Now part of Amazon, Eero reaffirms commitment to customer privacy


  Eero wants you to know it still cares about your privacy, regardless of who owns it. Amazon’s acquisition of the five-year-old startup, which makes home Wi-Fi hardware, is complete, Eero CEO and co-founder Nick Weaver said Tuesday in a blog post. In the post, Weaver wrote extensively about Eero’s promise to maintain customer privacy and […]

Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Half-priced Echo Dot, $99 Google Home Hub and more


November is a time of tradition: colder weather, football, turkey feasts with friends and family — and, of course, scouring the web for the best Black Friday deals. And, sure enough, here you are! Presuming it’s deals on smart home gadgets that you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. They’ve been some of the […]


Apple just turned your ancient AirPort Express router into an AirPlay 2 wireless speaker dongle


You’ve got to hand it to Apple. Even though the company hasn’t updated its AirPort Express router since 2012, and even though it discontinued the entire AirPort line earlier this year, Apple isn’t just letting its Wi-Fi router become a doorstop. Today, Apple imbued the AirPort with a brand-new power, one that could keep it […]


Does Amazon have new Alexa hardware on the way?


Last September, Amazon unveiled its second-gen Echo smart speaker along with a gaggle of other new Alexa gadgets, including the Echo Spot touchscreen alarm clock and Echo Plus smart home hub. The September before that saw the arrival of the second-gen Echo Dot. With another September nearly upon us, are we in for an Alexa three-peat? […]


Google Assistant can lock down your home with Nest Secure integration


Google Assistant is upping its security credentials. Starting today, you can use Google’s digital helper to control your Nest Secure system. Even better, you can talk to your Google Assistant through the Nest Guard that acts as the system’s centerpiece. You’ll be able to arm your system with a voice command. You can also talk […]


Free Kangaroo motion sensor when you buy one for $29.99


Home security comes in all shapes and sizes: traditional alarm systems, smart DIY kits, ‘Beware of dog‘ signs (regardless of veracity) and so on. Many of them are complex, expensive and/or difficult to install. Let’s hear it for simple, inexpensive solutions: For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get two Kangaroo Motion Sensors for $29.99 […]


The best smart thermostats out there today


Smart thermostats do more than automate a fixed heating and cooling schedule. These app-enabled devices make it possible to adjust your thermostat whether you’re on the couch, on vacation or at the grocery store — anywhere your phone is connected to a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. Many of them also work with Alexa, Google […]


4 features we want to see in an Amazon Alexa microwave


Word on the internet is that Amazon has cooked up an Alexa-powered microwave. CNBC reported Monday that Amazon will sell this small appliance (along with at least seven more devices) by the end of the year. Digest rumors with a healthy amount of side eye — there’s a chance that we’ll never see an Alexa […]

Black Friday 2018 Amazon deals now available: Fire TV, Recast DVR, Fire tablets, Blink cameras and more


Thinking about buying an Amazon Echo, Fire tablet, Fire TV, Kindle or pretty much any other device Amazon makes? You were smart to wait until now, because the company’s Black Friday deals just got started — and more are coming soon. Deals available now Here’s what you can get immediately, including the new Fire TV […]


Hackers force smart TVs, Chromecasts to promote PewDiePie


    More than 5,500 exposed smart TVs, Chromecast streamers and Google Home devices have been commandeered in the name of YouTube mega-star PewDiePie.   Hacker Giraffe, the same pseudonymous person who forced thousands of exposed printers last year to churn out pages saying ‘Subscribe to PewDiePie,’ has his set sight on smart devices to […]