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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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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…

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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 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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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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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)…

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Automating Window Shades in the Connected Home Era: Part 1
Graber Layered Shades with Virtual Cord Motorization. Image: Graber.

Automating Window Shades in the Connected Home Era: Part 1

Once a bastion of high-end home automation systems, motorized window shades are moving into the DIY connected home mainstream with product offerings from a number of major window covering manufacturers and big-box home improvement retailers. And if…

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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…

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