Category: Home automation

What is geofencing and how do smart thermostats use it?

Your smart thermostat can use your phone’s location to figure out if you’re home or not. What is geofencing? Imagine an invisible border surrounding your home. When you’re “inside” the border you’re considered to be “home”, so your thermostat makes things nice and comfy for you. When you’re outside that boundary, your thermostat lets the…
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An Echo for every room: Amazon announces a huge update to the Echo family

Amazon surprised us today with a huge update to the Echo family! The family is getting big – whether this is overwhelming fragmentation or marketing brilliance depends who you ask, but we are excited! Meet the (growing!) Echo family Echo 2nd generation – New! This is the new “default Echo”. It’s shorter and more compact…
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Review: Belkin WeMo Wi-Fi Enabled Insight Switch

Last updated 8/31/2015 There’s a newer version of the Belkin WeMo Click here to see the latest WeMo on Amazon.com Our Belkin WeMo Insight Switch rating: Belkin WeMo At a Glance The Belkin WeMo Insight Switch is a smart plug that gives you remote control over your plugged-in electronics, easy energy usage monitoring and scheduling via the app,…
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