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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…

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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…

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How a Smart Home Can Help You Go Green
Image: Alturas Homes on Pexels.

How a Smart Home Can Help You Go Green

When talking about smart homes, the main focus is usually the functionality and convenience factor. However, investing in smart home automation technologies can also help you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. There are myriad ways…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Are Smart Homes Normalizing Energy-Efficient Living?
A multitude of energy- and resource-efficient smart-home technologies are becoming mainstream in today's homes, thereby normalizing energy-efficient living. Image: Brian Babb on Unsplash.

Are Smart Homes Normalizing Energy-Efficient Living?

Smart and sustainable homes can offer excellent energy efficiency, curbing energy and resource waste on a global scale. A variety of technologies and applications promote efficiency in smart homes, with light bulbs, thermostats, window coverings, sprinkler controllers,…

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With Smart Security Cameras, Location Is Everything
Security cameras have gotten much smarter, but where you place them can increase their effectiveness. Image: Digitized House Media.

With Smart Security Cameras, Location Is Everything

So you installed a security system and you're feeling great knowing that your family and your home are protected. After researching, you purchased one of the the best security systems that you could find and opted for…

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4 Key Smart Home Safety Features to Invest In
Smart door locks offer keyless entry and added safety for your home. Image: August Home.

4 Key Smart Home Safety Features to Invest In

If you’re just starting to entertain the idea of installing smart security devices in your home, remember that these devices can sometimes carry a hefty up-front cost. It’s helpful to think about them as long-term investments—in your…

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5 Energy Efficiency Tips for Connected Homes
Smart plugs like the iDevices Switch can help promote energy efficiency for non-smart devices. Image: Digitized House Media.

5 Energy Efficiency Tips for Connected Homes

These days, technology is prevalent everywhere. It may be in our pockets, on our wrists, in our cars and—unsurprisingly—may be found throughout our homes. With the right suite of tech accessories, all you have to do is…

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