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“Alexa, turn on SmartThings integration” says Amazon

“Alexa, turn on SmartThings integration” says Amazon

Amazon's cylindrical Echo home assistant is gaining another automation ability, hooking up with Samsung-owned SmartThings for the speech-controlled smart home. While it's not the first such integration we've seen Echo add in the months since Amazon launched the chipper speaker, it could well be one of the most far-reaching, thanks to SmartThings' broad compatibility with a huge - and growing - number of third-party automation devices.

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Samsung’s SmartThings Hub v2 starts pre-order

Samsung’s SmartThings Hub v2 starts pre-order

Samsung seems to be on a roll. After unveiling the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ and announcing the actual launch of Samsung Pay, the company's year-old subsidiary is also making a big splash. Delayed by almost half a year, SmartThings is giving the green light for pre-orders of its brand new Hub device. Although owners are not required to upgrade to this new version, some might consider it worth the purchase considering a crucial update to the capabilities of the smart home central brain.

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Samsung ARTIK wants to wire the IoT (& solve drought)

Samsung ARTIK wants to wire the IoT (& solve drought)

Samsung has launched a new range of chipsets intended to get your home appliances online and talking to each other, borrowing smartphone chip tech for its new ARTIK range. The trio of tiny boards - as small as 12 x 12 mm - connect via Bluetooth, WiFi, or ZigBee, model depending, with Samsung hoping they find their way into everything from connected toasters and fridges to future wearables. Meanwhile, since having your coffee pot hacked is probably considered unwelcome, ARTIK has baked-in hardware encryption.

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SmartThings iOS app adds Apple Watch capabilities

SmartThings iOS app adds Apple Watch capabilities

The few of you out there with Apple Watches and SmartThings devices can rejoice - all will work together peacefully by this afternoon. The team behind SmartThings have released the SmartThings iOS app version 1.7.3 with Apple Watch integration. This update to the app also brings performance improvements as well as bug fixes. This is not the first smartwatch to work with SmartThings, mind you - it's the second. The first was the Samsung Gear S - which makes sense, since SmartThings is a Samsung company, after all.

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Equil Smartmarker transforms any surface into a smart surface

Equil Smartmarker transforms any surface into a smart surface

Everyone uses dry erase boards from schools to business presentations. Whiteboards are too ephemeral as the presenter always seems to be erasing the part we've just started reading. With Equil's smart technology, your whiteboard notes and drawings can last forever. Equil is adding to their line of smart pens with their new Smartmarker. Equil's Smartpen was designed for paper, but their Smartmarker can be used on any surface, especially whiteboards. Simply attach its magnetic base to the surface, and everything you write with the Smartmarker will be saved to its built-in memory.

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SmartThings joins Z-Wave board as IoT gets strategic

SmartThings joins Z-Wave board as IoT gets strategic

Samsung's infiltration into the Internet of Things continues, with SmartThings - its recently-acquired home automation platform - now grabbing a spot on the Z-Wave Alliance board of directors. Z-Wave is one of the lingering wireless standards that still prevails among smart home devices, connecting things like remotely-controlled outlets, lamps, and thermostats, though while popular has nonetheless failed to dominate and thus unify the interconnectivity between automation devices. Given that SmartThings has proved that the smart home is worthy of big money, Z-Wave is now hoping some of that shine rubs off on it.

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Samsung hires ex-Googler to make SmartThings smarter

Samsung hires ex-Googler to make SmartThings smarter

SmartThings is a company that takes everyday things and makes them... well... smart. Samsung acquired this company this past August and since then, they've been growing rather quickly. This week the folks at SmartThings - owned by Samsung - have announced that they've hired ex-Google woman Dora Hsu. With Samsung's SmartThings, Hsu will be working as Chief Platform Officer, working on the developer platform product and engineering team, developer relations and evangelism, and certification programs, leading the lot, taking charge, and all that good stuff.

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SmartThings revamped as Samsung gets IoT serious

SmartThings revamped as Samsung gets IoT serious

We guessed Samsung had big plans for the smart home when it splashed out on SmartThings, and now the first step of that scheming has been revealed as the next-gen Hub. The new SmartThings Hub gets a more powerful processor than before, along with an integrated battery and cellular connectivity options meaning even if both your power and DSL go out, your smart home will stay online. Meanwhile, there's a new clutch of sensors, along with a premium subscription service which Samsung is clearly hoping will help make them some extra cash from home automation.

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Video: SmartThings working with Gear S voice prompts

Video: SmartThings working with Gear S voice prompts

In an ideal connected home, you open the door, and the lights turn on. Maybe the TV also comes on, and flips right to the game. Your heater kicks in if it’s cold, and your phone silences itself. At least to some degree, that’s what we’re looking for with regard to home automation and the Internet of Things. At Samsung’s Developers Conference today, they displayed their concept for what the connected home would be via SmartThings, the platform they purchased not long ago.

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SmartThings app comes to Windows Phone

SmartThings app comes to Windows Phone

The connected home doesn’t have to be limited to Android and iOS any more. SmartThings, which notes their “commitment to build an open platform for the smart home”, has officially announced their app for Windows Phone. Though aesthetically different, the Windows Phone variant of the SmartThings app mimics the functionality of its Android and iOS counterparts. The app is free to download and use, but you’ll still need some hardware. If you’re in the market for connected home products, though, SmartThings is a good option.

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SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support for A/V automation

SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support for A/V automation

Home automation hub SmartThings has added Logitech's Harmony platform to its growing list of supported devices, turning the universal remote into a smart controller for lights, multimedia, and more. The new functionality, part of SmartThings' Labs open-beta, means that Harmony remote owners will be able to build in TV triggers and other A/V kit control based on triggers from the smart home platform, like doors opening or movement detected.

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