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‘CNET Smart Home in San Francisco’ Offers How-To Guide for Lifestyle Enhancement

The newly opened demo house, outfitted with Comcast’s Xfinity home automation system, will teach consumers how to enhance their living spaces with the help of smart home technology.

SAN FRANCISCO — CNET, a leading online source of consumer technology news and reviews, announces the opening today of the Xfinity CNET Smart Home in San Francisco.

A demonstration house of sorts, the property is billed as the foundation for CNET’s new “Guide to Smart Living” content, instructing consumers how to use technology to create a highly personalized and efficient lifestyle.

“We’ve seen the adoption of smart home technology evolve from aspirational tech to everyday products in the home,” Lindsey Turrentine, editor-in-chief of CNET.com, states in a press release. “However, we understand that for most consumers the thought of installing and using new devices is daunting, so we’re launching the Xfinity CNET Smart Home in San Francisco with a ‘how-to’ emphasis to educate and inspire consumers on how tech can improve their homes and lives.”

The Xfinity CNET Smart Home in San Francisco is billed as inspiring consumers to get the most out of their homes, whether they have already invested in connected technology in their homes or are just getting started. Xfinity is a brand under Comcast, one of the nation’s largest providers offering video, high-speed internet, phone, wireless services, home security and home automation solutions for consumers.

“The concept of a smart home is about technologies working together for the consumer — video, mobile, WiFi, automation and security — and we are proud to work with CNET to have created a space that shows how different digital experiences can complement one another in a way that’s simple and easy to use every day,” says Todd Arata, senior vice president of brand marketing and communications, Comcast Cable.

The Guide to Smart Living content will teach readers how to incorporate a mix of connected products and services into their lives from installation to implementation. Examples from the press release include:

Automate your mornings — Let your home help you start the day by adjusting the lights, turning on the news and getting the coffee percolating as soon as it detects that you are awake.

In-home cooking advice — Master your cooking skills basic to expert, through learning how to use a smart pan properly or receive cooking advice from your stove and other appliances with just a few easy voice commands.

Make the most of smart home security — Learn the best tips and tricks to maximizing smart home security devices so that you can have peace of mind whether you are away for a few hours or weeks.

Go Green — Learn how to save money and the planet at the same time by adding easy-to-use, eco-friendly appliances to your home.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the 2,952-square-foot, single-family home has three bedrooms, a two car garage and a spacious backyard. In order to give the house the look, feel and comfort of a modern urban residence, CNET partnered with Williams-Sonoma to design the home’s interior.

“At Williams-Sonoma our mission is to enhance people’s lives at home, and technology is becoming an increasingly important factor in making a house more simple and efficient,” says Williams-Sonoma CMO Felix Carbullido. “Through our partnership with CNET, we are excited to demonstrate that any home can be fully connected with the latest technology, without compromising design, comfort and warmth.”

The Xfinity CNET Smart Home in San Francisco will be featured in the Smart Home section of CNET.com. Consumers can also find the CNET Guide to Smart Living on Instagram at @cnetsmartliving.

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