Gadgets

One of the more frustrating experiences when using a smart speaker is trying to accomplish several things at once. For instance, if you want to dim the lights, stream your favorite music and change the volume, it would normally require three separate commands. For the Google Home ($129 at Dell Home), a compromise has arrived. Back in
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Fellas, you’re gonna want that cowbell. And what better way to get that cowbell than with an automatic cowbell-playing robot that uses simple components to create a musical experience like no other. The system, built over at Adafruit, includes a simple Arduino controller, a potentiometer to control the speed of the cowbell hammer, and a
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If you know the company Square, it’s probably because you’ve paid in a store using a Square “stand,” a dock that supports a tablet, or you’ve swiped your card through Square Reader, a smartphone dongle that processes payments. These products have a soothing, decidedly Apple-y aesthetic, from the simple dongle to the all-white stand that
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Welcome to CNET’s smart garden. We actually built this thing back at the start of spring, but back then it was mostly dirt. Now, well, there’s still quite a bit of dirt, but also quite a few plants. So, here’s a look at the fully operational CNET smart garden, including what it can do and
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The CNET Smart Garden has started to look like an actual garden. We set it up a couple months ago at the start of spring at the CNET Smart Home in Louisville, Kentucky. In the meantime, we used a couple of indoor planters to grow seeds into seedlings, and planted some lettuce in the garden while
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Simple fixes can help when you’re AC is on the fritz. Tyler Lizenby/CNET It’s 90 degrees outside and you need a break from the heat. The thermostat is set to 65, but your home feels like 80. And then you realize something’s wrong with the air conditioner. No need to panic. Luckily, whether you have
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Samsung has announced that it will use 100 percent renewable energy for all its factories and offices in the U.S., Europe and China. This is the first time Samsung has announced a public commitment for renewable energy. Greenpeace and environmental activists have been calling out Samsung for months as many tech companies have already started
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The Ring Alarm bundle, for $199. Ring Jamie Siminoff’s mission to make neighborhoods safer is taking another small step forward. The founder and leader of Ring, an Amazon-owned company that makes video doorbells and security cameras, said the company’s new Ring Alarm security system is available for presale starting Wednesday. The $199 system will begin
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This is a very dirty AC filter. Alina Bradford/CNET Your central air conditioning filter is an important tool for reducing your home’s allergens and keeping it a little more dust-free. Many HVAC filters actually say on the packaging that a once-a-month schedule is a good idea to keep dust and allergens to a minimum. You
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