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November Gift Guide with Justine Santaniello

The holiday shopping season is just getting underway, and that means the pressure is on for those wondering what to buy friends and loved ones! But don’t worry…we have you covered! Lifestyle Expert Justine Santaniello partnered with some of her favorite brands and the IntheNews.tv website to showcase top gift ideas for the whole family that will get you on the right track this season! Here are 4 cool gift ideas! This powerful laptop is a perfect gift for the techies...


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The best washing machines you can buy

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now. More>>

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can... More>>

These holiday gadgets will make cooking your meal a breeze

Are you dreading the lengthy process of cooking a holiday dinner? Try these holiday gadgets to make the job of cooking much easier. These items will make for an easy, breezy meal. More>>

Hello Fresh vs. Blue Apron: Which meal-delivery service is better?

To save time in the kitchen, some busy people order takeout, some look to devices like slow cookers and pressure cookers, and others try home-delivery meal services. These days, you have several meal-delivery services to... More>>

How to take a screenshot on a PC

Capturing a screenshot of your desktop is easier than you might think, but it's the kind of thing you'll probably need to know. Here are the three basic ways take a screenshot on a PC, using both built-in utilities and... More>>

Common multi monitor problems, and how to fix them

If you're running into multi-monitor problems, you're not alone. Two screens are very useful, but they can present some difficulties. Here are some common multi-monitor problems and how to fix them. More>>

Learn how to easily set up speech-to-text in Windows 10

Looking for the dictation, speech-to-text, and voice control options in Windows 10? Here's how to set up speech-to-text in Windows 10 and use it to go hands-free in a variety of different tasks and applications within... More>>

How to stream music from Google Home to Bluetooth speakers or headphones

Want to stream music on Google Home, but listen to it through a different speaker or a pair of headphones? Here's how to play streaming music on Google Home through Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker. More>>

How to partition your hard drive in Windows

If you don't want all of your files stored in one place but only have one drive to work with, partitioning is your best way forward. Here's how to partition a hard drive in Windows 10, step by step. More>>

Save Smart: The Best Black Friday Smart Home Deals

The number of Black Friday sales can be overwhelming. Here are some of the best bang-for-your-buck deals you'll find this year on the most popular smart home products on the market. More>>

The best coffee makers you can buy

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list. More>>

Wynd’s new air purifying bundle lets smart home owners breathe easier

Wynd is already well known in the tech industry for its popular Kickstarter-backed air purifier and now the company is launching two new products designed to improve air quality to inform smart home owners. More>>

Lenovo Smart Display vs. JBL Link View

Looking for the right smart display? We're comparing the Lenovo Smart Display vs. JBL Link View, two excellent smart displays that are made for different audiences. Here's what you need to know about both displays and what... More>>

This alarm clock uses targeted light and sound to wake you, but not your partner

The Wake v2 isn't like your typical bedside alarm. Instead, it wakes you by shining a soft light directly into your face, thereby not disturbing the person sharing a bed with you. Pretty smart, huh? More>>

These Alexa-stuffed retro phones don’t listen until you take them off the hook

Looking for an Amazon Echo with a cool vintage touch? Los Angeles-based Grain Design is taking old, non-working antique phones and transforming them into amazing Alexa smart speakers. More>>

Google Assistant adds smart home bells and whistles in time for the holidays

Just in time for the holidays, Google Assistant is introducing a bunch of new smart home features, including the ability to reply to broadcast messages, create and use cookbooks, and access enhanced storybook content for... More>>

How to password protect a PDF

If you need to learn how to password protect a PDF, you have come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the process of protecting your documents step by step, whether you're running a MacOS or Windows machine. More>>

How to make slime: Which recipes are safest to use?

