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Feb 11, 2019 7:00 AM 2+ mon ago

If you've been holding off on adding smart home features to your dwelling, now is the best time to start.

Smart devices are smarter and simpler to use than ever before, making them easier to integrate into your everyday life. Here are my top four smart home devices you can install without much effort and still reap a lot of benefits.

Smart bulbs are a great place to start with smart home tech. All you need to do is screw them into a light socket, download their companion app, connect the lights to your phone and you're done.

From there, you can control the color and intensity of your lighting. With some smart bulbs, like the Belkin WeMo LED and GE Link Bulbs, you can also put your lights on a schedule, so they go on and off automatically. Others, ...

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We've reviewed every smart display since Amazon launched the Echo Show back in 2017. Here's a quick rundown of the category. We've come to call them "smart displays," these counte...

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The Google Home app keeps getting more useful. Starting with version 2.9, you can use the app to change the color of compatible smart bulbs. A year ago, the app was mostly used fo...

Fitness equipment thats clever enough for your smart home

Fitness equipment that's clever enough for your smart home

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Use the related ClassPass app to find classes and to choose whether you want to watch them on your phone or tablet -- or on your TV. KettlebellConnect by JaxJox is a smart kettleb...

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Ecobee rumored to launch smart home camera

Ecobee rumored to launch smart home camera

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Google Home Hub 7" Smart Display for $87 + free shipping

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Aneken Smart Power Strip with 4 AC Outlets

Aneken Smart Power Strip with 4 AC Outlets

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Feel safer with these smart home security gadgets

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From doorbells to leak detectors and beyond, these smart gadgets will help you feel safer at home. There are tons of smart devices out there today, promising to make your home mor...

Smart home tech that can save you money

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Investing in a more connected home could repay you in the long run. Here are some of the best examples. Your smart home can do more than just make your daily routine more convenie...

Smart home tech that can save you time

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From doing the chores for you to keeping your hands free for other tasks, these smart home gadgets are our favorites when it comes to putting time back into your day. Convenience ...

The smart home security cameras of CES 2019

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cnet.com     3+ mon ago

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Pay your respects at the smart-home graveyard

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The smart home category has plenty of success stories like the Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat, but that doesn't mean all of our favorites made the cut. Plenty of smart home products tha...

Get a 4-pack of Wi-Fi smart outlets for $18

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Google Home Hub 7" Smart Display for $79 + $10 s&h

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Echo Dot, Home Mini, and Simplisafe: The best smart home Christmas gifts for 2018

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Amysen WiFi Smart Plug Compatible with Alexa 4 pack

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Bring the gym home with this smart fitness tech

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Luntak Smart Plug Works with Alexa Google Home IFTTT

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CNET Luntak Smart Plug Works with Alexa Google Home IFTTT Published: 18 minutes ago / Deal expires in 6 hours from now / Buy Now Find ...

Google Homes 2018 in review: Owning the smart home

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cnet.com     3+ mon ago

After spending a couple of years putting the pieces in place and catching up to Alexa, 2018 was the year Google unveiled its lofty smart-home ambitions. If you scroll down on Goog...

Hampton expands its Array line of smart home products

Hampton expands its Array line of smart home products

cnet.com     3+ mon ago

In addition to the connected door lock Hampton released last year, the company is gearing up to release several new smart home products in 2019. Hampton Products had a busy 2018 w...

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SZMDLX Wifi Smart Plug Compatible with Alexa Google Home

SZMDLX Wifi Smart Plug Compatible with Alexa Google Home

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Smart Plug, Gosund 16A Smart Outlet Works with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT

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The best of smart home at CES 2019 video

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Ecobee rumored to be launching a smart home camera

Ecobee rumored to be launching a smart home camera

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Echo Dot, Home Mini, and Philips Hue: The best smart home Christmas gifts for 2018

Echo Dot, Home Mini, and Philips Hue: The best smart home Christmas gifts for 2018

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Currant Smart Outlets

Currant Smart Outlets

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