Anne Dennon - Technology and Finances 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 for the home and financial services. She previously worked in law, libraries, and English education.

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Video Doorbells Are the Best New Smart Home Devices. Here’s What to Know Before You Buy

Video Doorbells Are the Best New Smart Home Devices. Here’s What to Know Before You Buy

Jul 01, 2019 | News

If you’re going to buy one piece of smart home tech, it should probably be a video doorbell. It’s one of the best new home security options on the market because it functions not only as a security measure, but as a useful, day-to-day tool. Video doorbells keep a vigilant eye on your front door…

Samsung Takes on Amazon, Google With Cheaper Smart Home Devices

Samsung Takes on Amazon, Google With Cheaper Smart Home Devices

Jun 28, 2019 | News

On Monday, Samsung released a trio of smart home devices — SmartThings Cam, SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug, and SmartThings Smart Bulb. These first-generation smart home devices from Samsung solidify the company as a low-priced competitor on its own developer platform, Works with SmartThings, as well as those of Amazon and Google. The SmartThings devices themselves…

Venmo Is the Gateway Drug to Digital Currency

Venmo Is the Gateway Drug to Digital Currency

Jun 19, 2019 | News

If you’ve shopped on Overstock in recent years, there’s a good chance you encountered a surprising payment option at checkout. Next to MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal, there’s Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency that investors are enjoined to hodl can now be spent on patio furniture. Unlike Bitcoin, PayPal is a familiar option at check-out. The payment…

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…

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…

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…