Jake WidmanFreelance contributor, TechHive

Jake Widman is a freelance writer in San Francisco and a regular contributor to Computerworld, PCWorld, and TechHive.

home security

How to secure your home like a pro: 20-plus expert tips and strategies for DIYers

We picked the brains of home-security professionals to learn which devices and tactics deliver the most bang for the buck.

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Abode system

Contracts are optional with this DIY connected-home system

Abode is designed like a product from ADT or Vivint, but its service plans are very different.

connected home target

Many connected-home devices lack robust security features, security firm claims

Veracode warns that many connected-home devices lack basic security features, leaving consumers wide open to sophisticated thieves.

Smart home tablet

How to keep your connected home safe: 7 steps you can take to boost home security

Making your home smart could also make it insecure. We'll show you how to avoid the most common pitfalls.

Peq connected-home system

Peq review: A robust, DIY connected-home system

Nothing demonstrates the connected home becoming mainstream more than being able to buy the components at Best Buy.

UbiSpeak user interface

UbiSpeak combines voice and text messaging in a single app

Developer of the Ubi voice-controlled computer announces a free Android and iOS app that lets you create text messages with your voice.

Ubi voice-controlled computer

Ubi review: This voice-controlled computer is too obtuse for the modern smart home

Only the most patient of tinkerers will want to talk to Ubi.

Back-to-School Tech Guide 2012

Here's tech that will make college a breeze, whether it's in the classroom or the dorm.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011: Clunky to Cool

When I reviewed Microsoft Office for Mac 2008, I said the then-new version of the suite was "kind of like getting a new Chevy." But the updated suite drives more like a Prius.