We researched dozens of different ingredients and tried several slime recipes. While some recipes are generally pretty safe, others are questionable at best. Which recipes should you use, and which should you avoid? More>>

The best Instant Pot recipes for Thanksgiving

Did you know you can cook the majority, if not all, of your Thanksgiving menu items in your Instant Pot? It's all about picking the right recipes. These are our picks for the best Instant Pot recipes for Turkey Day. More>>

How to fix a dead pixel

Dead pixel got you down? We don't blame you. Check out our guide on how to fix a dead pixel and save yourself that costly screen replacement, or an unwanted trip to your local repair shop. More>>

Picture this: The Aura packs thousands of photos in a single frame (for a price)

Are you one of those people who miss the good old days of flipping through photo albums to see each and every favorite photo? If so, you might love the Aura digital photo frame. We tested the device and came away impressed. More>>

Best Buy Black Friday 2018 deals for smart home, security, and Wi-Fi

Building the excitement for Black Friday, Best Buy released its first round of deals for smart home, security, and Wi-Fi devices from Amazon, Ring, Lenovo, Philips Hue, Arlo, and Netgear. The deals in the first round... More>>

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and... More>>

Best Thanksgiving meal kits

Need a Thanksgiving meal, but short on time or expertise? Here are the best Thanksgiving meal kits to help you out. They either give you all the ingredients and instructions, or provide a full Thanksgiving meal that you... More>>

Kitchen fires, viral turkeys, family knife fights, and more Thanksgiving fails

If you’re dreading small talk with nosy relatives or fearing you might burn down the house while cooking, we hate to say that your fears might not be unfounded. Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest Thanksgiving fails. More>>

How to cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner in an Instant Pot

We collected some of our favorite recipes and created an Instant Pot Thanksgiving dinner guide. Here’s how to ditch the oven and cook your entire Thanksgiving Dinner in an Instant Pot. More>>

Amazon Echo Show vs. Lenovo Smart Display

The Amazon Echo Show and Lenovo Smart Display are two popular smart displays, but which one is right for you? Learn about the displays, speakers, capabilities, and other important features before you decide which to buy. More>>

Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show

The Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show: which is better? Both are smart displays that control your smart home, but that's where the similarities end. We compare design, features, price and more to find out which is right... More>>

Looking for smart home gadgets? Check out Lowe’s Black Friday deals

Lowe's is planning a whole bunch of significant price cuts on some popular internet-connected devices that can help you automate and connect your home. The deals will be available this Black Friday. More>>

How to make a Group FaceTime call on your iPhone or iPad with iOS 12

With the release of iOS 12.1, you can now take advantage of the Group FaceTime feature. Using your Apple device, you can video chat with up to 32 people at once. Here's how to set up Group FaceTime with an iPhone, iPad, or... More>>

Nest Hello vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro: Which video doorbell is better?

Video doorbells provide added piece of mind. You can catch porch pirates in the act, your kids throwing an epic party, or a prowler roaming around your driveway. We compare two video doorbells: The Nest Hello vs. The Ring... More>>

The best hand mixers of 2018

A stand mixer takes up a lot of room on the counter, and it can also be quite expensive. Need an option that's not only affordable but also takes up very little real estate in your kitchen cabinets? Check out these hand... More>>

How to remove Android malware from your phone or tablet

Did you download an infected app? You need to remove Android malware as soon as possible. Here's the process to uninstall, along with some recommendations on how to safeguard your phone. More>>

How to split your screen in Windows 10

Windows 10 is a great desktop operating system and its many window management features are part of the reason why. Here's how to divvy up windows using Snap Assist and other native tools. More>>

Alexa, where do I vote? Who’s running? Amazon assistant provides voter help

Midterms are coming, and Alexa is ready. She can tell you where to vote, who's running, what a yes or no vote on a ballot measure means, and -- on election night -- who's winning. What she won't tell you is how you should... More>>

How to type symbols and letters with accent marks

Ever wondered how to type that trademark symbol? What about characters from languages like Latin? You may not know it, but there's a whole slew of symbols and characters that you can type out just by using the keyboard in... More>>

Confused about all the Amazon Echo Alexa Devices? Here’s the entire lineup

Not sure just what Amazon Echo device with Alexa voice assistant you're looking for? Whether you're looking for great sound, smart home control, or a screened device, we've got you covered. Here are all the Amazon Echo... More>>

