Brent Dirks

Senior iOS Reporter/Product Reviewer with, Staff Writer at, and Senior E-News Editor at 1105 Media

United States


How to Set Up and Use the Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

Building a smart home is easier than it seems. And a great first step is to install a smart thermostat to replace your old-school model. One of the best options on the market is the Ecobee4. This smart thermostat, usually around $250, features built-in Amazon Alexa capability and can also work with Apple's similar HomeKit protocol.

Seeing Is Believing: The Amazon Echo Show Review

Does a voice assistant speaker really need a touchscreen? The $230 Amazon Echo Show certainly makes a compelling case, with video flash briefing skills, song lyrics, and on-demand streaming of supported security cameras.

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Hitting the Jackpot

In just the span of three years, the Apple Watch has morphed from a product no one really needed the number one watch in the world. And there's good reason why. The original Series 0 model that arrived in early 2015 showed that Apple didn't really know why the watch should exist.

How to Auto Unlock Your Mac With an Apple Watch

That iThingy You're Wearing With each passing year, Apple continues to add more software features that help its various devices work better with each other. Continuity allows users to accomplish a number of tasks including starting an email on your Mac and finishing it on an iOS device.

The Best Alarm Clock Apps for iOS

The first thing you accomplish in the morning is often the hardest - actually getting out of bed. But your iPhone or iPad can help. There are a huge number of different alarm clock apps that can make it a bit easier to wake up and greet the day. ....

Best Fitness Apps for the Apple TV

Your fitness journey can start in the living room. We're highlighting some perfect Apple TV apps that can help you get fit and healthy.

The D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Brings a New Apple HomeKit Category Into Focus

Accessories Apple's HomeKit protocol is continuing to take off with another type of device arriving for the smart home ecosystem - surveillance cameras. A number of models were announced at CES in early January, and D-Link's Omna 180 Cam HD was the first arrive, hitting the market back in March.

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