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Vansky Bias Lighting for HDTV review: This bargain bias lighting strip is a little too cool

This popular LED light strip is easy to install and boasts a variety of colors and light modes, but its color temperature leaves something to be desired.

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Momentum Meri smart thermostat review: The opposite of bang for the buck

Sluggish, convoluted, and unreliable, this low-cost smart thermostat just can't justify its $99 price tag.

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Samsung HW-Q70R soundbar review: This easy-to-install soundbar delivers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Yes, it’s pricey, but the Samsung HW-Q70R lets you add rich, detailed, and immersive sound, complete with Dolby Atmos and DTS;X support, to your TV in a matter of minutes.

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Brilliant is adding native LIFX smart bulb support to its smart home controller

LIFX bulbs use Wi-Fi, so they don’t necessarily need a controller, but this should be a benefit to Brilliant users nonetheless.

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More bad news for Microsoft’s Cortana as Johnson Controls’ GLAS Smart Thermostat nixes support

One of the few smart home devices to offer full-on Cortana integration is dropping it in favor of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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The Philips Hue smart bulb 2-pack is now $78, its lowest price ever

This Philips Hue 2-pack starter kit comes with two color bulbs and a Philips Hue Bridge. Snag it for $77.93 on Amazon.

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

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Samsung SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug review: No hub required, but wear your debugging hat

It’s affordable enough, but ultimately not worth your time in its present state.

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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

on pcworld.com

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Waking your TV with a smart speaker? It could be inflating your energy bill

If you’re using a smart speaker to turn on your TV via voice commands, you might unwittingly be doubling the overall power usage of your TV set.

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TP-Link cancels HomeKit plans for the most promising smart home device for Siri

TP-Link has announced that it has cancelled an update to the Kasa Smart Plug Mini that would have added support for HomeKit and Siri.

on macworld.com

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

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Lockly Secure Pro Review: This pricey biometric smart lock joins the Wi-Fi club

Thanks to an external hub, Lockly can now be accessed remotely.

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Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle

Hulu's live TV service still has a few notable drawbacks, but the value is hard to beat.