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Neurio adds hard-wired brain to your connected home

Neurio adds hard-wired brain to your connected home

Your home and the ‘Internet of Things’ is an interesting concept, but there are so many devices out there aiming to help you do similar things. It’s maddening. Can one device rule them all? The answer to that is likely ‘no’, but one can potentially provide the backbone to make other devices useful. Starting today, you can pick up Neurio, a device meant to become the “brain of your home”, which will provide an open platform for others to build upon and link their devices.

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Scout gets IFTTT channel, runs away with DIY home security crown

Scout gets IFTTT channel, runs away with DIY home security crown

Home security doesn’t have to be expensive any more. In fact, you can get peace of mind for a few hundred bucks upfront, and never pay another dime. It’s one of the benefits of the ‘Internet of Things’ we keep hearing about. DIY home security is probably best realized with Scout, which lets you migrate between connected monitoring and home-grown security. Already one of the better options around, Scout just got a lot better with a new IFTTT channel.

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‘Terribly buggy’ Nest Protects can’t be hushed for one unlucky Googler

‘Terribly buggy’ Nest Protects can’t be hushed for one unlucky Googler

Any time a smoke alarm goes off, it’s troubling. Either your home is on fire, or the blackened tuna you’re searing caused a panic in your home. When cooking, getting your smoke alarm to silence quickly becomes priority one, but what if it just won’t shut up? Even worse — what if there was no smoke to begin with? Google’s Brad Fitzpatrick recently uploaded a video to YouTube, showing just what happens when your Nest Protect smoke alarm can’t get right, and just won’t shut up.

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August Connect and August Smart Lock review

August Connect and August Smart Lock review

Your connected home is only complete if it’s secure, and that starts at the front door. Though several cameras and motion sensors plan to tell you if something is going on, there’s no better first step for security than a locked door. There’s also nothing cooler than locking and unlocking your home from a phone, and the peace of mind you get from checking in on your front door from anywhere is comforting. Beautiful enough to reside in the Apple Store, we wanted to know if August was just a pretty face, or a home automation must-have.

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Eero wants to create mesh network for your home WiFi needs

Eero wants to create mesh network for your home WiFi needs

However the FCC rules on Net Neutrality (we hear you’ll like the outcome), we’re sure most people consider their home Internet a utility. Connectivity is crucial to thriving in society, as we’ve migrated our physical existence to the digital world. That’s why poor WiFi, especially at home, is rage-inducing. A new startup, Eero, wants to change all that. Their small hardware, when positioned strategically around the home, cobbles together a range extender, repeater, and router into one device. By connecting more than one Eero, you’re creating a mesh network, scalable to your wants. and needs.

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GE will make its older fridges smarter with WiFi module upgrade

GE will make its older fridges smarter with WiFi module upgrade

It's a common complaint we hear thrown around: technology is changing so fast that relatively new products become obsolete long before they lose their functionality. GE Appliances doesn't want it customers to feel that sting, and so it'll be sending out WiFi modules to (some) customers who purchased a GE refrigerator after 2009 with an RJ45 port. The WiFi module will give the fridge support for the Wink smart home system, but not all fridge owners will be able to get one -- there are 20,000 units available.

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Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Most of us have old smartphones lying around, and while they might not be the latest and greatest anymore, the odds are also high that they're functional and decently powerful. If you've been planning to ship them off to a used phone service but have never gotten around to it, there's a better option: turning those old handsets into functional tools that complement your everyday life. There's no shortage of apps to do this, and if you're drawing a blank on what you can use them for, we've three suggestions.

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Lockitron Bolt replaces original as company aims for mass production

Lockitron Bolt replaces original as company aims for mass production

During its crowdfunding days, Lockitron was a breathe of fresh air. A connected home gadget that required no re-assembling of your door’s existing locking mechanism, Lockitron was great for home owners, and a dream come true for renters. Unfortunately, they ran into the same long delays many crowdfunded hardware platforms experience, causing year-long delays in some cases. Rather than continue that same path, Lockitron is announcing the Bolt, which has the same solid functionality as the original, but has mass production in mind.

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Domus system promises simple home automation

Domus system promises simple home automation

Domus is the latest addition to the growing number of connected home automation systems, and it promises to have a low bar of entry with a $33 starting price. Using Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, users are able to remotely control certain aspects of their home or office, as well as schedule tasks, monitor energy usage, and more. The system is comprised of the iPlug smart outlet adapter, the Domus app, and the iCon unit for WiFi and IR control.

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Sources: Apple’s HomeKit will talk to 3rd-party hubs

Sources: Apple’s HomeKit will talk to 3rd-party hubs

As home automation standards and devices emerge, we are starting to look towards the platform to save us from the madness. Several technologies for connecting your gadgets exist, but there’s still not a robust platform that can tie them all together. Now it seems as though Apple may be pushing us closer to that end-game, as a new report details how their incoming HomeKit platform will tie into other technologies to tie your connected home devices together into a nice, neat package.

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