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Revolv Hub Review

Revolv Hub Review

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then "node zero" is the heart of the smart home, but in today's plug-and-play world of lifestyle automation that doesn't have to mean a cabinet full of rack-mounted hardware and professional installation. Startup Revolv aims to be the hub of the new generation, a central point at which automation favorites like Sonos, Philips' hue, and more can gather for more intelligent control. With no single leader in the smart home space, however, and numerous competing wireless standards in play, that's a lot to ask from the teardrop-shaped gadget: so, is it home sweet home or fit only for the mad-house? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Sony Music Video Recorder first-impressions [samples]

Sony Music Video Recorder first-impressions [samples]

Sony's Music Video Recorder may well be the camera sleeper hit of the holidays. Think of it as the ill-fated Flip Video - or, indeed, Sony's own Bloggie alternative - given a pro-audio upgrade, ostensibly targeted at bands and recording artists looking to make music videos and recordings simultaneously but, as we discovered when we spent some hands-on time with the shooter, certainly capable of more. Read on for our first-impressions.

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Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control hands-on

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control hands-on

Think of smart home thermostats and you probably think of Nest, but HVAC stalwart Honeywell wants to change all that with its WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control. The touchscreen heating and air conditioning control unit not only allows you to fiddle with your settings with a fingertip, but call out instructions not only from up close but from across the room and, potentially, elsewhere in the house. We stopped by to pretend we were talking to the computer out of Star Trek; head on past the cut for some early impressions.

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DoorBot WiFi video doorbell hands-on

DoorBot WiFi video doorbell hands-on

Does your doorbell need WiFi? DoorBot thinks it does, and the company crowdfunded its way to production having convinced enough backers that $199 wireless video-streaming door furniture with a companion iOS app was an essential part of the smart home. Now, with the first units shipping out, we caught up with DoorBot to try out the camera ourselves, and find out why soon the cloud might be keeping a record of your every caller.

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Bose SoundTouch takes on Sonos in whole-home streaming

Bose SoundTouch takes on Sonos in whole-home streaming

Bose has launched a whole-home streaming music system to take on Sonos, Bose SoundTouch, pushing locally-stored and internet music to multiple speakers over a WiFi connection. The three speakers in the new streaming range - the SoundTouch 30, the SoundTouch 20, and the SoundTouch Portable which is the only model with an integrated battery - aim to make finding favorite stations more straightforward with six preset buttons on each unit. Once set up, the presets are synchronized across every speaker in the network, with the source shown on an OLED display on the front.

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Vital Connect fitness tracking wearable gets serious about mHealth

Vital Connect fitness tracking wearable gets serious about mHealth

Fitness tracking wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone UP are big business right now, but what if you want more from your heath monitoring? mHealth startup Vital Connect is weighing into just that market, with a disposable wireless health monitor that can unlock your biometrics for your smartphone, the cloud, and even remotely to your doctor, nurse, or medical specialist. We caught up with the company to find out what was involved, and whether we should expect wireless fitness tracking to get serious.

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Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Smart thermostat company Nest has revealed its second intelligent home device, the Nest Protect, a WiFi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Aiming to do the same for home safety as the original Nest does for HVAC control, the Nest Protect tracks potential perils, warns you with both an spoken audio alert and pings to your iOS or Android device, and even notifies other Nest equipment so that they can respond too.

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Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook and Cisco have teamed up to offer free WiFi in select stores, restaurants, and other public locations, aiming to get weary shoppers online in return for a Facebook check-in and some anonymized demographic data. The Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) for Facebook Wi-Fi may have an unwieldy name, but it could get you online in a pinch if the social site and networking company have their way, with the promise of participating locations spreading between now and the holidays.

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