Do-it-yourself home security options seem to be growing more numerous by the day, and we've tested a lot of them. None of them have left us quite as impressed as SimpliSafe. With its wide variety of easy-to-install sensors, SimpliSafe protects your home in a way that's comprehensive and yet also remarkably user-friendly. The system is totally wireless and designed to keep running even if the power gets cut, and unlike most other DIY security kits, SimpliSafe features both live monitoring and a cellular backup. If something's amiss at home, you can count on your system to keep … Read more
Waking up to the loud beeping of an alarm clock is no way to start a day, particularly if you regularly hit the snooze button and repeat the process once or twice before rolling out of bed. Pandora offers a better way. The free Pandora Radio app for iOS just received an update that introduces a new design for iOS 7 along with a long-awaited alarm clock feature.
To set the alarm, tap on the menu button in the upper-right corner when viewing the Now Playing screen. At the bottom of the menu you'll see a new line for … Read more
Viper is a Directed Electronics brand that makes all sorts of car-related gadgets. Recently, though, the company added a DIY home security system to the mix. That means that this new $229.99 system, dubbed Viper Home, is competing against similar products like the $349.99 Oplink Security TripleShield, $199 iSmartAlarm, $199 Canary Smart Home Security Device, and $239 Piper.
The Canary and Piper are all-in-one hubs with built-in cameras. The Oplink and iSmartAlarm, on the other hand, have hubs and separate accessories like door/window sensors and motion detectors. Viper definitely designed its home security system in the style … Read more
As DIY security becomes more and more popular, we're seeing more and more options arrive on the market. The latest offerings come from Oplink Security: the $199.99 sensor-driven AlarmShield package, and the $349.99 TripleShield package, which adds a pair of wireless cameras for the surveillance-minded homeowner. With similar motion detectors, panic sirens, and contact sensors for doors and windows -- not to mention equivalent price levels for both the basic package and the camera-ready package -- Oplink seems ready to compete directly with iSmartAlarm.
The big difference between the two systems is that, unlike iSmartAlarm, Oplink charges … Read more
Wake to your favorite tunes with Free Easy Alarm Clock. It doesn't sound an alarm but instead plays your sound clips. Nothing's stopping you from using an alarm sound, but tunes are better; like a clock radio, only without risking the DJ's taste in music. Of course, sometimes you need to be blasted out of bed, but Free Easy Alarm Clock lets you schedule as many alarms (and tunes) as necessary. Let's say you need a little heavy metal help with Mondays. Just set Free Easy Alarm Clock to play the tune that does the job … Read more
If there's any doubt as to whether people are eager for new home security alternatives, just take a look at Canary, a $199 smart home security device that blew up on Indiegogo this summer, crowdfunding its way to almost $2 million worth of contributions and preorders in a little over a month (its initial goal was $100,000).
Unlike other DIY security systems that we've seen, like the iSmartAlarm and its variety of external sensors, the Canary is a singular, all-in-one device. Housed within the curved, sleek-looking body (available in white, silver, or matte black -- but oddly … Read more
When you talk about smart appliances, the first things that come to mind for most people are Wi-Fi-enabled washing machines or refrigerators with touch screens built into the door. But some of the smartest upgrades of all might actually lie in the world of home automation, where an explosion of new smart gadgets is offering homeowners entirely new levels of functionality for their day-to-day lives. Best of all, unlike that Internet-ready washer or touch-screen fridge, a home automation upgrade isn't likely to cost you thousands of dollars.
With more and more products rolling out each month, from both established … Read more
You can't put a price on peace of mind, but that doesn't mean you have to overpay for home security. Now, with Indiegogo darling iSmartAlarm on the market, you don't. Its complete home security packages start at $199 with no contracts or monthly fees. Just set up the motion sensors, cameras, and alarms as you see fit, then monitor everything using the company's free app. It's smarter, more affordable home security for a new generation of DIY-ers.
Skeptics might be quick to point out that unlike the more established heavy hitters of home security, iSmartAlarm … Read more
A worthy replacement for the stock Android clock application, Alarm Digital Clock-7 allows the user to set an alarm, display the current time, date, and day of the week, and customize the app's home screen widget to their liking. The widget's large display and clear alarm label are more conspicuous and easy to read than competing applications.
Alarm Digital Clock-7 initially starts into its main screen, which displays a digital clock with a traditional look. The current date is also displayed beneath the time. This clock takes up the entire screen, which limits its overall utility since the … Read more
Wake Up Alarm Clock Free offers loads of unique features, but in order to change and customize its appearance and remove the ads you need to purchase the Pro version. Still, even if you don't choose to upgrade, it's one of the better alarm apps on Android and is awesome if you want to turn an old phone into a full-time alarm clock.
Wake Up Alarm Clock Free features plenty of neat ways to wake you up and comes with three widgets you can place on your home screen. In addition to vibration and gentle wake settings, the … Read more