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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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LG HomeChat talkative kitchen appliances go live

LG HomeChat talkative kitchen appliances go live

LG's HomeChat system of talkative appliances has hit stores, a range of high-tech kitchen kit with which users can have two-way conversations over messaging app LINE, including seeing exactly what's left in your fridge. Previewed at CES, HomeChat - which will be offered in South Korea only, at least initially - uses natural language processing to allow you to confide in your washing machine "much like chatting with a close friend."

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