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Archos Connected Home hooks automation to Android tablet

Archos Connected Home hooks automation to Android tablet

Archos has revealed a new connected home system which will hook up your security, appliances, and even your dog to a smart ecosystem, all controlled by a new 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet. The system, which uses Bluetooth LE to interconnect, consists of multiple "Home Objects" - generally spherical and roughly the side of a table tennis ball - such as cameras or motion sensors.

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Korus V600 and V400 wireless speakers review

Korus V600 and V400 wireless speakers review

Korus thinks the audio market needs a new music streaming system. That's an ambitious goal: if you've been in the market for wireless audio recently, you'll undoubtedly have seen a fair few existing options, from Bluetooth (with or without aptX), WiFi, and proprietary options like Apple's AirPlay and Sonos' well-esteemed whole home systems. Korus' two new portable speakers, the V600 and V400, don't use any of them, in fact, but is that a brave decision that pays off in performance, or simply too ambitious a challenge for one start-up to bite off? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Southwest Airlines launches iMessage WiFi plan with Android offer due 2014

Southwest Airlines launches iMessage WiFi plan with Android offer due 2014

Southwest Airlines has launched a new iMessage-only WiFi plan, offering iOS messaging addicts the opportunity to continue their conversations even if they're not interested in other internet access. The new plan, priced at $2 per day, is a fourth of the cost of Southwest's usual WiFi access, with the airline saying it has plans to offer a similar package for Android users in the new year.

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AllSeen Alliance formed by big-named companies for Internet of Things unification

AllSeen Alliance formed by big-named companies for Internet of Things unification

The so-called "Internet of Things," which includes such devices as connected thermostats and baby monitors with network-equipped cameras, are gaining traction quickly, and with that comes the need for companies and devices to play together nicely, mostly in terms of following unified standards. Many big-name companies, among them being the likes of LG, Sharp, and Cisco, have formed a coalition to do this called the AllSeen Alliance.

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Qualcomm Gimbal takes on Apple iBeacon for micro-location

Qualcomm Gimbal takes on Apple iBeacon for micro-location

Qualcomm has launched Gimbal, its take on Apple's iBeacon, a system of context-aware proximity beacons intended for shopping, social networking, mobile services, and more. Using small, battery powered Bluetooth dongles which create localized hotspots to interact with iOS and - eventually - Android devices, Qualcomm says Gimbal can push product information, sports team details, topical adverts, and other content whenever a smartphone comes into range, just as iBeacon promises only with eventual cross-platform support.

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