It’s Monday. Amazon Prime day is coming. So are Walmart and Target’s deal days. And you might be planning to buy smart home gadgets while the deals are good. But if you’re just getting into smart home tech, you might have heard that a “proper smart home” needs a smart hub. You might be worried you need to buy one.
Well, I’m here to tell you that’s wrong. Totally wrong. A “proper” smart home CAN have a smart hub at the center, but it doesn’t NEED one. It’s my personal belief that you don’t need a “central smart hub” to be the brains of your smart home at all. You can have an advanced smart home filled with voice commands, automations, just with Wi-Fi gadgets and Alexa, Google Assistant, or Homekit at the center. Don’t believe me? Head on to our top story, and I’ll make my case. Get comfy, though; I have a LOT to say on the subject.
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Technically speaking, there’s no wrong way to set up a smart home. But some smart home advocates insist that “proper smart homes need a hub.” I disagree entirely. Your smart home doesn’t need a hub. In fact, you’re better off without one. Read More »
If you’re in the market for a new TV and want a lot of bang for your buck, it’s hard to beat one with Fire TV built-in. Amazon’s TV OS is powerful and robust, offering access to all of your favorite streaming services and other apps. Just be aware that most TVs with Fire OS are mostly budget-focused. Read More »
Apple is kicking off its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on July 7th at 10AM PT (1PM ET). We expect Apple to announce the latest versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS at this livestreamed keynote, plus some info on new services like Apple Music lossless streaming. Read More »
A new study published in Science suggests that most sharks and shark species died off in a mass extinction event 19 million years ago. It may have been the most devastating extinction event in sharks’ 450 million-year history, but scientists can’t explain what went wrong. Read More »
A durable clear case that supports MagSafe and won’t yellow? Speck just brought its popular Presidio Perfect-Clear case into the world of MagSafe, providing drop protection and a crystal-clear finish for your iPhone 12. Read More »
Looking for an inexpensive webcam that shoots 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second? This one from NexiGo does just that, and it easily plugs into your computer via USB. It boasts a 2MP CMOS sensor and even has a built-in microphone so it can capture picture and audio with ease. It automatically adjusts colors for true-to-life capture, and it has a 120-degree field of view, so you’ll be able to fit multiple people into the frame with ease- making it ideal for family video calls. The webcam is compatible with all major operating systems, too.
Anyone who’s ever played Settlers of Catan knows how tricky it is to remember to collect all of your resources each turn. That’s probably why this guy built a custom board that automatically rolls and highlights the resources owed each turn. Read More »
Melon enthusiasts have spent decades tracing the origins of the common watermelon, a popular fruit that has impacted cultures across the globe for thousands of years. And now, DNA testing has revealed its oldest ancestor, the Sudanese Kordofan melon. Read More »
Fiat plans to go all-electric within the next decade, starting by transitioning several vehicles to electric-only in 2025. And while the Italian brand already offers several electric vehicles, this radical change for the company will increase more as we approach the year 2030. Read More »
In humanity’s grand tradition of sending stuff to space and seeing what happens, NASA will launch tardigrades (aka water bears) and baby bobtail squid into space to study them. The effects could impact future astronaut space survival. Read More »
Last year, Savant purchased the C By Ge smart home division and announce a new name—Cync. And alongside new cameras, plugs, and smart switches the company promised an app makeover. The new Cync app is here, and it’s inspired by Savant’s well-known designs. Read More »
Almost two years ago, the Trump administration issued an executive order banning Chinese telecommunications companies from doing business in the U.S., which ultimately included Huawei and its smartphone business. Now a new administration is in place—and it’s expanding that ban. Read More »
We’re only halfway through 2021, yet a disturbing trend is emerging among the nerds and gamers in our society. They’re willing to do anything for collectibles—even pull a gun in a Target parking lot for Pokémon cards. But something even more bone-chilling happened on June 4th … a McNugget shaped like an Among Us character sold for $99,997 on eBay ($100,001 with shipping). Read More »
Taito just revealed a desktop replica of the Egret II Mini, its sit-down arcade machine originally released in the 90s. Not only is it small and adorable, its screen actually pops out and rotates between a horizontal and vertical position. Read More »
With high dynamic range (HDR) now coming as standard on most new TVs, you might have heard the term “peak brightness” used to describe display performance or image quality. So what is peak brightness, how is it measured, and what does it tell you? Read More »
On January 14, 1984, Apple released the first version of its Macintosh operating system, System 1.0. Despite being almost four decades old, many of its features resemble today’s macOS. We’ll take you on a brief tour of this historic OS. Read More »
This week, Netflix gives viewers vampires, a docuseries about fried food, and the second part of a popular series about a thief. Of course, this week’s offerings don’t match the volume of last week’s beginning-of-the-month drop, but it makes up for it in quality. Read More »