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Is a Nest Thermostat Worth the Money?

Tony Fadell, the former Apple designer best known as one of the creative minds responsible for the iPod, burst onto the smart home scene with the Nest Thermostat.  A simple, sleek, round device made of aluminum and glass. The sales pitch for the Nest was: 1) A...

The Best Amazon Alexa Commands

In this article we provide a list of Amazon Alexa commands from around the internet, curated and tested to work by those of us here at Hometoys. A familiar situation: You are gifted a brand-new Amazon Echo.  You have heard from friends and family about all the...

The Best Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs

In this article we provide a list of Amazon Alexa commands from around the internet, curated and tested to work by those of us here at Hometoys. A familiar situation: You are gifted a brand-new Amazon Echo.  You have heard from friends and family about all the...

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The Best Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs

Amazon Alexa is a great virtual assistant that gives people access to a a huge amount of useful information and allows you to seamlessly control smart devices in your home.  As it turns out, Alexa also has a sense of humor. Users have discovered and shared many...

Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO 930 Vacuum Review

Today we are going to be looking closely at Ecovacs’ current top-of-the-line model in their OZMO line of robot vacuum cleaners.  Sporting a proprietary smart navigation system, adaptive floor sensing, and support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, do the extra...

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review: Everything You Need to Know

Released in October 2016 and 2018, Amazon’s duo of Fire TV Stick offerings set the bar for what is possible in a small form factor streaming device going into 2019.  In addition to a general spec bump over its older sibling, the newer third generation Amazon Fire TV...

How Does a Chromecast Work?

Way back in 2013, Google surprised consumers and technology enthusiasts alike by entering the already crowded media streaming device market with their own entry: the Chromecast.   Unlike the major competitors at the time, including the Apple TV, Roku 3, and...

Nex-Gen Advancement in Home Automation Future Scenario

Home Automation Market (By Application - Safety and Security - Video Surveillance (Hardware (Security Cameras, Monitors), Software, Services), Access Control (Biometric Access Control (Facial Recognition, Iris Recognition, Fingerprint Recognition), Non...

J.D. Power 2018 Study – Key Findings

Integration with internet-connected smart home technologies has become the new frontier for home security system operators according to the J.D. Power 2018 Home Security Satisfaction Study,SM that functionality is creating the opportunity to meet more needs and...

Ring Unveils Next Generation Neighbor Experience

Ring, whose mission is to reduce crime in neighborhoods, today announced an updated app experience, Smart Alerts, and other new features to further enhance home and neighborhood security. Protecting your home with Ring will be easier than ever with these new features...