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7 Small Summer Getaways

Summer is all about indoor-outdoor living on a pared-down scale. Check out these surf shacks, vacation homes, and guest pavilions that are small on space and big on style.
July 16, 2015
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You're Not Crazy, Drones Really Could Be Trying to Infiltrate Your Home

Is that a drone hovering near your property line? Drew Porter’s pocket-size radio device for compromising entire smart homes can be effective three or more blocks away from a target. This means that if a burglar can’t physically approach your house because of a camera or an alarm, they can still fly a signal-jamming device into your neighborhood, using an off-the-shelf drone, to switch things off from afar. Drone attacks on the suburbs are already considered enough of a threat that UAV-detection systems can be installed to listen for the telltale whir of tiny rotors.
July 16, 2015
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6 Super Skinny Houses

When life gives you lot restrictions, make it slender. The architects and homeowners behind the following buildings found clever ways to make the most of tiny footprints and other challenges.
July 14, 2015
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Meet the Good Guys Trying to Hack Your Smart Home

Hidden among the many benefits of a Smart Home are subtle vulnerabilities that today’s security researchers are just beginning to understand.
July 13, 2015
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How Secure Is the Modern Smart Home? We Ask a Professional

The burglars’ tools of tomorrow will look more like robots and radios than lockpicks and crowbars. A security expert weighs in.
July 13, 2015
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Smart Home Experts Help You Decide What Tech You Need, and What's Just Bells and Whistles

Savvy advice from home automation experts on better livability through technology.
July 12, 2015
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A Children's Toy Could Potentially Break Into Your House

A team of graduate student researchers at the University of Washington, led by Tamara Denning, now an assistant professor at the University of Utah, wrote what is known in their field as an “attack paper”—an attempt to find vulnerabilities in everyday products or services before the bad guys do. Denning and her team discovered that specific combinations of remote-control children’s toys could be hacked by ambitious burglars to do everything from watching you leave on your next vacation to searching your home for hidden valuables.
July 12, 2015
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Everything You Need to Know About Security in the Age of Smart Homes

It’s no longer sufficient simply to lock your front door and close your windows before leaving your house. Criminals have found new ways into the most private realms of your living space—in fact, they might already be there, watching you through wireless cameras you installed. The future of crime is nothing if not high tech.
July 11, 2015
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