Home Automation

iSmartAlarm’s improved iCamera has USB storage

iSmartAlarm’s improved iCamera has USB storage

For the DIY home security fan, few things stand up to iSmartAlarm. The sensors, which set up effortlessly and ping your phone when something amiss happens, have long been the darling of the home security world. One mis-hit was their camera, which was buggy and bulky. At CEDIA this week, they’ve introduced a new camera, which brings a lot more to the table than their previous iteration.

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Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

With the new Moto X further refining its flagship Android phone, the new Moto G revamping the company’s most popular smartphone ever, and Moto 360 and Moto Hint making a double play for wearables, Motorola is certainly having an interesting month. With the whispers from the Her-like Hint still echoing in my ears, I sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior vice president for software engineering at Motorola, to talk about wearables, fitting into Lenovo’s ecosystem, and what he’ll miss when out from under Google’s umbrella.

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Nest 2.0 update makes Nest Protect smarter, more helpful

Nest 2.0 update makes Nest Protect smarter, more helpful

Unlike conventional smoke detectors, or thermostats, Nest's products can gain new features without having to buy and install a completely new device. That is the case here with version 2.0 of the software for the Nest Protect, giving it a couple of new features that not only help owners weed out false alarms but also learn from the past.

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Simplicam review: the Dropcam killer has arrived

Simplicam review: the Dropcam killer has arrived

As go home security cameras, so goes the Dropcam. The very cool, Google-owned company put everyone on notice with their snazzy camera, meant for home security, but good for a variety of use cases. A new challenger, Simplicam, wants to unseat them from their throne atop the consumer security cam heap. Offering a bit more technical savvy than the Dropcam, Simplicam may end up the home security camera you should be considering instead of others it competes with. Is Simplicam as good as advertised, though? We put it through its paces to find out.

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Blumoo review: complete control from your smartphone

Blumoo review: complete control from your smartphone

Something familiar will happen to you tonight. You’ll sit down on your couch, go to turn on the TV — and curse. Probably loudly. Those remotes, all five or more, are strewn about your living room. Under a bag of chips, between the couch cushions — or who knows where. Your remotes just don’t behave. You could suffer this indignity indefinitely, or you could just get a Blumoo.

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Wink’s control center outed, has 4.3-inch touchscreen

Wink’s  control center outed, has 4.3-inch touchscreen

Connected home peripherals are cool, but they typically need a smartphone to control them. For those who like to leave their phone off or on a desk while at home, connected homes might not make a lot of sense. Wink, the growing connected home platform, has an incoming hub that lets you control your entire home from one panel — and it’s been outed.

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IFTTT premium accounts soon as “IoT glue” gets funded

IFTTT premium accounts soon as “IoT glue” gets funded

Internet-of-things and web service glue IFTTT (If This Then That) will soon launch premium accounts for greater flexibility, as the company celebrates $30m in new funding. The service works as a 21st century exchange between products and services like Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, SmartThings, and more, allowing simple "recipes" to be set up that prompt different functionality depending on various triggers.

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