AmberMac Archive: smart homes

2018 Tech Trends: Voice Assistants, Live Video & AI

In my first AmberMac newsletter of 2018, I shared some insights into this year’s tech trends. I know not everyone is a subscriber and I wanted to make sure everyone could have a look, so I’m putting the key parts in this post on my blog (but if you… Read More

#TheFeed: Hannah Alper, Spectrums, Captchas & Smart Kitchens

TF119: We talk to Hannah Alper, a 14-year-old blogger and activist, about her new book, Momentus. We also speak to the founder of Spectrums about how his new company makes it easy to create one single identity for all your social media accounts. Plus, Amber shares updates from her high-tech… Read More

My First #RoomRescue #SavingsJourney

Within two years of meeting my husband, we quit our jobs, started a business, had a baby (our son is now 8), sold a home (my first home), bought a home, bought a vacation condo, and started managing an income property (his first home). Many years later, we are finally… Read More

CES 2017: Battling Smart Home Hackers

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a massive trade show the size of 43-football fields, is celebrating its 50th year.  Last year, CES had its largest attendance ever, with more than 170,000 visitors and industry professionals, many of whom are back again this year… Read More

The Feed: TF078 Geek Gifts, Smarter Homes & VR Sports

Smart home technology is improving daily to keep us safe inside our homes. Lockitron Co-Founder Paul Gerhardt joins us on this episode to explain why his company’s innovative hardware and software is leading the way. Also on the show, Michael Josh shares some last minute gift giving ideas for… Read More

Netatmo Smart Home Products

Smart home technology is a great gift for the holidays for people on your list who want the hottest new tech. If you’re planning to buy a smart home product, consider something that is easy to set up and easy to manage. Some of my favorite picks are devices that… Read More

Photo Diary: Google shop Sleep Over

Try before you buy. That’s my tech shopping motto (not just this holiday season, but for a decade+). While we’re seeing a rise in online shopping (holiday spending in the US is expected to rise 18 percent this season), a lot of people still want to touch and feel… Read More

Veho Kasa Bluetooth Smart Bulb

There are getting to be a lot of smart lighting options on the market and Veho has added their Kasa Bluetooth LED smart bulbs to the mix. These light bulbs can be controlled remotely through the Kasa app for iOS and Android, changing the bulb’s white balance and brightness, as well as setting it… Read More

Parrot Pot Smart Planter

If you’ve got someone in your life like me, who loves houseplants but tends to stick to no-fuss varieties to make tending them easier, then you should definitely check out the Parrot Pot. This smart self-watering planter opens up a whole new variety of indoor gardening options and won’t forget to keep a close… Read More