Amazon delivers its second brick-and-mortar ‘4-star’ store, this one in Denver

Amazon 4-star is a brick-and-mortar store selling items that have been rated highly by customers who use Amazon's online store, and the second location has just opened in Denver, Colorado. More>>

A $24 Amazon Echo Dot headlines the Black Friday deals at Kohl’s

Black Friday is just a few weeks away, and the deals are starting to leak out. Kohl's has a number of smart home sales, including a doorbuster deal that offers up an Amazon Echo Dot for just $24. More>>

OnePlus 6T tips and tricks to get the most out of your new phone

At $549, the OnePlus 6T is undoubtedly one of the best mid-range phones on the market. If you've decided to make the switch to OnePlus, congratulations. Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for the new OnePlus 6T. More>>

The best slow cookers of 2018

The cooking process is slow and takes time, but the set-it-and-forget-it design of slow cookers allow you to be hands-off while the cooking happens. Here are some of the best on the market right now. Happy slow cooking! More>>

These awesome treehouses let you sleep among the leaves

Check out these truly awesome treehouses from around the world. From a three-story treehouse in the Costa Rican jungle to a mirrored cube hidden among the trees of Sweden, we’ve got you covered. More>>

The best space heaters for any budget

During the winter months, even well-insulated homes can sometimes still use a little extra warmth. Here are six of the best space heaters to crank up the temperature on those chilly evenings. More>>

IRobot and Google partner to make your smart home cleaner

Vacuum maker iRobot and Google are teaming up to better map out the floor plans of homes to keep them clean. Roomba vacuums will also get new Google Assistant support for voice controls. More>>

Newly Licensed Teen Drivers are Eight Times More Likely to Have a Potential Collision

Parents do their best to protect their kids and keep them safe through every stage in life—but when it comes to driving, it gets more complicated. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), teens are eight times more likely to be involved in a crash or near collision in the first three months of becoming licensed than during the previous three months, when they drove under supervision with a learner's permit.  How can parents protect their kids behind the wheel.


Most Educated Cities Awards

It’s no secret that education opens up doors to countless economic and social opportunities. And in an increasingly information-heavy age, local economies stand to benefit from the positive impact of an educated workforce.


The Looking Glass brings us closer than ever to Star Wars-like holograms

We're inching closer to recreating the iconic scene in Star Wars of Princess Leia calling out to Obi-Wan for help. A Brooklyn company has created the Looking Glass, a holographic display that lets you see 3D content... More>>

Need a helping hand? Ecovacs Deebot robot vacuum is on sale for $150, today only

Name-brand robot vacuums can get expensive quickly, but for today only, you can score the Ecovacs Deebot N79 from Target for just $150 ($50 off). This smart robot vac features multiple cleaning modes and compatibility with... More>>

Google Home enhances Disney storytimes with sound effects and music

Parents might find their 1000th reading of Alice in Wonderland or Coco a little more interesting with Disney's new read-along books that Google Home can recognize and augment with special effects, music, and more. More>>

This subreddit can figure out everything about you by looking in your fridge

The food you eat (and how you store it) says a lot about you. A new subreddit called Fridge Detectives guesses who you are, what you do, and even where you live based on the contents of your refrigerator. More>>

Can Aibo replace Fido? I fostered Sony’s robot dog for a week to find out

Can a robot dog replace a real dog? I set out to find the answer to that question by “fostering” Aibo, Sony’s robot dog. I came away from the experience with more questions than answers. More>>

Where have you bean all my life? I finally found the perfect coffee maker

Our coffee machine reviewer, Joni Blecher, spent a year looking for the perfect new machine. See what she discovered on her quest, and some tips on how you can pick the best model for your home. More>>

Ring Video Doorbell buying guide: Which is best for you?

