One of the most affordable ways to add a bit of brainpower to your lights and appliances is to smarten up the sockets you're plugging them into. We've already seen products like the Belkin WeMo Switch do exactly this, providing you with remote control over device power, along with a few other functions. I suppose it was only a matter of time before we saw this approach applied to the common household power strip.
One of the shortcomings of using a Pebble smartwatch with an iOS device previously, was the lack of full notification support. The only service that the watch truly supported was Messages. Other services required additional setup each and every single time the watch and iOS device were disconnected. It was anything but a great user experience.
With iOS 7 releasing new tools to developers, and with better support for Bluetooth devices and background apps, hopes were high that the Pebble team would be able to make the watch what many users so desperately wanted it to be.
Then, early in … Read more
If you've started building out a smart home, chances are you're already familiar with app and controller hub fatigue. If your smart lock, your connected LED bulbs, and your smart thermostat all come from different manufacturers, that means each has an app of some kind, and they likely don't talk with one another. Revolv Inc.'s Revolv Smart Home Solution wants to help.
As DIY security becomes more and more popular, we're seeing more and more options arrive on the market. The latest offerings come from Oplink Security: the $199.99 sensor-driven AlarmShield package, and the $349.99 TripleShield package, which adds a pair of wireless cameras for the surveillance-minded homeowner. With similar motion detectors, panic sirens, and contact sensors for doors and windows -- not to mention equivalent price levels for both the basic package and the camera-ready package -- Oplink seems ready to compete directly with iSmartAlarm.
The big difference between the two systems is that, unlike iSmartAlarm, Oplink charges … Read more
Perhaps the real reason Edvard Munch's subject is screaming is a shattered smartphone screen. Maybe Diego Velázquez's Rokeby Venus was just trying to capture a selfie. Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer just wanted to get a really fancy Instagram.
The appearance of modern technology in some of history's best-loved masterpieces allows us to interpret them in a very different way. A project called Art x Smart by Kim Dong-Kyu strips classic art pieces of something of their grandeur, allowing us, perhaps, to connect with the people they depict. … Read more
Philips seems to have its Hue smart light bulbs on an ever-expanding trajectory. The newest entrant: the BR30 Connected Downlight Lamp, available as either a standalone bulb for $59, or in a set of three for $199, which includes the Hue Bridge wireless hub.
Other than their bulb design, the smart home basics of these BR30 lights are similar to those of the original Hue Connected Bulb. Connect the Hue Bridge to your wireless network, and then use your smartphone or tablet to control the bulbs with the Philips Hue app. Programming options include an expansive range of colors, from … Read more
Can software make the Pebble smartwatch better?
The patriarch of this generation of smartwatches isn't getting a face-lift before the end of this year. The black-and-white nontouch display and bare-bones geek charm of the original Pebble will remain. Instead, Pebble will get a bevy of software and app updates, along with a brand-new SDK that promises the types of apps we'd hoped would be on the Pebble when it was first announced.
iPhone owners finally get notifications galore The first big news is for iOS. The Pebble is getting a software update today for iOS 7 that finally … Read more
At a suggested retail price of $69.99, the Lumen definitely doesn't come cheap, although it does cost $20 less than what you'll pay if you … Read more
Secure Behavior: ESET NOD32 AV will verify to see that your Windows machine is up to date. In addition, it performs an initial full scan to cache and save information about your files in order to reduce redundant scans and speed up scan times in the future. "AV-Comparatives" also displayed strong scores -- including a 98.8 percent detection rate -- for ESET in its Sep. 2013 report.
Stable Design: NOD32 intuitively orders its core features by importance and usability, while still retaining secondary features like real-time monitoring and statistics tucked under Tools for power users. The … Read more
In my review of the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt, I focused on the lock's smart features. It senses when your phone is near. You open it just by touching it. It can tell if you're inside or if you're outside. The thing is just cool, and everything about it works brilliantly. Even with that $219 price tag, I was all set to buy one for myself.
Of course, the Kevo is really two products in one. On the outside, you've got UniKey's Kevo technology: a Bluetooth-powered, touch-friendly smart casing for a lock. On the inside, … Read more