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Protect America Review: Is It The Best Home Security System?

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Protect America is a DIY-installation home security system that requires a 3-year contract for professional monitoring, but their equipment and monthly pricing blows many similar services out of the water. And it’s one of the few security companies to let you choose between landline, broadband and cellular monitoring for any package you want. While affordability is a major plus, is Protect America able to deliver dependable security at such a surprisingly reasonable cost? Our experts find out…

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Best Smart Home Hub: Insteon vs SmartThings vs Wink vs WeMo & More

Wink smart hub: Best Smart Home Hub

You wake up to start your day and the lights automatically dim on, the window blinds open, the coffee pot starts brewing and the thermostat is adjusted — all before getting out of bed. Is this heaven? No, it’s just a smart home. Wouldn’t it be nice to have certain aspects of your life automated? Thanks to smart home hubs you can do so affordably and easily. What is a hub exactly? Read on to learn more about how they can be the brains of your home and work with a growing list of products within each room…

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Fitbit Review: Does It Actually Help Make You More Active?

Thinking of joining the Fitbit community but unsure which band you should get? Our Fitbit Review discusses the different types of devices Fitbit has on the market as well as some of the items they excel at and some things they could improve. Fitbit has been a leader in the activity tracker world since their first device came out and they continue to create newer and better products for you to track your fitness…

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Motley Fool Review: Is Their Stock Advisor Worth It?

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If you’re into DIY stock investing, you’ve likely heard of The Motley Fool. This company offers many services related to personal investing and financial planning, but here we’re focusing on its most popular product, The Motley Fool Stock Advisor. Is Stock Advisor worth the cost? Or are you better off going elsewhere?…

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What Is The Best Home Robot? Zenbo vs Jibo vs Buddy vs Pepper vs Lynx vs Kuri vs Hub & More

Couple with smart robot on counter

Are you a smart-home tech junkie just waiting for your next fix? Can’t wait to kick up your Alexa-enabled home a notch? Well, this could be a jackpot year, when the promise of home robots finally hits the market. We’re not there just yet, but the market’s closing in quickly. Read our take on the best home robot products, some of which will be consumer-ready any day now…

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Best Parental Control Apps And Software: Norton Family Premier vs Net Nanny vs Qustodio & More

Are you worried about your child being exposed to profanity, pornography or potential predators while using their smartphone? Whether your child is eight or sixteen, she could have access to all kinds of inappropriate images, language and people without your knowledge. Fortunately, you have some tech help on your side. Welcome to parental control apps. These apps and software give you remote supervision over your child’s mobile activity, so you can make sure she is safe and making smart choices with her mobile use…

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