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Samsung buys SmartThings in preemptive HomeKit strike

Samsung buys SmartThings in preemptive HomeKit strike

Home automation start-up SmartThings has been snapped up by Samsung, with the South Korean firm grabbing the modular smart home specialist. The deal will see SmartThings - which offers a wireless home hub that connects to various sensors, remote sockets, light bulbs, and other components - operate as an independent company as part of Samsung's Open Innovation Center group, though it's still likely to prompt some concerns from avid fans of the firm.

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New Nomiku 2 sous-vide adds WiFi to kitchen favorite

New Nomiku 2 sous-vide adds WiFi to kitchen favorite

Nomiku helped sous-vide go from gastronomic novelty to geek chef must-have, and now the company is back with a second-generation model that adds WiFi, boosts performance, and makes for less chance of steaming your hands. The new Nomiku 2 will be made in the US - right next to the company's San Francisco headquarters, in fact - and, like its predecessor, clips to the side of a pan of water. However, new the second time around is integrated WiFi to hook up to a remote app.

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Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips’ hue smart lightbulbs have always been at the mercy of a dumb switch. The range of color-changing LED bulbs have won over many smart home enthusiasts with their flexible effects and easy installation, but while controlling lighting from a smartphone or tablet is catnip to geeks, the less tech-savvy were left bemoaning their suddenly redundant physical light switches. Enter Hue Tap, a tactile and portable way to bring up to four presets out of the app and into the real world.

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iPhone 6 NFC tipped plus high-speed WiFi

iPhone 6 NFC tipped plus high-speed WiFi

The iPhone 6 gets nearer and the leaks come faster, with new specifications - including the long-anticipated arrival of NFC - teased for Apple's future flagship thanks to some freshly exposed components. Leaked boards, said to come from inside the new iPhone, along with some tipster promises claim to settle the speculation on short-range wireless, which Apple has so-far eschewed in favor of iBeacon.

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Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo has revealed a new wearable prototype, the Lenovo C1, a Google Glass aping set of smart glasses to help launch its NBD platform for the smart home and Internet of Things. Announced in China today, the NBC - or "New Bench" - platform aims to make connected devices like web-enabled air purifiers more inter-compatible, by providing a framework, manufacturing support, R&D, and even funding to third-party firms.

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SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

Your doorbell isn't smart enough, and SkyBell wants to change that: a hockey puck scale upgrade to the traditional push-button that delivers motion-triggered video direct to your phone. After having raised almost six-times its crowdfunding goal in late 2013, the WiFi-enabled doorbell is counting on some big names like Apple to help it stand out from the growing home automation melee.

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