What do the Apple HomePod, Logi Circle 2, and Ecobee3 Lite have in common?

If you’ve been following my blog you know that I’m Apple Fanboy #1.  It should come as no surprise that new Apple products are snapped up immediately upon release, especially  if they’re related even remotely to home automation.  This month’s installment talks about some new hardware gracing my HomeKit array.

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UPDATE: Wink Hub 2 upgrades my Smart Home, works with HomeKit (sort of!)

Wink, purveyor of smart home hardware, recently debuted their Wink Hub 2 device.  This blog entry digs deeper into the features and benefits of this new system.  I’ll also talk about how having a splintered system (in this case HomeKit, and Wink) can actually work just great, even with your Amazon Alexa voice assistant.  Let’s see how it all comes together!

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TESTED: An EPIC Comparison of Smart Light Bulbs — Philips Hue versus Belkin WeMo versus LIFX versus GE Link versus TCP Connected versus Misfit Bolt

Epic battle time!  Are you thinking of dipping your toes into home automation this 2015 holiday season?  Smart home lighting is typically the first step people take by replacing a few bulbs in their homes.  But with more and more options available the decision has become increasingly more difficult.  Whether you want a color bulb, or a basic white bulb, there are plenty of reasons to skip certain brands over the other.  Keep reading to decide which bulbs to buy as we compare the Philips Hue versus Belkin WeMo versus LIFX versus GE Link versus TCP Connected versus Misfit Bolt smart light bulbs.

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BATTLE! – Fitbit Charge versus Garmin Vivofit 2

Spring has sprung!  Here in the Midwest the weather is warming up as we head into Q2 2015.  Before you throw on your sneakers and go outside you’ll want to make certain you’re wearing the best Activity Tracker for the task.  In this battle my two current favorite devices go toe-to-toe as we compare the Fitbit Charge versus Garmin Vivofit 2.

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BATTLE! – Misfit Shine versus Fitbit Flex

Wearables are here to stay.  If you don’t already have some sort of “smart” device wrapped around your wrist you’ve probably at least thought about it.  Or perhaps you have a friend who can’t stop talking about theirs, and all the fun things it does.  In this installment I’ll talk about two of the hottest devices, the Fitbit Flex and Misfit Shine, to help you decide which one deserves to land on your arm right now.

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