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8 great apps for working remotely

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You can’t make it through the work day without using at least two work-focused apps on your phone or computer. Apps like these are especially crucial for …

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How Alexa can save you grocery money

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You can use Amazon Alexa to find deals on groceries— and even end up shopping less. After years of effort, Amazon is finally in the grocery …

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Kitchen gadgets that make back-to-school meals a breeze

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While children may feel sad about summer ending, parents usually feel stressed about back-to-school, and that includes meals. Dinner time can be chaos with parents returning …

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How wireless charging will power your smartphone through thin air

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Imagine being able to charge your smartphone without plugging it in. Imagine a world in which you can sit in a restaurant or wander through an …

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7 things your smartphone can save you from buying

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My phone is my personal assistant and my boredom companion. I mean, for how much it cost, it better be. Thank to all the apps out …

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19 ways Alexa brings the doctor to you

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Want to ask medical questions whenever you think of them? Alexa can oblige.  There are lots of Alexa Skills that can provide health tips and other information. …

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Traveling to Europe? Leave this tech at home

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It can be hard to decide what to pack and what to leave behind. Being away from the United States is pretty fun — you get …

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9 ways Amazon Alexa can help you in the kitchen

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Between playing music, reading the news, sounding morning alarms and playing games, the Amazon Echo smart speaker and its Alexa assistant can be useful all over …

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Everything you need to know about Google Smart Displays

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The battle between Amazon and Google for control of your smart home is about to kick up a notch — Google is preparing to sell Smart Displays. These …

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How to make your air conditioning smart with apps and Alexa

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Summer may be winding down, but it’s not over just yet. At GearBrain, our attention is still focused on keeping the smart home cool and comfortable. …

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14 smart home devices to save you money

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As fun as it is to switch lights on with your voice, activate your robotic vacuum cleaner and talk to the postman through a video doorbell, …

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The Google Home starter kit: 6 Google Assistant devices to kickstart your smart home

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If you’ve recently bought a Google Home smart speaker — or the Home Mini or Home Max, for that matter — then you probably know how …

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Let Google Home help you sleep with these soothing ambient sounds

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At GearBrain we have have already talked about how Alexa and other smart home gadgets like Philips Hue lights can be used to wake you up …

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How to make calls and send SMS text messages with your Google Home

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This is your complete guide to making phone calls and sending text messages on your Google Home smart speaker, by talking to the Google Assistant. Making …

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Review: Free app turns your phone into a telescope

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Ever wonder what constellations the stars form at night? Curious how the ancient Greeks decided that there was a person beaming back from a couple of …

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How much does it cost to turn the average house into a smart home?

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Most people’s idea of a smart home is adding a device that can control lights, plugs and door locks. But what if you wanted to make your …

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6 smart light platforms for transforming your home

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Along with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, a common first step into the smart home world is lighting. These LED bulbs connect …

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How smart voice assistants will help make us trust autonomous cars

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Autonomous driving, attractive software and assistants like Alexa are rewriting the rules of how we drive. A decade ago, if an automotive engineer talked about a …

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Saturday Night Live writers pen new Alexa Skill

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Amazon’s Alexa has a new tool designed to keep burglars away — perhaps with a few laughs. Away Mode is an Alexa Skill that’s designed to …

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Cybersecurity warning for Android users playing Fortnite

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Cybersecurity expert Graham Cluley has raised concerns about how Epic Games, developer of the hit game Fortnite, requires Android owners to disable a key security setting …

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Smart home tech for millionaires: Top devices to buy when money is no object

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At GearBrain we have already covered how to build a smart home for various budgets – from as little as $100, up to the $1,000 range, …

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Google Pixel Watch rumors and leaks: Everything we know so far

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The company is tipped to release its first own-brand smartwatch later this year. Unless you are completely clued-up on the ins and outs of the smartwatch …

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Amazon Alexa can now wake up with music. Here’s how

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“Alexa, wake me up before you go-go.” Amazon Alexa can add an alarm clock to her list of tricks, able to wake people up with music …

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5 summer apps to keep you safe outdoors

