Showing posts from May, 2018

Home surveillance legal in California but some gray areas

Home security cameras and dash cams are legal in California. However, like in many legal cases, there are gray areas. California is a "two-party consent" state, this means permission must be granted from all parties to make a recording lawful. Typically, this law applies to "confidential communication" such as a private phone call or private conversation. A person at a public gathering shouldn't expect that their conversation can't be recorded. As an overall rule, dash cams and home surveillance cameras are not used to record secret conversations but are more so a personal protection or defense while driving or against intruders. Owners of these cameras don't need to ask permission to record as long as there is no audio eavesdropping on a private conversation. This applies to home security cameras. Read more:

Home security options

It's summertime, that means vacations. But, one thing you shouldn't be relaxed about is the way you secure your home. One of the easiest things you can do to protect your home and family may seem obvious… lock up. "People not locking their doors is the number one problem whether it's their house doors, their car doors, just not locking up," said Benjamin Simmons, the owner of Shreveport Security Systems, If you lock your doors, but you'd like to feel more secure, you can install an alarm system, motion sensing lights, or cameras. "Just having cameras around your house scares people away an amazing amount" Read more:

Smart Lights and other Smart Home upgrades

If you're looking for a project to spruce up your home, we have four quick ideas that can inject some digital upgrades into your life. These smart home upgrades are so simple you can tackle all four over a long weekend, and connect them all to each other. Plus, all of these items can be picked up at a big box store or likely ordered online for quick overnight shipping. Smart lights are one of the simplest device you can install, and smart plugs can turn any light into a connected light. Almost nothing is easier than a lighting upgrade. Depending on the lights, you can set this project up with a simple pack of smart bulbs, such as those from Philips Hue, which have their own app. Read more:

Sonos announces event for home theater speaker with Alexa

Sonos sent out invites for June event in San Francisco with tagline: “You’re better than this.” The company recently registered a home theater smart speaker with the FCC. The invite might be alluding to Alexa’s ability to control some TVs and other components of an entertainment setup. An HDMI port would give Sonos’ next speaker more direct control over the big screen in your living room. Read more:

Can Smart Home help sell your house?

Smart home tech is becoming more common. So much so that it’s worth considering when it comes time to sell your home, especially because it can be so expensive. Does it add value to your home Or is a perk? Appraisers are looking for things like number of bedrooms, location, and other essential amenities. Some whole-house automated systems (like Control4) might add some value. Basic upgrades like a Nest thermostat or a Sonos smart sound system, aren’t going to do much for you. Read more:

How Savant makes a smart home run

Smarthome devices have come up in a sort of Wild West-like frontier where anything goes, but home automation company Savant plans to bring order from the chaos. Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri may be able to talk to a bunch of different devices, but so far they aren’t proven to be as good at making multiple devices work together. With these assistants, you can turn lights on and off, lock and unlock doors but it’s going to take three different voice commands to do it. In order to fully automate a home, it helps to enlist the help of home automation like Savant. Read more:

Smart Home becomes reality

Every day people perform routine tasks by talking to their homes. It may sound strange, but it’s happening. The lifestyle change is driving sales of what are called Smart Homes. A Smart Home is a house connected to Wi-Fi that has devices and applications installed intended to make life more convenient, efficient and secure. Owners can order set their alarm system and even be alerted to water in their basement. All without moving an inch. “There are some really basic smart homes and then some really integrated smart homes that have hundreds of devices,” explained Nathan Franck, who develops homes with Smart technology. Read more: