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All of Our Best Cyber Week and Black Friday Deal Coverage
Here are the best Black Friday Weekend and early Cyber Monday deals so far.

All of Our Best Cyber Week and Black Friday Deal Coverage

Black Friday itself has come and gone, but most of our recommendations below are still running through Black Friday Weekend and new Cyber Monday and Cyber Week deals are already out there for the taking. Here's a…

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Best Cyber Monday Deals on Google Nest Thermostat, Nest Cam, Nest Protect, Nest x Yale Locks (Right Now)
Google Nest Cam Outdoor security camera. Image: Digitized House.

Best Cyber Monday Deals on Google Nest Thermostat, Nest Cam, Nest Protect, Nest x Yale Locks (Right Now)

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat started the connected thermostat product genre, and they are still an excellent choice for many homes. They've controlled the HVAC in our homes for the past seven years, never exhibiting a single…

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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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5 Best Smart Technology Upgrades to Boost the Value of Your Home
What are the best smart home upgrades to add value to your dwelling? Read on.

5 Best Smart Technology Upgrades to Boost the Value of Your Home

Smart homes are becoming a more affordable reality for many Americans. According to statistics firm Statista, the smart home market is expected to grow by 12 percent annually to reach a market value of $43.7 billion by…

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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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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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Why You Should Use Smart Technology to Control Your Blinds
Bali AutoView Shades. Image: Digitized House Media.

Why You Should Use Smart Technology to Control Your Blinds

Getting enough natural sunlight in your living space is vital if you wish to feel good and stay healthy, and focusing on the blinds is the easiest way to do that. Controlling blinds through motorization might not…

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