Category: Hardware

Amazon’s Alexa blitz

Amazon surprised everyone last week when they held a private event and announced 13 — thirteen — new products in the Alexa ecosystem, plus some new service features like Alexa Guard (which we’ll cover...

A smart home from scratch: If I had to do it all over again

I’ve been tinkering with smart home tech for over six years, so my house as undergone some…evolutions. Lately I’ve been helping some friends get their smart homes started from scratch, and that — plus a question a reader sent in — has gotten me thinking about what I would do if I were to do it all over again.

Smart bulbs are dumb…most of the time

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get into home automation is to buy some smart bulbs or smart plug modules. But before you buy, there’s some important limitations to be aware of.