Home Automation

Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

It's an awkward fact of life: the smart home, and the Internet of Things in general, is meant to make life more streamlined but can often just leave us poking at our phones more frequently. Want to turn the lights on? There's an app for that. Want to play your favorite new album? There's an app for that too. Sometimes you yearn for the halcyon days of a switch, and that's just what Logitech is offering with Pop, a programable shortcut button.

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Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link connected fan packs HEPA purification

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link connected fan packs HEPA purification

Dyson's distinctive fans are getting an Internet of Things upgrade, with the new Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link promising a trio of heating, cooling, and air purification along with app control. Keeping the distinctive - and finger-safe - "bladeless" design of its predecessors, the new Pure fan hooks up to the company's Dyson Link app, which tracks air quality and helps with positioning.

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Logitech Pop hands-on: A simple programmable button for the IoT

Logitech Pop hands-on: A simple programmable button for the IoT

The modern smart home may be a whiz-bang palace of connected gadgets and smartphone control, but there are times when you really just want to press a button and switch on the lights. Logitech Pop promises to be just that, a programmable wireless button that hides its not-inconsiderable scope in triggering the Internet of Things behind a veil of rubbery simplicity.

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IFTTT bakes IoT recipes right into partner apps

IFTTT bakes IoT recipes right into partner apps

IFTTT may be the glue for the Internet of Things, but now the useful service-linking platform is going embedded, with deep app integration making cooking up smart home recipes even more straightforward. IFTTT - or "If This Then That" - has announced an update today that sees its recipes embedded into third-party apps from Ring, Automatic, and more.

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Nucleus Anywhere squeezes Alexa into high-tech home intercom

Nucleus Anywhere squeezes Alexa into high-tech home intercom

Amazon's Alexa continues its gradual spread throughout the home, with the voice-controlled virtual assistant now featuring in the new Nucleus Anywhere, a 21st century take on the intercom. Built around an 8-inch touchscreen, the tablet-esque gadget hooks up to a home network and supports video calls whether in the same home or between distant locations.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips looks set to add hands-free smarts to its Hue lighting system, with word of a new Hue Motion Sensor sneaking out ahead of the gadget's launch. A mainstay of many smart home installations, Hue's wirelessly-enabled bulbs can be controlled by various means, including the company's iOS and Android apps, from a smartwatch, the Hue Tap switch, and basic scheduling, but if you wanted motion-triggers you had to look to third-party platforms.

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Nest silently sneaks in Apple Watch support in latest update

Nest silently sneaks in Apple Watch support in latest update

When you're a company set on conquering every household with smart monitors and sensors, you can't afford to ignore even your parent company's fiercest rivals. That is especially true for Nest, formerly owned by Google, now owned by Alphabet. Although the company has had an iOS app for quite some time now, one important piece of the puzzle was still missing. Well, consider that puzzle now complete as Nest has, rather silently, finally added support for the Apple Watch in the latest update to its iOS app.

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In VW and LG’s world your new car talks to your smart home

In VW and LG’s world your new car talks to your smart home

Volkswagen may be steaming ahead with its ambitious electric car plans for 2025, but the German automaker is looking to LG for help with connected vehicles. The two firms have inked an agreement to work together on the Volkswagen Cross-Over Platform, using the cloud to pull together various systems in the car together with the smart home.

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D-Link WiFi 720p cameras detect motion and sound

D-Link WiFi 720p cameras detect motion and sound

D-Link has unveiled a pair of new WiFi cameras that can let you see your home or office from afar without having to worry about wires. The cameras include the HD Wi-Fi Camera DCS-936L and the HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera DCS-5030L. Both of the cameras share some of the same features with wide viewing angles, motion and sound detection alerts, local recording, and 720p HD resolution.

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With Wink Relay update, order Uber from your lightswitch

With Wink Relay update, order Uber from your lightswitch

Wink Relay, the home automation hub's touchscreen wall controller, can now summon you an Uber and track your Fitbit performance. Announced back in 2014 as a flexible way to control the smart home from where you'd normally expect to find your light switch, the update pulls what would traditionally be functionality you'd dig into an app for on your smartphone into a far more accessible place.

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Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon's Echo may allow you to order from the retailer's virtual shelves and play its audiobooks, but it's third-party features that make Alexa smartest and they're getting a makeover today. A year after Amazon threw open the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service for others to tap into, there are now 1,400 extra abilities for the speech-controlled virtual assistant.

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Sonos iPhone lock screen controls added plus 3D Touch

Sonos iPhone lock screen controls added plus 3D Touch

Sonos is finally answering one of the biggest requests from users of its streaming speakers, and embracing Apple's 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the process. Ditching its standalone remotes in favor of its smartphone apps made a lot of sense - who wants to spend a couple hundred dollars on a dedicated touchscreen remote, when you have a far slicker one in your pocket already - but they did make adjusting things like volume and track a little more time consuming since you needed to unlock your phone and load the app first.

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