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Smart Home players welcome Google (& warn it won’t be as easy as Android)

Smart Home players welcome Google (& warn it won’t be as easy as Android)

Google's surprise acquisition of Nest was met with no small amount of horror from existing users of the company's thermostats, but other players in the smart home segment aren't so worried about a big new name in the industry. Speaking to SlashGear, several of the better-known brands in home automation actively welcomed Google's involvement, countering user concerns around "Big Data" aggregation with the potential for far faster evolution of what's currently a fragmented market. In fact, as more than one company pointed out, it could've been so much worse: Apple could've bought Nest.

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Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Kit takes on hue

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Kit takes on hue

Belkin has added to its growing WeMo smart home system with a new LED lightbulb, allowing for remote control of lighting around the home or office from an Android or iOS app. The new bulbs, which come in a starter pack with the WeMo Link that plugs into a spare power socket and bridges the home network with WeMo, are standard screw-fit, and the equivalent of 60W traditional incandescent bulbs.

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Belkin WeMo Insight Switch arrives for power-tracking home automation

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch arrives for power-tracking home automation

Belkin's WeMo Insight power-tracking wireless power socket has finally launched, offering internet-of-things and home automation fans a way not only to remotely control appliances, but see how much electricity they're sucking down. The switch, revealed back in September, works with Belkin's existing WeMo line-up of motion-sensors and remote plugs, with control from an iOS or Android device whether inside the home or outside it.

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Belkin Express Dock for iPad lets you charge without removing your case

Belkin Express Dock for iPad lets you charge without removing your case

Belkin has unveiled a new charging dock designed specifically for the latest generation iPad tablets that use the Lighting connector. The idea behind the dock was to design something that will allow users to charge the iPad without having to remove the case protecting the tablet. To make that happen, Belkin uses a adjustable dial on the back of the dock that controls the position of the Lighting connector.

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Belkin WeMo Insight Switch lets you monitor power consumption and cost to run electronics

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch lets you monitor power consumption and cost to run electronics

Belkin recently introduced a new product to enhance the control and monitoring of smart homes. The product is called the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch and it is designed specifically to give homeowners the ability to monitor power consumption and power costs of connected electronic devices within the home. This swhitch is designed to share information with Android or iOS devices using a app.

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Belkin’s dual-video docking stations turn ultrabooks and tablets into workstations

Belkin’s dual-video docking stations turn ultrabooks and tablets into workstations

Tablets and ultrabooks are nice because, if for no other reason, of their sheer portability. With that portability comes some trade-offs, however, primarily in how effective they are as a day-in, day-out workstation device for the home or office. That is where docking stations come in, of which Belkin has just announced two - one for tablets, the other for ultrabooks. Both offer dual-video for multiple monitors, as well as a host of ports.

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