Meg Cannistra is a Senior Content Strategist and home automation/home security writer at Reviews.com. She started on the team in January of 2018 and has way too many opinions on smart devices and home security systems. Meg also writes children’s books (her debut novel comes out on August 20, 2019, with Simon & Schuster). The best thing she’s ever purchased is her KitchenAid stand mixer.

The Latest from Meg

DIRECTV Review

DIRECTV Review

Apr 09, 2019 | Review

DIRECTV DIRECTV offers six TV packages, 325 channels, and no installation or equipment fees for your first two rooms. Like most TV providers, you have to sign a two-year contract, but while some lock in your rate for the entire term, DIRECTV raises your rates after the first year unless you bundle with AT&T’s internet…

Reviews.com 2019 Safest Cities in the U.S.

Reviews.com 2019 Safest Cities in the U.S.

Mar 25, 2019 | Review

For both young parents putting down roots and retirees preparing for the next chapter, it's helpful to know which cities are relatively low-crime when planning a move. It’s also good to get a sense of how your city compares to others in the country in terms of safety. To help you better understand this…

8 Ways Home Security Is Getting Smarter

8 Ways Home Security Is Getting Smarter

Mar 21, 2019 | News

Gone are the days of clunky security keypads with big, ugly buttons. A few years back, the home security industry got a collective makeover — emerging with sleek touchscreens, advanced cameras, and home automation capabilities. These days it’s practically impossible to think of security systems not including some kind of smart home component. And there’s…

The Best Movies Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO in March

The Best Movies Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO in March

Mar 15, 2019 | News

Daylight Savings may have given us an extra hour of sunlight, but that doesn’t mean you need to come out from hibernation and stop binging movies. March brings classics like Weekend at Bernie’s and Death at a Funeral to your TV, along with some hotly anticipated original titles like Triple Frontier. We asked our movie…

August Finally Fixes the Smart Doorbell’s Biggest Problem: Looking like a Doorbell

August Finally Fixes the Smart Doorbell’s Biggest Problem: Looking like a Doorbell

Mar 05, 2019 | News

Best known for its smart locks, August announced the second generation of its smart doorbell earlier today. And while it may seem like smart doorbells are a dime a dozen in 2019, the wire-free August View has a feature many lack — it resembles a traditional doorbell. Image: August The device’s sleek, simplistic design, equipped…

Understanding Zigbee and Z-Wave Standards

Understanding Zigbee and Z-Wave Standards

Mar 04, 2019 | News

Smart tech has come a long way in the five years since Amazon introduced Alexa to the world. What originally felt like a novelty or passing trend has now become an integral part of the home for many families. In August 2018, 32% of Americans reported owning a smart speaker, and it’s clear our comfort…

CES 2019 Recap: Companies Want Us to Embrace AI, But What About Privacy?

CES 2019 Recap: Companies Want Us to Embrace AI, But What About Privacy?

Jan 09, 2019 | News

My feet are sore and I’ve had more cups of coffee than I can count, but overall my first CES has been a blast. The show floor is bigger than I thought it would be and packed to the edges with people. Aside from what felt like thousands of 8K TVs (which Philip covers in…

Omron’s Ping Pong-Playing Robot Is a Major Hit at CES

Omron’s Ping Pong-Playing Robot Is a Major Hit at CES

Jan 09, 2019 | News

With all the TVs and autonomous vehicles at CES this year, we were left asking a very important question: “Where are all the cool robots?” Little did we know that we’d happen to stumble upon maybe the coolest robot at the entire show at Omron’s booth. Forpheus is the world’s only robot in the world…

Samsung Introduces All New Family Board For Its Family Hub Refrigerator

Samsung Introduces All New Family Board For Its Family Hub Refrigerator

Jan 08, 2019 | News

Samsung’s booth at this year’s CES is as big as a city. In fact, it’s literally decked out with building facades and street signs directing you to all Samsung has to offer like demonstrations of the Bixby voice assistant, a customizable TV that can be designed as big as you want it, and an area…

LG Showcases Its Impressive 88-inch OLED TV

LG Showcases Its Impressive 88-inch OLED TV

Jan 08, 2019 | News

As you likely saw in our live blog, LG’s bringing some serious showstoppers to this year’s CES. From the somewhat unsettling CLOi robot to the world’s first rollable OLED TV, we’re starting to wonder if there’s anything LG can’t do. Obviously LG was our first stop after the hype the company built yesterday at its…