Today, we review LG's Heart Rate Monitor earphones, learn how to upgrade your dumb home on a budget, check out Apple's new Retina Macbook Pros and learn about a new Xbox game-streaming service called EA Access. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.

How to make your dumb home smarter without spending a fortune

Want to make your home smarter, but can't afford premium services like ADT Smart Home or Vivint? Don't worry, we've compiled a list of the best (and more importantly, affordable) gadgets that can upgrade you abode.

'EA Access' subscription on Xbox One brings all-you-can-eat gaming for $5 per month

Look out PlayStation Now. Earlier today, Microsoft and EA announced their own game subscription service called EA Access. For only $5 per month, users get unlimited access to a vault of games, including Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4.

Apple gives Retina MacBook Pros a speed boost ahead of Yosemite rollout

OS X Yosemite is reportedly due sometime this October, but Apple's not waiting around to revamp its line of Retina Macbook Pros. As of today, both the 15- and 13-inch models received a few upgrades in preparation for the upcoming OS.

LG Heart Rate Monitor Earphone review: good fitness gadget, poor earphones

LG's Heart Rate Monitor Earphones (which do exactly what you'd expect) mean you need one less gadget to track your workout. The only problem? These Bluetooth buds sound pretty bad.