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What exactly is the ideal smart home?

There's no shortage of options when it comes to building a smart home that works for you. Here's the gear each CNET Smart Home editor would go with in their own home -- and the gadgets they're passing on.

By November 24, 2015


How to create custom Amazon Echo voice commands for Alexa

With a little help from IFTTT, you can program your own commands for Amazon Echo that'll have Alexa doing your bidding. Here's the step-by-step on how to do it.

By November 16, 2015


Souping up the CNET Smart Home garage

Bringing the CNET Smart Home's garage online and Internet-connected was fun, fast and shrewdly preps it for the future.

By October 15, 2015


3D-printed Maze hairbrush is a breeze to clean

Thousands of us throw our brushes away when they get clogged with hair and hair goop. A simple, 3D-printed solution out of Ohio State University plans to change that.

By September 3, 2015


How to change your keyboard in Windows 8

Add extra keyboards to your PC and you can quickly toggle between them.

By May 27, 2015


Apple Watch 'not designed for the long haul,' says iFixit

The Apple Watch received a score of 5 out of 10 for repairability, due to the impossibility of removing just about any component inside.

By April 24, 2015


A time machine for your kitchen? We take it for a test drive

The "Tim3 Machin3" makes one-pot meals a cinch -- no flux capacitor necessary.

By November 26, 2014


DIY security offers smarter peace of mind

The new generation of do-it-yourself systems is smarter, simpler, and more affordable than anything you've seen before.

By May 2, 2014


Get eM Client 6 Pro for $29.95

This excellent Microsoft Outlook alternative can be yours for $20 off the regular price.

By March 28, 2014


Is the push for Ultra HD 4K inhibiting picture quality improvements?

It's an easy sell: Four times the resolution of HD. The numbers are easy to understand, 2160p easily identifiable as more than 1080p. Every manufacturer is pushing their top-of-the-line 4K TVs as the next generation of superlative picture quality. But resolution is just one aspect of picture quality. Is it possible that by focusing so intently on this one, easily marketed, improvement, that other aspects are getting neglected, or worse, diminished? The short answer? Yep. Here's how.

By March 26, 2014