How to achieve smart home nirvana (or, home automation without subscription)

What comes to mind when you think of a smart home? Wi-Fi enabled light bulbs, video doorbells, cloud-connected robot vacuums, or smart fridges perhaps? Brands like Google/Nest or everything enabled with Amazon’s Alexa? While often providing some genuine convenience, these devices are also usually designed to invite and lock users into manufacturers’ ecosystems. Create a […]

Android sends 20x more data to Google than iOS sends to Apple, study says

Enlarge / Insomnia people and mobile-addiction concepts. (credit: Getty Images) This post has been updated to report objections researcher Doug Leith had to Google’s critique of his research. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, it’s continuously sending data including your location, phone number, and local network details to Apple or Google. Now, […]