5 Tips to Lower Your AC Bill While You're Away on Vacation – CNET

When you leave for a summer trip, you might be tempted to shut down the air conditioning to save some money on your electricity bill. But as outdoor temperatures soar, this can result in an overheated, excessively humid home that you’ll dread returning to. 
Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to keep your house cool. With a little help from technology ranging from window shades to smart thermostats — and a minimum of planning — you can switch off the lights and spend your vacation […]
5 Tips to Lower Your AC Bill While You're Away on Vacation – CNET

How to ensure that the smart home doesn't jeopardize data privacy? – Help Net Security

The smart home has been much hyped for what feels a very long-time, but I think it is fair to say that the smart home era is now truly upon us. This status has been almost entirely driven by the rise of the smart speaker – the first truly mass-market smart home device.
Data from IMARC Group puts the value of the smart speaker market at $5.08bn last year, and it is expected to hit $21.94bn by 2027. Such widespread adoption is laying the foundations for the smart home of the future.
People […]
How to ensure that the smart home doesn't jeopardize data privacy? – Help Net Security

Are we becoming too dependent on the smart home? | Digital Trends

Over the weekend, my wife and I took a trip a few states over to visit a friend. That first night at the hotel, I found myself asking Alexa to turn off the lights. It actually took a moment to realize I needed to turn the lights off without a smart assistant.
Now that might be an isolated incident, but it illustrates my point. When we use smart homes on a daily basis, the idea of actually reaching for a switch to turn off the lights seems absolutely archaic. It’s a backup feature, nothing […]
Are we becoming too dependent on the smart home? | Digital Trends

How do I remove an account from Google Smart Lock? | Digital Trends

Google Smart Lock is a login feature for Google platforms: Turn it on and it allows software to recognize your Google devices (like Android phones, or Chromebooks), and automatically unlock them in certain situations. For example, you could set your Samsung Galaxy phone to always unlock when geofencing shows you are at home, or to automatically unlock your Chromebook when you approach with your phone. You can also save Chrome browser passwords and other tricks.
But with all the things Smart […]
How do I remove an account from Google Smart Lock? | Digital Trends

Hisense Now Offers Its Own Fire TV Starting at $530 – CNET

Hisense now makes a Fire TV. Today the manufacturer announced a partnership with Amazon to produce Hisense’s first television featuring the Fire TV platform. 
The 50-inch, 4K LED TV has better picture quality specifications than many current Fire TVs made by Toshiba, Insignia and Amazon itself. It will include quantum dot technology and, according to the company, reach up to 600 nits of brightness. It also features Dolby Vision HDR, a 60Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 connectivity. The TV costs […]
Hisense Now Offers Its Own Fire TV Starting at $530 – CNET

This Smart Toaster Makes Perfect Toast – CNET

The Revolution InstaGlow R270 is one of the most premium toasters in the category. What makes it unique is its supersonic toasting speed and touchscreen just larger than an iPhone 13’s. The touchscreen helps you get the exact toast level by allowing you to choose from a variety of bread options and toast settings. 
Revolution Cooking says its toaster is “the biggest advancement in heating technology in over 100 years.” The toaster’s diamond-shaped heating element, designed by Revolution, uses […]
This Smart Toaster Makes Perfect Toast – CNET