How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

If you have an Amazon Echo in your home you already know how useful it can be. Whether you want to play music, turn on your lights, or just check the weather, Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart speakers can pretty much do it all. And that includes making calls. That’s right, you …

Abode Iota review: Abode streamlines its security hub by integrating a camera

Abode has an all new version of its simple home security system called Abode Iota. Iota takes the Abode security hub and teaches it some new tricks, thanks to an integrated motion sensor and camera, in addition to a built-in siren. I’ll give Abode some deserved credit here: It has …

Roborock S6 review: This premium robot vac/mop combo features Increased suction, carpet recognition, and more

I wasn’t familiar with Roborock when I reviewed its S5 robot vacuum/mop last year, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it performed on par with my favorite big-name-brand models. I was even more excited to see the Roborock S6 take all that I loved about that model and add …

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals

For Amazon Prime Day 2019, the number of deals have increased dramatically. Amazon’s competition has grown, too—but still, this annual summer sale has a long way to go before it rivals Black Friday. Still, during our hours of poring over deals, we found respectable deals in multiple categories—you’ll find everything …

Kangaroo Motion + Entry Sensor review: This motion-sensing entry detector needs more tricks up its sleeves

It’s one thing to snap up a cheap Bluetooth speaker or a bargain-basement set of earbuds, but skimping on a home security system rarely makes for a good deal, and the Kangaroo Motion + Entry Sensor is a case in point. Kangaroo’s new sensor (we’ve previously reviewed its motion-only sensor) …

iLife Shinebot W400 review: this robot mop is a diligent scrubber

The iLife Shinebot W400 is a welcome departure from the typical robotic floor mop. Many of its competitors can be more accurately described as robotic floor wipers, because they don’t achieve the same results you’d get with the exertion of doing the job yourself with a stick mop. This floor-washing …

Why your next smart bulb might have Bluetooth inside

Bluetooth might not be the first wireless technology that springs to mind when it comes to taking charge of your smart bulbs, but that might be about to change. While the Zigbee wireless standard has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to wireless smart bulb protocols, Bluetooth appears to …

Ember Ceramic Mug and Ember Travel Mug reviews: Smart at home, less so on the road

I have a lot of smart things in my home: lights, plugs, thermostats, locks, and, of course, phones. But the smartest of them all might be the Ember Ceramic Mug. All of those other devices require some level of direction to work. I need to answer the doorbell. I have …

Ecovacs Deebot 500 review: This budget-priced household helper is a solid choice

Budget-priced robot vacuums with advanced features like app control and smart-home compatibility aren’t the rarity they used to be. In fact, the Deebot 500 is the second Ecovacs model to fit that description that we’ve reviewed recently. Though it doesn’t really add anything to the Deebot 601’s offerings, it cleans …