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How Tech Privacy Is Predicted To Change in 2020
Announced at CES 2020, Google is giving you more controls around privacy when using Google Assistant. Image: Digitized House.

How Tech Privacy Is Predicted To Change in 2020

Privacy became an increasingly important topic throughout 2019 as a number of major data breaches and privacy scandals raised concerns that consumers couldn't rely on big tech companies to be good stewards of their data. The conversation…

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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…

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Best Black Friday Weekend Deals on Smart Door Locks, up to 47% Off
The August Smart Lock Pro in our Digitized House labs. Image: Digitized House.

Best Black Friday Weekend Deals on Smart Door Locks, up to 47% Off

Smart door locks are one of the connected home accessories we most often recommend to consumers. If you have been delaying taking the plunge, now may be the time with these best Black Friday weekend smart lock…

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Best Security Cameras for 2020: 14 Makers Compared
Ring Stick Up Cam (top), Amazon Cloud Cam (lower left), and Kasa Spot (lower right). Image: Digitized House.

Best Security Cameras for 2020: 14 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Review
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, with the mount configured for sitting on a shelf. Image: Digitized House.

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Review

With the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, the company that launched the smart doorbell phenomenon has just redefined the bounding boxes of home security cameras. No longer do you need to choose between indoor versus outdoor versions…

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4 Most Common Password Attacks and How to Protect Against Them
Hackers work hard to get around security, but you can thwart them by being smarter with your credentials. Image: Pixabay.

4 Most Common Password Attacks and How to Protect Against Them

Password thieves operate very covertly and most people do not even realize they have been scammed until it’s too late. Being one step ahead of the hackers is the only way you can protect your data from…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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