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Now Amazon’s Echo takes charge of your thermostat, too

Now Amazon’s Echo takes charge of your thermostat, too

Amazon's Echo has added what could be one of its most useful abilities to-date: voice control over your home thermostat. The update, which as with all Echo feature-adds will be pushed out invisibly through the cloud, allows owners of the cylindrical smart speaker to turn the heating up or down simply by calling out.

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Bluetooth Internet gateway: dev director answers your questions

Bluetooth Internet gateway: dev director answers your questions

This week we had the opportunity to speak with Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programs for Bluetooth SIG. This week Bluetooth SIG launched their new architecture and supporting set of educational tools called Bluetooth Internet gateway, allowing developers to "quickly create internet gateways for Bluetooth products." We asked him what this meant for the general consumer using questions sent to us by you! Have a peek and see if this new wave of simple integration will make your day.

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Bluetooth web connections will put your smart home online

Bluetooth web connections will put your smart home online

This week the folks in charge of Bluetooth have announced connectivity to the web without the need for smartphones or tablets. A new "architecture standard" is being set in place, allowing developers to send an update to Bluetooth devices that'd eventually allow them to access the web without the need for a smartphone as a conduit. That's right. Soon you'll be able to turn your coffee maker on without even being inside your house.

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Samsung SmartThings ads show how you can have super powers

Samsung SmartThings ads show how you can have super powers

The past few weeks have been rather hard on the Internet of Things market. Despite the slew of new trinkets and ideas that were paraded at CES 2016 earlier this month, bugs and security holes in currently marketed devices cast a rather negative light on connected home appliances. Perhaps Samsung thought it was time to lighten up the mood, especially considering it too has some IoT products to sell. In a set of ads revolving around its SmartThings platform, Samsung reveals how IoT can give you superpowers. Or at least the semblance of it.

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Amazon Echo about to control smart thermostats

Amazon Echo about to control smart thermostats

Amazon's strangest product is about to connect to one of the most out-of-nowhere devices in the smart home today. Amazon Echo is said by sources close to the subject (who wish to remain anonymous) to be working with smart thermostats soon. This means that users will be able to ask Amazon Echo's smart assistant system Alexa to turn of their heat or turn the temperature cooler, for starters. After that, the smart temperature is the limit - all you need to do is ask.

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Nest software update leaves users without heat

Nest software update leaves users without heat

What happens when your smart home devices receive a bad update that make them not-so-smart anymore? Many Nest owners are finding out the answer to that exact question this week. Users have reported a variety of issues suddenly occurring, from dead devices to overworked heating systems.

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Sony Multifunctional Light has a ridiculous amount of sensors

Sony Multifunctional Light has a ridiculous amount of sensors

CES 2016 is long over, but Sony seems unfazed and has a yet another product it should have probably shown off at last week's event. Then again, it's launching it in Japan only so far. It is calling it a multifunctional light, though that might be a bit of a misnomer and a disservice. A "smart home hub with light" might actually do it more justice. While this connect lighting does do what most smart bulbs do, it also has a ton sensors that would put your smartphone to shame.

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Update your Ring smart doorbell to protect your Wi-Fi

Update your Ring smart doorbell to protect your Wi-Fi

Ring, formerly known as Doorbot, has been around for quite some time. It's a smart doorbell that lets your monitor and even respond by voice to visitors at your door. Some consider it to be one of the few Internet of Things devices that makes a lot of sense and can be considered really beneficial to an automated home. However, while Ring might protect your door and your house, it might not be doing the same for your home Wi-Fi network, potentially exposing home owners to hacking.

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D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

Smart appliances are all the fad these days, and smart smoke and CO detectors have been one of the earliest to claim the IoT space. But not everyone has the budget, time, or skill to replace their perfectly working smoke and CO alarms. At the same time, homeowners might indeed want to be part of the smart home revolution. Is there a middle ground? D-Link is saying yes with its new mydlink Smart Alarm Detector, which gives those UL-certified alarms the ability to notify you of the situation on your smartphone, even if they themselves can't connect to the Internet.

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Almond 3 WiFi router controls your network and smart home

Almond 3 WiFi router controls your network and smart home

Securifi has unveiled the latest router in its Almond touchscreen wireless router family and it is called the Almond 3. The router is a smart home hub and a traditional WiFi router in one device. It supports Gigabit WiFi, has an integrated ZigBee radio, supports Z-Wave, and Bluetooth devices. It also has an integrated programmable siren for home security.

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Senic Nuimo hands-on – The IoT’s tactile smart controller

Senic Nuimo hands-on – The IoT’s tactile smart controller

With the smartphone offering a near-infinitely flexible interface, do we really need physical controls for digital services? Senic believes so, and the Nuimo controller is its solution, a touch-sensitive wireless scroll wheel that can manage your streaming music, connected lights, and more.

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Netatmo Welcome getting ear for alarms plus FTP backup

Netatmo Welcome getting ear for alarms plus FTP backup

Netatmo is giving its Welcome face-recognizing camera a fresh batch of smarts, allowing it to keep an ear out for danger among other things. Launched in 2015, the distinctively-styled Welcome not only reacts to movement in its field of view, beaming back HD video to its owners' smartphone app, but can identify faces in the frame and, over time, recognize who they are.

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