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Five Best Dimmable Fixtures for Optimal LED Lighting
Modern LED track lighting can be an attractive addition to your living space, while adding dimming and lowering energy usage. Image: Khiem Tran from Pixabay.

Five Best Dimmable Fixtures for Optimal LED Lighting

If you’re looking to make the switch to LED lighting, it can be as simple as putting a new bulb in an existing fixture. However, to make the most of what LED technology is capable of, you will need new fixtures to go along with…

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Wasserstein Ring Floodlight and Solar Panel Charger Review
Wasserstein Ring Floodlight and Solar Panel Charger charging our Ring Stick Up Cam Battery. Image: Digitized House.

Wasserstein Ring Floodlight and Solar Panel Charger Review

We are big fans of the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery and Spotlight Cam Battery, but these wireless outdoor security cameras need to be taken down periodically to have their lithium ion batteries recharged. Enter the Wasserstein Ring Floodlight and Solar Panel Charger. This solar-powered…

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Definitive Guide to DIY Security Camera Subscription Plans
Want the capability to review your security camera's video history? You may need to buy a subscription plan. Image: Digitized House.

Definitive Guide to DIY Security Camera Subscription Plans

The latest in DIY security cameras and video doorbells are among the most popular connected home accessories, and for good reasons. These awareness solutions can instantly alert you to the presence of intruders, signal as a package gets delivered, enable you to see and converse…

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High-Tech Landlords: Seven PropTech Innovations For Property Managers
Multifamily high-tech systems from companies like Latch offer smartphone controls, intercoms, and smart locks. Image: Latch.

High-Tech Landlords: Seven PropTech Innovations For Property Managers

If you haven’t heard of PropTech until now—the latest real estate buzzword—you are already falling behind on becoming a high-tech landlord. On the portmanteau side of things, PropTech is the long lost cousin of FinTech. Similarly, what FinTech has done for the financial sector, PropTech…

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Pani Smart Water Monitor Review
The Pani Smart Water Monitor is a wheel-shaped device designed for use with showers, toilets, and other fixtures. Image: Digitized House.

Pani Smart Water Monitor Review

How much water did your household consume today? Yesterday? This week? This month? You probably don’t know. Moreover, if you did know, what could you reasonably do about reducing your water footprint, and why would you care? Those are some of the questions connected home…

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Four Challenges Landlords Face With Smart Apartment Tech
Savvy landlords are embracing smart apartment tech. Here are the top four challenges they face. Image: Ferenc Keresi from Pixabay.

Four Challenges Landlords Face With Smart Apartment Tech

Once upon a time, the phrase "smart apartment" defined a property in a great location at a highly appealing rental rate. Nowadays, "smart" carries a new meaning—it signifies that a property contains up-to-date technology to help make life easy and comfortable. Typically, to qualify as…

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Review: Controlling Philips Hue Lighting on Apple TV With Hue TV App
The Hue app on Apple TV enables control of Philips Hue smart lighting from the Apple TV screen. Image: Digitized House.

Review: Controlling Philips Hue Lighting on Apple TV With Hue TV App

A cottage industry of app development around the Philips Hue family of smart LED lighting has produced a nice collection of software that runs on the popular Apple TV platform. Certainly, the native Hue smartphone app is always an option for lighting control, and remains…

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August Brings SmartThings Integration to All August Smart Locks
All August smart door locks will gain Samsung SmartThings integration when used with the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge. Image: Digitized House and ASSA ABLOY.

August Brings SmartThings Integration to All August Smart Locks

The August Smart Lock and Smart Lock Pro have gained new direct, software-based integration with Samsung SmartThings, without the need for Z-Wave. While SmartThings integration has been available previously with the Z-Wave-radio-equipped August Smart Lock Pro, the new integration brings the rest of the August…

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Deal: More Big Ass Fans Discounts, Metal Haiku Fans up to 45% Off
Big Ass Fans Haiku fan with brushed copper airfoil blades. Image: Big Ass Fans.

