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10 Smart Home Myths Exposed – Part #2 of 2

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Work from Home Smartly

By GotSmartStuff | February 28, 2021

The world experienced a historic shift in the 2020 job market due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Whereas working from home used to be a perk for some of us, it’s now become the norm for many of us.  And while 2020 may be considered the year of remote work, it’s really only the beginning as…

Smart Tech Gear for New Parents

By GotSmartStuff | January 30, 2021

It’s 2:00 am, and you suddenly wake up.  You immediately have a thought, “Is my baby still breathing?”  You get out of bed, rush quietly to their room and peek in the crib.  You have a great feeling of relief when you realize that you have overreacted again.  Does this scenario sound familiar?  If so,…

10 Smart Home Myths Exposed – Part #2 of 2

By GotSmartStuff | December 31, 2020

In out last post, we exposed the first 5 common smart home myths.  In this article, we will discuss myths #6-10. Smart home technology is just a gimmick. Smart home set up requires technical knowledge. There’s no privacy in a smart home. Smart homes are easily hacked. Smart homes are too complicated to operate. All…

10 Smart Home Myths Exposed – Part #1 of 2

By GotSmartStuff | October 31, 2020

Home automation has been around for years, and smart homes are quickly becoming ubiquitous.  With the level of comfort that they offer, along with the arrival of high-speed internet, their popularity is not surprising.  We’re living in the future now, and the advent of smart home technology is one of the many developments propelling us…

Prime Day is Oct 13-14, 2020!

By GotSmartStuff | September 28, 2020

It’s official! Today, Amazon announced that Prime Day will be Tuesday, October 13th to Wednesday, October 14th. You will have 2 days to save on everything you need and love! Check out the Early Prime Day Deals! In case you didn’t know, Amazon Prime Day is exclusively for Prime members. To start your 30-day FREE…

Amazon Prime Day – Coming Soon!

By GotSmartStuff | September 20, 2020

Even though Amazon Prime Day has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we now know that it will happen before the end of the year!  According to Fox Business, Amazon released a statement confirming that Prime Day will occur in the 4th quarter of 2020.  “We can confirm Prime Day will take place in…

Turn Your House Into a Smart Home

By GotSmartStuff | August 28, 2020

Now that you’re spending more time at home than ever before, you may be realizing the need for: A fast, reliable, high-performance network for work, school and streaming; A more up-to-date and enjoyable entertainment experience for movies and relaxation; A simpler way to manage your home, with lights and other smart devices working together; Smarter…

Enhance Gaming with Smart Home Automation

By GotSmartStuff | July 22, 2020

If gaming is your life, you probably live and breathe it.  You may be always searching for that ultimate virtual experience.  In case you didn’t know, nowadays, you can have a truly immersive gaming experience using smart home technology.  Why not have control of your home while playing video games?  It can be really annoying…

6 Smart Home Upgrades That Will Pay Off for You Later

By GotSmartStuff | June 28, 2020

When realtors advise their sellers on what upgrades to do to increase their home value, they say things like give the front door a new coat of paint, trim the grass and shrubs in the front yard and add a few light fixtures.  However, nowadays homebuyers expect much more.  According to a study conducted by…

Amazon Prime Day 2020

By GotSmartStuff | May 23, 2020

Amazon Prime Day is a summer sales event on Amazon websites around the world, where members of Amazon Prime get exclusive discounts on a wide range of items.  Prime Day is one of the biggest retail holidays of the year.  In 2020, over a million products will be discounted for Prime members on everything from…

Alexa’s COVID-19 Resources

By GotSmartStuff | April 11, 2020

In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic that’s forcing most of us into home quarantine and making us paranoid about touching our faces or anything else is the perfect time for voice assistants to spring into action.  Voice commands mean you don’t have to touch places that get heavy traffic during the day – light switches,…

Is Amazon Alexa Always Listening?

By GotSmartStuff | March 15, 2020

As of January 2019, Amazon had sold over 100 million devices that include Alexa, the electronic voice assistant.  Even those not interested in purchasing an Alexa-enabled device know how it works from all of Amazon’s television commercials.  You say, “Alexa, what’s the weather like today?”, and she tells you.  But for those interested purchasing an…

What Happens to Your Smart Home When the Power Goes Out?

By GotSmartStuff | February 17, 2020

Imagine this:  You see a storm fast approaching, and the rain begins pouring down.  You hear thunder, see lightening and begin to wonder what will happen if the power goes out.  Will you be able to open your garage door when you get home from work?  Will you be locked out of your house?  Will…

What Are Alexa Routines?

By GotSmartStuff | January 18, 2020

What Are Alexa Routines?  If you own an Amazon Echo smart speaker, you already know that there are hundreds of things you can do with the device.  But one of the most powerful features of Echo devices is called Alexa Routines.  With Alexa Routines, you can tie multiple actions to a single voice command instead…

9 Reasons to Automate Your Home

By GotSmartStuff | December 23, 2019

We live in a time of unprecedented technological growth.  This is very fortunate, given the fast-paced lives that most of us lead.  In recent years, great strides have been made in making our lives easier by making our homes more tech-savy.  And with almost everyone owning a smartphone nowadays, it makes sense to make our…

Get a Smart Home for the Holidays

By GotSmartStuff | November 26, 2019

The holidays are known to be the most wonderful, cheerful time of the year.  However for many of us, all the planning, decorating, entertaining and coordinating can lead to stress, worry and exhaustion.  Since smart home automation has become so affordable and ubiquitous, why not use it to your advantage?   You can cut through the…

Amazon Ring Now Partnering With Police

By GotSmartStuff | November 3, 2019

The doorbell-camera company Ring was purchased for $1 billion in February 2018 by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos.  Ring, the ultimate Cinderella story, was on the verge of going broke and got rejected by investors on ABC’s Shark Tank.  Fast-forward to August 28, 2019, and Amazon Ring now works with 405 law enforcement agencies across the…

Alexa Commands for Smart Homes

By GotSmartStuff | October 21, 2019

Amazon Alexa, if you don’t already know, is Amazon’s digital assistant and comes built into Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays.  Alexa is perfect for a smart home as it is very convenient to control your smart home with the sound of your voice!  Following is a list of many of the Alexa voice…

New Hardware Announced at Amazon’s Fall 2019 Event

By GotSmartStuff | October 8, 2019

Amazon had its fall 2019 hardware event on September 25, 2019 in Seattle, the home of Amazon headquarters.  Amazon announced 15 new products and the debut of celebrity voices for Alexa. Some of the new products are invitation only, some you can pre-order now and some are available today!  Let’s take a look: Echo Dot…

Amazon’s Echo Lineup – Which is Best?

By GotSmartStuff | September 29, 2019

Amazon’s product line of Echo devices has continued to grow since the launch of the very first standalone Echo Dot back in 2014.  This guide will simplify buying an Alexa-powered speaker or screen for your smart home. Best Overall – Echo Dot (3rd Gen):  The Echo Dot 3rd Generation was released earlier this year and…

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