Which Ring video doorbell should you buy? Ring has four video doorbells for smart home security, and they all look pretty similar. We compare specs, features, and installation requirements to see which model is best for you. More>>

Let Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant spook you on Halloween

Need help with a last-minute costume idea? Want to listen to spooky music or a scary book? Here are the best Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Halloween tips and tricks for your Halloween party, decorations, games, and more. More>>

How to measure home energy use

Want to measure the amount of energy and electricity your house uses? We have the best ways to do it, from meters to apps, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it. More>>

This little girl really, really wants Alexa to play ‘Baby Shark’

A poor little girl just couldn't get Alexa to understand her request to play the undeniably catchy but undoubtedly annoying song 'Baby Shark.' She finally gets her wish thanks to a little help from her mom. More>>

Jennair breaks boundaries to redefine luxury with Noir and Rise kitchen designs

Luxury appliance manufacturer Jennair wants to rock your world, or at least your kitchen. Jennair hopes to inspire you to personalize your cooking environment with its edgy design styles, Rise and Noir, each with enhanced... More>>

Key settings you need to change on your brand-new iPhone XR

Got your hands on Apple's iPhone XR? To help you get the most out of your smartphone, we've rounded up a variety of settings we think you should turn on, turn off, or change on your new device. More>>

How to enable whisper mode on Alexa

Want to talk to your Amazon Alexa device while other people in the house are sleeping? You should try Whisper Mode. Surprisingly, Alexa's voice sounds very humanlike in a whisper. Here's how to enable it and how it works. More>>

How to block a number in Android

Telemarketer or persistent ex won't leave you alone? Here's how to block a number in Android, whether you want to do so with native features or mobile apps such as Mr. Number or Should I Answer? More>>

Everything you need to set up your Ring home security system

One of our favorite home security systems comes from Ring, a global home security company owned by Amazon. We’ve rounded up everything you could ever need from Ring (plus a few extras) so you can secure your home. More>>

The Walabot Home is like a smoke detector for senior falls

When you have to be away from your elderly family members, Walabot Home can serve as your surrogate. This device can detect when your loved one falls and will call for help — no wearables or user input required. More>>

The best humidifiers for your home or office space

Dry air in the home or office can cause a multitude of health issues. Thankfully, powerful desktop solutions and robust home humidifiers are available if you're looking to improve the air quality of your home. More>>

Bottoms up! Thermador’s latest dishwasher specializes in washing glasses

Got $2,400 for a dishwasher designed for glasses? More for one with a light show? Thermidor $2,399 Glass Care Center and its $2,799 Star Sapphire dishwashers are part of its Radiance Collection of luxury kitchen appliances. More>>

If you’re not sipping beer while a robot mows your lawn, you’re doing it wrong

Imagine watching your lawn being mowed by a robot while you sit on the porch drinking a beer. That’s life with Husqvarna’s line of electric Automowers, which takes the gas and the manpower out of one dreaded aspect of yard... More>>

The future of food could make kitchens and grocery stores obsolete

Will we be 3D printing our food in 20 years? Will grocery stores as we know them disappear? The 2018 Smart Kitchen Summit included a lot of wild predictions about the future of cooking. More>>

How to clean a dryer vent

Failure to clean the dryer vent is the leading cause of dryer fires. Using an inexpensive duct cleaning brush, you can clean your own dryer vent without hiring a professional. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to clean... More>>

The best treadmills of 2018

The exercise of running can burn up to 900 calories per hour, melting away fat and strengthening your muscles at the same time.  Compared to running outdoors, you're safer staying indoors on a cushioned track. More>>

Handy Google Pixel 3 tips and tricks

If you’re hunting for some Pixel 3 tips to help you get more from your Google phone, then you’ll find them right here. We’ve got tips for shortcuts, camera controls, and more. All these tips will also work for the Pixel 3 XL. More>>

What is Amazon Prime Pantry?

