Home Automation

Vinli Home Connect bridges smart homes and smart cars

Vinli Home Connect bridges smart homes and smart cars

Our homes are getting smarter and so are our cars. But more often than not, they aren't getting smarter at the same time. At least not enough to talk with each other. Like the problem with the Internet of Things in general, smart devices and vehicles are like isolated island paradises that offer their own luxury often without awareness of or cooperation with others. Vinli is trying to build bridges but with a different twist. Instead of just orchestrating IoT devices inside the house, it actually connects those with your very own smart car, opening up new ways to automate your life.

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Zuckerberg’s 2016 goal: make Iron Man’s Jarvis a reality

Zuckerberg’s 2016 goal: make Iron Man’s Jarvis a reality

At the start of every year, almost everyone makes a commitment to do something or stop doing something in order to make a difference in their lives or those of others. And by "almost everyone", we also mean tech company CEOs. For Mark Zuckerberg, 2016 won't simply be a year for learning a new language or reading more books. He already did those the previous year. This year he's taking on something more ambitious: a smart home AI that is practically Jarvis from Iron Man made flesh. Or digital, in this case.

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LG debuts robo-vacuum with augmented reality, home security features

LG debuts robo-vacuum with augmented reality, home security features

The robotic vacuum market is currently being dominated by Roomba, with Dyson making moves as well, but that doesn't mean other manufacturers aren't looking to compete with their own advanced floor cleaners. LG is one such company, having just announced their HOM-BOT Turbo+, a flat, automated vacuum with a rounded-corner square shape and a handful of unique features, including augmented reality (AR) and home monitoring capabilities.

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Philips Hue backtracks on third-party bulb block

Philips Hue backtracks on third-party bulb block

Philips has reversed course on its controversial decision to block third-party connected bulbs from its Hue system. The company had found itself facing the ire of smart home enthusiasts earlier this week, when a firmware update for the Hue bridge prevented bulbs from other manufacturers from connecting, even though they use the same ZigBee wireless standard.

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Samsung’s SmartThings teams with Scout alarms for “real, tangible benefits”

Samsung’s SmartThings teams with Scout alarms for “real, tangible benefits”

We're at the age of smart home functionality where we can move beyond devices and begin to enable services - so says SmartThings. We won't be dismissing smart devices - they still have a ways to go and much ground to explore - but the age of smart home software services has - according to SmartThings Vice President of Product Mark Yoshitake. Thats why the company has teamed up with Scout Professional Monitoring. "Smart home technology has advanced to a stage where we can move beyond functionality enabled purely by devices," said Yoshitake, "and start to plug in services that will bring real, tangible benefits to customers."

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You should probably buy Amazon’s Echo on Black Friday

You should probably buy Amazon’s Echo on Black Friday

Amazon has given its Echo smart speaker a Black Friday price cut, trimming the interactive gadget to $149. The deal follows increasing availability of Echo, which began on an invite-only basis but has since begun showing up at brick & mortar retailers.

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Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest created the smart thermostat market, and now it's under attack. Turns out the appeal of home temperature control without requiring programming more complex than a graduate degree, and more flexible than "on" or "off", is enough to lure in not only customers but competitors. After granular improvements since the 2011 launch, Nest's third-generation hardware bumps up the most eye-catching aspect of the thermostat: the display.

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Lowes Iris smart Home solutions use Microsoft Azure cloud tech

Lowes Iris smart Home solutions use Microsoft Azure cloud tech

Lowes has announced the next generation of its Iris smart home product line and the new generation of products use Microsoft Azure cloud technology. The new line brings new functionality and better performance with updated software and hardware. The updates aim to make the Iris products easier to use and more intuitive.

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Netgear Arlo Q is a security camera with more free cloud storage

Netgear Arlo Q is a security camera with more free cloud storage

The connected home security camera market continues to heat up, with not only the Nest Cam, but also Kodak and Logitech competing for supremacy. Now Netgear is back with an updated version of their Arlo camera, the Arlo Q, touting more free cloud storage for video recordings than its rivals. The Arlo Q comes with seven days of online storage, whereas Logitech's Circle offers 24 hours for free, and the Nest Cam requires a subscription.

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Amazon Echo to be sold at over 3,000 US retail stores

Amazon Echo to be sold at over 3,000 US retail stores

With Black Friday quickly approaching in the US, and thus the onslaught of the holiday shopping season, Amazon has just announced that its Echo, the internet-connected speaker and digital assistant, is making a formal move from the online marketplace to the physical retail environment. Amazon says that in the near future over 3,000 stores will begin selling the Echo, including Home Depot, Staples, Sears, BJ’s, P.C. Richard & Son, Brookstone, RadioShack, and Fred Meyer locations.

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Dyson 360 Eye robo-vacuum will come to US by summer 2016

Dyson 360 Eye robo-vacuum will come to US by summer 2016

Following the recent Japanese debut of the 360 Eye, Dyson's advanced robotic vacuum cleaner, will be coming to the US to clean floors by the summer of 2016, the company has said. Dyson CEO Max Conze reveals that the reason they launch their high-tech products in Japan first is because the country is easy to get excited about household robotics. The US, on the other hand, takes a bit more convincing, meaning Dyson will have their work cut out for them.

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Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Challengers for the throne of connected lighting have come and gone, but Philips' Hue system remains the best-known of the wireless bulbs. It's color-changing and white lamps are now available for a number of sockets and fittings, but one thing has proved consistent: the central bridge that controls them all.

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