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Samsung makes smart move by snapping up SmartThings for $200 million

Samsung and SmartThings together? It can only mean the beginning of better things for consumers looking to take full advantage of smart home solutions.

Smart Home August 16, 2014

Samsung acquired smart home start-up SmartThings for $200 million: Competition with Google Nest heats up

SmartThings is now part of Samsung as the smart home wars begins to take heat. Samsung will now compete directly with Google Nest and Insteon to become the go-to smart home hub provider.

Smart Home August 15, 2014

Smart sleep monitor boasts $1M in crowdsourcing funding

Sense wants to tell you how you slept, why you awoke early and what what you can do to maximize the effectiveness of your subconscious hours. The smart alarm clock enjoys overwhelming success on Kickstarter.

Smart Home August 5, 2014

HP points out security flaws of Internet of Things devices

HP studied ten devices and found that an average Internet of Things device possesses 25 security vulnerabilities. These devices would include sensors and connected infrastructure.

Smart Home August 2, 2014

$120K Samsung TV hits the shelf, are you saving up for one?

Samsung's 105-inch curved TV boasts a resolution of 5,120 x 2,160. The ultra-high-definition TV bears a $120K price tag, however.

Smart Home July 24, 2014

DIYers jumping into Internet of Things? One company thinks they'd love to

Three-year-old littleBits Electronics is ready to make it easy for anyone to make electronic devices that connect to the Internet. It's cloudBit module lets users turn any object into an Internet-connected smart device.

Smart Home July 24, 2014

Meet Jibo, a family robot who dances, tells stories and is even a good listener

Here comes Jibo, a personal assistant, family-friendly foot-tall robot. Jibo can speak, hear, snap pictures and video, deliver messages, teach children and provide some warm and fuzzy moments for the whole family.

Smart Home July 16, 2014

Google, Samsung, Nest sewing a 'thread' for smart home standard

Tech world's biggest are joining forces to deliver new smart home standards. Google's Nest will lead the way in helping to push the Internet of Things forward.

Smart Home July 15, 2014

LG 18-inch OLED display is transparent and can be rolled up like a magazine

LG announced that it has come up with a flexible 18-inch OLED display panel that can be rolled into a cylinder that's just three centimeters across.

Smart Home July 13, 2014

LG gets flexible with 18-inch OLED display that can roll up like a yoga mat

LG expands it lineup with displays that are more flexible. The South Korean tech company shows off an 18-inch display that can be rolled into a tubular form and viewed from new angles.

Smart Home July 11, 2014

Aereo wants to operate like Cable TV in order to survive

Aereo faces an uphill battle as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of broadcasters. The company has started to file the necessary documentation to be classified as a cable TV provider.

Smart Home July 13, 2014

All-glass iPhone, iPad, and TV? New Apple patent suggests its possible

Apple patent teases the possibility of an all-glass iPhone, iPad. Is Apple on its way to making the future clear?

Smart Home July 11, 2014

Intel, Dell, Samsung and the Open Interconnect Consortium

Companies including Intel, Samsung, and Dell have founded the Open Interconnect Consortium. The organization seeks to create communication standards for the Internet of Things.

Smart Home July 8, 2014

Intel, Samsung, and Dell form coalition to establish standard for smart home devices

A number of technology companies decided to form a new group dubbed as Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC). The goal is to set the new compatibility standards for interconnected smart devices.

Smart Home July 8, 2014

Wink smart home products hit Home Depot stores

Making the not-so-smart home a smart home is only a trip to Home Depot away, as Wink has begun shipping more than 60 smart home products to thousands of Home Depot stores in the U.S.

Smart Home July 8, 2014

Microsoft jumps on Internet of Things bandwagon

Microsoft joins an alliance to push Internet of Things. The AllSeen Alliance welcome's Microsoft multi-platform capabilities as the consortium seeks to standardize a language for all devices and applications.

Smart Home July 3, 2014

GE rolls out cheaper Link smart light bulb

GE launches a new LED light bulb called the Link as part of a smart home line of appliances. This smart bulb is more affordable at $15 and is expected to compete with Philips Hue wireless light bulb.

Smart Home July 2, 2014

Nest taps developers with 'Works with Nest' API: Prepping for a connected future?

Nest has launched a developer program to allow its smart home technology to connect and interact with other devices. Several companies have already signed on.

Smart Home June 25, 2014

Nest ready to control your smart home, invites developers to join in

Nest is integrating with other smart devices to automate your home. Six developers are ready to show off how their products can team up with Nest to make your life better.

Smart Home June 24, 2014

Nest Labs launches developer program. Smart homes will be smarter.

Nest Labs wants its smart thermostat to become the center of the smart home of the future. The Google-owned company has already enlisted several developers to create smart appliances that work with Nest.

Smart Home June 24, 2014

Google's Nest buying Dropcam for $550M in smart home monitoring push

Dropcam's surveillance products and apps set to complement Nest's programmable thermostats and smart smoke detectors. Nest reassures Dropcam customers Google will keep its hands off user data, unless customer consent given.

Smart Home June 23, 2014

Google-owned Nest acquisition of Dropcam for $555 million triggers privacy concerns

Google's Nest announced it has acquired Dropcam to streamline the smart home revolution. Still, the purchase is raising privacy concerns even before official details are released.

