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Netflix's long-awaited shuffle button will arrive this year

Can’t decide what to watch on Netflix? If so, heads up: the streaming giant appears poised to roll out a feature that will pick something for you.Netflix execs announced the long-percolating feature, which will allow Netflix users to “skip browsing entirely, click one button and we’ll pick a title for them just to instantly play,” during the company’s...

Rocksteady Stadium 2-Pack review: You could fill an arena with these portable Bluetooth speakers

Rocksteady Audio aims for the higher-end of the inexpensive Bluetooth speaker market with its new Stadium line. This speaker doesn’t compete with high-fidelity multi-room audio systems such as the Sonos Move or the Bluesound Pulse Mini 2i, but it mostly hits its mark.The all-black mini towers are deceptively demure, each measuring 6 inches tall with...

How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)

It’s the same trend, year in, year out: TVs get ever bigger—and ever cheaper. There was a time when a 55-inch TV seemed gigantic; now, 75-inch sets are becoming common. And if every room in your home was an oversized living room, we’d say buy the biggest TV you can afford and move the couch to the appropriate distance.But that advice doesn’t work for...

Kami’s new video doorbell boasts on-device person detection and facial recognition

Plenty of video doorbells offer people detection, but only a few of them can perform that trick on the device itself rather than in the cloud, and the new Kami Doorbell Camera happens to be one of them. Too bad about the lack of local video storage, however.Available now on AmazonRemove non-product link for $100, the Wi-Fi-enabled smart doorbell from...

HDFury 4K Arcana review: This magic box fixes a crucial shortcoming of pre-2019 TVs

To some, the HDFury Arcana will seem like an overpriced gadget that doesn’t add anything to their home theater setup. For everyone who owns a pre-2019 smart TV and a relatively high-end soundbar capable of decoding object-based soundtracks (i.e., Dolby Atmos or DTS:X), it will be nothing short of a miracle.The $199 4K Arcana fills a very specific need:...

Evoca promises cord-cutters an alternative to dependence on the internet

For most of us, cord-cutting means dropping cable or satellite TV service and streaming TV over the internet, instead. That can be problematic if you live in an area where you can’t get high-speed broadband. Boise, Idaho-based Evoca is working on an alternative solution based on the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard, aka Next Gen TV.As we reported in 2020,...

Wyze Sprinkler Controller teview: 8 zones, 50 bucks

The sprinkler controller is not such advanced technology that it should command more than a hundred bucks at retail. And yet it does. That’s in part because this market is so small that it has been able to resist significant price competition.But now Wyze has arrived to shake things up, as it does in every product category it enters. In a market where...

The SAAM smoke detector serves as an air quality monitor when it's not warning you of fire danger

Smoke detectors have been fixtures in homes since the 1970s—and they haven’t evolved all that much since. SAAM is the latest company to step up with what it says is a better idea. Its detectors can detect smoke and fire four times faster than the competition, according to SAAM, and they also function as high-end air quality monitors that can detect...

Moen completes its whole-home water security portfolio with the Flo by Moen Smart Sump Pump Monitor

Moen acquired a majority stake in smart water valve startup Flo in in 2020. With its recently announced Flo by Moen Smart Sump Pump Monitor, the company now offers a full range of smart home products designed to detect and prevent water damage, one of the most common—and most costly—calamities a homeowner can suffer.The sump pump monitor analyzes your...

Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

If you think judging a product based on what you can see and hear in a jampacked and noisy convention center is hard, imagine doing it over a Zoom connection. That being said, these smart home and home entertainment products impressed us despite the limitations of the venue.The products below are presented in alphabetical order. If you’d like to see...

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