Don't-Miss Home Tech Stories


Why compatibility isn't just a computer problem anymore

When everything is connected with software and services, consumers can get boxed in by what works with what.

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iOS 9 may include a HomeKit hub called Home

The next version of iOS and an overhauled Apple TV could put HomeKit over the finish line.

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The Fitly SmartPlate may not be quite as dumb as other smart tableware

Using optical recognition and weight sensors, the Fitly SmartPlate promises to tell you exactly how much protein, carbs and fat you're eating in every meal. But will it really work?

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Ikea's newest furniture can charge your phone wirelessly

New desks, bedside tables, and lamps will feature Qi wireless charging capabilities.

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Pixie is a 'Location of Things' key-fob doohickey that helps you find all your things

Pop these bad boys on things you need to catalog, track and locate. You can then hunt for lost items with an augmented reality app.

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Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

SmartMat is the first intelligent yoga mat

Intimidated by going to a yoga studio? This mat can give you real-time feedback on your yoga practice at home.

Petcube is a cloud cam that's custom-made to confuse cats

With a laser pointer integrated into the camera body, you can mess with your cats with a simple swipe of your smartphone screen.


Bluetooth 4.2 supercharges smart homes, blocks privacy-bashing Beacons

Future Bluetooth devices could connect to the Internet through regular home routers, and require opt-in approval for privacy-invading Beacons.


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Bitdefender's BOX hardware protects your entire home network, not just your PC

Bitdefender BOX can replace or run alongside a home router to scan all network traffic for security threats

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Amazon teases Echo, a Bluetooth speaker and voice-activated assistant

The $200 device is a little like Siri for your whole house.