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Google Wi-Fi now in Canada – My review

By Erin L / April 28, 2017 / Comments Off on Google Wi-Fi now in Canada – My review

Google Wi-Fi has just launched in Canada. What can it do for your home, why might you need it and how easy is it to build a new Wi-Fi network? For starters you can control your kids Wi-Fi access and timing all right from your smartphone, plus you can set priority internet access for parents. There’s a bunch more cool features too.

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Thermomix kitchen robot can replace all your small appliances

By Erin L / April 21, 2017 / 4 Comments

If I said one device could replace nearly every kitchen appliance you own, you’d probably think I was starting a late-night infomercial. But an appliance I’ve discovered may actually be able to deliver on that promise. It’s called a Thermomix, and though it’s very popular in Australia and Europe, it’s virtually unknown in Canada and the US.

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Fugoo Style Bluetooth speaker review: wireless audio never sounded so good

By Erin L / March 30, 2017 / Comments Off on Fugoo Style Bluetooth speaker review: wireless audio never sounded so good

There are hundreds of different wireless speaker options out there; so how can you pick? You want portability, splash resistance, and of course great sound. Can the Style speaker by Fugoo deliver? Read the review.

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BEDDI Glow smart alarm clock review; it wakes with light, can call you an Uber

By Erin L / March 28, 2017 / Comments Off on BEDDI Glow smart alarm clock review; it wakes with light, can call you an Uber

Hate the sound of your alarm screeching you awake? This smart alarm clock eases you into your day with gentle sunrise light and soft sounds. Plus it can call you a cab or give you traffic and weather info. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Read the review.

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iRobot improves app, adds mapping & Amazon Alexa integration

By Erin L / March 15, 2017 / Comments Off on iRobot improves app, adds mapping & Amazon Alexa integration

Regular readers and viewers know I’ve become pretty attached to my iRobot Roomba vacuum. (Read my review of the newest iRobot 980 here, or the BraavaJet 240 mopping robot here to see why.) This week iRobot announced it was making some pretty serious upgrades to the cloud connectivity of the iRobot app. You’ll remember from…

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IllumiBowl motion-activated toilet night light review

By Erin L / March 13, 2017 / 1 Comment

This light couldn’t be more fun and functional.  IllumiBowl’s toilet night light is just that; a way for you to find your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night, without the need to turn on harsh bright overhead lighting. An alert reader asked me to check this light out and I have…

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Light bulbs mimic daylight & night light for better sleep – Lighting Science

By Erin L / March 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Light bulbs mimic daylight & night light for better sleep – Lighting Science

Who couldn’t use a few more hours (or even minutes) of extra sleep, or better sleep overall? We should all go to bed earlier, but sometimes that’s not realistic.  Couple our poor bedtime habits with the fact many of us are glued to our screens (being bombarded with blue light that stimulates the brain and…

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How to Reset Your WeMo, LIFX, Philips, Osram/Lightify Light Bulbs

By Erin L / March 3, 2017 / 3 Comments

I ran into a wee problem with one of my WeMo LED smart light bulbs.  It was easily cleared up with a reset, but it took me some surfing to find out how to do it. That got me thinking, you might someday need to know how to do this yourself, and possibly for other…

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Ring Stick Up Camera Review

By Erin L / February 5, 2017 / Comments Off on Ring Stick Up Camera Review

If you’ve ever wanted to watch over your property, you know security systems can be complicated and expensive. But things are simplified with the arrival of the Ring Stick Up Camera.

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Smart mirror is robot concierge for hotels

By Erin L / January 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Smart mirror is robot concierge for hotels

At the world technology show CES 2017 today, Panasonic and IBM have introduced a product that will help travelers make the most of an unfamiliar city. Smart mirror is digital concierge Built into hotel room mirrors (which are essentially transformed into large touch screen computer terminals), this smart mirror concept is basically a robot concierge…

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