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Ford R&D Palo Alto puts driverless cars in pole position

Ford R&D Palo Alto puts driverless cars in pole position

Ford CEO Mark Fields may have been critical of the auto industry’s attempts to over-hype driverless cars, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t working on its own model at its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. The car firm has snagged a former Apple engineer, Dragos Maciuca, to lead its innovation efforts, heading projects like autonomous and remotely-piloted vehicles, integrating the dashboard with the smart home - including hooking up with the Google-owned Nest thermostat - and leveraging GPU acceleration for things like swifter speech recognition.

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It’s time to hit reset – not delete – on Google Glass

It’s time to hit reset – not delete – on Google Glass

Farewell, Explorers. Goodbye, Glass. Google's decision to spin out its controversial wearable into a standalone business was instantly portrayed by many as the often-predicted death of the headset, but the reality is less clear-cut. Glass' struggles saw early enthusiasm sour when questions around privacy and usefulness collided head-on with anti-ostentatious-geek sentiment, and the "face computer" never managed to restore its reputation. While the temptation may be to hit delete on the whole saga, I'd argue a Glass reboot with far greater focus on how head-worn wearables might fit into our daily lives would be a far more rewarding strategy.

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Automatic now ‘works with Nest’, connects car and home

Automatic now ‘works with Nest’, connects car and home

Automatic, a leader in connected car technology, has announced their service is now working with Nest. With Nest and Automatic, your car and thermostat will soon be discussing your whereabouts, and best practices for keeping you comfortable. The basic functionality includes the ability for Automatic to wake your Nest into Home mode or set it to Away mode, depending on its proximity (like, when you leave and arrive). Further functionality gets a bit more granular, where Nest and Automatic will discuss where you might be.

New Works with Nest connections announced at CES 2015

New Works with Nest connections announced at CES 2015

Nest made a big name for itself with smart thermostats and smoke detectors, but that isn’t all the company is about. Nest has announced that it will be unveiling some new Works with Nest connections at CES 2015. The company will be showing off its wares in over a dozen different companies booths at CES with different products now compatible with Nest hardware.

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Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Over the weekend, we relayed some info about Nest’s new functionality with Google Now. The ability to change your temperature via voice control sounded pretty neat, but also a long way off. It wasn’t, and is now ready for all Nest users. With a simple “Ok, google” voice command, you can now change your home temperature to whatever you like. Not only will you be able to change the temperature, but Google Now will provide a card that tells you when Nest is changing things up.

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Voice-controlling Nest thermostat via Google Now almost ready

Voice-controlling Nest thermostat via Google Now almost ready

It didn't take long after Google's purchase of Nest, the makers of the internet-connected thermostat and smoke alarm, for expectations to begin of how the home devices would begin to fit into Google's various apps and services. In June, a "Works with Nest" program was launched, and it was then teased that in the future we would be able to set a temperature with the command "Ok, Google…" via the Google Now app. Now it looks like the service is almost ready.

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SmartHome Ventures adds Nest and Philips hue to PEQ

SmartHome Ventures adds Nest and Philips hue to PEQ

The team at SmartHome Ventures have expanded their PEQ smart home service to include Nest Learning Thermostat and Philips hue devices. This system will be able to work with Nest and Philips hue devices immediately if not soon, with a PEQ app update letting interaction happen with a tap. The PEQ app is available for both iOS and Android devices and PEQ devices in stores should all work with this newly integrated system as soon as the app update arrives for smartphones and tablets.

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ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

Brace yourselves folks. The tech giants are bringing their turf wars out of your pocket and into your homes. Apple has now just started to carry in its online Store shelves the ecobee3, the latest smart WiFi thermostat from ecobee, who market themselves as the original smart thermostat. This can be seen as another direct competition between Apple and Google, as the latter's Nest Learning Thermostat is also being sold through Google Play Store. Let the smart home wars begin!

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Nest pulls iOS app over widespread force-close problem

Nest pulls iOS app over widespread force-close problem

Nest owners on iOS have been noticing issues with the latest version of the Nest app, which is currently version 4.4.0. Force-close seems to happen right from the start, but it might not be affecting everyone. In diving through the Nest community support forums, there seems to be a lot of this force-close going on with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Others note their older iPhones — also running iOS 8.1 — aren’t affected. Still, it seems as though Nest pulled the app from circulation for the time being.

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Nest Learning Thermostat update makes it learn faster

Nest Learning Thermostat update makes it learn faster

Part of the appeal of smart appliances lies in them being "smart". Let's face it. As fancy as a smart TV, smart bulb, or smart thermostat may sound, we really do not need another "smartphone" fixed on our walls or ceilings to complicate our lives. That's why Nest Labs is continually trying to improve the "learning" part of its smart appliances, starting with the latest 4.3 software update for its Learning Thermostat. Now users will no longer have to worry when lifestyles or seasons change, as the thermostat changes with them quickly as well.

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