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Qivicon hub to tackle smart home with Samsung backing

Qivicon hub to tackle smart home with Samsung backing

The smart home space is getting more competition, with Qivicon spreading its multi-provider home automation and security system to the US and UK. Already available in Germany, Qivicon is the handiwork of Deutsch Telekom (better known for being behind T-Mobile), Samsung, Miele, and others, connecting smart appliances, thermostats, garage doors, and other devices from over 30 companies to smartphone and tablet apps.

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Apple smart home tipped for WWDC

Apple smart home tipped for WWDC

Apple will turn the iPhone into a smart home hub at WWDC 2014 in early June, insiders claim, revealing a "big play" to make iOS the heart of home automation. One of the technologies announced at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which kicks off on June 2nd, will aim to make setting up and using a smart home system more straightforward, it's said, potentially using a new Apple TV as the core.

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Netatmo Rain Gauge lands with IFTTT support (and eBay too)

Netatmo Rain Gauge lands with IFTTT support (and eBay too)

Smart home weather hub firm Netatmo has released its Rain Gauge, a wireless way of tracking the wetter weather in your garden, arriving with IFTTT support out of the box, as the web-connection service also throws in a new eBay channel. The Netatmo Rain Gauge keeps count of both how many periods of rain you get, and how much accumulated rainfall there has been, firing the results to your Weather Station indoors.

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No, Nest isn’t making you yank Nest Protect from your ceiling

No, Nest isn’t making you yank Nest Protect from your ceiling

Nest's Protect smart smoke alarm is in the headlines again, after an official US recall notice prompted panic that owners would have to pull the flawed detector from their ceilings and return it. The warning follows Nest's mandatory software update back in April which disabled the wave-to-silence feature, after it was discovered that it could inadvertently stop the alarm from sounding in the case of a real emergency.

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SmartThings gets real with connected home platform

SmartThings gets real with connected home platform

This week the folks at SmartThings have brought on a new phase in connecting every smart device in your home to one central ecosystem. To centralize connectivity in your futuristic smart home, service providers including Jawbone, UP24, Life360, Cross Country Home Services, Centralite, and Leviton have joined in the SmartThings movement. Under one banner, SmartThings apps and devices will - well - make your home smart.

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Can Google make us want Nest ads?

Can Google make us want Nest ads?

Google can’t rely on traditional advertising to make its billions any more, and is looking to smart thermostats, wearables and more to fill in the gaps, but what makes for an engaging - and unobtrusive - 21st century ad? A recently filed Google SEC document explaining that the definition of mobile was expanding to encompass smart home hardware such as Nest, as well as wearables like Glass and Android Wear, among other platforms has prompted concerns of commercials on every display. But is there a way that Google could package promotions that users not only accept, but embrace?

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Google eyes Nest for new world of AdWords everywhere

Google eyes Nest for new world of AdWords everywhere

Google is predicting adverts displayed on your Nest smart thermostat, as well as across wearables like Glass and Android Wear, car dashboards, and more, as it tries to clue the government in on what will be the ad opportunities of tomorrow. The idea of the spread of marketing and similar promotional information across different wearable and smart home devices came as Google responded to an SEC concern about falling ad revenues as the traditional ways of displaying them become diversified.

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