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Abode home security system review: Flexible, easy to install, and readily expandable

A basic home security system that you can expand into a powerful smart home system now or later.

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60% off Anker 60W 10-Port USB Charger - Deal Alert

Ten ports pump out 60 watts of power, enabling simultaneous multi-device charging. Discounted 60% on Amazon, and currently averaging 5/5 stars from 900 customers.

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Kwikset, Schlage, and Yale smart locks gain Alexa skills

If you have the right lock and a smart home hub, you’ll soon be able to say, “Alexa, lock my door.”

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Brilliant Control could be the most exciting thing to happen to light switches since the dimmer

If the real thing is as good as the demo, every smart-home owner will want to install these all over the house.

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Chamberlain’s smart garage door opener to get HomeKit compatibility

HomeKit versions of the company’s Smart Garage Hub and MyQ HomeBridge will ship in July.

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Alexa will now take your order, supporting delivery from Amazon Restaurants

Prime members can use Alexa-powered devices to re-order food delivery from Amazon Restaurants.

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Comcast adds new voice-controlled lighting devices to its Xfinity Home smart home system

GE-branded switches and smart plugs, plus Sengled Element Touch smart bulbs, can now be operated with voice commands in Comcast's Xfinity Home system.

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Singlecue Gen 2 review: This gesture-recognition device nearly provoked our own rude gestures

Controlling your TV, lighting, thermostat and other devices with a wave of your hand sounds like fun. It's not.

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) review: This is the Echo most people should buy

The least-expensive Echo does everything its pricier siblings do, but you should spring for an outboard speaker if you want it to play music.

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The Sevenhugs Smart Remote magically adapts to control whatever device it's pointed at

Okay, it’s not really magic, the remote relies on an indoor positioning system to know where it and the devices you’d have it control are located within the room.

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Roost Smart Smoke Alarm RSA-400 review: It’s all about that battery

This 4-in-1 smoke detector comes with a smart back-up battery, but that’s as high as it raises the bar.

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Google Home is set to battle Amazon's Echo for voice control of the smart home

You can pre-order Google's voice assistant now for delivery on November 4.

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Z-Wave (part of it, at least) becomes an open smart-home standard

Sigma Designs has released crucial software elements of its Z-Wave technology into the public domain.

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31% off Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Smartphone App and Simple All In One Remote - Deal Alert

The Harmony Hub combined with a powerful app give you personalized control of up to eight devices—even through closed cabinets and walls

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34% off Lumsing 5 Port 40W USB Charging Station, with Quick Charge Port - Deal Alert

Quick Charge technology allows you to charge a device 75% faster. Each port will detect and deliver the best current to your devices for high-speed charging.

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Logitech's Pop Home Switch promises to simplify smart-home control

Setting up a smart-home system might not be simple, but this innovative device could make it a whole lot easier to use.

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Netatmo adds smart-home features and cloud storage to its home security camera

New door/window sensors can trigger Netatmo's Welcome camera to capture a clip and upload it to a Dropbox account.

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Farewell, Sense, we hardly knew ye: Silk Labs cancels its smart-home device and will refund its Kickstarter backers

Silk Labs, the developer of the unique Sense security camera and smart-home hub, has decided to license its technology to third-party manufacturers instead of building its own hardware.

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