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How to create private Alexa skills without code

Amazon's Alexa Skills Blueprints let anyone with an Alexa device make household skills.

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Notion’s home-monitoring system can now send a plumber at the first signs of a water leak

A partnership with HomeAdvisor matches homeowners in need with a local prescreened plumber to perform repairs.

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Samsung SmartThings Hub review: One of the best in the business

With massive device support and a simple interface, it’s hard to beat SmartThings to anchor your smart home.

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Crowd-funded Abode Systems mostly sold to an Italian home-automation group

Nice S.p.A buys a majority stake in the smart home security startup, but Abode System's founders retain a 25-percent ownership position.

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Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller review: New tricks from the market leader

With onboard controls and cleaner connectors, this sprinkler system is better than ever.

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Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit review: This capable kit includes physical remote controls

The included Wi-Fi bridge can also control Lutron’s Serena motorized window shades.

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The best smart home devices that work with Google Home

It's the third-party smart devices that put the "home" in Google Home. Here are our favorites.

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Apple HomePod review: For ardent Apple fans only

You’ll need a mobile Apple device of recent vintage just to set up this smart speaker, which is tightly tied to Apple services.

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The best smart home devices that work with Alexa

Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are most powerful when paired with third-party smart home hardware. These products earned our highest raitings.

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Abode offers new, less-expensive home security starter kits

They’re still focused on home security first, but the gateway works with just about any smart home device.

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Wink Lookout review: Wink’s security sensors aren’t good enough for your smart home

Or anyone's smart home, for that matter.

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Lenovo Smart Display makes Google Assistant a smart home sidekick

Lenovo's Smart Display line puts Google Assistant on 8- and 10-inch touchscreen. The result is a smart home sidekick with AI features tied to all the major Google services.

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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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Samsung SmartThings Link for Nvidia Shield TV review: A cheap smart home hub with one inherent shortcoming

The SmartThings Link is less expensive than a full-sized smart home hub, but its capabilities are not quite equal.

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Hive Welcome Home System review: A U.K. smart home system crosses the pond

Hive ditches its subscription plan in favor of you-own-it hardware. Here’s how well it works.

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Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday price

The Ecobee4 is $200 at Amazon today, which is the same price we saw for this smart thermometer on Black Friday.

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Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

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nCube Hub review: This DIY smart home hub has an awful lot of growing to do

A poor showing thanks to minimal device support and a surfeit of bugs.

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Ecobee4 smart thermostat review: Retains the great functions of the Ecobee3, and adds Alexa

Our favorite smart thermostat gets a little smarter thanks to Alexa, but it's otherwise identical to the previous generation.

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Link-U security camera review: 4G connectivity and battery backup let this camera deliver security anywhere

Its ability to run on LAN, Wi-Fi, or LTE connectivity and to draw via power over ethernet or its onboard battery means this security camera can go wherever you do.

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