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Jake Widman is a freelance writer in San Francisco and a regular contributor to Computerworld, PCWorld, and TechHive.

Peq connected-home system

Peq review: A robust, DIY connected-home system

Nothing demonstrates the connected home becoming mainstream more than being able to buy the components at Best Buy.

Dog & Bone and Master Lock Bluetooth padlocks

Keyless padlocks reviewed: Dog & Bone LockSmart Bluetooth vs. Master Lock Bluetooth Smart 4400

These smart padlocks have no keys to lose or combinations to forget, but one is significantly better than the other.

Home Inventory

6 free home-inventory apps that will help cover your assets

If you’re paying for homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, these tools will help you recover the value of insured possessions lost due to theft or disaster.

SimpliSafe gallery

SimpliSafe Home Security review: This system lives up to its name

If you don’t need lighting controls, door locks, a thermostat, a camera, or other connected-home features, SimpliSafe offers a good deal.