The best smart thermostats can automate the heating and cooling of your home, to ensure it's at the temperature you want when you want it. Rather than using a schedule for when your home should be heated and cooled, smart thermostats give you more control by letting you adjust the temperature from your phone even if you’re not at home. No more returning home late to find you’ve been wasting energy as the heating has been running full blast all evening. Smart thermostats also let you change the temperature with your voice, and can work with other smart home gadgets, such as smart lights and smart plugs and switches , so when you walk through the door the lights are on, your favorite songs are playing and your home is at the perfect temperature. It's not just about home automation, smart thermostats can help save energy and potentially money too. Some internet-connected thermostats use AI to identify how long it takes your home to heat up or cool down, amending your schedule … [Read more...] about Best smart thermostat 2021: save energy and money when heating your home
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Your guide to the best Google Home sales that are happening online. We're rounding up the best deals on Google's smart home speaker lineup, including the Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Nest Hub (previously known as the Google Home Hub), and the Google Home Max. We've also added the latest sales for the new Google Nest Hub Max and Google Nest Mini devices. The Google Home family of smart speakers are amongst the most popular smart speakers on the market that tap into the convenience of voice control. And don't tell Alexa, but Google Assistant has proved to be considerably smarter at answering our requests. The Google Home and Google Home Mini are roughly on a par with the Amazon Echo range in terms of audio quality for music, but the newer Google Home Max frankly thrashes any of Amazon's Echo speakers for music fans that want to feel every beat. After you save on your new smart speaker, getting going with it is as simple as a voice command. All you need to do is say 'Ok … [Read more...] about The cheapest Google Home sales for April 2021: the best Home Mini, Hub, and Max deals
The coronavirus essentially shut down travel -- local and internationally -- for the past year. With more people getting vaccinated, we're starting to see some hope that we can go on adventures again in the near-ish future . In the meantime, we've got Google Maps. Whether you're still anxious about the world opening back up, wanting to get a look at some locations before booking a trip, or your lust for travel exceeds your budget, you can take a mini-trip from home quite easily. Just pull up Google Maps on your PC or phone and start your search. While you can check out maps from everywhere on Earth, the Street View and Photo Sphere tools let you digitally roam virtually anywhere. To explore on your PC, first make sure you're in satellite mode. Click and drag the little yellow person in the bottom right of the screen to any blue highlighted spot on the map. On your phone, just tap the photo in the bottom left and Maps will "drop" you into your chosen location. … [Read more...] about Google Maps: 15 most interesting places to explore from home
Remember Game of Thrones ? That niche little show that reached 44 million people across eight seasons? It began exactly 10 years ago Saturday, but HBO and author George RR Martin hopes forthcoming prequels and novels will reclaim GoT's pop culture throne. Except winter came and went, and it may not be coming back. Based on Martin's already best-selling fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire , the Game of Thrones TV show began on HBO April 17, 2011. No one could have predicted the show's utterly seismic cultural impact. Even if you didn't watch the show, you knew winter was coming and weddings were red. Even if you knew nothing, you knew Jon Snow. CNET Culture Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games. Crucially, Game of Thrones proved that even in the age of streaming and constant YouTube and social media distraction, TV could still enrapture a mass audience. The final episode had 13 million … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones turns 10: What happened to the world’s biggest TV show?
Mention the word "graffiti," and many people's thoughts immediately turn to vandalism in the form of defacement of property. But there is also graffiti that rises above such negative connotations and qualifies as bona fide street art. Think of the commemorative murals created after the death of NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna; the Black Lives Matter logos painted on the streets in New York City, and along 16th Street in Washington, DC , last year amid ongoing protests; and the works of Banksy , Eduardo Kobra , and the countless other less well-known artists around the world, who embellish our streets with their work. Street art, in turn, is vulnerable to vandalism, posing unique challenges to those seeking to preserve these rather ephemeral creations. This week, a team of Italian scientists described its novel, environmentally friendly new method to safely remove defacing over-paintings on street art at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). … [Read more...] about Novel hydrogels can safely remove graffiti from vandalized street art