• Get Smart With Stacey: Which Home Hub Should You Buy?

    Get Smart With Stacey: Which Home Hub Should You Buy?

    The smart home is gaining ground, but it's still a muddle of confusing standards, competing platforms, and gadgets that don't do what you might expect.If you have smart home questions you'd like me to answer, send an email to [email protected]
  • The  Show: Episode 127 - Catching Up on Home

    The Show: Episode 127 - Catching Up on Home

    On today’s episode of the Droid Life Show, we’ll catch up on the past couple of weeks of Android news, including our Google Home review, the OnePlus 3T, a big Pixel update, Motorola’s plans for Mods and a new 360, DIRECTV NOW, Nougat updates galore, and even start preparing for CES.Join us live at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern) for the fun.
  • Amazon, Intel Partner to Advance Smart Home Tech

    Amazon, Intel Partner to Advance Smart Home Tech

    From Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat to Philips Hue light bulbs and the August Smart Lock, there are already loads of gadgets on the market that can make your home a little smarter.Now, two tech giants — Amazon and Intel — are coming together to "advance the Smart Home ecosystem and extend natural language capabilities to consumers everywhere.
  • SimpliSafe Home Security System

    SimpliSafe Home Security System

    If you want a one-stop home monitoring solution that encompasses more than just security, adding environmental sensors makes sense.Compared with the Vivint Sky home security system, monitoring fees cost at least twice that of SimpliSafe, ranging from $50-$70 per month.
  • Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S8 Won't Have Home Button

    Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S8 Won't Have Home Button

    The list of features that Samsung may ditch on its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone grew longer on Thursday, with Bloomberg reporting that the flagship device will not have a physical home button, making room for a display that will fill the entire front side of the handset.Citing people with direct knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reported that the Galaxy S8 will have a virtual home button embedded in glass at the bottom of the phone, and its bezel-less display will offer more viewing real estate.
  • Google Gives Developers the Keys to Google Home

    Google Gives Developers the Keys to Google Home

    In a jab at Amazon, whose competing Alexa virtual assistant offers third-party integrations via "skills" that users must enable, Google noted that its approach, called "actions," mimics real human conversation.As with Google Home's native functions, such as checking your calendar or monitoring traffic and weather, third-party actions are performed by first saying "OK, Google," followed by the name of the service you want to use.
  • Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor Works Through Glass

    Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor Works Through Glass

    As phone makers eye edge-to-edge screens and look to ditch the home button, what happens to fingerprint sensors?You could place them on the rear of the device, like the LG V20, but not everyone loves that solution.
  • Google Home Voice Commands Spread Holiday Cheer, Control Netflix

    Google Home Voice Commands Spread Holiday Cheer, Control Netflix

    Now, when paired with a Chromecast device, Google Home will stream any Netflix-based movie or TV series you ask for: "OK Google, play Love Actually," or "OK Google, play Stranger Things.Say "OK Google, show my photos of Lake Tahoe on my TV" to start a slideshow of vacation snapshots for everyone to "ooh" and "ahh" over.
  • Top places to visit in 2017 -

    Top places to visit in 2017 -

    It’s almost 2017 and your New Year’s Resolution to travel more has never been more necessary.With the CES awards taking place at the very beginning of the year, you can take in amazing tech by day and watch fantastic entertainment by night.
  • Home Automation 101: Do It Right With Sage

    Home Automation 101: Do It Right With Sage

    It’s never been easier to turn your home into a fully automated, smart home.Join us as our own Holly Resnick shows just how easy it is as we watch her install the SAGE security kit with just a drill, pencil and screwdriver.
  • Guide to a Smart Home Starter Kit

    Guide to a Smart Home Starter Kit

    The benefits offered by a smart home sometimes seem like the luxurious domain of those who can afford to live on the boundary of science fiction.But the reality is that smart home technology has been around for enough time that it’s no longer out of reach for most, and can be built in to even a starter home or apartment.
  • Get Smart With Stacey: How to Get Google Home, Smart Lights to Play Nice

    Get Smart With Stacey: How to Get Google Home, Smart Lights to Play Nice

    I'll soon be getting a Google Home and am ready to start diving into the world of the Connected Home.I'll be starting with connected light bulbs, so the Philips Hue lights came to mind.
  • Comcast Enhances X1 Digital Movies With Bonus Content

    Comcast Enhances X1 Digital Movies With Bonus Content

    Special features are no longer limited to your DVD player: Comcast partnered with four Hollywood studios to launch "enhanced movie extras" on Xfinity X1.Customers can now access bonus content with the digital purchase of participating titles.
  • Get Smart With Stacey: Prepping the Connected Home for New Owners

    Get Smart With Stacey: Prepping the Connected Home for New Owners

    If you have smart home questions you'd like me to answer, send an email to [email protected] is specific to WeMo and the other is generally about moving and trying to figure out what to do with your smart devices.
  • Your Kids Will Probably Hate Comcast Digital Home

    Your Kids Will Probably Hate Comcast Digital Home

    Are your kids spending too much time on their smartphones, responding to snaps during dinner and video chatting when they should be doing homework?The feature will bundle network controls into the ISP's wireless gateways, which combine a Wi-Fi router, DOCSIS 3.
  • Ford Offers Amazon's Alexa in Cars

    Ford Offers Amazon's Alexa in Cars

    The integration, announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will roll out in two phases.Starting later this month, Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap owners can remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle information from the comfort of their home using voice commands.
  • The Smartest Connected Home Products of CES 2017

    The Smartest Connected Home Products of CES 2017

    But a smart home isn't really a smart home without your fair share of intelligent, and sometimes wacky, appliances, gadgets, and even mattresses.And let's not forget cool gadgets for our furry friends.
  • 'OK, Google' Arrives on Vizio TVs, Speakers

    'OK, Google' Arrives on Vizio TVs, Speakers

    The Vizio integration marks the latest addition of third-party device support to what is a growing, but still quite limited Google Home ecosystem.To take advantage of it, in addition to a Vizio SmartCast TV or speaker set, you'll need to also be watching or listening to content from a Google Home-supported service.