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Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Keen Home Smart Vent

Keen Home says its Smart Vent can reduce home energy bills, but some HVAC pros question the wisdom of closing vents

The objective is to redistribute airflow around the home, but some say the resulting changes in air pressure can damage central heating and cooling systems.

Presence Pro Silver

People Power looks to adapt its DIY home-security system for 21st Century elder care

The company is launching a crowd-funding campaign to port its existing platform into a system that will enable seniors to remain in their own homes longer.

Dlink Komfy switch

D-Link’s Komfy Switch is more than your basic light switch

No common light switch, the Komfy includes a HD 1080p security camera and sensors to detect changes in temperature, humidity, and air quality.

Char-Broil smoker

Grillmaker Char-Broil debuts two Wi-Fi-connected smokers

Now you can control your smoker from wherever you are, using a mobile app.

Smithsonian channel on Roku

Roku gets 4K content from Smithsonian; Encore, CW also sign up

The set-top box is currently the only to support 4K video from Smithsonian’s latest streaming channel, coming a month after the release of the 4K-capable Roku 4.

Locksmart padlock

The traditional padlock gets the “smart” treatment

Dog & Bone’s new LockSmart padlock uses Bluetooth technology to eliminate the worry of lost keys and forgotten combinations.

New Lowes Iris smart home system

Lowe's announces Iris 2.0, marking a long-term commitment to its connected-home platform

An entirely redesigned platform debuts Monday with lower price points, better mobile capabilities, and deep tie-ins to Lowe's' core businesses.

Sony PlayStation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue service finds a home on Amazon Fire TV

Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are supported, with Chromecast coming soon.

Tech companies pitch in to help in Sandy’s wake

In the wake of Sandy, technology companies are going all out when it comes to relief efforts. From text-message donations to cooperation in providing services to customers, recovery is under way.

Comcast offers free Wi-Fi in the wake of Sandy

Residents in eight states and Washington, DC most affected by Hurricane Sandy will be able to log-in to Comcast’s Wi-Fi network for free through November 7.

Starbucks adopts Square wireless wallet

Starbucks coffee shops will use Square's mobile payment system in its own app starting this fall, and is also updating its iOS app with location alerts.

Galaxy S III becomes the top-selling smartphone in the US

For the first time since its release, Apple’s iPhone 4S is not the top selling smartphone in the US.

LG's Game World Will Bring Video Games to Cinema 3D Smart TVs

LG will be bringing a new gaming-specific app store to its Cinema 3D Smart TV line laterthi

Opinions Mixed on Apple's Deletion of YouTube from iOS 6

While a significant number of our readers with iOS devices are not happy with Apple’s decision to give YouTube the boot, some see a silver lining.

New York City Finds New Use For Old Pay Phones: Wi-Fi Hotspots

New York pay phone kiosks have been on the decline since Superman found he couldn't use them to change identities. Now there's a great 21st century use for them.

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