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

You can use Alexa on your Amazon Echo to make calls without a mobile number or landline? Here's how.

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How to play music you own on an Amazon Echo

Play your own MP3 collection on an Amazon Echo or other Alexa devices using Plex or My Media.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. Whether you want a generalist automation kit or a security-savvy alarm system, these DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

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

A simple home security solution learns a few new tricks—and gets easier than ever to set up.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

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

It also improves the navigation and mopping function of its predecessor.

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Hive View Outdoor review: The Hive smart home system gets an outdoor camera

Hive users will welcome this solid performer, but its standard features may not be enough to wow the unconverted.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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

Kangaroo’s new sensor is an enticing entry-level choice given its no-tools, no-hub setupd and $30 price tag. But sensors on their own can't provide a complete picture of what’s happening in your home.

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Why your next smart bulb might have Bluetooth inside

While the Zigbee wireless standard has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to wireless smart bulb protocols, Bluetooth appears to be gaining momentum.

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

This bot brings the elbow grease many robot floor mops lack.

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

With app control plus Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, this robot vacuum packs a punch for the price.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

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Bose Home Speaker 300 review: A versatile smart speaker begging to be compared to the Sonos One

The newest (and smallest) addition to Bose’s smart speaker line sounds sweet, speaks both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and encourages the building out of a Bose-based multi-room audio system.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

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Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control review: Ecobee’s fifth-gen device is its best yet

Nest Who? Ecobee builds our top pick in smart thermostats.

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Airthings Wave Mini review: This is a great entry-level air quality monitor

The radon-detecting Wave's little brother is a great way to start checking for airborne irritants.

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