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How to Keep Your Amazon Echo From Sending Your Conversations to Your Contacts

The Internet was abuzz yesterday following a report that a Portland, Oregon family’s Amazon Echo allegedly recorded a “private conversation” and sent it to a “random stranger.” That sounds a lot more sinister than what actually happened and, thankfully, there’s a trick you can do to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. Read more… Continue […]

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This Outdoor Smart Plug Lets You Control Your String Lights With Your Voice

WeMo-style smart outlet switches have long been the atomic unit of the smart home. A gateway drug that people buy to control their Christmas Tree lights before going whole hog and dropping an entire paycheck on Hue bulbs. But for as long as they’ve existed, nothing about them has really changed, so it’s refreshing to…Read […]

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Enjoy Every Shade of White With These Discounted Hue Bulbs

While it can’t display the full RGB spectrum like Hue’s flagship bulbs, this White Ambiance model only costs half as much today, and can display any temperature of white, from pure daylight to a dim, warm, Edison-style glow. Not only does that look cool, it can actually boost your productivity, and help you get to…Read […]

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Save $70 On Amazon’s Touchscreen-Equipped Echo Show

If you missed the one-day Echo sales last week, Amazon’s once again taking $70 off the Echo Show today, bringing it back to within $10 of an all-time low. You can read Gizmodo’s review if you want to learn more, but it turns out Alexa would have benefitted from a visual component all alongRead more… […]

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Add Smartphone and Voice Control To a Light Switch For $25

You’ve seen smart bulbs and smart outlet switches, but what if neither of those work well for a particular lighting fixture in your house? Well, with $25 and a little wiring, you can replace any light switch with this smart one from Anker. It’s just a regular light switch, except you can control it with […]

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Control Your Outdoor String Lights With These Inexpensive Remote Outlets

These weather-resistant remote outlet switches rely on an RF remote instead of Wi-Fi, so you can’t control them with your phone or Alexa. But at just $26 for a two-pack (each of which has two outlets), it might be all you need to control, say, outdoor string lights, fans, or heaters. Just use promo code […]

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Don’t Need Colors? The Philips Hue White Starter Kit Is Just $45, While Supplies Last.

If you like the idea of Philips Hue’s automation features, but don’t particularly care about exotic and colorful lighting concepts, you can pick up the Hue White starter kit for $45 today, the best price we’ve ever seen. That gets you two soft white bulbs and a Bridge that lets you control them from your […]

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Put Vacuuming On Autopilot With This Discounted Shark Robot, Today Only

Shark already makes our readers’ favorite affordable vacuum, and now they make robotic vacuums too. The Shark ION ROBOT 750 features smart pathfinding, a self-cleaning brush roll, Wi-Fi, and even Alexa support, so you can order your floors cleaned with your voice as you leave the house.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This $25 Smart Plug Is Weatherproof, and Even Has Two Outlets

Despite the proliferation of affordable smart outlet switches over the past couple of years, we haven’t seen many weatherproof options yet, and we’ve seen even fewer models with multiple outlets that can be controlled separately. This $25 option from iClever though has both of those features, and can be controlled…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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