Harry Guinness

About the author

Harry Guinness is an Irish freelance writer and photographer. He spends his time either at home in Ireland, in the French Alps skiing, or avoiding everything in Parts Unknown. His writings have been published in The New York Times, Popular Science, Lifehacker, and dozens of other places.

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Creating a Smart Bedroom for Kids

Smart home technology can do a lot to make parenting easier. Smart baby monitors can tell you when your infant is moving around, smart speakers can play soothing music while they drift off and smart lights can enforce a bedtime routine (or scare away monsters under the bed).Your child may be

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Should You Sign On to a New App Using Your Facebook Sign In?

You’ve probably paused when a new site asks you if you want to use your Facebook login information. It feels convenient, but is it secure? Sure, you don’t have to create another account or remember a new password. Still, there are some risks and trade-offs involved. Let’s have a

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What’s New and What’s Coming in Wearable Tech

There are few things as futuristic as wearable technology. Smartphones are just attractive, portable computers. A smart ring that tracks your sleep and a smart bikini that tells you when you’ve had too much sun? That’s something much cooler.Here's some of the most exciting new wearable tech that’s available

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Choosing the Right DIY Security System for When You Go Back to Work

If you’ve spent the last year working from home, you might be concerned about going back to the office and leaving everything unattended and vulnerable to theft—especially any new home office equipment or nifty smart devices you’ve bought during the pandemic. With the right DIY security system, though, you

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The New Amazon Sidewalk Network, Your Privacy and Your Wi-Fi

Amazon has been making headlines recently with the launch of Sidewalk, a new feature for Echo devices and Ring security cameras. There has been a lot of confusion over what Sidewalk does, how it works and what it means for your privacy—and your internet connection.But don’t worry, Sidewalk is

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Pick a Cool Tech Gadget To Give Yourself

If you’re into cool tech, things can be pretty overwhelming. Every year, thousands of awesome (or at least awesome-sounding) new gadgets are unveiled. It’s almost impossible to keep track of what’s great, what’s awful and what you might even want. How about some help?This is a list of some

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Creating a Smart Living Room

If you’re making a smart home, the living room is one of the easiest to turn into a smart room (perhaps only beaten by a smart kitchen). And, as you probably spend a lot of your free time there, you’ll get a good return from your smart device investments.

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Working From Home? A Gigabit Connection Is One of the Best Things You Can Get

Working from home brings with it a whole heap of new challenges. You have to find a way to work productively, avoid distractions and keep your household running. It’s a lot—and one way to make it all easier is with a gigabit fiber-optic broadband connection.Whatever else you have going

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Why Gigabit Internet Matters for Streaming Movies and TV Shows

All right, you finally settle on a movie or TV show to stream and once you hit play, you have to sit through the buffering—and if you’re really unfortunate, you’ll have to wait for it to buffer every few minutes for the entire movie.While gigabit speed can’t help you

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Get a Great Night’s Sleep in Your Smart Bedroom

A good night’s sleep is super important: It keeps you healthier, mentally sharper and better able to face the day. When building your smart home, a smart bedroom should be high on the list. The right smart bedroom devices can improve the quality of your sleep—and, in turn, the