Anne Dennon - Technology and Finance Writer at Reviews.com

Anne Dennon joined Reviews.com in June 2017. When she's not coming up with metaphors for Bitcoin, she writes about technology and financial services. She previously worked in law, libraries, and education.

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Outdoor Security Lights

Outdoor Security Lights

Aug 20, 2019 | Review

Outdoor security lighting is one of the more versatile categories in home security equipment. From inexpensive and low-tech to smartphone-controlled, security lighting is a tried and true crime deterrent. We combed through the top security lights on the market to find energy-efficient, customizable picks that light up the night on your schedule. The Best...

Amazon’s Vision Quest is Powered by Cameras — and Now by the Public

Amazon’s Vision Quest is Powered by Cameras — and Now by the Public

Aug 16, 2019 | News

Amazon boasts a particular ethos: The company, like its founder, is visionary. Brave forays into new categories — perhaps most obviously, space travel — exhibit a clear-sighted futurism. Vision is something we’ve come to expect from the ever-expanding retail giant, but its vision is more than philosophical. Amazon’s pursuits are increasingly tied to vision, as…

LifeShield Home Security

LifeShield Home Security

Aug 14, 2019 | Review

LifeShield Home Security Review When outfitting your home with devices that survey, record, and respond, you’re faced with a number of initial — and far-reaching — decisions. What network or platform will you use? Which hub or voice assistant? And will you prioritize automation (heating, cooling, lighting) or safety (sensors and alarms)? LifeShield, an ADT...

Home Pool Drowning Liability & Prevention Guide

Home Pool Drowning Liability & Prevention Guide

Aug 12, 2019 | News

A backyard pool is a homeowner’s dream — great for poolside entertaining, kids’ parties, and cooling off during summer’s peak. But pools are also a major responsibility, one that goes beyond raking out leaves and chlorinating the water.  Like trampolines, pools are considered an “attractive nuisance” in some jurisdictions. In the attractive nuisance doctrine, landowners…

Online Tools to Track Your Neighborhood’s Safety

Online Tools to Track Your Neighborhood’s Safety

Aug 09, 2019 | News

Neighborhood means community, and the concepts behind both terms are bigger than place. Neighborly sentiment and conduct keeps the streets near your home feeling safe and welcoming. New apps and devices make it easier than ever to put neighborliness to work in the interest of public safety.  While the online tools are new, neighborhood crime…

Alexa, Buy Me a House

Alexa, Buy Me a House

Aug 01, 2019 | News

There was a time when Amazon was limited to selling everything a house could hold. Now you can go to Amazon to buy your house, too. Last week, Amazon announced TurnKey, a collaboration with Realogy. The program connects you with a Realogy real estate agent and provides free move-in services and smart home tech from…

Best Self-Monitored Home Security System

Best Self-Monitored Home Security System

Jul 29, 2019 | Review

Home security systems provide peace of mind, whether you’re home alone or your cat is. The price for that peace can be steep, however, since up till now you’ve had to both purchase the equipment and shell out monthly for professional monitoring. With the rise of home automation tools, it’s time to bring monitoring...

Blink XT2 Review

Blink XT2 Review

Jul 23, 2019 | Review

Blink XT2 Review The second generation of 2016’s Blink XT camera, the XT2 offers two-way talk, elongated battery life, and improved motion detection. It also actually costs less than its first-generation counterpart, which is no longer available in stores. Amazon bought Blink in 2017, adding to the retail giant’s growing list of smart home brands....

How to Shop for Deregulated Energy in Texas

How to Shop for Deregulated Energy in Texas

Jul 17, 2019 | News

Moving to Texas? Take advantage of the state’s retail electricity market Fewer than 20 U.S. states have opted to ditch the old, state-controlled energy model in favor of a competitive energy marketplace. Since 2002, the Lone Star State has been one of them. Whether you’re just moving to Texas, or a born-and-bred Texan interested in…

Guardian Security Review

Guardian Security Review

Jul 17, 2019 | Review

Guardian Security Review This Seattle-based home security company offers both business and residential protection. While its service area is small (just Washington state), its service scope is broad. Guardian Security provides home security and automation as well as fire and life security and medical alert systems. A regional company with a lot of monitoring bandwidth,...