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Streaming Media Services: A Short Guide to Cutting the Cord
Ready to cut the cord? Apple TV+ begins streaming in November 2019 at $4.99 per month. Image: Apple.

Streaming Media Services: A Short Guide to Cutting the Cord

If you’re in the middle of modernizing your TV den, consider swapping your cable and satellite providers with a streaming video service. More and more consumers are cutting the cord and going with internet-delivered movies and live TV over traditional services. That’s because streaming offers…

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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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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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Infographic: Google Assistant Versus Amazon Alexa
In this infographic, learn about how Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compare. Image: Digitized House.

Infographic: Google Assistant Versus Amazon Alexa

The competition between voice assistants and smart speakers is accelerating, as we can see with the latest announcements of Google Nest Hub Max and Amazon Echo Studio. The range of smart home ecosystems have exploded in recent years, primarily attributable to the Google versus Amazon…

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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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How to Incorporate Organic Elements Into Your Kitchen
Looking to add more organic elements to your kitchen? Read on for our suggestions. Image: Rene Asmussen from Pexels.

How to Incorporate Organic Elements Into Your Kitchen

In most households, the kitchen is the heart and hearth of the home so when the time comes to remodel it, it's imperative you remain guided by your style and convenience. Preparing delicious meals for your family takes both skill and inspiration so the overall…

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Bose Portable Home Speaker Joins Inside/Outside Smart Speaker Genre
The Bose Portable Home Speaker includes Alexa and Google Assistant, runs up to 12 hours on a charge. Image: Bose.

Bose Portable Home Speaker Joins Inside/Outside Smart Speaker Genre

Adding to its repertoire of wireless smart speakers, Bose has released the Portable Home Speaker, a battery-powered mobile speaker made to be used inside or outside. Designed as a companion to the Bose Home Speaker 300 and 500 as well as the Soundbar 500 and 700 multi-room…

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Definitive Guide to DIY Security Camera Subscription Plans
If you want to review video history from your smart camera or doorbell, you will likely need a paid subscription plan. In this guide, we detail the specifics on plans from top manufacturers. 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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Best Air-Purifying Indoor Plants for Your Home
Low-maintenance indoor house plants can help to purify the air in your home. Image: Kari Shea on Unsplash.

Best Air-Purifying Indoor Plants for Your Home

Back in the 1980s, a series of studies by NASA found that plants have the potential to purify the air. However, enormous amounts of plants would be needed to rid an average home of mold spores, bacteria, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other pollutants. Still,…

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Google Nest Hub Max Makes its Debut, Nest.com Fades Away
The first new product since the Google and Nest brands merged, the Google Nest Hub Max was on display at an Austin Best Buy store. Image: Digitized House.

Google Nest Hub Max Makes its Debut, Nest.com Fades Away

The Google Nest Hub Max, the bigger brother to the Google Nest Hub (the original Google smart display formerly known as the Google Home Hub), finally made its way into stores this week. The first connected home product debuted since birthing of the new Google…

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5 Ways to Boost the Energy Efficiency of a Home-Based Small Business
By boosting the energy efficiency of your home-based workspace, you can invest more in moving your unique products and services forward. Image: Marek Levak from Pexels.

5 Ways to Boost the Energy Efficiency of a Home-Based Small Business

Small business owners are increasingly choosing to run their companies from the comfort of their homes, as the technological revolution is making it easy and cost-effective to center your operations in your home office, manage a remote team via the cloud, and automate various processes…

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Infographic: Water Hero Smart Leak Detection and 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 and 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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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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Sonos Takes It Outside With Move Speaker
The Sonos Move speaker resting on its charging base. Image: Sonos.

Sonos Takes It Outside With Move Speaker

Sonos has announced its first speaker designed for the great outdoors, the Sonos Move. In addition to a durable shell and IP56-rated water and dust protection, the $399 Sonos Move is also the first speaker from the company with rechargeable battery power and onboard Bluetooth…

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5 Essential Tips for Upgrading the Electrical System in Your Home
Electrical power is the lifeblood of your home. If your electrical system is not up to the demands of today's connected home, it may be time for an upgrade. Image: Andreea Ch from Pexels.

5 Essential Tips for Upgrading the Electrical System in Your Home

Do you find yourself having to juggle multiple power strips so that you can keep all your tech devices charged while trying to accomplish your daily tasks? Now may be the opportune time to stow away the extension cords and consider an electrical system wiring…

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Smart Product Makers Lay Down Markers on Google Nest Account Migration
Lighting maker Lutron is warning its customers to delay migrating their Nest Accounts to Google Accounts to preserve Works with Nest connections. Image: Digitized House.

Smart Product Makers Lay Down Markers on Google Nest Account Migration

The Google Nest connected home domain is undergoing a major shift, as the company is nudging current Nest Account holders to migrate to Google Accounts in light of their plan to fully integrate the Google Home and Nest brands into one cohesive ecosystem. The upshot…

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Google Nest Launches Nest Account to Google Account Migration
Are you ready? Google has quietly rolled out the Migrate to Google Account capability for Nest Account users. Image: Digitized House.

Google Nest Launches Nest Account to Google Account Migration

It's happening. Google Nest has quietly rolled out the capability for current Nest Account holders to migrate to Google Accounts, as part of their plan to fully integrate the Nest and Google Home brands under one device ecosystem. However, current Nest users should not be…

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