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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model.

19 Sep 2019 2:51 am
Sonos Move review: Glorious audio performances at home and on the road

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, indoors, outdoors, portable, and battery powered: The Sonos Move is the best speaker Sonos has built in years.

18 Sep 2019 6:30 pm
The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

18 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Smart Beat video baby monitor review: This breath-detecting baby monitor should put parents at ease

This video baby monitor can also track your child's breathing and will alert you if his or her respiration pattern changes.

18 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Steam's wonderful Library Update beta is finally live: Here's how to get it

The Steam Library Update went live today, bringing with it new organizational tools and a slick interface. You could (and should) join.

18 Sep 2019 1:05 am
Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk's Legend L100 speakers deliver well-rounded sound with generally precise renderings.

17 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar with Alexa review: DTS Virtual:X 3D surround effects aren’t worth the harsh sound

While we like the standard surround-sound modes on this budget-priced soundbar, we aren’t fans of its harsh-sounding DTS Virtual:X implementation.

16 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Kami Wire-Free Camera Kit review: Inexpensive, but you'll get what you paid for

This indoor/outdoor camera seems like a good value, but factor in the cost of a cloud storage subscription before you consider buying it.

16 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 review: this combo robot vacuum/mop is great for multi-level homes

This robot vac can remember multiple floor plans, which is great for folks who live in multi-level homes (but no, it can't climb stairs).

13 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Kami Smart Security Starter Kit review: Its low price tag is the one thing it has going for it

You won't find many Zigbee-based home security systems cheaper than this, but you'll find plenty that are more effective at protecting your home.

13 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

13 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

13 Sep 2019 4:01 am
Don't blame AT&T and DirecTV if ESPN gets blacked out

As blackouts loom for ESPN on DirecTV and other AT&T TV services, remember who's instigating them.

12 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: Which $1,100 giant phablet phone is best?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy Note 10+ are both giant phones with price tags to match. But which one is the one for you?

12 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Scout Video Doorbell review: More bells and whistles than you might expect for the price

Scout doesn't pack every important feature into its video doorbell, nor would you expect it to for the price, but it does have some nifty features.

12 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
AirTV Mini review: A streaming dongle for Sling TV diehards

This Sling-centric streaming dongle gets the hardware right. It's the software and Sling TV service that remain iffy.

11 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker review: Big sound in a rugged, compact package

This $100 Bluetooth speaker could do with a little more high-end detail, but its attention to mid-range audio pays dividends when it comes to delivering rich, robust sound.

11 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

11 Sep 2019 4:29 am
Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: Better features, new frustrations

Despite a frustrating install, Ring Video Doorbell 2 is still a welcome, improved version of the original doorbell-slash-security camera.

11 Sep 2019 12:07 am
Ring Floodlight Cam review: An excellent choice—if you’re living in Ring’s ecosystem

If you’re already using one of Ring’s doorbell cameras or spotlight cams, this porchlight replacement will be a great addition.

11 Sep 2019 12:05 am
Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD Q900.

10 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Nanit Plus baby-monitoring system review: This pricey tech will soothe anxious parents

Much more than a baby camera, the Nanit Plus and its companion app can actively warn you if anything goes amiss while your baby is in its crib.

10 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

At-home DNA testing has rapidly become a popular way to learn more about your ethnic background and heritage. We took numerous different tests to evaluate and compare their services.

10 Sep 2019 1:44 am
Lorex 1080p Wire Free Camera System review: Connectivity problems sink this security solution

This wireless security system operates just fine on a local level, but its problematic mobile app can't consistently stream video to your mobile device when you're away from home.

9 Sep 2019 5:45 pm
TellMeGen review: Heavy on DNA-driven health results, but light on ancestry

This DNA test provides a long list of details on health traits and potential medical conditions, but its ancestry component is as simplistic as they come.

9 Sep 2019 4:00 pm
How to install a smart switch

Let us show you the easiest way to install a smart switch.

9 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Best DVR for cord cutters

TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

7 Sep 2019 2:33 am
HDHomeRun Scribe Quatro and Servio review: Great video quality, but clunky software

HDHomeRun's whole-home DVR hardware, the Scribe and Servio, streams broadcasts in native quality on the cheap, but the software is still too crude.

6 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Ears-on with the Sonos Move Bluetooth speaker: Portable Sonos sound with Alexa and Google Assistant onboard

The audio gurus at Sonos have finally jumped into the portable Bluetooth speaker arena, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—the Move should be worth the wait.

5 Sep 2019 6:30 pm
Roku and Amazon have different ideas about over-the-air DVR

Over-the-air DVR might always be a niche, even as antennas make a comeback.

5 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

4 Sep 2019 6:30 pm
Bond Bridge by Olibra review: Bringing smart-home tech to dumb ceiling fans

Make your dumb ceiling fan or fireplace smart today with this Wi-Fi bridge, and it might enable you to do the same for your air conditioner and other appliances later.

4 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
It's football season! These second-screen apps make NFL games even more fun to watch

Bringing you everything from stats to game-time snacks, these apps are as indispensable as your TV remote.

4 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2019 pro football season

Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

4 Sep 2019 3:30 pm