Anne Dennon joined Reviews.com as a Staff Writer in June 2017. Since then, she’s reviewed everything from exercise equipment to investment platforms. Previously, she taught English and worked in library and archival science. Anne studied literature and film and still does, in the sense that she ruins movies for other people.

The Latest from Anne

Xfinity Home Security Ups the Ante on Automation with Pet Detection

Xfinity Home Security Ups the Ante on Automation with Pet Detection

Jun 14, 2019 | News

What do our pets do all day? Telecom giant Comcast is gearing up to answer that question with a newly released camera feature for Xfinity Home Security. The technology uses artificial intelligence to distinguish pet movement from other movement in the camera’s line of sight, allowing pet owners to easily retrieve footage of their pets…

Xfinity Home Security

Xfinity Home Security

Jun 12, 2019 | Review

Xfinity Home Security Review The blue ADT sign has dominated front lawns for years. Lately, you may have seen a different sign frequently popping up— a red sign for Xfinity Home Security. Created by Comcast in 2011, Xfinity Home Security combines a focus on high-tech home automation — live video, sensors, comfort controls — with…

Guide for Nest Users Transitioning to Google Assistant/Google Nest

Guide for Nest Users Transitioning to Google Assistant/Google Nest

Jun 11, 2019 | News

If you built a smart home security and automation system with Nest, you’re going through some growing pains right now. The company, acquired by Google in 2014, has now been brought fully under the Alphabet umbrella to become Google Nest. We say “growing pains” but the transition process shouldn’t actually be painful: Google is making…

Best Mobile Payment App/Service

Best Mobile Payment App/Service

May 30, 2019 | Review

The Best Mobile Payment Apps Kennedy 50-cent pieces and $2 bills — soon, all cash might feel as antiquated as these. Financial thinkers say we are headed toward a cashless economy, but many of us already live in one. Income is automatically deposited, bill payments are automatically withdrawn. We pay with plastic or, increasingly, a…

What Kind of Privacy Can Google Smart Home Tech Promise?

What Kind of Privacy Can Google Smart Home Tech Promise?

May 29, 2019 | News

The keynote speech at this year’s Google I/O took place under clear blue California skies. No clouds that day, but one circling airplane carrying a banner message. “Google control is not privacy” — a compelling statement, particularly juxtaposed with the keynote’s subject matter. Describing Google’s even-handed perspective on the usefulness of data versus the sanctity…

Credit Unions vs. Banks

Credit Unions vs. Banks

May 24, 2019 | News

Credit unions versus banks — it’s the David-and-Goliath of banking options. The community-based non-profit versus the stockholder behemoth. Main Street versus Wall Street. But, big picture aside, we all want our banking experiences to be convenient, accommodating, and lucrative. So when it comes down to what you do with your money, both credit unions and…

How to Choose the Right Homeowners Insurance Deductible

How to Choose the Right Homeowners Insurance Deductible

May 17, 2019 | News

Everything about insurance is a trade-off. Your insurance provider takes on your risk, you take on their bill. You pay money now; they’ll pay money later. Even the pay structure of insurance involves a trade-off: You can pay a high premium, then pay a lower deductible in case of a claim… or you can pay…

Security, Privacy Loom Large Over Google I/O

Security, Privacy Loom Large Over Google I/O

May 08, 2019 | News

Google’s annual developer conference unveiled new devices (cheaper Google phones are here — Pixel 3A and 3A XL) and bragged about the past year’s innovations (automatic email responses have been great, thanks!), but the constant refrain was privacy. Even as the sophisticated, customizable possibilities of the newest suite of Google gear derive their utility from…

Guide to Filing Homeowners Insurance Claims

Guide to Filing Homeowners Insurance Claims

May 03, 2019 | News

Like most insurance types, homeowners insurance operates as an abstract promise. If anything were to go wrong with your home — and if that hypothetical wrong fell within the policy’s coverage — you’d be relieved of the cost burden. You make a claim; your insurance company forks up. While most of us choose our insurance…

Is Mobile Home Insurance Worth It?

Is Mobile Home Insurance Worth It?

May 02, 2019 | News

If you rent the land you live on, or if you have a mortgage on your mobile home, you might not have a choice whether or not to get mobile home insurance — landlords and lenders often require it. Whether or not there is external pressure to get an insurance policy, holding one equips you…