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Why ‘Do It For Me’ is Defining the Smart Home Market

July 13, 2017 With all the talk of the “dawn of the smart home,” you might think the technology is only a few years old. In fact, it’s been around since at least 1984, the year the National Association of Home Builders formed a “Smart House” task group to explore ways to integrate technology into…

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4 Smart Home Hacks for the Home Chef

No matter your experience in the kitchen, it’s always nice to have a helping hand. Here are four smart devices to help you create your next culinary masterpiece. 1. Smart Trashcan Attachments Smart trashcan attachments scan the barcodes of items you throw away and compile shopping lists. This can make planning your next big meal…

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HomeAdvisor's Home Expert, Dan DiClerico shares 3 smart home devices to make your summer cookout/BBQ a success.

3 Smart Cooking Gadgets to Make Your Next Cookout a Success

June 27, 2017 Grilling is the hassle-free way to entertain. Minimal prep work, no messy pans to clean, plus you can keep the fire going throughout the day, as guests come and go. But planning a blowout barbecue can turn into a real pressure cooker, with all those mouths to feed. That’s especially true if…

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Last-minute Smart Home Gifts for Father’s Day

June 15, 2017 What to give the dad who has it all this year for Father’s Day? Chances are he’ll be surprised—and stoked—by some of the latest and greatest smart home products. The category has grown red hot and is brimming with connected devices that deliver a range of benefits dad will appreciate, whether it’s…

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4 Smart Home Hacks for the Pet Lover

Extended: Manufacturers of smart home equipment have about 84 million good reasons to target pet owners with their products. That’s roughly how many U.S. households own a pet, with cats and dogs providing the lion’s share of four-legged friends, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey from the American Pet Product Association (APPA). The…

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Smart Home Hacks for Busy Parents

I was one of four children growing up. Now that I have a couple kids of my own, I often wonder how my parents raised us without modern technologies like mobile phones and GPS. Sure, technology has given rise to some new parental challenges—controlling screen time, for example, or managing social media—but on balance it’s…

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Smart Home Products that Keep your Home and Family Safe

The latest in smart home technology lets you give your home’s security a major overhaul for only a few hundred dollars. Here are three security-boosting devices perfect for you home. Extended Version: Your home is a sanctuary, but it’s also an accident waiting to happen. In fact, more than 28 million Americans end up in…

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3 Smart Home Hacks to Help Your Health

Professional athletes have long relied on technology and data analysis to reach peak performance. Think of the Olympic swimmer using motion tracking systems and underwater cameras to maximize his kick movement. You might not be training for gold, but today’s technology can have a positive health impact by making you aware of what’s happening inside…

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Top 5 Smart Home Trends for 2017

If you want to know the future of the smart home, a nondescript hotel on a lonely stretch of highway near San Francisco International Airport might not be the first place you’d look. Unless, that is, said hotel was the scene of CONNECTIONS, an annual gathering of industry’s insiders and influencers that’s billed, rightly so,…

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