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Motorola talks Android, Wearables & Nest: The SlashGear Interview

Motorola talks Android, Wearables & Nest: The SlashGear Interview

It's fair to say Motorola had a big 2013, and SlashGear sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior VP of software engineering, and Steve Sinclair, VP of product marketing, at CES last week to talk wearables, contextual ecosystems, and the Internet of Things. The Google-owned company kicked off a new smartphone strategy, epitomized by the always-listening Moto X and the shockingly-affordable Moto G, arguably just as notable for what it left out of its products as what it chose to include. Meanwhile - and topical, given Google has just acquired Nest - we also talked about Motorola's place in the smart home, and where former Android project lead Horowitz sees the smartphone fitting in. Read on for the full interview.

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Google acquiring Nest Labs for smart appliances

Google acquiring Nest Labs for smart appliances

This week the folks at Nest Labs, Inc. have spoken up on Google's intentions to buy the smaller company outright. Google will be dropping $3.2 billion USD in cash to acquire Nest, bringing the company's work with the Nest Learning Thermostat into the larger group's fold. This acquisition will have Nest continuing to operate with Tony Fadell as its CEO and will continue to work with "its own distinct brand identity."

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Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Smart thermostat company Nest has revealed its second intelligent home device, the Nest Protect, a WiFi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Aiming to do the same for home safety as the original Nest does for HVAC control, the Nest Protect tracks potential perils, warns you with both an spoken audio alert and pings to your iOS or Android device, and even notifies other Nest equipment so that they can respond too.

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Nest Labs inks patent agreement with Intellectual Ventures

Nest Labs inks patent agreement with Intellectual Ventures

Nest may be better known as a company that offers the Learning Thermostat, a device that is touted as being a next-generation thermostat. This means easy installation, the ability to adjust the temperature based on your habits, the ability to control the thermostat from outside of the home and more. What some may not realize though, is that Nest has been battling some other companies over patents.

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Apple Google Glass prototypes scrapped for lack of time

Apple Google Glass prototypes scrapped for lack of time

A revelation of sorts has appeared today courtesy of the CEO of Nest - former employee of Apple - in discussions about an Apple-made headset similar to what we're seeing now most famously in Google Glass. This week the folks at Co.Design have collected a set of quotes from former Apple employees and designers showing products that either didn't make it or weren't a big part of the marketing scheme Apple presented to the world as such, the chat with Tony Fadell being just one of them. In this chat, he suggests that - of course - Apple spoke about "something like Google Glass."

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Apple board member believes Google Glass is the start of an intimate tech era

Apple board member believes Google Glass is the start of an intimate tech era

During an internal event at Intuit, Intuit chairman and Apple board member Bill Campbell discussed with Intuit CEO Brad Smith his thoughts about the start of a more intimate tech era, as well as his thoughts on a couple of recent events in the tech industry. Campbell is renown in the tech industry as a "chief executive whisperer and corporate adviser," and hundreds of employees gathered to hear what he had to say.

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Tado takes on Nest with smartphone-controlled intelligent heating

Tado takes on Nest with smartphone-controlled intelligent heating

Smart thermostat company Nest has a new challenger hoping to heat your home, with German start-up Tado aiming to put smartphones and tablets in control of your HVAC. Rather than the iPod-educated, display toting wall box Nest is centered around, Tado relies on your mobile device for communication and control, and limits the thermostat to a few simple buttons. And, because you usually have your smartphone on you, Tado knows when to shut off the heating when you're leaving the house, or when to turn it back on when you're on your way home.

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