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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 splash about. The 2019 iteration of this event…

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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 the choice of a home assistant shapes the…

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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 integration of voice assistants, enabling the use of…

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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 maximum return on your HomeKit investments, a HomeKit…

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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 of Austin, Texas—the service requires a Chamberlain myQ…

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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 or carbon monoxide (CO), pose health risks ranging…

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Lutron Adds Smart Fan Control to Caséta Wireless Switch Line
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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 in-wall fan control joins the rest of 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 Tesla case, they intend to reinvent your roof…

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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 HomeKit firmware. The integration facilitates control with the…

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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 by August. Yale, a long-time member of the…

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6 Tips for the Road Ahead—to Your Smart Home
Now more than ever, your smartphone and your voice can make you master of your domicile. Smart tech makes sense in your current home or the one you are moving to. Image: iStock.

6 Tips for the Road Ahead—to Your Smart Home

Smart home technology is among the best things to come out of Silicon Valley in recent years. The ability to control your home from your smartphone or with your voice, even when you’re not there, can be quite compelling.  Summer can be the perfect time…

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5 Apple Watch Apps for Smart Home Mastery
Featuring integration with Apple iOS as well as watchOS, the Philips Hue app for Apple Watch enables Hue lighting control via widgets. Image: Digitized House Media.

5 Apple Watch Apps for Smart Home Mastery

There are a variety of watchOS apps that enable you to control your smart home accessories from Apple Watch. Variances in functionality and interface make evaluating each app a prudent endeavor, especially if you're seeking a premiere app that lets you get the most out…

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5 Smart Controllers to Elevate Your Garage Door
Do you know if your garage door is open or closed right now? The new generation of smart garage door opener controllers can let you check via your smartphone. Image: Digitized House Media.

5 Smart Controllers to Elevate Your Garage Door

There are smart door locks and intelligent room lights and thermostats, so why not smart garage door controllers, too? As it turns out, you can buy those and there are a growing number to choose from. Here are five of the best ones.  [1] Chamberlain…

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4 Indoor Air Quality Monitors for a Healthier Smart Home
As the adage goes, you can't manage what you can't measure. That rings true in your home, where smart devices like the uHoo can help you measure and then improve air quality. Image: uHoo.

4 Indoor Air Quality Monitors for a Healthier Smart Home

Do you often wonder why you sneeze a lot indoors or find your allergies flaring up? It could be because there’s room for improvement regarding your home’s interior air quality. There are smart home accessories for almost everything, including those that monitor air quality. Here are…

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Apple Home app coming to macOS with Mojave upgrade
With the Fall 2018 release of macOS Mojave, the Apple Home app comes to the Mac desktop for the first time. Image: Apple.

Apple Home app coming to macOS with Mojave upgrade

It has been a long time in coming. The Apple Home app—the Cupertino company's elegant interface to Apple HomeKit smart home accessories—is finally coming to the desktop of the Mac with the upcoming Fall 2018 release of macOS Mojave. Until now, the Home app was…

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Your Apple TV is now an AirPlay 2 speaker and HomeKit accessory
Finally, some synergy with Apple HomeKit, Apple TV, and the Home app: With iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4, Apple TVs will appear in the Home app and can play AirPlay 2 audio. Image: Digitized House Media.

Your Apple TV is now an AirPlay 2 speaker and HomeKit accessory

Since the launch of Apple iOS 10 and the Home app, Apple TV devices have been stealth-like participants in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem as HomeKit hubs, but have never made an appearance in the Apple Home app itself. That all changed with the release this…

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