Smart LED Bulbs Learn Your Routines, and Automatically Turn On When You Go on Vacation

One of the most effective ways to protect your home while you’re traveling is to simply make it look like you’re not actually away. But instead of wrangling timers, or having the neighbors stop by, these new BeON smart bulbs will automatically learn your daily routines and keep turning lights on and off in your… »10/20/15 8:00am10/20/15 8:00am

Google's OnHub Is a Mysterious and Slightly Terrible Device

The OnHub is Google’s latest weird experiment. It’s a $200 router stuffed with fourteen antennas that’s being marketed as a cure-all for people who have a zillion wireless devices with different network needs. But what does that actually mean? I tore down my OnHub with the hardware hackers at iFixit to find out. »9/15/15 1:00pm9/15/15 1:00pm

Amazon Echo takes one more step to becoming the benevolent central hub (or Hal 9000) to your future

Amazon Echo takes one more step to becoming the benevolent central hub (or Hal 9000) to your future smart home. After connecting with Belkin’s WeMo smart devices this past May, a web-cached blogpost shows Amazon’s Echo now controlling SmartThings devices, Samsung’s acquired smart home division. Neat. »8/21/15 10:45am8/21/15 10:45am

For a Limited Time, Get Two Philips Hue Bulbs for $100

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to start or expand your Philips’ color-shifting Hue lighting collection, Amazon’s offering a great deal on spare bulbs today. All you have to do is pick any two Hue bulbs from four available models, and your total price at checkout will get marked down to $100. [Philips Hue Bulb… »8/03/15 6:15pm8/03/15 6:15pm

You Can Buy a HomeKit-Friendly Thermostat Starting Today

Apple announced HomeKit, its attempt to make every lightbulb and lock talk to your iPhone, well over a year ago, but things that can actually whisper sweet nothings in your iDevice’s ears have been few and far between. Most notably, you haven’t been able to buy a HomeKit-enabled thermostat, something that changes… »7/07/15 1:33am7/07/15 1:33am

HomeKit Will Let You Access Your Smart Home Via iCloud

Slowly but surely, Apple is been threatening to creep into the smart home market. The company just took one more small step by announcing that it’s HomeKit software will give you access to connected home devices from anywhere in the world by using iCloud. And the software will finally work on a whole bunch of products. »6/08/15 2:25pm6/08/15 2:25pm