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Summertime is the perfect time to head outdoors. The extra long days provide ample opportunity to explore the woods, head to the beach or even train …

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How to play music in several rooms at once with Amazon Alexa

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As we explained in our recent Alexa guide, there are several reasons why two Amazon Echo smart speakers are better than one. For this feature, we …

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What ‘smart dust’ may mean for your home and health

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Chips are meant to be thin and small — but rarely can they be sprayed from an aerosol can. Yet that’s exactly the size of new …

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Installing automated smart blinds in your home: 5 options to consider

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It’s one thing to have your lights, music, and television switch on with voice commands or the tap of a smartphone app, but to give your …

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These 10 companies are racing to make the flying car a reality

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Not long ago, the idea of traveling by flying car was pure science fiction. The Jetsons made the concept famous, but turning such a machine into …

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Alexa Drop In: How to turn your Amazon Echo speakers into a home intercom system

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You probably know how Amazon Echo’s microphone and speakers communicate with Alexa, the virtual assistant. But that same hardware — and the Echo’s always-on internet connection …

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Amazon Echo Spot, Dot & Show: Here’s how they stack up

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On Dec. 19, the latest member of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range goes on sale. Called the Echo Spot, the device has a circular 2.5-inch …

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8 ways Google will supercharge your smart home with new Home and Assistant features

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Google is about to make your smart home even more intelligent, with a whole range of updates set to hit Assistant, Android phones, and Google Home …

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How to use Google Assistant to turn your TV on and off

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As you will surely know by now, the Google Home and Home Mini smart speakers can do much more than play music, look up things on …

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7 best VR education apps

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Visit Mars, swim with sea otters, and trek to Mt. Everest’s Base Camp. Parents and teachers eager to weave fun into learning might consider using virtual …

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Protect your home with these smart security systems

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As fun as smart home technology can be, there is a more serious side: Security systems. These can start off as simple as a single camera …

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How smart home devices can save you money on homeowners insurance

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Home security measures aren’t limited to traditional burglar alarms or monitored systems. Smart home devices like cameras, doorbells, and smoke detectors, whether installed individually or as …

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Half of US adults think smart home devices record their conversations

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Almost half of smart home device owners believe their private conversations are being recorded so they can be sent targeted advertisements. This is the result of …

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Amazon Echo 2 vs. Echo Plus: What’s the difference?

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The Echo Plus is now the flagship of Amazon’s smart speaker range. The new device boasts a shiny silver finish, a larger design than the Echo …

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How to upgrade your car stereo to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: 5 of our favorites

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CarPlay is Apple’s answer to the car infotainment system. Run by your iPhone, CarPlay replaces the navigation, media, phone, and messaging controls of your car with …

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The Amazon Echo starter kit: 6 Alexa devices to kickstart your smart home

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The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers are fun, useful and entertaining devices in their own right. They play music, answer questions, read the news, …

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5 best places to shop for smart devices

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If you’ve never bought a smart home device — or if you just don’t know where to look — the search can get pretty frustrating. You …

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Best smart security camera options for renters

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Home security cameras have been around for a long time, but the recent boom in the smart home market means they are simpler and smarter than …

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Best road-trip gadgets: Don’t leave home without this car-friendly tech

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With summer here, it’s time to start planning your next road trip. And, whether it’s to see family in the next state, explore somewhere new with …

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7 of the best Android AR apps to download today

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Augmented reality, as tech giants like Apple boss Tim Cook keeps saying, is the next big thing in consumer technology. Just as virtual reality (VR) feels …

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7 of the best augmented reality apps for iPhone you should download right now

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Augmented reality (AR) apps for smartphones can be as useful as they are fun. The technology allows developers to blur the lines between fiction and reality …

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The best smart devices to give your kitchen a high-tech makeover

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Gone are the days that the height of kitchen technology meant a shiny new microwave and an ice dispenser. In 2018, the smart kitchen is a …

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7 ways to experience July 4th fireworks in virtual reality

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The Fourth of July will be here before you know it, and part of any Independence Day delight is watching beautifully colorful and mind blowing fireworks …