Apple Screen Time

Apple’s recent iOS12 release brought significant updates to the platform. The one I’m most interested is Screen Time. I was looking at an external parental control network device, for example Circle. iOS12 offers parental control, which seems to remove the need for an external device at least for iOS devices. Use In the past iOS parental controls were more atomized. […]

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Nest Hello Video Doorbell

When Nest first announced the Nest Hello last winter it piqued my interest. The Nest Hello is currently their only video doorbell product. At $229, is slightly less expensive than the $249 Ring Pro, so still not inexpensive. If it delivers on what it promises the Hello could be an added value to an existing external camera setup or replace […]

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Battery Fire

I always wondered about posts and videos reporting laptop and cell phone battery fires. I do not have to any longer. My husband has a Dell Inspiron 15 7000. He closed the lid on it Thursday night and left it on the couch. The laptop goes to sleep and everything is good. Friday morning the laptop started smoking. This is what […]

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Nest x Yale Lock Deadbolt

My husband has wanted a smart deadbolt since he saw one on This Old House a few years ago. I resisted that request till now. With other Nest devices in the house, I thought I try out the long-promised Nest x Yale Lock. Pricing for the smart deadbolt starts at $249, but it needs a Nest Connect or Nest Secure […]

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Insteon Now works with the Google Assistant

Insteon Now works with the Google Assistant

No need to create IFTTT applets to call Stringify flows anylonger. Insteon is now available in the Google Assistant Home Control Device list.     Insteon Now works with the Google Assistant We are happy to announce that today, Insteon-compatible lighting and electrical control devices (dimmers, switches, outlets, and thermostats) can now be controlled by the Google Assistant on voice-activated […]

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Insteon Home Solutions

Insteon Home Solutions

I have an older home. One thing about older houses is pull chain lights, many, many pull chains. Anyone who has walked around a basement in the dark or near dark fishing for a light pull chain can attest that it is a massive pain. After one stubbed toe too many, I turned to home automation as a lower cost […]

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Olloclip rolls out limited-edition Filmer’s Kit “curated essentials for mobile videography, photography and live streaming” kit

      If you are looking at complete mobile photographer kits Olloclip announced a limited-edition Filmer’s Kit for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. The kit case includes multiple lens sets, a Core Lens set and Active Lens set, and an articulating mobile video grip.   London, U.K. – July 17, 2017 — olloclip® today announces the Filmer’s Kit, a limited-edition collaboration […]

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