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Is a Nest Thermostat Worth the Money?

Is a Nest Thermostat Worth the Money?

Tony Fadell, the former Apple designer best known as one of the creative minds responsible for the iPod, burst onto the smart home scene with the Nest Thermostat.  A simple, sleek, round device made of aluminum and glass. The sales pitch for the Nest is straight...

The Best Amazon Alexa Commands

The Best Amazon Alexa Commands

You are gifted a brand-new Amazon Echo.  You have heard from friends and family about all the cool things this device can do, and you are excited to see what all the fuss is about.  You plug in the device, it boots up and you connect it to your home network. And there...

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Best Surge Protectors in 2020

Best Surge Protectors in 2020

Depending on where you live, lightning storms are inevitable. One minute you see clear skies and the next minute you hear lightning strikes. It can be tough to remember to unplug all your important electronics and devices to keep them out of harm’s way from power...

The 8 Best TV Wall Mounts in 2020

The 8 Best TV Wall Mounts in 2020

While they’re not as flashy as other home gadgets, TV wall mounts can make or break your viewing experience.  Whether you're shopping for a TV wall mount to declutter and save floor space or to improve your watching experience, we've put together a list of the...

The 10 Best Home Safes in 2020

The 10 Best Home Safes in 2020

There are many reasons to consider buying a home safe this year. It can add another level of security to your home to protect your valuables. In the unfortunate event that someone breaks into your home, having a home safe could be the difference in keeping important...

The 10 Best Paper Shredders in 2020

The 10 Best Paper Shredders in 2020

Paper shredders are instrumental in keeping your personal information safe and preventing identity theft, fraud, or data breach. After comparing a number of paper shredders, we've come up with a list of the best paper shredders for home or office use. Top Paper...

The Best Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs in 2020

The Best Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs in 2020

Amazon Alexa is a great virtual assistant that gives people access to a a huge amount of useful information and allows you to seamlessly control smart devices in your home.  As it turns out, Alexa also has a sense of humor. Users have discovered and shared many...

The 9 Best Places to Sell Your Old Phone in 2020

The 9 Best Places to Sell Your Old Phone in 2020

Whether you're looking to sell your aging iPhone, or your android device is getting a little long in the tooth, there is no shortage of ways to make a little extra cash by selling your old phone to someone else looking for a deal. There are a ton of ways to sell...

The 10 Best Smart Pet Feeders in 2020

The 10 Best Smart Pet Feeders in 2020

People love their pets. Often, pets are more like family members. You care for them like you would your own kids. We just adopted a rescue dog two weeks ago and it’s hard to remember a time they weren’t around. It’s so easy to get attached to their infectious...

The 14 Best Places to Sell Video Games in 2020

The 14 Best Places to Sell Video Games in 2020

Video games are a massive business around the world. Kids, teens, and adults love to play video games. If you consider yourself a gamer or have kids who love video games, chances are you own video games and gaming consoles that are no longer being used. If that’s you,...

How Does a Chromecast Work?

How Does a Chromecast Work?

Way back in 2013, Google surprised consumers and technology enthusiasts alike by entering the already crowded media streaming device market with their own entry: the Chromecast. Unlike its major competitors, including the Apple TV, Roku Ultra, and Amazon Fire TV,...