Five ways Alexa can help make remote learning easier this semester

Remote learning is hard — hard for students, hard for parents and hard for teachers. While many people have struggled with isolation during the pandemic, many of us with children have struggled to balance the demands of life as a professional, as a parent and increasingly, as a teacher, too (or at least a teaching assistant).
And all these challenges can be exacerbated by any number of variables, from how many kids you have to their ages and even the space you have in your house or […]
Five ways Alexa can help make remote learning easier this semester

Smart grocery carts are coming to change the way we shop

KroGo by Caper carts in the company’s store in Maderia, Ohio.
Amazon Go made waves in 2018 when it opened a grocery store that used cameras and and QR codes to let people quite literally grab and go. Then in 2020, the company unveiled Dash Carts, a shopping cart designed to replicate the Amazon Go experience without all the tech overhead. 
Now, grocery chain Kroger is taking on smart grocery carts with the help of startup Caper. Kroger and Caper are partnering on a pilot program at Kroger’s […]
Smart grocery carts are coming to change the way we shop

The best indoor garden for every type of gardener in 2021

As the old proverb goes “no garden is without its weeds.” While that may be a sage metaphor, there is, in fact, an entire category of indoor gardens free from weeds, bugs and even soil in some cases: Indoor pod gardens fitted with LED grow lights and self-watering mechanisms abound in 2021. These modern smart gardens come in nearly every shape and size, designed to grow any number of plants including fresh herbs, salad greens, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Thus, picking the perfect garden […]
The best indoor garden for every type of gardener in 2021

The best smart home devices of the year that aren’t made by Amazon or Google

Amazon and Google dominate the smart home industry. Beyond Amazon’s expanding roster of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring, Blink and Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected products from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub. 
Our current list of best smart […]
The best smart home devices of the year that aren’t made by Amazon or Google

Get your game on with the best TV sale of January

January has been unusually quiet on the TV-deal front, as this is the time of year when a certain big game tends to produce lots of sales. Maybe we were just spoiled by all the big discounts during the holidays. Thankfully, there are still solid deals to be had if you look hard enough. We’ve gathered up the best TV offers to get you properly equipped for games both pigskin and electronic. Indeed, if you’re one of the lucky few who were able to snag a PS5 or Series X, now is the time to spend […]
Get your game on with the best TV sale of January

The best home security cameras for the year: Wyze, Arlo and more

Whether you’re concerned about theft or want to keep an eye on a mischievous pet, home security cameras provide peace of mind with real-time notifications, built-in sirens and other security features. 
There are plenty of excellent options to choose from, with devices that offer features such as two-way communication, night vision, cloud storage, motion tracking and HD video for top-notch video quality. But it can feel daunting to find a good match for the wireless security camera system you […]
The best home security cameras for the year: Wyze, Arlo and more

Best smart displays for 2021: From Google to Amazon to Lenovo

Thanks to coronavirus lockdowns, voice assistants are getting more use than ever before — and thanks to the countless major smart home devices releasing regularly, they’re getting more powerful, too. Smart displays bring an even more compelling angle: they offer video chat, touch controls, a screen for streaming and much more. I for one have already sent an Echo Show 8 to my mother-in-law so she can drop in to read to my kiddos every couple of days this new year — even though she lives 10 […]
Best smart displays for 2021: From Google to Amazon to Lenovo

The Challenges and Security Risks of Smart Home Devices

Smart home devices, like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Nest, as well as 5G wireless networks, are transforming homes. They’re no longer static shelters, but rather, personal spaces for hyper-connected living.
According to McKinsey’s “The Connected Home Market” report, consumers are most motivated by utility management, as well as security and safety when buying connected home technologies. For example, the most common purchases are smoke detectors, remote […]
The Challenges and Security Risks of Smart Home Devices