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Best smart home devices of 2020 that aren’t made by Google or Amazon

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home industry. Beyond Amazon’s expanding lineup of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home products features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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Best smart home devices of 2020 that aren’t made by Amazon or Google

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home industry. Beyond Amazon’s expanding lineup of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home devices features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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‘You’re in labour aren’t you?’: eventer welcomes baby son straight after show

An eventer who went into labour while attending a show has welcomed a healthy baby son, having made it to the hospital in the nick of time.

Cheshire-based Bonnie Fishburn had been at a show four miles from home with her husband Tom Hollins and miniature Shetland pony Mr Pegs on 20 September – a week before Bonnie’s due date.

“I woke up after midnight and it felt like I was having contractions 20 minutes apart. I had been having Braxton Hicks [false labour pains] earlier in the week so I put it down to the same thing and thought it was a false alarm,” Bonnie told H&H.

“At 6am I got up and bathed Mr Pegs for the show, didn’t tell Tom or my mum Lynn what had happened and we carried on to the show.”

Bonnie said as the morning progressed, the intervals between contractions became shorter.

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Joanna Gaines’ 4 Favorite Kitchen Colors Aren’t What You’d Expect

Is shiplap a color?

Not exactly. But Fixer Upper host Joanna Gaines did transform the home renovation space with her unique design style that’s been described as “modern farmhouse chic.” Even years after her HGTV series ended, DIY enthusiasts are still obsessed with copying her look in their own homes.

And Gaines is happy to share advice with eager followers. She currently contributes to her quarterly magazine, Magnolia Journal, plus released an entire book focused on creating a beautiful home retreat you’ll never want to leave. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave is a bestseller.

Recently, the mother of five revealed what colors she thinks work best for a kitchen via her company, Magnolia Home.

‘Fixer Upper’ popularized 1 very specific style

RELATED: The Top 10 Episodes of ‘Fixer Upper,’ According to IMDb

The HGTV show that made Gaines famous was both celebrated and

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Wall Street home loans aren’t looking great in this crisis

Home for sale in San Francisco, California.


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Wall Street’s foray back into lending to homeowners with spotty credit isn’t looking great during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s still early days, but delinquencies on residential mortgages bundled into private bond deals, or without government backing, have shot up to about 18% as of July from a low of about 4% in January, according to Goldman Sachs.

Wall Street home loans


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That’s a dip from a recent high of more than 20%.

The Goldman chart breaks out the performance of loans in “non-QM” bond deals from those pegged as “prime,” a category that unsurprisingly has reported far lower delinquencies of 30-days or more.

Prime borrowers typically have credit scores of 670 or higher, with those in the subprime category closer to an 580 to 669 range, according to Experian, a credit reporting bureau.

In Wall Street parlance, “non-QM”

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Best smart home products for 2020 that aren’t made by Google or Amazon

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home market. Beyond Amazon’s growing roster of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home devices features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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