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15 Internet Devices to Make Life Easier -- or Less Annoying

By Bloomberg News - 2013-12-03T18:21:04Z

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Staples Connect

Price: $99

The idea is the same as Revolv's smart home product -- a wireless hub that can link together your various connected devices, but at a cheaper price. Staples Connect works with more than 100 pre-certified devices, and can do things such as unlock the pool gate, turn on the stereo and heat up the hot tub, all from a single smartphone app.

As more and more of these universal remote-like hubs hit the market, it's worth weighing the price, compatibility with the devices you own or want, and ease of use of the app when deciding on what's best for you.

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