My Tips For Setting Up Philips Hue Lights

Did you get a new Philips Hue smart lighting kit for Christmas? I bet you’re not alone–I feel like I’ve seen tons of people getting into it recently. If this is your first foray into smart lighting, you might be trying to figure out how to set up your new Hue lights, so I decided to write down a few things I’ve learned in the time I’ve been using mine. Read on for tips on naming your lights, setting up automation, and more!

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The Google Home Mini: Putting The Google Assistant In Reach

Google announced a product last week that a lot of us have been waiting for. It’s called the Google Home Mini, and it’s a miniaturized version of the Google Home smart speaker. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and costs only $50. This might be the product that really brings Google into the (smart) home.

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This Week In Smart Home Tech: September 4, 2017

Welcome to the weekly smart home news update! This week started off slow but got exciting quickly. We’ve got a new Nest thermostat, a weird new partnership between Alexa and Cortana, and some upcoming functionality for Philips Hue that sounds pretty cool. Read on for more!

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The Smart Home Starter Kit

If you’re interested in jumping into the world of smart home technology, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out where to start and what to buy first. To help with that, I’ve come up with a short list of trusted product recommendations to bring your home into the 21st century. Welcome to the Smart Home Starter Kit!

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The Logitech Harmony Hub: A Smart Home TV Remote

If there’s one technology that needs to either die or radically change, it’s the TV remote. Have you ever stopped to think about how much of a usability nightmare the average remote control is? They have a million buttons–most of which you never use–and each one is laid out differently. If you lose the remote or it stops working, you lose access to the vast majority of your TV’s functionality.

It’s even worse if you have a full home entertainment system with a TV, speakers, and more. You’re forced to perform an elaborate sequence of operations to ensure everything is turned on in the right order and configured to the right input settings for whatever you are trying to watch. It’s crazy that we all just accept this as a fact of life. What other tech product do we use in 2017 that requires this much concentration to use on a daily basis?

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Amazon Vs. Google: Which Voice Assistant System Should You Invest In?

If you’re ready to get in on the home voice assistant craze, you are immediately faced with a difficult decision: which assistant should you sign your life away to? Every manufacturer wants to sell you an entire ecosystem of products that are designed to work together, so you have to commit to a single system to reap the full benefits. But how do you make that choice?

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