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Nest smart thermostats will detect HVAC problems before they happen

Nest smart thermostats will detect HVAC problems before they happen

Our homes today are equipped with some smart device or another, even if it's just a smart TV. But despite their seemingly intelligent features, not many of them are smart enough to foresee problems in advance. That may be true for their own self-diagnostics but even less for diagnosing other smart devices. That's where Google Nest is trying to lead the way by making its smart thermostat really smart enough to notice if there's something wrong with your heat or cooling systems before it's too late.

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The sleek GLAS smart thermostat is losing Cortana

The sleek GLAS smart thermostat is losing Cortana

The GLAS smart thermostat was to be Cortana's big expansion in the connected home, but the stylish glass HVAC controller is losing Microsoft's assistant it has quietly warned owners. The unexpected news follows Johnson Controls adding Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant control support to its platform.

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New ecobee SmartThermostat is a smart speaker in disguise

New ecobee SmartThermostat is a smart speaker in disguise

At long last, ecobee finally launched its latest product. It may not be the indoor camera some might have hoped but fans of the brand's smart thermostat might appreciate what the upgrade offers. To put it in not so many words, ecobee has practically crammed an Amazon Echo inside its New SmartThermostat with voice control along with the ability to potentially save you money and energy by being better at detecting whether you're home or not.

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ecobee SmartThermostat and SmartSensor upgrades sighted

ecobee SmartThermostat and SmartSensor upgrades sighted

ecobee may be gearing to release new products really soon but it might not be what some of the company's fans have been hoping for. It was rumored last month that the home automation company is preparing to launch its first ever indoor camera. That may still be coming but, apparently, it will be preceded by an upgrade to its existing thermostat and sensor products that actually bring substantial new features to the line-up.

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Nest earmarks 1 million Thermostat E units for low-income homes

Nest earmarks 1 million Thermostat E units for low-income homes

Nest is helping address the energy burden in America with Power Project, an initiative that earmarks 1 million Nest Thermostat E units for low-income homes. The devices will be provided to needy homes in partnership with energy companies, non-profits, and housing agencies over the next five years, says Nest. Recipients are promised them "at little or no cost."

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Here’s what the stunning Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat will cost you

Here’s what the stunning Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat will cost you

The striking GLAS thermostat, which takes on Nest and others with its Microsoft Cortana integration, will go up for preorder in March, new details have confirmed today. Made by Johnson Controls, the thermostat is a pane of translucent OLED touchscreen mounted on the wall, though your fingers aren't required when it comes to setting the temperature.

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Ecobee adds Google Assistant to its long list of smart helpers

Ecobee adds Google Assistant to its long list of smart helpers

Ecobee's line up of smart thermostats already supports a number of IoT platforms, and today that list is getting just a little longer. Today ecobee revealed that Google Assistant is rolling out to its current product portfolio, which means that support is launching on a grand total of three thermostats. That's great news for anyone who was a bit disappointed to see the ecobee4 launch with Alexa support baked in but Google Assistant nowhere in sight.

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Nest Thermostat E is company’s first under Alphabet

Nest Thermostat E is company’s first under Alphabet

Yes, that sounds strange ain’t it? But consider that the first and last thermostat to come from what was known back then as Nest Labs was the original Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011. Since then, the company has come a long way, released a smoke detector and security cameras, and as was acquired by Google and then under Alphabet in the great reshuffling. Now the company is going back to its roots with the Nest Thermostat E, bringing the lessons of the past 6 years to even more people and more houses.

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Microsoft’s Cortana thermostat GLAS has a Windows 10 IoT core

Microsoft’s Cortana thermostat GLAS has a Windows 10 IoT core

Microsoft has its own smart thermostat in the pipeline, and it is called GLAS. The model comes from HVAC provider Johnson Controls; it sports a Windows 10 Internet of Things core, according to Microsoft, and packs all of the intelligence of Cortana. The company is only teasing the thermostat at this time, and so there are some questions remaining. The model has, however, been shown off in a video.

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ecobee4 thermostat launches with Alexa support built-in

ecobee4 thermostat launches with Alexa support built-in

Home automation company ecobee will soon be launching its next-gen thermostat, dubbed the ecobee4. Like previous thermostats in ecobee's lineup, the ecobee4 is a smart thermostat that can be controlled either through the built-in touchscreen, ecobee's companion app, and with this launch, Alexa voice controls. The device even goes up for pre-order today for those who are interested in picking one up.

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Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Competition in the smart home is only getting fiercer, and Nest is reportedly readying a cheaper and more flexible range of connected gadgets to drive up adoption in the face of mounting rivals. The Alphabet-owned company is best known for the Nest Learning Thermostat, an iPhone-inspired HVAC controller that promises to track how the home is used and cut energy costs without an impact on comfort. It arguably kickstarted a new generation of smart thermostats, but since then cheaper, more capable alternatives have hit the market.

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Ecobee3 lite smart thermostat trims cost, launches October 31

Ecobee3 lite smart thermostat trims cost, launches October 31

Ecobee has announced the launch of the ecobee3 lite, a new less expensive version of the maker’s latest smart thermostat. The new model is largely similar to the regular ecobee3, featuring the same design style and touchscreen interface. However, the ecobee3 lite costs $80 less than the regular ecobee3, making it a more appealing option for those in need of both smart home control and a lower price tag.

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