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SmartThings 2.0 is here: First-impressions

SmartThings 2.0 is here: First-impressions

SmartThings struck it big on Kickstarter, got snapped up by Samsung, and now has begun delivering its much-anticipated Hub 2.0. The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit, the centerpiece of which is the second-generation hub, is in stores today, priced at $249. Best Buy and Sears will carry it on their shelves, while it'll also be available online.

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Perch turns phones, tablets, laptops into home monitors

Perch turns phones, tablets, laptops into home monitors

Even before houses started getting smarter, home monitoring systems were already a thing, at least for those with something worth keeping an eye on. Whether for keeping an eye on the kids to keeping watch over valuables, such systems usually required some camera and computer combo to be installed, either by professionals or DIY. Today, however, most households have spare smartphones or tablets lying around unused. With Perch, you can put them to work again, to create an easy to use, and cheaper, home monitor.

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August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

The smart home can't just be clever, it needs to be impeccably designed, but while August's expanded range satisfies both criteria it may be user trust that really needs an upgrade. I spent some time with the Smart Keypad, Doorbell Cam, and the HomeKit version of the Smart Lock today, as well as talking with August's exec team about whether even committed automation fans are ready to hand over the digital keys to the cable guy.

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Logi Circle Review – WiFi camera with a hit of hyperlapse

Logi Circle Review – WiFi camera with a hit of hyperlapse

Logitech said it wanted its Logi brand to be more friendly than traditional computer peripherals, and the Circle home camera certainly fits the bill. A cutesy robot's eyeball of a WiFi-connected webcam, it aims to one-up Nest Camera courtesy of an onboard battery, with a secret weapon in the shape of instantly-curated hyperlapse clips for speedy consumption. Has Logi hit a home-run in the first inning with its baseball-like Circle?

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August Doorbell Cam, Keypad, and HomeKit lock launch Access platform

August Doorbell Cam, Keypad, and HomeKit lock launch Access platform

August may have started with a single smart lock, but the company won't be happy until it has upgraded your entire front door experience. The new August Access platform, and three new or updated products that arrive under its umbrella, will not only allow you to lock and unlock your door from your phone, but hand out PIN code access, speak to delivery people while you're away from home, and integrate with services like Postmates and Shyp.

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Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus (the name of both the company and the product) is a new device that aims to combine the best of video calling and home intercoms with voice commands. The mini tablet can be mounted to wall or just placed on a counter or table, and be used to connect and communicate with others in just seconds, bypassing even the steps that FaceTime and Skype users must go through before getting into a call.

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Amazon wants to own the IoT – and it’s starting with soup

Amazon wants to own the IoT – and it’s starting with soup

Amazon's Alexa isn't just its sassy retort to Siri but the retail behemoth's gateway to the smart home, and the starter is - perhaps fittingly - soup. Announcing the AWS IoT last week, a platform through which connected devices covering everything from home automation widgets, through cars, to industrial equipment can speak to Amazon's cloud, the company also quietly inked a reported deal with Campbell's.

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Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

A group of developers opens up the Google OnHub smart router's software to find that it runs Chrome OS. That means the device is a Chromebook - or a Chrome... Hub... as it were. While it doesn't mean you're going to be connecting the machine to a display and using it as a Chromebox any time soon, it does mean that there's far more potential for this OnHub device than Google is letting on initially. This all points to smart home control.

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Elgato debuts Eve Room, Eve Weather with HomeKit support

Elgato debuts Eve Room, Eve Weather with HomeKit support

Elgato has announced the latest connected home devices in its Eve line, the Eve Room and Eve Weather. The two sensors are compatible with Apple's HomeKit ecosystem, and are used to monitor and gather data about the home, including things like air quality, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. Elgato notes that these are the first battery-powered accessories for HomeKit, and they can connect directly with iOS devices, without the need of a central hub or bridge.

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New Kodak surveillance camera rivals Nest Cam with a lower price

New Kodak surveillance camera rivals Nest Cam with a lower price

While Google's Next Cam is arguably the most popular connected home surveillance camera around, that doesn't stop other camera makers from trying to compete with their own solutions. Take for instance Kodak and their new CFH-V20 camera, part of their Connected Family Home series. The camera not only has a 180-degree field of view, but can stream HD video, act as a two-way intercom, and has night vision.

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Yale’s new Bluetooth door lock uses digital smartphone keys

Yale’s new Bluetooth door lock uses digital smartphone keys

Lock & hardware maker Yale has just announced its latest residential door lock that works wirelessly with digital keys on a smartphone via Bluetooth. Dubbed the Yale Real Living Assure Lock, the hardware works with the Yale Digital Keys app for both iOS and Android, in addition to the new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. With the app, users can simply select the key they need to open the door, and hold their device up to the lock.

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Logitech’s Harmony Hub Extender is finally available

Logitech’s Harmony Hub Extender is finally available

Back in September 2014, yes more than a year ago, Logitech promised to soon make available a new Hub Extender for its fleet of Harmony smart home products. That "soon", however, turned into months but finally the wait is over. At least for those still waiting for it. The Harmony Hub Extender is now available will soon be ready to introduce new smart appliances and devices to your Harmony-controlled home. Particularly those that support the ZigBee and Z-Wave wireless technologies, which adds a few names to Harmony's growing list.

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