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Level Lock to Turn Smart Lock Outside In
The Level Lock from startup Level Home is designed to fit entirely inside the door frame. Image: Level Home.

Level Lock to Turn Smart Lock Outside In

From startup Level Home, the Level Lock aims to turn the smart lock market outside in with their planned release of a mechanism designed to fit entirely inside the door frame. The lock essentially replaces the interior…

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August Expands Portfolio with Wi-Fi Smart Lock at CES 2020
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. Image: August Home.

August Expands Portfolio with Wi-Fi Smart Lock at CES 2020

At CES 2020, August Home has announced a new home security product, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. In contrast to existing August smart locks, this product has an onboard Wi-Fi radio, obviating the need for the separate…

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Netatmo Smart Door Lock to Feature Apple HomeKit and NFC Keys
The Netatmo Smart Door Lock can use the Netatmo app, Apple HomeKit, and physical NFC keys for access. Image: Netatmo.

Netatmo Smart Door Lock to Feature Apple HomeKit and NFC Keys

Taking a different approach to residential door security, the Netatmo Smart Door Lock brings Netatmo Security app and Apple HomeKit support as well as near-field communication (NFC) smart key access. To launch later in 2020 from the…

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Legrand Smart Plug-In Dimmer and Switch with Apple HomeKit Review
Legrand has launched a line of Apple HomeKit-compatible smart plug-in dimmers and switches. Image: Digitized House.

Legrand Smart Plug-In Dimmer and Switch with Apple HomeKit Review

Legrand has just moved into the Apple HomeKit neighborhood, bringing with it a broad range of connected home products. For the U.S. market, they have launched a full line of HomeKit in-wall switches and dimmers, as well…

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Apple to Stream Launch Event on YouTube for First Time: How to Watch
For the first time, Apple will stream a Special Event via YouTube. Image: Apple.

Apple to Stream Launch Event on YouTube for First Time: How to Watch

Apple September launch events are a mainstay in the tech world, and these annual events typically usher in the latest iterations of the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other technology advancements the Cupertino company wants to make a…

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How to Choose the Perfect Smart Home Assistant for You
Amazon Alexa (Echo), Apple Siri (HomePod), and Google Assistant (Google Home Mini) are all vying for a place in your smart home. Images: Apple and Digitized House.

How to Choose the Perfect Smart Home Assistant for You

If you plan to turn your house into a smart home, choosing a digital voice assistant is one of the first steps. On the surface, it seems like a simple decision—pick the one you’re familiar with. But…

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ConnectSense Smart Outlet2 Review
The ConnectSense SmartOutlet2 features an over-outlet design. Image: Digitized House.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet2 Review

Smart outlets have become de riguer in modern homes, as they offer an express route to automating non-smart devices such as lamps, fans, and myriad other appliances. Moreover, their rapid adoption can largely be attributed to the…

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Setting up an Apple HomeKit Home Hub
Apple iPads can be configured to run as a HomeKit Home Hub (iPad Pro 12.9 fitted with a Brydge 12.9 keyboard). Image: Digitized House.

Setting up an Apple HomeKit Home Hub

It seems Amazon Alexa- and Google Assistant-compatible accessories steal the connected home headlines these days, yet products with Apple HomeKit compatibility are still widely popular and new HomeKit accessories continue to hit the market. But to get…

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Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery Launches with Chamberlain myQ Technology
The Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery service has launched in 50 U.S. cities. Image: Digitized House.

Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery Launches with Chamberlain myQ Technology

Zeroing in on doorstep package theft, Amazon has partnered with garage door opener maker Chamberlain in the launch of the Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery service. Available now to Prime customers in 50 U.S. cities—including our home base…

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Preventing Environmental Hazards with Connected Home Tech
Smart home tech, such as the Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarm shown here, can enable real-time detection and alerts for smoke and carbon monoxide events in the home. Image: Nest.

Preventing Environmental Hazards with Connected Home Tech

Americans spend an average of 90% of their time inside, where pollutants can be up to five times more concentrated than they are outside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These pollutants, such as mold…

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Lutron Adds Smart Fan Control to Caséta Wireless Switch Line
Image: Lutron.

Lutron Adds Smart Fan Control to Caséta Wireless Switch Line

Giving homeowners another choice for controlling air circulation in their dwellings, Lutron announced at CES 2019 they will launch the Caséta Wireless Fan Speed Control in March 2019, enabling flexible smart control for non-smart ceiling fans. The…

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Nanoleaf Begins Pre-Orders for Canvas Smart Lighting Panels
Suited to covering an entire wall or ceiling, Nanoleaf Canvas light panels create a mosaic of variable light. Image: Nanoleaf.

Nanoleaf Begins Pre-Orders for Canvas Smart Lighting Panels

What does electric vehicle and energy innovator Tesla have in common with smart lighting pioneer Nanoleaf? As it turns out, both companies seemingly want to cover major surfaces of your home with state-of-the-art technology products. In the…

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Rachio Brings Apple HomeKit and Siri to Irrigation Control
The Rachio 3 Smart Irrigation Controller has been upgraded to support Apple HomeKit. Image: Rachio.

Rachio Brings Apple HomeKit and Siri to Irrigation Control

Filling a gap in the Apple HomeKit home automation ecosystem, Rachio has added HomeKit compatibility to their latest smart irrigation controller, the Rachio 3. The Colorado-based company says this is the first smart irrigation controller with onboard…

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Yale Connects Its Assure Smart Locks with August App
The Yale Assure Locks - Connected by August line of smart locks integrates Yale touch-screen smart locks with the August app. Image: Yale and August Home.

Yale Connects Its Assure Smart Locks with August App

The first visible fruits of ASSA ABLOY’s acquisition of Silicon Valley smart lock maker August Home in 2017 have reached market, in the form of a new line of locks branded as Yale Assure Locks - Connected…

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