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How to Play Skyrim: Very Special Edition With (or Without) an Amazon Echo

Oh Bethesda, you trolls, you. I say that lovingly, as the trailer the company showed off during its E3 press conference Sunday was a nod to its wildly successful Elder Scrolls franchise. The joke, if you didn’t get it, was that Bethesda has dumped Skyrim, the series’ most recent installment, onto nearly every modern…Read more… […]

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How to Automate Your Home With Your IFTTT-Supported Router

I love automation; I do. I just think it’s the most fun thing ever to walk into my house and have my smart lights immediately pull up some colorful scene—not to mention all the absurd configurations I can create that changes their colors and brightness when certain things happen, ranging from “I got a tweet” […]

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Use Your Smart Home Devices to Help You Work From Home

That pair of smart lights in your home, the customizable Flic button on your desk, your voice assistant of choice, and the smart outlet in your office all add up to create a smart home you can use before, during, and after your workday. Instead of just telling Alexa to turn on your bright white […]

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How to Set Up a Basic Smart Home Sound System

Our Homehackers video series is back to help you convert your typical casa into a super cool smart home. In this episode, we cover the basics of smart home stereos and talk about your best entry-level options for listening to music in any room at your place.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Control Unapproved Smart Home Gadgets with Apple’s HomeKit

Apple’s Home app makes it easy to control all your smart home tech right from your iPhone, but because this is Apple we’re dealing with, it also comes with some restrictions. The biggest drawback is that Home only works with a small subset of HomeKit-approved smart lights, switches, and other gadgets.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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There’s a Different Way to Get Smart Lights: Replace Your Switches, Not Your Bulbs

Smart homes have finally improved enough that having a home that responds to your every wish and command is almost within reach. The problem, is that unless you are a Hollywood movie star or the offspring of an oil baron, retooling your house to smarten it up is too expensive to do all once, which […]

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How Microsoft’s New Invoke Smart Speaker Stacks Up to the Competition

Better late than never, right? Microsoft is finally ready to compete in the smart speaker market after unveiling its Cortana-powered version of the Amazon Echo earlier this year. The Harman Kardon Invoke launched on Sunday with high-quality audio and a stylish design for $199.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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It’s Hard Not to Love the Google Home Mini

It’s almost unfair that most of the world met our voice-controlled future in the form of an Amazon Echo. Sure, the gadget works, but damn is it ugly. The Google Home was better but still sort of silly-looking. That’s why the sleek, minimalist Google Home Mini feels like a revelation. Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Security Showdown: Smart Locks vs. “Dumb” Locks

A proper lock is a crucial component to home security, keeping unwanted intruders from four-legged pests to would-be burglars at bay. And while we certainly can’t knock the classic deadbolt, some locks have a few more tricks up their sleeves than others. The new kid on the block, the smart lock, has enough cool…Read more… […]

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How to Stop Your Sonos From Collecting (As Much) Personal Data

Bad news, Sonos customers: to lay the groundwork for its upcoming voice assistant support, the company is asking users to agree to an updated privacy policy, one that includes both mandatory data collection rules and a mention about future device functionality. Should you disagree with said policy update, your…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Amazon’s Alexa Now Features Reminders and Multiple Timers

Amazon’s beefing up some basic features in Alexa, its voice-controlled assistant. Your favorite lady in a tube can now set reminders and multiple timers, each with a distinct name. Because if there’s anything better than an assistant, it’s an assistant that reminds you when things are done and how long they…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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