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7 Ways to Protect Your Privacy on Latest Smart Devices
Adjusting privacy settings are among the things you can do to recoup privacy on recent tech devices. Image: Digitized House.

7 Ways to Protect Your Privacy on Latest Smart Devices

Smart devices are collecting more personal information than ever before, from what you do on the internet to where you use your phone. It’s not just smartphones, either—that smart device in your kitchen and the smartwatch on your wrist may be collecting information, too. But…

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Essential High-Tech Home Improvements You Need to Include in Your Remodel
Incorporating smart technology into your home remodel makes sense. Image: Digitized House.

Essential High-Tech Home Improvements You Need to Include in Your Remodel

If you’re finally thinking about welcoming your home to the 21st century, just know that you’re not the only one. Smart home technology is rapidly advancing and is more accessible than ever in the US, and my home country of Australia is experiencing a 25%…

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4 Smart Products to Modernize Your Space and Boost Home Value
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4 Smart Products to Modernize Your Space and Boost Home Value

Our houses, like most aspects of our modern lives, are becoming increasingly technological—and increasingly smart. Smart devices for the home range from a button that restocks your laundry detergent via an Amazon order to a camera that answers your doorbell for you when you’re out.…

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An ASSA ABLOY Smart Door Lock for Every Door, Everywhere
Across Europe, there is an ASSA ABLOY smart door lock for nearly every application. Image: ASSA ABLOY.

An ASSA ABLOY Smart Door Lock for Every Door, Everywhere

Connected living has become the order of the day, and in lockstep smart home technology has reached a tipping point. In a survey conducted for ASSA ABLOY’s new “Smart Door Locks Report 2018,” 60% of respondents said they owned at least one smart device. Alongside…

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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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6 Ways to Keep Tabs on Your Family Using Smart Home Technology
Smart cameras inside your home can alert you when your child arrives or leaves. Image: Xfinity Home.

6 Ways to Keep Tabs on Your Family Using Smart Home Technology

One of the many benefits of smart home technology is the ability to keep tabs on your home when you can’t be there. Forgot to turn off the lights? Do it remotely. Not sure if you shut the garage door? Check on your smartphone and…

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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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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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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 a revamped Ring Stick Up Cam. Available in wired, battery, and solar versions, Ring will offer consumers a smart camera…

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5 Ways for Securing Your Smart Home this Fall
Autumn is a perfect time to upgrade your home with smart security and convenience features. Image: iStock.

5 Ways for Securing Your Smart Home this Fall

The sweltering heat of another record-breaking summer is finally coming to an end. That means cooler temperatures, holiday travel, family gatherings, and plenty of time spent indoors getting cozy. If you want to go into fall with confidence, these smart tech investments can keep your…

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6 Smart Ways to Minimize Costs of Home Security
Your home is your castle, but you don't need to spend a king's ransom to secure your home. Image: Ialicante Mediterranean Homes on Unsplash.

6 Smart Ways to Minimize Costs of Home Security

Investing in a home security system may not seem like something you have the budget for, especially as a new homeowner. However, having a security system offers lots of benefits and financial perks. Residential security systems can save you some hassle when submitting insurance claims…

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Can Apple and iOS 12 Help Cure Smartphone Addiction?
New in iOS 12, Screen Time is an effort by Apple help alert users to potential smartphone addiction. Image: Angelique Emonet on Unsplash | Apple.

Can Apple and iOS 12 Help Cure Smartphone Addiction?

If you were asked where and how you’re reading this article, what would you say? It’s likely that many of you could have—or did—stumble upon this article while browsing the internet on your smartphone. Like a lot of people, you’ve probably had moments where you…

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Locky Adds Smart Safety to Dumb Door Locks
Locky brings smart features to conventional door locksets by enveloping your key with a hi-tech housing. Image: Locky.

Locky Adds Smart Safety to Dumb Door Locks

One of the caveats of converting your home into a “smart” space is that you essentially have to replace the devices, items, and components you have already invested in with updated tech. So, for example, if you want to install a smart lock on one…

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9 Parenting Tips to Help Kids Use Smart Tech Safely
Kids are immersed in smart tech from a very early age, and its up to parents to help them safely navigate through it. Image: Patricia Prudente on Unsplash.

9 Parenting Tips to Help Kids Use Smart Tech Safely

Today’s children have the luxury of technology at their fingertips. In an instant, they can download a favorite song or catch up on a friend’s day. The digital world is a huge privilege for them—but it comes with some risks. Internet bullying, identity theft, and…

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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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