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August looked to make a splash with in the smart doorbell arena with its "View" doorbell earlier this month. However, three weeks after it initially launched, August has stated that it will stop selling the device. The August View is completely battery powered, and doesn't require a hardwire connection to your existing doorbell connection at your front door. While that makes for an easier installation process, it seems as though the battery-only design may have had some unintended consequences. "While we remain excited to bring this product to more customers, we are aware of some performance challenges in specific user environments," writes Jason Johnson, Founder and CEO of August Home. "In order... Read more...
There is a brewing battle between companies that are vying for your dollars when it comes to making your home "smart". August is the latest company to strike a blow with the decision to give its Doorbell Cam and Doorbell Cam Pro users [limited] free cloud storage. August today announced the "Basic August Video Record" subscription, which gives Doorbell Cam users 24 hours of video recording storage for free. That footage can be viewed through the existing August smartphone app's activity feed. Now you won’t have to worry if you missed an alert sent to your smartphone if activity was detected (either through the motion sensors or when someone actually pressed the doorbell button). Instead,... Read more...
The smart home movement, while still in its relative infancy, is in full swing with various companies offering complete (or near complete) solutions. August is one of them, and it has gone and refreshed its smart home product lineup with new and more affordable versions of its smart lock, and a professional edition doorbell camera.This the third generation of the August's Smart Lock product, and it looks unlike either of the previous ones. It is compact with an oval-shaped industrial design that now features a thumb turn dial. The new version also doubles up battery life compared to the previous model, and sports a DoorSense sensor that can detect when the door is open or closed. The sensor also... Read more...
What Nest did for the thermostat, August will do for the conventional door lock. The door lock is one of those things that has largely gone untouched over the years. Sure, there are very expensive editions out there that support wireless home automation and remote unlock systems, but the vast majority of people are using a typical key-lock that was designed many decades ago. Yves Behar, a famed designer who prefers to put his touches on consumer electronics, has helped to engineer August -- it's a smart lock that doesn't rely on Wi-Fi. The Smart Lock is the first product from August, a company building products that make life simpler, allowing physical environments to seamlessly respond to user... Read more...
Remember the ultra-sexy, high-end Voodoo Envy laptop we reported about last month? Well, Voodoo has recently updated its Website to now include a rudimentary configurator for the Envy. Unlike traditional configurators (like you'd find on Dell's site), the Envy page currently features a matrix made up of three different types of users ("Casual User," "Power User," and "Road Warrior") with three different configuration options for each user type--thus providing a total of nine possible configurations, ranging in price from $2,099 to $3,399. (Click on the image to the left to see the different Voodoo Envy configuration options.)Once you choose your configuration option, you are then taken... Read more...
AMD to Ship Industry's First Native x86 Quad-Core Processors In August AMD's Stable Infrastructure Strategy Enables Availability of Systems from Platform Partners in September SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 29, 2007 - Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, code-named "Barcelona," are planned for shipment in both standard and low power versions at launch later this summer. This would be the first time AMD has made both standard and low power parts immediately available as part of a... Read more...
First tier manufacturers like Dell and HP are going to be the only ones with Conroe for at least another week. The Inquirer is reporting that Intel has told it's distributors not to sell Conroe chips except to a select few manufacturers considered to be "tier one". Retailers' orders won't be honored until August 7th at the earliest, which means Conroe won't be widely available on retail shelves for at least another week. "System integrators are incandescent with fury because even though they ordered Core Dual 2 chips from distributors weeks ago, they're being told they'll have to join a queue while Dell and HP get the pick of the crop."  ... Read more...