privacy
Sleep Number Denies Recording Users in Their Beds, Calls Creepy Privacy Policy ‘an Error’

The bed is an intimate place—so it makes sense that social media freaked out recently over a creepy clause in the privacy policy of mattress maker Sleep Number. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Can Do Some New Stuff, I Guess

‘Tis the season and Google is feeling generous. Today it rolled out a bunch of new Google Assistant features, including improvements nifty to-do list functionality and a new feature that encourages you to be polite to your inanimate, question-answering bot. Read More >>

security
Smart Home Security Camera Sends Footage to Wrong Person, Is Maybe Not So Smart After All

Internet-connected devices are known for having their fair share of security issues — especially when it comes to cameras. But here’s a new one: the BBC reported this week that a smart home security camera started sending video clips to the wrong person. Read More >>

privacy
Your Smart Home Is Spying on You. Here’s How to Spy Back.

After Gizmodo’s investigation into the data smart homes expose about our lives, many of you asked how you could monitor the digital emissions from your own homes. Well, you’re in luck. Read More >>

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Amazon and Google Are Back to Feuding, This Time Over Smart Homes and Nest

E-retail giant Amazon has declined to feature any future products from Google’s line of smart home products, Nest, and as a result, Nest won’t be restocking those items currently listed on the site once they sell out. Read More >>

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Watch the Complicated Smart Home of the 1980s in Action

Have you ever fantasised about having a house completely and totally managed from the comfort of your desk chair? Or are you just too lazy to bother flipping switches, but inexplicably willing to devote hours and hours to figuring out a computer program that does it for you? Today’s smart home tech makes all of this very easy, but complicated devices from decades past could help you achieve similar results. Read More >>

crime
Google Home Breaks Up Domestic Dispute By Calling the Police

We’re gradually learning that smart home devices can be quite valuable for police. Following a recent case in which Amazon handed over data from its Echo device to police investigating a murder, a Google Home called the police when a couple was allegedly involved in a violent domestic dispute. Read More >>

gadgets
This Silly Button From Logitech Made My Smart Home Fun Again

I have issues with smart home technology. The promise of a Jetsons-style, automated living environment has never been closer, but the experience basically sucks right now. After spending a few weeks with a programmable button by Logitech, however, I feel suddenly hopeful. Read More >>

gadgets
O2 Wants to Sell You Smart Home Devices on a Contract

Gadgets can be pretty pricey if you want the latest and best stuff, but fortunately we have contracts for smartphones and tablets that help spread out the cost. Now O2 wants to do the same thing with smart home tech. Read More >>

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Nest Thermostats Are Having Battery Problems and There’s No Fix Yet 

If you own a Nest smart thermostat, you may be experiencing problems with the battery. Big problems with the battery. As in, the battery keeps draining and leaving you in the literal freezing cold. Read More >>

gadgets
Savant Takes a Simple but Elegant Approach to Home Automation

Unless you’re super rich, you’ve probably never heard of Savant. The home automation company brags about catering to “the one per cent of the one per cent”. But now that the internet of things is all the rage, Savant is offering a slick smart home system for the everyman. Read More >>

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Ikea’s Building a Super Cheap and Versatile Smart Home System

Smart lighting systems like Philips Hue are futuristic and awesome and, typically, expensive. But Ikea wants to offer this type of technology to the masses. The Swedish flatpack furniture empire is developing an entire smart home system, and it looks futuristic and, you guessed it, cheap. Read More >>

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Funny Ad Shows How Dumb Futuristic Smart Homes Can Be

A smart home is supposed to make your life easier. Doors open when you’re near, lights turn on when you walk by, TVs rise up on command and everything can be powered by a phone. This goofy ad by Dutch insurance company Central Beheer pokes fun of the convenience of smart homes by showing how it makes things stupid easy for robbers too. Read More >>

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The New littleBits Smart Home Kit Makes it Easy to Hack Your House

The smart home market has exploded in the past year. This fairly futuristic development means that you can pretty easily program your house to do your bidding, but you're also somewhat restricted by which hub and standard you buy. Read More >>