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The Internet, as you know, is increasingly becoming intertwined in just about everything. From phones to coffee makers to automobiles, if there's a way to add a connection, it's being added. The next frontier seems to be the home. Automating an abode isn't entirely novel, but doing so on a consumer level has become quite a popular goal of late. A few years back, SmartThings launched to harmonize ZigBee and Z-Wave products, while producing apps that would enable homeowners to unify various smart products. Today, SmartThings is being added to Samsung's portfolio. In an effort to keep pace with its... Read more...
Following Google’s initial foray into the connected home front with the acquisition of Nest is an acquisition of Dropcam, a startup that makes a cloud-based WiFi video monitoring service. Rumors had emerged a few weeks ago that this was happening, but now the deal is going through for $555 million. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers confirmed that the company is paying cash for Dropcam. The deal will close pending regulatory approval. There are, of course, concerns over any Google-owned products and services in the connected home because of the search giant’s... Read more...
It may seem a little odd, but the smart lock might be the next big competition ground. With August launching last week, Goji has introduced this week the Goji Smart Lock. It's the first electronic deadbolt to provide a new level of home-access control and information-including picture alerts-via smart phones so that homeowners feel more confident and secure about who is coming and going from their homes. The Goji Smart Lock is the only lock that has a built-in camera to send homeowners real-time picture alerts via text and email to give them visual confirmation of who is activating their lock.... Read more...
Don't call AT&T just a carrier, at least not any longer. The company most often associated with being the first U.S. mobile provider to offer the iPhone has branched out in a major way since 2007. At this stage, it's also offering phone, broadband, and pay-TV services under the U-verse umbrella, and soon, it'll also be dabbling into the home security and automation market. In fact, it's something we're pretty excited about. The home automation market has been largely underserved. The only major players require professional installation and cost tens of thousands of dollars per home. For most... Read more...
And just like that, it's a wrap. Motorola's parts weren't all suitable to Google's future needs, but it was clearly an all-or-nothing ordeal back when the purchase went down. Now, Arris is taking Motorola Home's cable and internet businesses away from Google, and it's likely a win-win. The company this week announced that it completed its acquisition of the Motorola Home business from a subsidiary of Google, which will reportedly "enable Arris to transform how service and content providers deliver entertainment and communications." Google comes out with $2.2 billion from the sale, and Arris also... Read more...
The HTC First went on sale this past Friday, to coincide with the availability of Facebook Home, the social networking giant’s launcher that puts Facebook content front and center on some Android devices. We’re hard at work cranking out our full review of the HTC First, but while that’s being worked on, we thought some of you would like to see some video of the phone in action. If you’re unfamiliar with Facebook Home, it essentially replaces a phone’s home screen and app launcher with Facebook content that’s pumped in from your feed, and incorporates a handful... Read more...
Facebook Home has been out and about for select Android phones since April 12th, and while the whole Home experience is not likely to ever arrive on iOS due to the restrictions of the OS, Facebook is doing its best to bring as much of Home as it can to iPhone and iPad. The new iOS app update, which is being pushed today for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, introduce chat heads, so long as you're in the Facebook app. In other words, those who are scrolling through the Facebook app and get a message, will see a chat head pop up. But, due to iOS' limitations, when you leave the Facebook app those heads... Read more...
While the first "Facebook phone" is HTC's First, those with select Android devices already can now take advantage of most of the same features. For Facebook loyalists and power users who own an HTC One X, One X+, One, Samsung Galaxy S III, S 4, or Note II -- you can now find the updated Facebook Home application in the Google Play Store. It's free to download, and it delivers the same lock screen takeover, chat head functionality and tighter FB integration throughout. It's missing a few small tweaks that only the First has, but it's worth a look if you're a heavy social networker. It's also easy... Read more...
Well, you had to know some negative feedback was en route. It seems that each time Facebook redesigns its News Feed, an entire swath of the Internet comes out and swears that they'll never use Facebook again. But then, active users just increase more and more. But with Facebook Home, it's a little different. Analysts are users alike have been asking Facebook for more clarity on what Home means for privacy -- particularly for those who go with an HTC First, where there's really no avoiding the Facebook connection. Today, the social network tossed up a blog post detailing a few answers. Clearly,... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters to announce Home, which as expected is not a new piece of hardware nor a completely new operating system, but a deep Facebook integration with Android that goes beyond what an app can do. Zuck put it in a nutshell by saying that instead of phones being designed around apps, Facebook wanted to design around people. More to the point, Home is designed to make communicating and Facebooking easier to do. The first main feature is the Cover feed, which functions as both a lock screen and a home screen. Your lock screen has sliding... Read more...
Talking to one's car and smartphone isn't nearly as strange as it used to be, largely thanks to things like in-car infotainment systems and products such as Google Now and Siri. But talking to the walls of one's home? That's still pretty loony. Soon, however, a company named iSpeech hopes that it won't be so odd. The company has launched a "Siri-like" voice recognition platform for the connected home, which aims to give homeowners the ability to use their voice to control things like the HDTV, kitchen appliances, and more. Even things like the thermostat and lighting can be controlled by voice,... Read more...
PlayStation Home is getting a lot friendlier these days. Sony's DADC LOOT group has partnered with a slew of companies to bring feature films, television, radio, and live events to Sony Computer Entertainment America's PlayStation Home social game platform. With the addition of Crackle, Ustream, and RadioIO social experiences to PlayStation Home, users can invite friends to share traditional entertainment experiences in a virtual environment, communicating with each other in real time-whether across town or on the other side of the world. Created by LOOT, Sony DADC New Media Solutions' internal... Read more...
Intel Intelligent Home Energy Management Energy-efficient computing based on Intel architecture now brings power-saving energy controls to your home. The Intel Atom processor is the heart of a low-power embedded computing panel designed to exchange monitoring and control data with smart appliances, smart plugs, smart electric utility meters and sensors located throughout the home. Intel recently demonstrated at their Tech Heaven event, a concept design for a central control center that provides family members with information to not only control utility costs, but also help them plan their daily... Read more...
You might find this unusual, and think it useless, but for those without the lifeline of a phone number, this is a boon.Since the acquisition of Grand Central last year, Google has been participating in periodic Project Homeless Connect events in which it has been providing the homeless with free phone numbers and voicemail accounts that they can access from any phone. More than 4,000 phone numbers and voicemail accounts have been distributed this way, Craig Walker, a senior product manager of voice products for Google, told the San Francisco Chronicle.On Wednesday, Google announced that it would... Read more...
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