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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips' hue tap wireless, battery-free light switch for the company's color-changing bulbs has finally arrived in the US, allowing the smartphone-phobic still still get in on the home automation action. The ZigBee switch uses kinetic power to switch between up to four preset hue scenes, meaning it can be stuck to a wall without cabling being required, or moved around from coffee table to nightstand.

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Staples Connect hub updated as smart home gets lower point of entry

Staples Connect hub updated as smart home gets lower point of entry

Staples is readying a refresh of its Staples Connect home automation system, with a new hub launching this fall packing more radios, and a price trimming for the existing model. The updated hardware - which adds ZigBee and Bluetooth LE, among other things - will arrive alongside a new in-store push for smart home tech, with Staples planning to put interactive displays in the aisles that will demonstrate how more than 150 connected devices can work together, such as lights, wearables, and thermostats.

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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch hits stores [Updated]

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch hits stores [Updated]

Philips' hue tap battery-free switch for hue wireless bulbs has gone on sale, offering an app-free way to quickly control groups of lights between a set of favorite presets. The circular switch was announced back in March as a way for those with hue installed to avoid pulling their smartphone or tablet out.

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Honeywell evohome thermostats add Pebble control

Honeywell evohome thermostats add Pebble control

Honeywell's new Lyric isn't the only smart thermostat system the HVAC company offers, with its evohome Smart Zoning Thermostat gaining support for Pebble in a new update. Wearers of the smartwatch will be able to remotely control each individual thermostat from their wrist, among other things.

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Tado smart thermostat adds HomeKit, SmartThings, hue & more

Tado smart thermostat adds HomeKit, SmartThings, hue & more

Smart thermostat Tado is reinventing itself as a smart home hub, adding Apple HomeKit support among other things, and taking on Nest and Honeywell's new Lyric in the process. Finishing its Kickstarter campaign today with $54k more than it hoped for, Tado started out as a way to easily control aftermarket AC units, but has already evolved into something that can connect with lighting, A/V equipment, and the cloud.

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Logitech Harmony gets Sonos controls and voice search

Logitech Harmony gets Sonos controls and voice search

In order to expand the reach of its integrated entertainment system, Logitech is announcing a software upgrade for both its Harmony Ultimate remote control and Harmony Smart Control app. Now these two controllers can let users sift through their Sonos playlists or search for streaming content, right from the comfort of their couch.

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Here’s how Apple iOS 8 HomeKit works

Here’s how Apple iOS 8 HomeKit works

Apple has set its sights on the smart home, and HomeKit is how it plans to dominate it, promising a more cohesive automation experience by becoming the glue that holds everything together. HomeKit won’t launch officially until iOS 8 arrives on iPhones and iPads later this year, but developers and accessory manufacturers are already being let into the loop so they can get their software and hardware ready. Read on to find out exactly how it works.

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Insteon app hits Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1

Insteon app hits Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1

Home automation firm Insteon has pushed out its new apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, bringing native smart home control to Microsoft's platform. The new apps follow boxed Insteon automation starter kits showing up in Microsoft stores for those just getting onto the smart home bandwagon.

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Blumoo universal IR blaster gets Android support alongside iOS

Blumoo universal IR blaster gets Android support alongside iOS

Home universal remote controller Blumoo has gained a new Android app, spreading the multifunction controller to Google's smartphone and tablet OS, while at the same time giving its iOS app an update. The curvaceous controller pairs with a phone or slate over Bluetooth 4.0, and then functions as a multi-purpose IR blaster to control A/V equipment and stream music.

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Parrot Bebop Drone vs AR.Drone 2: What’s Changed?

Parrot Bebop Drone vs AR.Drone 2: What’s Changed?

Parrot's hanger of drones is getting bigger, with the new Bebop Drone joining rather than replacing the AR.Drone 2. The new model flies further, promises to shoot better quality video, and has a smarter autopilot on-board, but it's also going to cost more than the AR.Drone 2 it will sit alongside on store shelves. So, will it be worth the upgrade?

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Parrot Bebop Drone hands-on: Oculus Rift’s eye-in-the-sky

Parrot Bebop Drone hands-on: Oculus Rift’s eye-in-the-sky

Parrot is taking to the skies again with the Parrot Bebop Drone, focusing on high-definition video recording with no moving camera parts, unlike rivals like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. Building on Parrot's two generations of AR.Drone, the new quadricopter is smaller, smarter, and more maneuverable than the drones that came before it; we grabbed some time at the controls - including using Oculus Rift integration to make you feel like you're riding along - to find out more.

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D-Link WiFi Smart Plug tracks smart home energy use

D-Link WiFi Smart Plug tracks smart home energy use

D-Link has waded into the smart plug market, taking on the DIY smart home with the new WiFi Smart Plug DSP-W215, which not only allows for remote control of a plugged in appliance, but monitoring of its power consumption. The adapter - along with its companion apps for iOS and Android - slots in-between a regular AC outlet and your appliance of choice, whether that be an air-conditioning unit, lamp, or a TV, and can even watch out for potential overheating.

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