smart home

Hack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi access

Hack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi access

When considering your connected home, one of the biggest concerns is how much you’ll end up spending. Those gadgets that link to your smartphone via apps can end up costing quite a bit, but a new hack shows a vulnerability that many hadn’t thought of. In the wrong hands, this workaround could have dire consequences.

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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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Nest Google privacy row resumes as thermostat hacked

Nest Google privacy row resumes as thermostat hacked

Nest's announcement that it will share user data with Google as well as third-party services like Logitech and Jawbone has unsurprisingly reawakened privacy concerns, coinciding with a new hack of the Smart Thermostat that could in theory give nefarious backdoor access. The Nest Developer Program will allow fitness wearables like UP24, Mercedes-Benz cars, and Logitech Harmony remotes to link with the thermostat, but it's Google Now integration - and what that means for Nest's privacy promises - that have some concerned.

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Wink connected home platform hits all the right notes

Wink connected home platform hits all the right notes

Ready to have your home connected? If so, a company named Quirky might be bringing you an off-beat idea. Wink, their new connected home platform, is a spin-off from the parent company that is working with various companies to bring you connected devices, all from your smartphone. Wink is available on both iOS and Android, and could be the first idea that actually makes sense for both consumers and OEMs.

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