Deal: More Big Ass Fans Discounts, Metal Haiku Fans up to 45% Off

Top-of-the-line Haiku fans from Big Ass Fans are available direct from the company at up to a 45% discount, the highest level of discount we have seen on these high-end fans. This deal applies to specific models of Haiku fans, in both the 52-in. and…

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Pani Smart Water Monitor Brings H2O Awareness Home
Pani Smart Water Monitor. Image: Pani Systems.

Pani Smart Water Monitor Brings H2O Awareness Home

Pani Systems, an Austin, Texas-based startup headed by entrepreneur Allen Tsai, has launched its first product into the connected home sphere. The Pani Smart Water Monitor is designed for homeowner self-install, and tracks real-time water usage down to the individual fixture level in a home…

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Best Security Cameras for 2019: 13 Makers Compared
Ring Stick Up Cam (top), Amazon Cloud Cam (lower left), and Kasa Spot (lower right). Image: Digitized House.

Best Security Cameras for 2019: 13 Makers Compared

Home security is more important than ever. But traditional security cameras can only let you know when a crime has happened after the fact. You can't keep an eye on your home 24/7—or, at least, you can't do it all by yourself. That’s where the…

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Infographic: Water Hero Smart Leak Detection + Shut-Off
In this infographic, learn about how smart leak detection and automated shuf-off with Water Hero can avert water damage. Image: Digitized House.

Infographic: Water Hero Smart Leak Detection + Shut-Off

Your home's water system called. It wants your respect back. With all of the buzz around connected homes, your water system may still be stuck in the dark ages. Its pipes and valves are tucked behind the walls—out of sight and out of mind—and missing…

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Big Data, Small Water: WaterHawk Smart Showerhead Delivers
The WaterHawk smart showerhead, showing water temperature. Image: Digitized House.

Big Data, Small Water: WaterHawk Smart Showerhead Delivers

In the world of business tech, crunching big data on a massive compute system can help propel a company ahead of its competitors. In your smart home, glancing at big data on the WaterHawk showerhead can help propel you to a smaller water bill. Big…

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Why Home Warranties and Smart Appliances Don’t Mix
Smart refrigerators, such as those in the Samsung Family Hub line, will be a forcing function for home warranty providers as these appliances become more commonplace and homeowners are seeking to protect their investment. Image: Samsung.

Why Home Warranties and Smart Appliances Don’t Mix

Home warranties are an effective way to protect yourself from having to pay a huge repair bill for your appliances. However, this protection is limited when it comes to smart devices. As the popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected homes grows, home…

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Phyn Smart Water Assistant Debut Flows Intelligent Water to DIY Market
The Phyn Smart Water Assistant brings intelligent water to the home at $299. Image: Phyn.

Phyn Smart Water Assistant Debut Flows Intelligent Water to DIY Market

Phyn has flowed intelligent water management into the DIY connected home with the launch of the $299 Phyn Smart Water Assistant, a smart device conceived for whole-house leak detection and water conservation. Whereas installation of the company’s flagship Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant + Shutoff…

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How Facial Recognition Technology Is Changing Our World
Facial recognition security is built into all of the latest iPhones from Apple. Image: Digitized House.

How Facial Recognition Technology Is Changing Our World

The hot topic in today’s surveillance industry is ​facial recognition technology​. Not only is this groundbreaking tech being utilized for security purposes, but it’s becoming more common on smartphones, banking apps, and even social media platforms. The power and convenience of facial detection have made…

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Infographic: Primer to 12 Top Connected Home Accessories
Where do you start building your connected home? Scroll down for an infographic. Image: MyMemory.

Infographic: Primer to 12 Top Connected Home Accessories

When you walk into a consumer electronics store or do a web search, the number of connected home accessory choices out there can be dizzying. So where do you begin with outfitting your connected home? In this infographic from our colleagues in the UK at…

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