Smart Home June 21, 2014

Nest buys Dropcam for $555 million. No, Google will not spy on you

Nest just acquired Dropcam for a whopping $555 million, combining two of the most loved brands under a single banner that is Google. The home automation wars have just begun.

Smart Home June 24, 2014

Nest Protect hits shelves for $30 less, minus Nest Wave

Nest has resumed selling the recalled Nest Protect smoke detector. The devices are priced lower than before, but the Nest Wave feature that caused the problem is disabled.

Smart Home June 18, 2014

Google Nest smoke alarm back, but it's waveless

Nest smoke detector and CO alarm is back on the market, but it won't have the Wave function. The company says it is working to fix the problem, but wants to keep pushing forward with sales.

Smart Home June 17, 2014

This treadmill is not just for burning calories but for washing clothes

An eco-friendly treadmill designed by Si Hyeong Ryu is looking to break barriers and redefine how we wash clothes. The Wheel will not only help runners burn calories, but will also clean dirty laundry.

Smart Home June 17, 2014

Nest Protect back on sale after recall, now cheaper at $99

Nest Labs’ smart smoke detector is back from the dead with a $20 price cut, after a two-month break prompted by a faulty safety feature.

Smart Home June 18, 2014

Honeywell Lyric looks to ruffle Google Nest with new smart thermostat

Honeywell's new Lyric thermostat presents a fitting rival for Google's Nest. It connects with smartphones and automatically sets the temperature.

Smart Home June 14, 2014

Honeywell Lyric is one smart home thermostat that adjusts to your lifestyle thanks to GPS capability

Honeywell aims to get back to the top of the smart home sector. And the company's new Lyric smart thermostat hopes to do just that.

Smart Home June 10, 2014

Cisco: Video, Internet-of-Things, mobile are prime drivers of Internet use

More users with more devices to push Internet traffic into the zettabuty range by 2018, survey finds. Video, the "Internet of Things" to lead the increase.

Smart Home June 11, 2014

The smart home is the next battleground: What to expect from the top 3 tech companies?

The battle for our living rooms is still ongoing, but the battle for our entire home is about to begin. The smart home is clearly the future, and it is closer than you think.

Smart Home June 8, 2014

WWDC 2014: Apple unveils iOS 8 with HealthKit, HomeKit and more

The iOS 8 will be released to the public in the fall. It is now currently available to developers.

Smart Home June 3, 2014

Apple to shake up smart home market? iPhone could become your life's remote control

The smart home space that Apple is looking to make a play in is one of the larger components of the IoT. You can expect all the major players to grab for a piece of this pie as the category evolves.

Smart Home May 28, 2014

Will Apple turn the iPhone into a universal remote control for your smart home?

Want to turn up the thermostat, turn on the lights and lock the door all at the same time? You’d need three remote controls for that, but Apple is planning to make your iPhone a universal remote control for all three appliances and more.

Smart Home May 28, 2014

Smart home bug bites Apple: Expect to see new smart home platform at WWDC

At next week's WWDC conference, Apple is expected to unveil new smart home platform. The idea is to integrate it with the new iPhone 6.

Smart Home May 27, 2014

Roombots: Check out the house robot that can transform itself into any furniture

Need 'smart' furniture that knows where you want it and at what height? Say hello to furniture-creating Roombots

Smart Home May 24, 2014

Why Nest is recalling 440,000 Smoke Protect and what you should do

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission orders Nest to recall 440,000 of its Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms, but it will be back on sale in the market in just a few weeks.

Smart Home May 23, 2014

Chromosonic is a new fabric that can turn you into chameleon. Here's how

Fashion is going to the next level. A newly-invented fabric called Chromosonic can "dance" to the tune of the user's playlist and can even change colors when touched.

Smart Home May 17, 2014

Tado Cooling can make any air conditioner smart and save you some money

Tado has a new Internet-connected cooling device, one that can track your whereabouts so your air conditioner can turn itself on or off depending on where you are.

Smart Home May 13, 2014

Feeling lonely? LG lets you chat with your smart appliances

Want to talk with your smart fridge? LG has already made this a possibility in South Korea, and soon folks from the United States will get to enjoy it in the coming months.

Smart Home May 9, 2014

Internet of Things may spark data overload: Are IT systems ready?

The IT systems of the past 20 years won't be able to handle the emerging Internet of Things market.

Smart Home May 7, 2014

Dropcam gets smarter with new Tabs sensors. Stick-on accessory will let you know what's closed, open

Dropcam makes its Wi-Fi-connected surveillance camera even better by adding people detection and motion-detecting Dropcam Tabs. Updates will be available in August.

Smart Home May 7, 2014

Want a Nest Learning Thermostat? It's now on Google Play for $250

The Nest Learning Thermostat was earlier reported to be up at the Play Store but was eventually taken down. Now, it's officially on sale just in time for the Earth Day.

Smart Home April 24, 2014

Cybercriminals, computer viruses may soon invade your smart TVs: Eugene Kaspersky

A security expert reveals that cyber threats are continuously evolving and cybercriminals may soon come into our homes through our TV screens, as the latter are now being connected to the Internet. Read what he has to say.

Smart Home April 23, 2014

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