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Google’s Nest and Amazon’s Alexa will become friends soon

Google’s Nest and Amazon’s Alexa will become friends soon

Nest might now be owned by Google, but that doesn't mean it's beyond making friends outside Mountain View. Amazon, considered a rival of Google in more ways than one, is one such new acquaintance. Nest has announced that, in a few weeks time, Nest Thermostat and Amazon's Alexa will become familiar with each other, allowing users to turn the heat up or down with their voice, in case they also happen to have an Amazon Echo or Fire TV sitting around the house.

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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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Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest created the smart thermostat market, and now it's under attack. Turns out the appeal of home temperature control without requiring programming more complex than a graduate degree, and more flexible than "on" or "off", is enough to lure in not only customers but competitors. After granular improvements since the 2011 launch, Nest's third-generation hardware bumps up the most eye-catching aspect of the thermostat: the display.

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Apple boots Nest thermostat from store focusing on HomeKit devices

Apple boots Nest thermostat from store focusing on HomeKit devices

Apple has offered the Nest thermostat on its virtual store shelves and in some of its retail locations for three years now. The Nest thermostat first landed on the Apple Store online back in May of 2012. Apple has removed the Nest thermostat from its online store, at least for now. The ouster comes as a new spat of Apple HomeKit products have reached the store and it appears Apple prefers to focus on those items.

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Apple Stores begin selling first HomeKit compatible thermostat

Apple Stores begin selling first HomeKit compatible thermostat

Apple's physical retail stores will begin selling the first thermostat to be compatible with the iOS HomeKit system this week. As a smart home device, the Ecobee3 is an internet-connected thermostat that, when connected to Apple's HomeKit platform, will allow users to control it with their iPhones via apps and even voice commands to Siri. The Ecobee3 is priced at $250, and should be appearing in Apple Stores in North America on Tuesday.

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Nest updates to protect from smoke and temp extremes

Nest updates to protect from smoke and temp extremes

Nest is pushing out a new software update for its smart learning thermostat, further integrating it with the Nest Protect for handling fires. The new firmware, which is being released today, will automatically control the HVAC system to avoid pushing smoke around the home. Meanwhile, it will also include the ability to warn users if their home is reaching dangerously high, or low, temperatures.

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Voice-controlling Nest thermostat via Google Now almost ready

Voice-controlling Nest thermostat via Google Now almost ready

It didn't take long after Google's purchase of Nest, the makers of the internet-connected thermostat and smoke alarm, for expectations to begin of how the home devices would begin to fit into Google's various apps and services. In June, a "Works with Nest" program was launched, and it was then teased that in the future we would be able to set a temperature with the command "Ok, Google…" via the Google Now app. Now it looks like the service is almost ready.

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ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

Brace yourselves folks. The tech giants are bringing their turf wars out of your pocket and into your homes. Apple has now just started to carry in its online Store shelves the ecobee3, the latest smart WiFi thermostat from ecobee, who market themselves as the original smart thermostat. This can be seen as another direct competition between Apple and Google, as the latter's Nest Learning Thermostat is also being sold through Google Play Store. Let the smart home wars begin!

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Nest Learning Thermostat update makes it learn faster

Nest Learning Thermostat update makes it learn faster

Part of the appeal of smart appliances lies in them being "smart". Let's face it. As fancy as a smart TV, smart bulb, or smart thermostat may sound, we really do not need another "smartphone" fixed on our walls or ceilings to complicate our lives. That's why Nest Labs is continually trying to improve the "learning" part of its smart appliances, starting with the latest 4.3 software update for its Learning Thermostat. Now users will no longer have to worry when lifestyles or seasons change, as the thermostat changes with them quickly as well.

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Original Smart Thermostat returns: ecobee3 with smart sensors

Original Smart Thermostat returns: ecobee3 with smart sensors

The original Smart Thermostat team, ecobee, is back to bring on their "ecobee3", a device with Smart Thermostat and Wireless Remote Sensors. This device works with wi-fi connectivity, multi-room capabilities, and energy savings all around.

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Zen is a simplistic connected thermostat for your home

Zen is a simplistic connected thermostat for your home

If you're looking for a high-tech thermostat, but Nest and its competitors aren't quite to your liking, ZenWithin has a new product it is about to launch on Indiegogo. The Zen Thermostat is a square LED-studded thermostat that, if all proves successful, will hit shelves for $150 to $200 USD.

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Spark.io builds open source Nest-alternative smart thermostat

Spark.io builds open source Nest-alternative smart thermostat

Prompted by Google's recent acquisition of Nest, the folks at Spark.io were inspired to create an open source alternative -- note the use of alternative, not equivalent -- which they succeeded in doing over the course of a single day. The project was detailed on the Spark Blog today, complete with short videos and downloads via Github.

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