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6 Ways to Keep Your Connected Home Safe
Hello, Google. Can you tell me how safe my connected home is? Image: Bence Boros.

6 Ways to Keep Your Connected Home Safe

Not long ago, most people had barely heard of smart home gadgets. Now, they’re in households around the world. However, any high-tech accessory—even an extremely intelligent one—is at risk of infiltration by hackers. You can keep your gadgets and your abode safer with some simple,…

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Amazon to drop Nest-branded Items, more Google and Nest news
Nest has often been in the news since Google and parent Alphabet acquired them in 2014. Here, the company's home security system. Image: Nest.

Amazon to drop Nest-branded Items, more Google and Nest news

Silicon Valley smart home brand Nest launched its first product in 2011—an intelligent thermostat—and got purchased several years ago by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Since then, it’s been in the news frequently for numerous reasons. Let’s examine some of them. Google takes control of Nest…

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Nest Temperature Sensor enables tailored heating and cooling control
Nest Temperature Sensor (right) pictured with Nest Thermostat E. Image: Nest.

Nest Temperature Sensor enables tailored heating and cooling control

Filling a noticeable gap in their smart thermostat line, Nest Labs has announced the launch of the Nest Temperature Sensor, a remote sensor that works with the Silicon Valley company's 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Thermostat E. The entirely wireless sensor is a…

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Automating Window Shades in the Connected Home Era: Part 2
Automating your window shades is easier than ever. These Graber Mezzanine layered shades have onboard Z-Wave motors and work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Image: Digitized House Media.

Automating Window Shades in the Connected Home Era: Part 2

As we wrote in Part 1 of this series, motorized shades and blinds are moving rapidly into the DIY connected home mainstream. You may no longer need to hire a CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) professional or engage with specialized window covering installers…

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Beyond tomes, Austin Amazon Books store a connected home haven
Amazon Books store in Austin, Texas. Image: Digitized House.

Beyond tomes, Austin Amazon Books store a connected home haven

Putting a sharper point on the Works with Alexa mantra, shelves in the new Austin, Texas, Amazon Books store go well beyond books to offer a wide variety of third-party connected home products compatible with the Amazon Alexa digital assistant, making it easier than ever…

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Brilliant Control packs broad smart home powers into walls
Brilliant Control, in a four-gang configuration. Image: Brilliant.

Brilliant Control packs broad smart home powers into walls

Designed in 4 configurations to replace single- or multiple-gang wall switches, the Brilliant Control packs a broad range of smart-home capabilities into a slickly designed wall plate that combines lighting control with accessibility to an expanding array of additional connected home devices. Fitted with a…

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Connected garages just got smarter: ChargePoint brings Amazon Alexa to EV charging
ChargePoint Home EV chargers work with Amazon Alexa. Images: ChargePoint and Amazon

Connected garages just got smarter: ChargePoint brings Amazon Alexa to EV charging

The connected garage just got smarter. Home-based 240-volt charging stations are becoming de rigueur for many electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) owners, as cars with high-capacity battery systems can be painfully slow to charge when plugged into standard outlets. Fulfilling the…

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Day 3 of 12 Smart Gifts: Nest Thermostat E
Day 3 of 12 Smart Gifts: Nest Thermostat E. Image: Nest.

Day 3 of 12 Smart Gifts: Nest Thermostat E

When it comes to choosing energy-saving upgrades for your connected home, smart thermostats should be near the top of your list due to their potential for monthly paybacks in the form of reduced utility bills. And when you can buy an exceedingly smart thermostat for…

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Video: TreeHouse + Nest Launch Deep Smart Home Installation Services
TreeHouse + Nest smart home builder app. Image: Digitized.House.

Video: TreeHouse + Nest Launch Deep Smart Home Installation Services

https://youtu.be/imi_rGhXjoU Fast-growing green home improvement company TreeHouse has just upped the ante in smart homes, forging an industry-first partnership with connected home juggernaut Nest to offer deep smart home accessory installation services through its Austin and Dallas locations. At the launch of the new services…

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5 exterior ideas and solutions for a smarter house
Kebony cladding on home in Lithuania. Image: Arches

5 exterior ideas and solutions for a smarter house

Your home’s exterior not only has a significant impact on its value, but also serves as a first impression for visitors. Careful exterior design choices can also give you a sense of pride and enhance your experience as a homeowner. However, aesthetics aren't the only…

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Tour a healthy, zero-energy, and zero-water smart home
Front face at sunset.

Tour a healthy, zero-energy, and zero-water smart home

As a living, breathing laboratory venue for Digitized.House Magazine, our lab home will open its green doors for an exclusive tour on October 15, which will be hosted by our colleagues at Green For A Reason. Located in the village of Driftwood, Texas—just outside of…

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