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Products featuring smart assistants continued to sell at a blistering pace in 2018, further cementing their roles in our everyday lives and all but guaranteeing a future where interacting with a hyper-intelligent digital ghost is the norm. But, despite this continued surge in ownership, smart assistants remain an unknown quantity for many—What are they? What can they do? How do I get one? To help...
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Remember when Google was associated only with how you navigated the Web? It wasn’t too long ago that the software giant decided to enter the hardware game, catching the attention of nearly everyone. When the king of search makes a move, heads turn. Google’s hardware release was modest for a company of its size, releasing a slow drip of Internet-connected devices over the past few years. While...
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Security surveillance for the home seems ubiquitous in 2018. It’s par for the course for many homeowners. With the steady influx of consumer-grade security cameras, video doorbells, and alarm systems, there certainly won’t be a shortage of devices designed for securing your home in the foreseeable future. Much like surveillance for the home, home automation continues to grow by leaps and bounds....
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With the end of 2018 fast approaching, the holiday season is right around the corner. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about making your home smarter, but never got around to it. Have no worries—this is the perfect time to jump into smart home automation. With holiday lights, visiting guests, parties, and all the festivities that come during this time of year, your smart devices will be put through...
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Even by its own lofty standards, the Bose® Home Speaker™ 500 is fantastic. The setup, soundstage, and digital assistant support rank as high or higher than the other leading smart speakers. Combine that with stunning looks and arguably the most user-friendly app on the market, and it’s fair to judge...
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More than in most other applications, surveillance video devices need to be specially suited to their environment. Unlike a camera used for other purposes, surveillance gear rarely allows you to make changes to the environment you’re recording, so it must be able to work in the conditions in which it’s installed. Most installations won’t allow you to add or remove light sources to accommodate the...
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Why watch TV in 4K when you could quadruple that? The new Samsung Q900 series features 8K UHD resolution (7680 x 4320), which doubles both the horizontal and vertical lines of resolution of 4K UHD TVs, quadrupling the overall number of pixels. Of course, not all content has even...
by Cris Silvestri and John Craig
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We are so past baby monitors these days. There used to be a time when a good baby monitor with two-way audio (what was the baby going to do, we wondered—tell us why they're gassy at 2:00 in the morning?) was expensive, difficult to set up, and easily interfered with. These days, with advances made in home surveillance, you can probably hook yourself up with an indoor security camera and just as...
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Home security systems are increasingly popular and sales are skyrocketing for home surveillance and theft prevention systems. Along with the advent of popular home automation digital assistants like...
by Richard L Stevens
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Don’t take the gazebo down just yet. Summer, or some version of it, is still in full swing—and thus, so is your ability to enjoy it. Every year around this time, my family and I prepare for an annual summer tradition of our own: our backyard movie party. Summer must end at some point, but before it does, we break out the A/V gear, fire up the grill, and send it out with a bang. This type of party...
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We here at B&H are excited to announce the revolutionary next step in digital assistant design: the Lenovo Smart Display. Combining the near-limitless knowledge base and functionality of Google Assistant with a Full HD screen (for the 10"; 720p on the 8") and 10W full-range speaker...
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Smart plugs are great little gadgets, aren't they? The ability to control a plugged-in device from anywhere offers tremendous flexibility and convenience. So how, then, do you improve upon the standard one-outlet smart plug? TP-Link has found a way to do just that with the HS107—a new Wi-Fi smart plug that is...
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CE Week 2018 took place at the Jacob Javits Center. As in years past, manufacturers and startup consumer electronics companies from all over converged to show off their wares and expand their professional networks. We spent a few hours walking the aisles, checking out the cool new gear, and here are a few notable standouts. SiliconDust HD Homerun Prime 6 If you're tired of exorbitant cable fees...
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Expand your Sonos, Amazon Alexa, and Siri ecosystems while enhancing your home theater experience, with the Sonos Beam soundbar. It's available in either black or white and connects to...
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With the release of its Noise-Masking Sleepbuds, Bose® has applied its audio know-how to help a problem from which millions of people suffer—getting a good night's sleep. Many have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or are unknowingly disturbed while asleep, all of which can...
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