beyond the original chalk, charcoal, and coral versions, the popular Google Home Mini voice-activated speaker has taken a cue from mid-century modern design with a new aqua version. Clad in the same soft fabric as its sister products released last year, the aqua version…

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Ring Branches out With New Stick up Cams
The first Ring camera that can be used indoors or out, the Stick Up Cam is available in wired (shown), battery, and solar versions. Image: Ring.

Ring Branches out With New Stick up Cams

In synchronization with product announcements from new parent company Amazon, smart doorbell pioneer Ring brought its own news to the day in the form of the new Ring Stick Up Cam. Available in wired, battery, and solar versions, Ring will offer consumers a smart camera…

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