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Belkin WeMo switches review: A good idea held back by connectivity and software issues

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

With a couple of months of use behind me, my feelings about the Belkin WeMo switches are just as conflicted now as they were when I unpacked these. On paper, the idea of a switch that you can plug anything in to make it smart is fantastic. In reality, I struggled to find many, if any honestly, devices I wanted to use the WeMo with. But that's not even the meat of my issue with WeMo's switches.

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Belkin WeMo switches review: A good idea held back by connectivity and software issues was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home Max review: The best (and most expensive) smart speaker

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The chances are almost 100% that everyone reading this has some way to access the Google Assistant. You might even have more than one Assistant device now that most phone released in the last few years have support and Google is handing out Home Minis like they're going to expire. The original Google Home has a respectable speaker for the size, and many people use it to listen to music. Yet, for anyone who's serious about their tunes, the Home and Home Mini just don't cut it.

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Google Home Max review: The best (and most expensive) smart speaker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LIFX, LIFX+, and LIFX Z review: An expensive but hub-free way to beautifully light your world

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

When my husband and I began designing our new apartment about a year ago, one of the first things I wanted to account for was smart lights. I love well-lit environments and the idea of having lights turn on and off automatically in the different rooms was appealing. I thought it'd be easy to find a smart lighting solution for the entire house, but my search eventually hit so many walls I'm surprised I didn't completely give up after the 10th week of frantic Googling and pointless research.

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LIFX, LIFX+, and LIFX Z review: An expensive but hub-free way to beautifully light your world was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest Secure review: Security comes at a price

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Nest has made its name by adding smart features to things that you might already have around the house. It's worked pretty well in the past with devices like the Nest Thermostat, but home security is a more serious business. It's different than a thermostat—people rely on a security system to control access to their homes. The new Nest Secure is trying to take the place of an existing product with an important function.

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Nest Secure review: Security comes at a price was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nuki smart lock review: A simple to use, reliable, and very smart solution for European-style locks

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

For the past year or so, I've been looking at smart locks and wanting one yet not able to fully commit to anything. Living in Lebanon means our doors don't have the American-style deadbolts, but what is known as the Euro Style/Profile Double Cylinder - a lock that is quite prominent across France, Germany, the UK, and other countries. So August, Yale, Schlage, Kwikset, and plenty of brands geared toward the US market were mostly out of the question unless I wanted to take a risk and get something that doesn't fit at all with my apartment's door.

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Nuki smart lock review: A simple to use, reliable, and very smart solution for European-style locks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nanoleaf Aurora review: The coolest and most extravagant smart lights you can own

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Some of you may have already heard about the Nanoleaf Aurora. These modular triangular light panels can be formed in any shape you like and are WiFi-enabled, allowing you to control them via your phone or Google Home and Alexa. But those of you who haven't will probably scroll down to see the high price tag and scoff in disbelief. $229.99 for a set of 9 light panels and a music module is a rather extravagant price to pay.

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Nanoleaf Aurora review: The coolest and most extravagant smart lights you can own was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Google introduced the Assistant SDK back in April, making it possible for third parties to build the digital companion into their devices. Sure enough, at IFA 2017 in Berlin back in August, the first Google Assistant-enabled speakers were announced, due to hit the market this fall. There are now several different options from a range of manufacturers, and they cover various use cases and price points.

Other Google Home alternatives with better speakers have also been announced by the likes of Sony and Panasonic.

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TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Google introduced the Assistant SDK back in April, making it possible for third parties to build the digital companion into their devices. Sure enough, at IFA 2017 in Berlin back in August, the first Google Assistant-enabled speakers were announced, due to hit the market this fall. There are now several different options from a range of manufacturers, and they cover various use cases and price points.

Other Google Home alternatives with better speakers have also been announced by the likes of Sony and Panasonic.

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TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest Thermostat E review: It’s kind of silly not to buy one

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Before Nest made cameras, home security systems, or smoke detectors, there was the Nest Thermostat. There wasn't anything like the OG Nest when it launched back in 2011, but the market for smart thermostats has heated up since then. Nest (now an Alphabet company along with Google) has continued iterating the thermostat, which remains its most iconic product. All three generations of the Nest Thermostat have a similar vibe—they look like pieces of technology attached to your wall.

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Nest Thermostat E review: It's kind of silly not to buy one was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SmartThings Link hands-on: Turning your SHIELD TV into a smart home hub

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Connected home items are becoming more and more common, from light bulbs to doorbells and so on. Since the beginning of it all, I've really wanted to join in the smart home thing, mostly because I am lazy and want to control my house with my voice. Cost to entry has been rather prohibitive and I've always rented places, so I figured most of my options would be limited.

To help alleviate the first problem, cost, Nvidia and Samsung teamed up to bring us the SmartThings Link for the Shield TV.

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SmartThings Link hands-on: Turning your SHIELD TV into a smart home hub was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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