The marvels of the Internet have made it possible to do all your shopping from the comfort of your living room. Amazon Prime Pantry allows you to buy groceries and household items online. Here's more info about the service. More>>

Protect yourself from germs with a discounted GermGuardian air purifier

Cold and flu season has arrived, and with it, all those nasty germs. If you're looking to protect yourself from airborne illnesses, this deeply discounted air purifier can help reduce germs, mold spores, and viruses... More>>

How to sell your old Google Pixel or Pixel 2 for the most money

So, it's time for a expensive new smartphone, and you'd like to partially fund the purchase by selling your old Google Pixel. Find all the information you need to get as much money as possible for your Pixel or Pixel 2... More>>

Add some nature to your tech with Mui, a wood panel that’s also a smart display

Are you so immersed in technology that you long for a touch of nature in your home? You could get some potted plants -- or you could invest in Mui, a wood panel that is also an internet-connected smart display. More>>

Massive Amazon announcement brings 12 new smart devices. Here’s how to order

Amazon's hardware announcement meant a whole bunch of new Amazon Alexa gadgets. From a microwave to stereo equipment, here is the complete list of devices that were announced, as well as reviews for some. More>>

Vector, the engaging Alexa-like robot, is ready to roam around your home

Anyone who has ever watched Short Circuit or WALL-E has surely dreamed about having a robot buddy come live with them. Finally, that dream is now a reality. It's name is Vector, and it's available now. More>>

Save energy and money with a $45 discount on the Nest smart thermostat

If you were looking for a smart thermostat, Amazon is offering up to $45 in savings on the popular Nest Learning Thermostat. Use stainless steel thermostat to the keep your home warm and cozy this fall and save energy by... More>>

Simplisafe steps outside the smart home with its Video Doorbell Pro

SimpiSafe is pushing into the smart home market by introducing a new high-tech video doorbell that includes 1080p HD monitoring and a dual-sensor motion trigger that combines a body heat detector and a motion detector. More>>

Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less

Need some help cleaning up around the house? We've picked out 10 great vacuum cleaner deals available on Amazon right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs, to give you a hand and save you some money. More>>

Publish a new Alexa skill this month and Amazon will give you a new Echo Dot

Amazon' Alexa group announced a promotion encouraging new developers to publish a new Alexa skill in any country First-time developers who publish a new an Alexa skill prior to midnight October 31, 2018, will get a free... More>>

Second-gen vs. third-gen Echo Dot: What’s the difference?

Amazon's third-generation Echo Dot was just released. Is it worth upgrading your second-generation Echo Dot? Here, we take a closer look at the two devices to see how much Amazon has improved its flagship Alexa voice... More>>

LG’s Colosseo smart sofa is the comfiest piece of tech in your home

LG has partnered with Italian furniture brand Natuzzi to produce the Colosseo, a connected sofa with five custom scenarios to provide maximum comfort for watching TV, reading, or just relaxing. More>>

August Smart Lock satin nickel model comes bundled with Wi-Fi Connect bridge

The August Smart Lock--one of our favorite smart locks--is now available in a satin nickel finish. August is selling the new model in a $220 bundle with the Wi-Fi bridge needed for remote access and voice command features. More>>

Gas dryers vs. electric dryers: What’s the difference?

Whether you buy an electric dryer or a gas dryer may depend solely on your setup, unless you want to spend money to get a gas hookup for your home. But if you have a choice, there are some differences to take into account. More>>

Nest gets more colorful with three new options for its smart thermostat

Nest Parent company Alphabet announced this week that its Nest Learning Thermostat will soon be made available in three new, fancier colors: Mirror black, brass, and polished steel. More>>

Sony Xperia XZ3 tips and tricks

This slick, stylish new Sony smartphone has hidden depths, and we’re here to help you unlock them with our Xperia XZ3 tips roundup. We’ve got advice on how to get the best picture, sound, and more in this easy step-by-step... More>>

Smart grills are dumb. Here’s why you’re better off keeping it simple

We were once wooed by the allure of a smart grill, but our experience suggests smart grills aren't a smart investment after all. At least, not yet. Here's why your money is better spent on a quality dumb grill. More>>

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which is better?

