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Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat takes on Nest: Hands on

Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat takes on Nest: Hands on

Honeywell is looking to shake off its "old school" reputation with a new smart thermostat, Lyric, promising greater convenience and energy savings by following the patterns of your home, not a preset schedule. Eschewing beige plastic for a slick gloss white and chrome finish and OLED touchscreen controls, Lyric is aimed conspicuously at the sort of audience courted by Google-owned Nest, but takes a different approach to figuring when you need heating or cooling.

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Intel and A4WP aim for wireless computers in 2016

Intel and A4WP aim for wireless computers in 2016

This week Intel has made clear their intentions to create a wireless PC universe in the year 2016. With their post-Broadwell Intel Core processors, the company will aim for wireless charging in all things. This week the company makes plain their plan to bring systems like magnetic resonance charging to the public.

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Glass jammer cuts wearable’s WiFi in misguided privacy ploy

Glass jammer cuts wearable’s WiFi in misguided privacy ploy

An anti-Google Glass artist is threatening to cut off the wearable's WiFi over privacy concerns, though the connection cutting project seems to be based more on knee-jerk fear than an understanding of how Glass actually works. The jammer, handiwork of Julian Oliver, runs on a Raspberry Pi with a WiFi adapter and can supposedly spot nearby Glass users on the same network, "deauthorizing" their connection if it finds them. However, Oliver's goal - to prevent Glass from recording video - isn't actually served by the device.

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WhistleGPS dog tracker first to use SIGFOX IoT network

WhistleGPS dog tracker first to use SIGFOX IoT network

Digital dogs could be the first to benefit from the first dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network in the US, with canine tracking collar WhistleGPS using startup SIGFOX's wireless system for low-power monitoring. The collar, an Oreo-sized disk, promises twice the battery life of traditional GPS pet tracking and a third of the bulk, thanks to SIGFOX's IoT-dedicated network that will light up first in parts of California.

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