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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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Mellow sous-vide “kitchen robot” makes foodie fave even geekier

Mellow sous-vide “kitchen robot” makes foodie fave even geekier

Sous-vide cooking isn't new, but Mellow aims to make it mainstream with its eponymous "kitchen robot", a smart appliance that can not only cook but cool, and all controlled from your smartphone. Sous-vide, if you've not been keeping up to date with your kitchen trends, epitomizes the "low and slow" method of cooking. Ingredients are vacuum sealed in a plastic bag and then immersed for several hours or even a couple of days in a warm water bath, gently cooking through.

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Morphing DIY robot looks like a Portal ‘bot for real

Morphing DIY robot looks like a Portal ‘bot for real

Don't look now if scuttling robots send shivers of dread down your spine: engineer Kåre Halvorsen is bringing the sort of transforming 'bot tech you'd expect to see in CGI movies to life, with his new hexapod. The spherical robot, dubbed MorpHex MKII, actually is a double-hexapod, with effectively two sets of legs paired back to back, and integrated into individual sections of the translucent outer shell so that it can both roll around and walk.

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android hands-on

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android hands-on

While we’re not attempting to suggest that the Android version of Chrome Remote Desktop is perfect right off the bat, it is pretty excellent that we’re already able to launch Titanfall. This app is very similar to what we’ve seen with the Chrome version of the app, allowing you to connect your computers with an internet window. Here we’re allowed to control our computers from anywhere with a mobile device as well.

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World’s fastest RC car hits record 188 mph

World’s fastest RC car hits record 188 mph

If you blink your eyes, then you will probably miss the bright orange and blue streak whizz past you in a fraction of a second. Focus and maybe whip your head fast enough and you’ll get to catch a glimpse of Nic Case’s R/C Bullet, a remote controlled car that pushes the speed limit over the 188 mph mark. Yes, it also breaks some records and gives the likes of Jaguar and BMW a run for their money.

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