• Get Smart With Stacey: How Do I Protect My Smart Home From Hackers?

    Get Smart With Stacey: How Do I Protect My Smart Home From Hackers?

    If you have smart home questions you'd like me to answer, send an email to [email protected] you have any tips regarding how to protect our home/network/mobile from Internet of Things vulnerabilities?
  • Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which One Should Rule Your Smart Home?

    Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which One Should Rule Your Smart Home?

    For the sake of this article, we'll stick to the original Amazon Echo, rather than the Echo Dot or Tap.By comparison, the original Amazon Echo is a cylinder speaker that measures 9.
  • Netatmo 'Healthy Home Coach' Keeps Tabs on Air Quality

    Netatmo 'Healthy Home Coach' Keeps Tabs on Air Quality

    Called "Healthy Home Coach," it offers you suggestions about how to improve indoor air quality, set the optimum temperature and humidity, and even make sure your kid's bedroom is quiet enough for optimal sleep.The home coach's combination of health and high tech was prompted by the fact that indoor living spaces are three to eight times more polluted than outdoors, according to a company news release.
  • Sprint to Offer 1M Low-Income Students Free Devices, Data

    Sprint to Offer 1M Low-Income Students Free Devices, Data

    The Internet is a blessing to many a school-aged kid trying to get through the night's homework assignment, but what if your home has no Internet access?It happens all too often in poorer neighborhoods, but Sprint's new initiative will provide 1 million high school students with free devices and wireless connections.
  • The Best Smart Home Products

    The Best Smart Home Products

    There are many smart home product categories, so you can control everything from lights and temperature to locks and security in your home.That includes a good swath of the smart home spectrum, from Philips Hue lighting and the Netgear Arlo camera, to the forthcoming Google Home.
  • Cheaper Ecobee3 Lite Smart Thermostat Arrives Oct. 31

    Cheaper Ecobee3 Lite Smart Thermostat Arrives Oct. 31

    With winter on the horizon, temperatures are dropping and home heating bills are on the rise.But Ecobee today introduced a "lite" version of its Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat that promises energy savings of up to $80 when compared to rival devices.
  • ecobee3 'lite' Offers Same Smart Thermostat Features for $169 Price

    ecobee3 'lite' Offers Same Smart Thermostat Features for $169 Price

    In 2016, everyone wants to have a smart home, and one of the first places to start is with your thermostat.A smart thermostat can lead to savings on your electric bill, and who would argue with that?
  • Look for On-Screen iPhone Home Button if Physical One Breaks

    Look for On-Screen iPhone Home Button if Physical One Breaks

    One of the most notable iPhone 7 design changes was Apple's introduction of a force-sensitive home button that uses haptic feedback to mimic traditional presses.What happens, however, when the home button stops working?
  • Control Your Harmony Remote With Amazon Alexa

    Control Your Harmony Remote With Amazon Alexa

    Aiming to simplify one of the most basic but frustrating smart home tasks, Logitech today unveiled an Amazon Alexa skill for its Harmony universal remotes.It will enable owners of a Harmony remote and an Alexa device like the Amazon Echo to turn entertainment devices on or off and tune in to TV channels using only voice commands.
  • Google Home Earns Top Marks for DIY Repairs

    Google Home Earns Top Marks for DIY Repairs

    Unveiled during May's I/O developer conference, Google Home streams video and audio between Cast-enabled gadgets, letting you play music, search the Web, or control smart home devices.05-pound Google Home comes in white, with magnetic, swappable bases available in different colors and materials.
  • Pre-Order $129 'Google Wifi' Router Replacement

    Pre-Order $129 'Google Wifi' Router Replacement

    6, the wireless router is being offered as a single $129 device, or in a $299 bundle of three for use as a "mesh" system around your home.Keep in mind that a long, narrow home or particularly thick walls may require additional Wifi points.
  • Get Smart With Stacey: What to Consider When Building a Connected Home

    Get Smart With Stacey: What to Consider When Building a Connected Home

    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]
  • Cyber Monday Deal: Google Home at Best Buy for $75 With Visa Checkout (Updated)

    Cyber Monday Deal: Google Home at Best Buy for $75 With Visa Checkout (Updated)

    However, if you are a VISA Checkout user (free service providing quicker checkout at select retailers like Best Buy), you can land an extra $25 off Google Home when buying from Best Buy.I would tell you that I have confirmed the discount, but VISA Checkout has been spinning on me at Best Buy’s site for the past hour.
  • 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.