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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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How to Choose the Ideal Smart Gadgets for Your House
Just beginning your smart home journey? A smart speaker is a great place to start. Image: John Tekeridis on Pexels.

How to Choose the Ideal Smart Gadgets for Your House

You’ll be surprised how far technology has come in recent years, and the latest gadgets for the home are slick and super useful. Move over, sandwich toaster, and make way for smarter and more utilitarian devices that are internet connected and can be controlled remotely.…

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7 Best Automation Systems to Turn Your House into a Smart Home
The Samsung SmartThings hub and smartphone app. Image: Digitized House.

7 Best Automation Systems to Turn Your House into a Smart Home

Are you ready to bring your home into the 21st century? With automation products like lights, outlets, security systems, lamps, humidity sensors, and more, you can control your entire home from the palm of your hand. But managing dozens of products can get tricky. That's…

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How to Choose the Perfect Smart Home Assistant for You
Amazon Alexa (Echo), Apple Siri (HomePod), and Google Assistant (Google Home Mini) are all vying for a place in your smart home. Images: Apple and Digitized House.

How to Choose the Perfect Smart Home Assistant for You

If you plan to turn your house into a smart home, choosing a digital voice assistant is one of the first steps. On the surface, it seems like a simple decision—pick the one you’re familiar with. But the choice of a home assistant shapes the…

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ConnectSense Smart Outlet2 Review
The ConnectSense SmartOutlet2 features an over-outlet design. Image: Digitized House.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet2 Review

Smart outlets have become de riguer in modern homes, as they offer an express route to automating non-smart devices such as lamps, fans, and myriad other appliances. Moreover, their rapid adoption can largely be attributed to the integration of voice assistants, enabling the use of…

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KB Home Trickles Down Smart Tech from Concept Home to Production Builds
In Irvine, California, KB Home is selling homes with smart tech trickle-down from its KB Home ProjeKt concept house, revealed at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Image: KB Home.

KB Home Trickles Down Smart Tech from Concept Home to Production Builds

Shall we call it KB Homenomics? The national home builder has just trickled down smart health, wellness, and automation technology from its futuristic KB Home ProjeKt concept home to production builds in California. Located in the Genoa at Orchard Hills community in Irvine, the new…

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Fallout Mounts from Impending Works with Nest Sunsetting
With the new Google Nest brand, the Works with Nest program is slated to shut down. Image: Google Nest.

Fallout Mounts from Impending Works with Nest Sunsetting

Following the announcement by Google and Nest of the impending sunset of the Works with Nest third-party integration program on August 31 2019, major players in the connected home sphere are beginning to advise their customers to plan for the inevitable disconnect of these services.…

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Goodbye, Google Home and Nest. Hello, Google Nest.
From the new Google Nest brand, the Nest Hub Max. Image: Google Nest.

Goodbye, Google Home and Nest. Hello, Google Nest.

In a move to streamline the connected home accessory lines of Alphabet Inc. sister companies Google and Nest, the new Google Nest brand has been hatched as an umbrella for all Google Home and Nest Labs products. Announced at the 2019 Google I/O developer conference…

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How to Use Google Assistant for March Madness Listening
March Madness bliss: Listen to your favorite game on Google Home speakers. Image: Digitized House Media.

How to Use Google Assistant for March Madness Listening

As March Madness rolls into its final days, the drudgery of work can get in the way. But seriously, what's more important than NCAA hoops this time of the year, particularly when your alma mater is still in the mix? Solve that dilemma by asking…

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Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 2
KB Home ProjeKt. Image: Builder Magazine.

Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 2

As we wrote in Part 1 of our coverage of the KB Home ProjeKt, this Las Vegas-area concept home endeavors to deliver connected home and holistic design features aimed at the long-term health and wellness of its eventual occupants.  In this segment, we will take…

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Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant for Smart Home Control
Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Mini Speakers. Image: Digitized House Media.

Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant for Smart Home Control

The soaring popularity of virtual assistants has set the stage for competition. With contributions from Amazon and Google, consumers across the country have to choose between two of the tech industry's leading brands. Neck and neck, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and each deliver value…

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Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 1
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Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 1

First revealed at CES 2019 in January and carrying over into the 2019 NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) in February, the KB Home ProjeKt near Las Vegas strives to deliver on connected home and design features to focus on the long-term health and wellness of…

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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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A Closer Look at Google Assistant and Multilingual AI
Goggle Assistant is taking on the world with its multilingual AI capabilities, enabling users to navigate seamlessly between two languages. Image: Digitized House Media.

A Closer Look at Google Assistant and Multilingual AI

While Google Translate may have a bad and sometimes hilarious reputation for mistranslated text, that doesn't mean Google Assistant won't understand you when speaking another language. The new Google Multilingual AI upgrade for the Google virtual assistant is adding three new Spanish dialects, and earlier…

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Google Home Hub Embraces the Hybrid Connected Home
Google Home Hub aims to be the central command center for your connected home. Image: Google.

Google Home Hub Embraces the Hybrid Connected Home

Making a wager on the existence of connected home life beyond pure voice activation, Google has announced Google Home Hub, a 7-in. touchscreen tabletop display with the Google Assistant built in. As part of the growing Google Home speaker family, the device dutifully processes voice…

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Rachio Brings Apple HomeKit and Siri to Irrigation Control
The Rachio 3 Smart Irrigation Controller has been upgraded to support Apple HomeKit. Image: Rachio.

Rachio Brings Apple HomeKit and Siri to Irrigation Control

Filling a gap in the Apple HomeKit home automation ecosystem, Rachio has added HomeKit compatibility to their latest smart irrigation controller, the Rachio 3. The Colorado-based company says this is the first smart irrigation controller with onboard HomeKit firmware. The integration facilitates control with the…

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6 Tips for the Road Ahead—to Your Smart Home
Now more than ever, your smartphone and your voice can make you master of your domicile. Smart tech makes sense in your current home or the one you are moving to. Image: iStock.

6 Tips for the Road Ahead—to Your Smart Home

Smart home technology is among the best things to come out of Silicon Valley in recent years. The ability to control your home from your smartphone or with your voice, even when you’re not there, can be quite compelling.  Summer can be the perfect time…

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5 Approaches to Make Digital Assistants a Partner in Your Kids’ Education
Voice-controlled digital assistants can be a valuable asset for parents looking to bolster the education of their children. Image: Digitized House Media.

5 Approaches to Make Digital Assistants a Partner in Your Kids’ Education

Your family has a voice-controlled home assistant, but you’re tired of asking silly questions like “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” If you haven’t explored the technology’s ability to help with more useful things—like supporting your child’s education—it’s…

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5 Smart Controllers to Elevate Your Garage Door
Do you know if your garage door is open or closed right now? The new generation of smart garage door opener controllers can let you check via your smartphone. Image: Digitized House Media.

5 Smart Controllers to Elevate Your Garage Door

There are smart door locks and intelligent room lights and thermostats, so why not smart garage door controllers, too? As it turns out, you can buy those and there are a growing number to choose from. Here are five of the best ones.  [1] Chamberlain…

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