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  1. smart cottage
    This Smart Summer Cottage Has No Running WaterIn some ways, the spirit of hacking together a homemade IoT setup is remarkably similar to the spirit of surviving in the woods.
  2. home smart home
    Inside the Decades-Long Fight to Protect Your Children’s Data From AdvertisersWhat’s stopping internet companies from using everything they can to target kids? Surprisingly little.
  3. home smart home
    Google Can’t Understand Me Unless I Speak Spanish in an American AccentJust as train conductors are taught to pronounce local destinations, voice assistants have a responsibility to understand a variety of accents.
  4. home smart home
    How Smart Lights Can Help You Sleep Better and Wake Up EasierMy smart lights got me to stop snoozing, helped my toddler stay asleep, and made my home feel safer.
  5. home smart home
    The Case for Setting Your GPS to Your Own VoiceIn their ability to predict and react to our needs, voice assistants are fundamentally extensions of ourselves. Should they also sound like us?
  6. home smart home
    My Smart TV Made Entertainment a ChoreOur smart TV seemed to amplify a sense of urgency. The simple, daily question, “What should we watch?” suddenly had stakes.
  7. our data; ourselves
    Smart-Home Robots Are Using Their Cuteness to Spy on You BetterIf self-driving cars need a good sense of physics, social robots need the tools of a confidence artist.
  8. Should You Spy on Your House With a Smart-Home Camera?We never thought we would need a camera in our home — our cat would be fine without us — but found the Yi Dome to be surprisingly comforting.
  9. Smart Homes Will Pollute the World, and Then We’ll DieAll the gadgets I love are falling apart and going to waste. And there’s no way to fix them.
  10. trust me i should know
    What I Tell People Who Ask Me What Smart Thermostat to BuyIt depends, of course. These are my seven favorites.
  11. smart homes in film
    Review: Netflix’s Tau Is Not a Good Movie, But It Takes Place in a Nice HouseThere are a few moments when the horror gives way to almost hominess — when it’s a little less Saw and a little more Better Homes and Gardens.
  12. Can Tech Help You Sleep Better?Plug in, drift off. The world of hyperconnected sleep monitors claims to make you snooze smarter. But most of the solutions don’t address the problem.
  13. intimate business
    The Messy Future of Connected BathroomsDo we really want tech everywhere with us? Even when we’re nude? Even when we’re taking a poo?
  14. The Complete, No-Nonsense Guide to Smart LightingI just wanted to control the lights with my voice. Why is that so hard?
  15. The Case for Buying a Doggy Spy Cam (If You Really Need One)The Amazon Cloud Cam is not strictly geared toward dog-based spying. It is just one of the many cute new options in home surveillance.
  16. amazon prime day
    9 Amazon Alexa Products for Lazy Entertainment LoversGreat gadgets for Prime Day.
  17. prime day 2018
    This 60-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Is the Best Prime Day DealPrime customers will save more than $500. You won’t find a better deal on a better TV.
  18. prime day 2018
    This 60-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Is the Best Prime Day DealPrime customers will save more than $500. You won’t find a better deal on a better TV.
  19. amazon prime day
    Roku Just Gave You Another Reason to Buy a TV on Prime DayThey’re releasing wireless speakers that will tidy up your life
  20. A Simple Guide to Navigating Prime Day Smart-Home SalesA whole bunch of Echo models are on sale today.
  21. I’m Buying This $9 Speaker Because I Know It’ll Get Wrecked at the BeachIt’s on sale for more than half off today.
  22. Everything You Need to Build a Budget-Friendly Smart HomeAutomating your home can cost thousands of dollars. These budget picks can help you build one that’s “good enough.”
  23. Amazon’s Alexa Is Your Next Hotel ConciergeFinally, you can get extra toilet paper by just screaming at your hotel room.
  24. How Smart Homes Make Living With ALS EasierTechnology has helped Josh Gentry maintain a level of independence that’s unusual for people who have lived with ALS as long as he has.
  25. I Tried to Build My Own DJ Roomba and It Nearly Broke MeParks and Rec fans be warned: Tom Haverford made it look easy.
  26. ‘Our House Is Having a Nervous Breakdown!’: A Survey of Smart Homes in FilmIt can be thought-provoking and enlightening to examine how that technology is portrayed in works of fiction. It can also be silly and weird.
  27. Should You Get a Robot Vacuum?A guide to Roombas and the not-quite cleaning revolution.
  28. What Does Smart-Home Tech Look Like in New York City?Trying to figure out what smart-home tech looks like in a very expensive, very weird housing market.
  29. Making My Baby a Smart Baby Was a MistakeWearable smart baby sensors promise parents peace of mind, but for the cost and functionality they deliver, parents should feel more like preyed upon.
  30. Meet the Home-Automation ObsessivesMost people have fewer than 15 devices in their homes. These people have hundreds.
  31. our data; ourselves
    Does Alexa Know I’m Gay?Why does Amazon keep suggesting I buy gardening products and granola?
  32. Google Assistant Is Going to Help You Never Talk to Anyone Ever AgainThe new Duplex AI can process complex speech patterns and make phone calls for users, the company says.
  33. John Legend Will Now Voice Google AssistantImagine asking your Google Home to sing you “Happy Birthday” and having John Legend croon it back to you.
  34. How Should We Talk to Alexa Around Our Kid?Two new parents try to figure out whether it’s okay to yell at Alexa in front of their child.
  35. 3 Smart-Home Obsessives Talk About Their Unbelievably Teched-Out Homes“Most people are just trying to turn on kitchen lights from their iPad. Yawn.”
  36. Amazon Now Offering Home Security Starter PacksFor less than $1,000, Amazon will set up a security system for you.
  37. I Had to Teach My Alexa That Eggplants Were FruitEgg-plant, egg-plahnt. Let’s call the whole thing off.
  38. make me smarter
    Are Smart-Home Products Actually a Good Investment?A veteran real-estate agent explains whether smart-home tech can boost your home’s value.
  39. I Was a Human SiriWho are virtual assistants for, and how do we relate to them?
  40. Amazon Debuts Echo Dot Kids Edition and Parental ControlsYour favorite always-on recording device just got an update meant for your children.
  41. Amazon Will Deliver Packages to Trunk of Your CarJeff Bezos wants to put it in your trunk.
  42. Tech Companies Want to Get in on the Ground Floor of Smart-Home ConstructionWhy sell someone a smart speaker when you can get them to buy a house with your smart speakers embedded in the walls?
  43. Report: Amazon Is Making a Robot to Follow You Around the HouseAlexa … with wheels.
  44. make me smarter
    How Does Siri Actually Know What I’m Saying?A simple guide to how voice assistants process speech, and how they know you’re talking to them.
  45. Gimlet’s New Show Is About the Human Side of AIKristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat star in a new fiction podcast that explores the humor and terror of voice assistants.
  46. podcast review
    Sandra Is a Tech Thriller for the Age of Siri and AlexaBut as a podcast, it’s jarringly incomplete.
  47. Should You Hire a Pro to Smarten Your Home?Please don’t electrocute yourself. It’s so much easier than you’re making it. There are people trained to do these things.
  48. trust me i should know
    The Smart Appliances That Actually Make My Kitchen BetterFrom voice-activated trash cans to Alexa-enabled coffee makers.
  49. Why Do My Exes Hate My Echo So Much?All of my exes hated how I talked to my Echo Dot. An investigation into why.
  50. privacy
    A Paranoid Guide to Smart-Speaker PrivacyThe demon boxes cater to your every need! How much should you trust them?
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