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Smart Home Gift Guide

iHome Wi-Fi outdoor smart plug Setting up outdoor Christmas lights or just something for your backyard deck? This outdoor plug gives you access to smart features like scheduling and even voice control. Switchmate Motion Activated Snap-On Instant Smart Light Switch Don’t want to go through the complicated process of setting up a full-on smart home system with hubs and connections throughout your home? The Switchmate attaches right to the switch and gives you direct voice control through the mobile app. TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb This is the easiest way…

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Samsung smart speaker with Bixby to launch in first half of 2018

The speaker will cost around $200 and play nicely with all of Samsung’s other devices. Samsung confirmed back in August that it was working on its own smart speaker to take on the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home, but since that initial confirmation, we haven’t heard much of anything else. However, as we near the end of 2017, new details have finally emerged to give us a better idea of what to expect from it. Bloomberg recently spoke with individuals that are familiar with the development of Samsung’s…

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Start with the $50 SmartThings hub and expand your smart home

All things SmartThings are on sale right now. The Samsung SmartThings Hub is down to $49.98 on Amazon. This is part of a greater sale on SmartThings devices, which includes the motion sensor and the water leak sensor. There’s even the full SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit for sale at $150. It normally sells above $200. It comes with a Hub and several other accessories, so you can just skip right to this bundle if you want to go all in. Hubs like this act as the “brain” of any smart…

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Grab the ecobee4 Alexa-enabled Smart Thermostat for $199

This thermostat is so smart it just lowered its own price! Amazon currently has the Alexa-enabled ecobee4 smart thermostat for $199, which is a savings of $50 from its regular price. This is a new all-time low for this item, which is actually much more than just a thermostat. Comes with built-in Alexa Voice Service, so you can ask your ecobee to set a timer, read you the news, adjust the temperature, and more. With Far-field voice technology your ecobee4 can hear you from across the room. Room sensors help…

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How to use Smart Lock to unlock your phone automatically

Using Smart Lock is an easy way to mix security with convenience — keep your Android locked unless you want it unlocked. Introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Smart Lock lets you set things up so that your phone unlocks its screen when certain conditions are met without entering your password or PIN or fingerprint. You’ll find the setting is the Security section of your phone settings, and you begin by tapping it and entering your PIN or passphrase. Once enabled, Smart Lock has five ways it can intelligently keep your…

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The $20 TP-Link smart plug has matched its lowest price ever

Lowest barrier of entry for you to start your smart home is right here. The TP-Link smart plug is down to $19.99 on Amazon. This device normally sells for $30. It has had a couple drops to $25 and one as low as $23, but it hasn’t matched this deal price since earlier in the summer. This is one of the easiest ways to start adding smart home elements to your appliances. It needs no hub and comes with a free app. So all you have to do is plug…

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Here’s how to sync smart home gadgets using Google Assistant

“Ok, Google, sync my devices.” Thanks to products like Philips Hue light bulbs, WeMo smart switches, and more, our homes are now smarter than ever before. However, as awesome as these things are when they work, they can often be a pain in the butt to pair new gadgets, move them to another room, etc. Thankfully, it looks like there’s now a command for Google Assistant that makes these tasks a whole lot easier. When talking to the Google Assistant on your phone, Google Home, etc., saying “Ok, Google, sync…

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Don’t Try To Be A Smart Alec If You Don’t Know This

“Understanding” and “knowing” are two words that are often used interchangeably. While the two concepts are related, they are not actually the same. Each is a unique “mental state” that involves cognitive grasp. The problem is that the use of the two is often conflated across the industry spectrum, from writing to science and everything in-between. So what is the difference between “understanding” and “knowing”? Which is better: knowing or understanding something? In his article – It’s better to Understand Something than to Know It – featured on Quartz, Ephrat…

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Why Smart People Come up With Dumb Ideas

In July 2014, a bunch of engineering graduates — very smart people — decided they had identified a pain point that could become a company. The pain point was that, our search results (think Google) and our News Feed (think Facebook) are personalized; but our homes, where we spend the majority of our time, are not. They founded a startup called Lumos and decided to begin building smart Internet-connected switches to make home personalization a thing. People could install them in their home. The switches would learn from people’s behaviors…

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Book-Street Smart Is the New Sexy

The world is full of people who are either book smart or street smart. Book smart people are well-read and possess a wealth of knowledge. They’re experts at recalling, recognizing, and analyzing information. Characterized by their love of learning, book smart people are organized and prepared for any situation. The street smart among us have worldly experience, which they use to make informed decisions about situations they encounter. They learn from their own mistakes and trust their judgement about people and circumstances. Book Smart vs Street Smart They way you…

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