smart home

Quirky And GE Launch 7 New Gadgets To Make Your Smart Home Smarter

Quirky, the company that helps turn crazy inventions into things you can actually buy, has announced seven new gizmos to help raise the IQ of your home. They include inexpensive devices that detect moisture levels or energy consumption, but also one product — a smart thermostat — aimed at giving smart home leaders like Nest some quality competition.


Apple TV Gets One Step Closer To Becoming Your Smart Home Hub

Apple TV has long seemed like a natural fit as a hub for Apple’s smart home ambitions, even before those ambitions were codified in HomeKit. Today, we finally have a good look at exactly how that’s going to work in practice.


Report: Amazon Wants Your Smart Home To Know What You Need Before You Do

Despite having almost a quarter of a billion active users, Amazon is struggling to find a footing for its hardware in peoples’ homes. You might have 10 old Amazon boxes lying around — but did any of them contain a Fire phone? A new report from Reuters details how Jeff Bezos plans to change that by doubling down on hardware.


Here's How Nest Will Work Together With Your Dropcam Now

When Nest acquired Dropcam for $US555 million earlier this year, it seemed like an obvious move: Nest has sensors out the wazoo, but no camera. We hadn’t heard much about integration between the two companies though, until today, when Nest announced exactly how the devices will work together.


Hilton's Going To Make Hotel Room Keys Obsolete

Smartphones have been killing off fogey tech since the first iPhone. Goodbye MP3 player. So long stopwatch. Good riddance physical maps. Now, with some help from Hilton hotels, room keys are next to face extinction.


How Nest Is Already Using All That Data From Its Army Of Smoke Alarms

The big news from Nest today is that Protect is back on the shelves. But lost in the shuffle is a more interesting tidbit from the company: its first report on data culled from the alarms of hundreds of thousands of users. It’s a glimpse at how Nest (and Google) can use their army of home-based smart hardware for the better — and at just how much they could know about you some day.


Samsung's Bluetooth-Controlled LED Bulbs Create Their Own Wireless Network

Coincidentally timed with Apple’s WWDC HomeKit announcement, Samsung has revealed a new line of smart LED lightbulbs that communicate with your phone, and each other, using a mesh Bluetooth network they automatically create. What does that actually mean for you?


Apple's HomeKit Is An iPhone-Powered Universe Of Gadgets

Instead of jumping head first into the smart home market by allowing iOS users to (finally) control all of their connected appliances and devices from a single app, Apple has instead decided to tip-toe through the connected home’s front door with a new API that ensures everything can be securely connected wirelessly, and controlled using Siri voice commands.


Report: Google And Nest Want To Offer Home Surveillance

Google is reportedly hoping to add home security to Nest’s portfolio. According to The Information, it’s been considering a purchase of Dropcam — the worldwide leader in cloud-powered remote monitoring systems.


This Is How Smart All Smart Watches Should Be

So-called smart watches are sadly just fancy smartphone remotes. What if you were able to use a smart watch to control your entire home? That’s what this developer has built with Pebble WAND.


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