We put the two most popular smart home speakers -- the Google Home Mini and the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot -- together and tested them on appearance, audio, and abilities. So which should you buy? Find out how they did... More>>

How to sell Bitcoin

If you're investing in cryptocurrencies, it's important to have your exit strategy in place if prices start to crash. If you've decided it's time to get out or just want to learn how to sell Bitcoins, here's how to get... More>>

Like many of us, this tiny home keeps itself running with coffee in its system

Dunkin' partnered with a biochemical company, a tiny home manufacturer, and Olivia Wilde to build a 275-square foot transportable home powered by coffee ground-based biofuel. The Home That Runs on Dunkin incorporates... More>>

How to download YouTube videos

If you need to learn how to download YouTube videos, this guide will take you through it step by step. We have picked the best solutions both online and off, letting you choose the one that's right for you. More>>

How to protect your iCloud account

From Chinese hacking to identity theft, it's not surprising if you're a little worried about your iCloud data. Here's how to protect your iCloud account with a few simple security steps. It will only take a few minutes,... More>>

May the force cook with you: New slow cooker sports Star Wars figures

We can't say it will make your pot roast tastier, but Uncanny Brands' $50 Star Wars Slow Cooker, decorated with cartoon figures of Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and other characters, might make cooking it more fun. More>>

Here’s how to set up an alternate appearance for Face ID

Would like to add a second face for your iPhone FaceID? Maybe your face looks different at work, or you have a loved one that you want to be able to unlock your phone. Here's how to set up an alternate appearance for Face ID. More>>

How to defog the windows in your car

Did you suddenly lose exterior visibility while driving because of foggy windows? Don't panic! Here's our quick guide on defogging your car windows in a safe manner while on the go, and a few steps on how to prevent them. More>>

Top-load vs. front-load washer: Which should you buy?

There's more to the top-load versus front-load washer debate than how it opens. The two types of machines clean very differently and have pretty drastic differences in terms of cleaning power, price, and efficiency. More>>

Google and B8ta combine to let people try out smart home products before buying

Google has partnered with the startup B8ta to let customers try out smart home technology in a retail space arranged like a real home. This lets customers get a better feel for how the technology works. More>>

How to create a smart living room for under $250

By being shrewd about which brands and products you invest in, you can quickly and easily turn your house into a home that's “smart,” and that's true even if you’re starting from scratch. More>>

Sleep Number’s 360 p5 is a smart bed, but can it solve your sleep problems?

Could a smarter bed be the key to a good night’s sleep? Sleep Number has built an entire line of smart beds, ranging from budget to flagship models, that monitor your sleep and offer a simple Sleep IQ score. Is it the... More>>

Here’s our list of the best tech-related Halloween decorations

Halloween is just around the corner and decorating is half the fun. From a drone ghost to an animated zombie, adding tech to your Halloween décor will elevate your home to the next level. More>>

The Google Home Hub drops next week: Here’s what we think we know

In another barrage in the hotly competitive smart speaker market, Google is expected to unveil the final version of its Google Home Hub at its hardware event in New York City next week. Here's what we know so far. More>>

Pixel Stand may turn your phone into an Assistant-powered smart screen

Google may be working on a new accessory for the Pixel phone which turns the device into a smart screen, complete with a display to visualize Google Assistant interactions. It's being rumored as the Pixel Stand, and it may... More>>

Pixel 3, Home Hub, and Pixel Slate — our first look at all Google’s new devices

Google has taken the wraps off of a slew of new devices, including the Pixel 3 smartphones, Google Home Hub smart display, Google Pixel Slate tablet, and more. We were at the event, and took a ton of photos of all of... More>>

How to season a cast iron skillet

One of the best things about cast iron pans is the natural non-stick surface, or seasoning, that makes the skillet cook delicious food so easily. Here's how to season a cast iron pan. More>>

Patent shows Alexa may soon detect when you’re sick and suggest remedies

Amazon has patented a new feature that would allow Alexa to detect the signs of illness, such as a cough or a sore throat, and suggest solutions to help. The feature would also enable Alexa to offer to buy medicine for the... More>>

