Brent Dirks-Smart Home Editor

Brent Dirks

Smart Home Editor

About Brent Dirks

Born and raised in sunny west Texas, Brent graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in journalism. He's been writing about technology for more than 5 years and enjoys all things Apple, accessories, and security.

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Apple Watch Ultra 2 Review: The Best Smartwatch Gets Even Better

While a minor upgrade from the original, Double Tap and a brighter screen make Apple’s high-end wearable tough to beat.

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Nanoleaf 4D Review: Immersive TV Backlighting for Less

While installation can be a bit tricky, the lights sync with what is on your TV screen for a fun experience.

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The 11 Best Interactive Widgets for Your iPhone and iPad

Do more with these interactive widgets for your iPhone or iPad home screen.

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The 11 Best iPhone StandBy Widgets

Take advantage of the great StandBy feature with these top-notch widgets to view information at a glance.

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Why the Amazon Echo Hub Might Help Make Smart Home Control Easier

The smart home hub is compatible with a number of protocols including Matter and Thread.

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The Midea V12 Takes Center Stage at IFA 2023 Earning the Innovation Award

The combination mop and vacuum can keep your floors clean without you needing to lift a finger.

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6 New Features of the Apple Watch Series 9

From a faster chip to better Siri interaction, see what's new in the latest Apple Watch.

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Rock on the Go: Sonos Unveils the Move 2 With Stereo Sound, Better Battery Life

The new portable speaker can provide up to 24 hours of music playback, double the previous generation.

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IFA 2023: The Best New Smart Home Products We Saw

See some of the best smart home products unveiled at the show this year.

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Eufy X9 Pro Review: A Top-Notch Mop Weighed Down By a Messy Vacuum Experience

While the combo robot sports a near-perfect mop, a small dust collection bin is problematic.

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IFA 2023: Yeelight Introduces Two New Matter-Compatible Smart Lighting Options

The lighting brand’s app will also soon add AI-driven learning and created effects.

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How to Check an AirTag's Battery Life

Find out when it's time to replace the battery is Apple's item tracker.

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Why Philips Hue Is Set to Shake Up the Smart Home Security Market

The popular smart lighting company has just unveiled a robust new lineup of security products at IFA 2023.

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How to Order Amazon’s Blink Outdoor 4 Wireless Security Camera (and Why You Should)

The camera features improved image quality and a new person detection feature.

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A Look at the Redesigned Apple Apps in watchOS 10

See how Apple has revamped some of the most popular Apple Watch apps.

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How to Set Up and Use Your Apple TV

Take a dive into Apple's streaming box with our setup guide and look at what you can do with the Apple TV.

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How to Use the Smart Stack and Widgets on Your Apple Watch

No matter what watch face you use, the Smart Stack gives you quick access to important information.

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What Is the Amazon Smart Thermostat and How Can You Use It?

See how Amazon's own smart thermostat can fit in a smart home and maybe even save some cash.

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How to Turn Off Theater Mode on Your Apple Watch

Find out more about the Apple Watch feature that makes the technology less intrusive when at the movies.

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The 13 Best Custom Apple Watch Faces

Here are some of the best Apple Watch faces, including cute and cool Apple Watch faces that show off the stunning display.

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