$100 off Ring Video Doorbell 3

Amazon’s Black Friday deals have begun. Again. In earnest, this time. And the video doorbell I recommend, due to its functionality and versatility along with reasonable pricing, sees deep a discount. The $200 Ring Video Doorbell 3 drops to $140 via standard ordering. While that’s a solid deal, you can get the very same Ring … Read more

Ring Solar Pathlight Deal

I own a whole lotta Ring products. And the oh-so-simple yet highly practical Ring Pathlight tops my favorites list. There’s really nothing else that compares in the smarthome space — exterior lighting that’s economical, functional, and battery-powered. The Ring Pathlight comes in two flavors: a D-cell variant and a solar model… that can be periodically … Read more

TiVo Chooses A New Hero

As TiVo and Comcast bury the patent hatchet, a new hero has emerged. The company’s iconic animated “TiVo Guy” had been sidelined in 2015 and replaced by a modernized, but lifeless silhouette. Yet, as the Xperi continues to crank away on the Android TV-powered TiVo Stream 4K, this week’s software update introduces their new champion. … Read more

ISPs Now Lease TiVo Stream 4K

As cablecos diversify their approaches to account for linear television defections, RCN, Grande, and Wave are pitching broadband subscribers the TiVo Stream 4K. As a provider committed to bringing customers unique, affordable options, we continue to partner with brands such as TiVo and SLING TV to offer customers ultimate choice and control. With the TiVo … Read more

Ring Links Chamberlain MyQ & Moen Flo

For reasons that aren’t yet entirely clear (to me, anyway), the Ring app now provides tiles to launch the Moen Flo and Chamberlain MyQ apps alongside existing and fully integrated 3rd party smart locks. Interestingly, Moen recently defected from the IFTTT platform and MyQ is an outlier when it comes to Alexa support – their … Read more

Fitbit Will Find Your Phone

Although prior Versa models won’t be receiving Fitbit OS 5.0, the tracking company has not yet forsaken us. The brand spanking new SpO2 face rightfully received most of the media attention earlier this month. Yet, the 71.6.19 firmware update also enables a ‘Find Phone’ app… with said Android or iPhone producing a piercing shriek when … Read more

On 15 Years Of Blogging

I hadn’t planned to pen any reflections on my 15th year blogiversary, but this drive by comment last week was an amusing impetus: Wow! I remember when “journalists” had a basic understanding of English grammar, sentence structure, and and communication skills. The author of this piece of drivel fails on all three counts. It seems … Read more

Wyze To Water Your Lawn

When I was first tipped off to the Wyze Sprinkler months ago (app shot below), I had envisioned something akin to the Eve – which brings HomeKit smarts to a spigot. However, as everyone’s favorite ADD importer has moved forward, it’s become clear the company intends undercut the highly regarded Rachio with a multizone sprinkler … Read more