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

Fully Accessible Guide to Smart Home Tech for the Disabled and Elderly

Fully Accessible Guide to Smart Home Tech for the Disabled and Elderly

May 23, 2019 | News

This guide has been designed and optimized for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, and was built to meet the needs of those with visual and hearing disabilities. See our disclosure below for more information. Smart home technology has come a long way in the last few years. No longer just a novelty or relegated to…

Everything You Need to Know About Home Automation

Everything You Need to Know About Home Automation

Apr 30, 2019 | Review

The Home of the Future,Today Gone are the days of seeing home automation as a novelty born from "The Jetsons" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." With major tech companies racing against one another to be the leader in the industry, it’s clear gadgets like thermostats that learn your preferred room temperatures, and doorbells that show…

5 Tips for Blocking Pesky Pop-Up Ads On Your iPhone

5 Tips for Blocking Pesky Pop-Up Ads On Your iPhone

Apr 23, 2019 | News

You’re reading an article on your phone when all of the sudden the screen is overtaken by an ad exclaiming, “Congratulations! You just won a free iPhone XS!” Getting back to the article isn’t possible. The only thing you can do is close out of the page and hope that it won’t happen again. But…

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…