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Nest is now offering full refunds to Revolv hub owners

Nest is now offering full refunds to Revolv hub owners

Revolv owners have had a pretty rough couple of weeks. It all started when the language on the Revolv site changed from saying that the hardware would continue to be supported, to telling customers that their devices would cease functioning starting next month. Today, they've once again updated some of their language, and it may mean that you'll be eligible for a full refund.

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Kwikset debuts smart lock with no physical keys

Kwikset debuts smart lock with no physical keys

Lock-maker Kwikset has done the unthinkable: they've built a smart door lock that has no physical keyway, but relies solely on a touchscreen to open the deadbolt. That means there's no metal key to use in the event the battery dies or the hardware malfunctions in some way — something nearly every smart lock before this has used as a backup. The still-unnamed product was revealed in prototype form last week at an industry show in Las Vegas.

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Now Amazon Alexa can control Lutron Caséta lighting too

Now Amazon Alexa can control Lutron Caséta lighting too

Amazon's Alexa is getting her claws into even more of your smart home, with the news that Lutron's Caséta Wireless lighting can now be controlled by voice. The company's Echo speaker - as well as the Amazon Tap, Fire TV, and Echo Dot - can all remotely operate the Caséta range of wirelessly-enabled dimmer switches, including turning them completely off or on, and adjusting brightness.

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Amazon Tap Review – Alexa’s not listening

Amazon Tap Review – Alexa’s not listening

Amazon landed with a splash in the smart home space, the Echo smart speaker opening our eyes to the potential of voice control, and Alexa hasn't stopped accelerating since. Now Echo has a baby sibling, Amazon Tap, a Bluetooth speaker that allows you to take Alexa on the move with you. At $129.99 it's fifty bucks cheaper than Echo, not to mention untethered from an outlet, though there have been some compromises made along the way.

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Nest extends olive branch to angry Revolv owners

Nest extends olive branch to angry Revolv owners

Smarting from bad publicity over the decision to kill off Revolv hubs in mid-May, Nest has quietly begun offering an olive branch to owners of the death row hardware. The Alphabet-owned smart home team prompted IoT ire this week, when it became more widely realized that as of May 15 users of the Revolv system - which Nest acquired in 2014 - would need to find a new centerpiece to their automation.

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Nest bought and abandoned Revolv – now it’s killing it completely

Nest bought and abandoned Revolv – now it’s killing it completely

Owners of Nest-owned Revolv smart home hubs will find their automation platform no longer works come May 15th, with the IoT box killed off in favor of Nest. Revolv was one of the earlier attempts at a multi-platform hub, aiming to join the dots between products from different companies rather than try to make every component itself, centralizing control in a single app.

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New Amazon Dash buttons released for over 100 brands

New Amazon Dash buttons released for over 100 brands

First released a year ago, it seems Amazon's Dash buttons — which let Prime members to re-order select items with a single press of a physical button — have really taken off in popularity. The company has announced today that it now offers buttons for over 100 brands, tripling what was available before now. While the WiFi-connected buttons previously focused more on everyday kitchen and household products, Amazon has expanded into more categories including snacks and drinks, office supplies, and even medicine and hygiene products.

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No joke: Xiaomi just announced a smart rice cooker

No joke: Xiaomi just announced a smart rice cooker

Xiaomi is often cited as the Apple of China, at least in terms of magical sales numbers. But whereas Apple keeps its device types to a minimum, Xiaomi is diversifying its products to who knows where. Beyond the usual culprits of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and power banks, Xiaomi also has a smart air purifier and, soon, even a smart bicycle. But before the latter takes flesh, Xiaomi first announced something a bit more down to earth, more homely, in the form of a Smart Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker.

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August Smart Keypad Review

August Smart Keypad Review

The smartphone may be the remote control for your smart home, but there are times when a simple button makes a lot of sense. August's Smart Keypad has eleven of them, a $79 add-on to the company's Smart Lock that allows you to unlock the door with a PIN code as well as grant access to visitors who might not have an iPhone or Android device.

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August Doorbell Cam Review

August Doorbell Cam Review

Home security is one of the cornerstones of the Internet of Things, and seeing who is at the door - and then optionally letting them in - is a growing market. August is following up its popular Smart Lock with the August Doorbell Cam, a handsome WiFi-connected streaming video camera which gives you a sneaky eye on the front door frame. At $199, though, before you've even bought the Smart Lock, it's not a cheap upgrade for your home security, but does the convenience make it worth it?

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2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

This week the folks at Amazon have had their second-generation Amazon Dash Button appear in the FCC. This device appears to be rolling with the same capabilities as its predecessor, able to connect to its web-based functions via 802.11 WiFi - but this time adds Bluetooth. What might a device like this need with Bluetooth? Why, to connect via your smartphone, of course. Or perhaps to go Echo on us all?

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Kuvee brings the IoT to wine (and probably shouldn’t have)

Kuvee brings the IoT to wine (and probably shouldn’t have)

Wine drinkers who lack the commitment to finish the whole bottle will soon have a digital solution, as the Internet of Things attempts to wirelessly-connect yet another part of our lives. Kuvée is hoping to give the wine bottle some smarts, with a WiFi-enabled sleeve that brings Keurig-style convenience to casual drinking - albeit at a price.

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