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Your Smart Home just got more secure with Alexa Guard

"Alexa, I'm leaving." "OK -- I'll be on guard." That's the gist of Alexa Guard, a new feature from Amazon that lets your Echo devices keep an ear out for trouble when you're away from home. If Alexa hears something after…
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12 home Automation Tips for the Holidays

While Thanksgiving is put to bed for another year, the holiday season proper is only just getting started. What better than the best home automation tips for gifts and holiday decorating? The run-up to Christmas is the ideal time to invite…
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7 Things Every Homeowner Needs in a Smart Home Today

Manufacturers of do-it-yourself “smart” devices often claim that having a smart home is as simple connecting a few gadgets like light bulbs and electronic door locks. But as any custom install pro will tell you, smart homes aren’t…
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How to be a Smart Airbnb Host

Being an Airbnb host can be simply great fun and rewarding, or leave you in disgust with a 'never again' feeling. Very few hosts will feel worry-free without having at least some insight into their guests' stay. As a host, one thing you…
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Essential Health Apps Every Senior Should Have

    Seniors have found that, with the right repertoire of apps, smartphones and tablets can promote major lifestyle improvements. Smartphone and tablet apps allow seniors to: Keep their minds active and…
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Want your home to be Lighting Smart

Smart lighting control is not a new thing. It’s been around since the dawn of home automation. It may be one of the oldest options, but it’s still one of the most important—and the one that may be the most difficult to live without. 1.…