Google Stations expanding to the Philippines, proliferating fast public Wi-Fi

The Google Stations initiative is expanding to its sixth country by the end of this month as the company’s Philippines branch has announced that 50 Wi-Fi hotspots will be coming online. Coming soon: Filipinos will have access to FREE, OPEN, and HIGH QUALITY internet in airports, train stations, and many …

Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Every room in your house has them: power outlets, and they’re about as dumb as technology can be. To create a true smart home, you need to upgrade the way your wiring works, so that it can be controlled, managed, and monitored from afar. You could hire an electrician to …

Amazon acquiert le fabricant de routeurs Wi-Fi Eero

Amazon vient d’officialiser l’acquisition de Eero, une start-up fondée à San Francisco (Etats-Unis) en 2014 qui fabrique des routeurs Wi-Fi mesh (réseau maillé) pour étendre et améliorer la connexion sans fil dans un habitat. Eero concurrence des marques comme Google, Linksys et Netgear présentes sur ce créneau. L’entreprise avait levé 80 millions …

Amazon acquiring eero to enrich its smart home, IoT strategies

E-commerce leader Amazon is acquiring mesh Wi-Fi company eero for an undisclosed amount and unknown terms. eero sells Wi-Fi routers and extender beacons to consumers who intend to spread a single network across the entirety of a building while controling certain aspects of the connection from certain areas. The company …

LIFX A19 (2018) smart bulb review: The Wi-Fi bulb to beat keeps getting better

Smart light bulb pioneer LIFX continues to innovate in the space, with its Frankenstein’s-head-shaped bulb continuing to lead the pack on everything from build quality to software features. Michael Brown / IDGAn important firmware update will significantly improve the security of LIFX smart bulbs. Updated February 11, 2019 to report that …

LIFX Beam review: Six feet of decorative lighting that ties into your smart home

The Beam is LIFX’s answer to the Nanoleaf Aurora: A series of colorful panels designed to adhere to a wall, this is lighting designed to be more decorative than it is functional. Michael Brown / IDGAn important firmware update will significantly improve the security of LIFX smart bulbs. Updated February …

LIFX Mini smart bulb series review: Not quite as bright, but smaller and cheaper than the LIFX A19

At some point, LIFX surely heard the complaints one too many times: Your bulbs are great, but they’re too big, too heavy, and—well—they just look weird. Clearly bowing to consumer sentiment, LIFX has introduced a second series: LIFX Mini. As the name implies, these three bulbs are indeed a bit …

iClever Smart Plug Wi-Fi Mini Outlet review: Smart plug pricing nears rock bottom

There’s no way to know just how low smart plug prices will go, as manufacturers continue to trim their costs—and retail prices—down to nearly nothing, but iClever’s $14 device is pointing the way. You’ll find even cheaper models, of course, but those devices are probably not something you should feel …

iClever Smart Plug Wi-Fi Mini Outlet: Smart plug pricing nears rock bottom

There’s no way to know just how low smart plug prices will go, as manufacturers continue to trim their costs—and retail prices—down to nearly nothing, but iClever’s $14 device is pointing the way. You’ll find even cheaper models, of course, but those devices are probably not something you should feel …