The Google Home Hub doesn’t have a camera. Here’s why that’s a good thing

Bucking the smart display trend, Google's new $149 Home Hub smart display surprisingly doesn't have a camera. We think a camera-less Google smart speaker with a screen is a good thing, and here's why. More>>

Amazon may be prepping its first checkout-free store overseas

Amazon is reportedly looking to take its cashier-free store to its first overseas market. It already has four Amazon Go stores operating in the U.S., and is now believed to be looking for sites in the U.K. More>>

Ecobee server outage disrupts services, web site

Smart home vendor Ecobee experienced a major server and web site outage Thursday, disrupting services to mobile apps that manage its thermostats and light switches as well as Alexa and SmartThings integration. More>>

The best Google Home-compatible devices

Google Home is a voice-controlled speaker built to compete with the Amazon Echo. It can currently control lights, switches, and thermostats from select partners. Here's a list of Google Home-compatible devices. More>>

How to choose the best bed sheets: price, fabric, and color

To help you choose the best bed sheets for your price range, aesthetic, and sleeping style, we review the key factors to look for as well as the distinguishing features of today’s best online bedding retailers. More>>

The best Roomba robovacs

What Roomba model is best for your house? Our list of the best Roomba robovacs will cover different prices, the top smart features, and which bot is right for your floors. Check out the top models for more information. More>>

How to find hidden cameras in your Airbnb rental

If you’re worried about someone filming you in your Airbnb rental, here are some steps you can take to make sure your rental space isn’t under surveillance (which is illegal, by the way). More>>

The best games to play with Alexa

If you're looking to get more use out of your Amazon Echo device, there are lots of games to play with Alexa. From storytelling games to trivia to games for kids, these are some of the best skills to make Alexa more fun.


Swann tackles crime prevention with two new security cameras

Swann is introducing two new Wi-Fi connected security cameras for indoor and outdoor use to help you keep your home safe. The cameras come just in time for National Crime Prevention Month. More>>

Amazon enters the sleeping game, starts shipping mattresses

Amazon entered the online mattress marketplace with a line of mattresses through the Amazon Basics line. The sizes range from twin to California king and qualify for Amazon Prime's two-day shipping. More>>

Best single cup coffee makers

Looking for the perfect single serve coffee maker at an affordable price? Here are the best single cup coffee makers for your home or office. From high tech customization to extra-fast cups, there's a model that works for... More>>

How to scan a QR code

Have you seen new square QR codes start to resurface? As the codes come back with new uses, it's a good idea to make sure that your phone knows how to scan them. Here's how to scan a QR code with both iPhones and Android... More>>

The best cordless vacuums of 2018

To make your household chores a little more painless, why not opt for a cordless vacuum? We've rounded up the best cordless vacuum cleaners on the market, chosen for their great performance and battery life. More>>

Amazon Echo vs. Dot: What’s the difference?

Amazon Echo vs. Dot: Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get? There are some big differences between the two, especially in size, sound, and cost. More>>

How to watch the October 9 ‘Made by Google’ event

Google is finally set to unveil the heavily rumored and leaked Google Pixel 3, along with a number of other interesting new products. You may be wondering how you can watch the event for yourself -- which is why we've... More>>

Power through your afternoon slump with the best espresso machines

Brew professional-style espresso drinks and become the envy of your neighborhood with one of the best espresso machines on the planet. We have options across a range of price points, perfect for any budget. More>>

The best dryer you can buy

Dryers may be the afterthought when it comes to buying a laundry pair, but the best dryers have key features you should consider want when it comes to your new appliance, whether it's energy efficiency, steam, or... More>>

From sharks to Shaq: Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff’s unusual road to success

headline: Profile: Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff’s Unusual Road to Success Excerpt: In 2013, Jamie Siminoff, CEO and founder of Ring, walked away from the show Shark Tank empty handed. Now, after selling his DIY home security... More>>

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant goes silent across Europe

Users in Europe yesterday were met with an unsettling silence every time they made a request of Amazon Alexa, as the voice assistant suffered a major service outage across much of the continent. More>>

Yale and August team up to conquer the smart lock market with the Assure Lock

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