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Actility CTO Olivier Hersent (centre left) welcomes Abeeway founder Florian Sforza (centre right) to the Actility team (Photo: Éole – http://eole.me …

Second consumer-test organization finds MacBook Pro battery life exceeds Apple’s claims

Following extremely puzzling <i>Consumer Reports</i> tests that showed the 2016 MacBook Pro offering substantially better battery-life than Apple claimed, a UK consumer-testing organization has reported the same thing.<p><i>Which</i> found in tests of 67 laptops that Apple was the only manufacturer to deliver …

MacBook Pro

AI is coming to IoT, and not all the brains will be in the cloud

Smart devices, appliances and the internet of things are dominating International CES this week, but we’re probably just getting a small taste of …

Where’s the profit in the internet of things? Hint: not in the things

If you’re in the internet of things arena, you probably have some sort of gizmo to sell. Good for you. But the real revenue model lies, not …

The BeON smart bulb is designed to stop break-ins before they happen

Can’t decide between outfitting your home with smart lighting or a connected security system? Well thanks to an up-and-coming startup by the name of …

Early Birds

OPTIONS<p>SMART HOME WITHOUT THE SMART PHONE<p>Even though Maxine doesn’t have a smart phone, she can still control everything in her home with the Wink …

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Are you sitting down? Probably. The results of anonymous, aggregated, global Fitbit user data reveals that the U.S. needs to seriously step up its …

What’s next for the smart home? A reason to buy one would be nice

Are you using a Nest to control the heating in your home? Does you car have an Internet connection? Are you wearing a smartwatch or even Google …

Xiaomi strengthens 'smart home' push with $150 air purifier

Fast-rising Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi continues to diversify its product line – and efforts in the Internet of Things space – with the launch …

Air Purifiers

Nest's smart thermostat now shows much more info at a glance

For all of the things Nest's smart thermostat has learned to do, its interface hasn't made a lot of progress; you frequently have to dig to see more than just the basics. You'll have a much easier time of it after today, though. Nest is now rolling out a version 4.3 update that includes Quick View, …

Sigfox’s internet of things network will connect millions of alarms in Spain

Internet of things networking startup Sigfox just got into the burglar alarm business. On Thursday it announced a deal with Securitas Direct, the …

One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there

Right now, most people don’t want a smart home. And while about 13 percent of people have an internet-connected device that isn’t a computer, phone …

The smart-lighting race: How Belkin's WeMo aims to outsmart Philips Hue (review)

Nowhere is the war for the smart home raging harder than on the lighting front.<p>Traditional players and new contenders with connected lighting products are duking it out to replace the humble lightbulb. The goal: to give consumers total control over their lighting, whether they’re at home or …

HomeKit-Enabled Chips Begin Shipping to Smart Home Device Makers

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced HomeKit, a platform designed to allow smart home devices to seamlessly integrate with iOS devices via Bluetooth and Wi-FI. As part of the certification process for Apple HomeKit, manufacturers must purchase their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi …

Smart Smoke Alarms: The New Nest Protect Smoke Detector & Other Modern Options

What the Nest Thermostat did for normally ho-hum HVAC thermostat controls, the newly announced Nest Protect smoke alarm hopes to do for home fire …

5 trends coming to the smart home in 2015

The future of the connected home is continuing to evolve, and with more startups pitching products, the ship date of older crowdfunding campaigns …

Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps the Journey to Digital Business

Press Release<p>STAMFORD, Conn., August 11, 2014 View All Press Releases<p>Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps the Journey to Digital …

Is This Little Nightlight Worth Its $100 Price Tag?

When I first saw this nightlight, which sells for $99, I was curious. Does it negotiate legal contracts, or rotate your tires? We all love to make it …

Home Automation

Telefónica will build a hub to extend the functionality of its Thinking Things sensor platform

Telefónica is planning to develop a hub for its Thinking Things smart home platform, which was unveiled last week.<p>Thinking Things is a modular, …

Ifinity Unveils Battery-Less Beacon Tech

Innovation in the beacon space — the micro-location technology that lets your smartphone trigger events based on how close you are to a beacon transmitter — doesn’t seems to be letting up any time soon. Polish startup Ifinity appears to be well on its way to solving one of the potential headaches …

Simplicam Is a Solid Dropcam Rival with Face Detection

In the personal connected camera market, Google-owned Dropcam is the company to beat with its well-designed hardware and premium cloud recording service. ArcSoft’s new Simplicam provides close competition with Dropcam through its Closeli recording service and advanced face detection technology, but …

5 Easy Theses

There’s so much talk about innovation these days that it’s become a buzzword, drained of clear meaning. So when writing a book about the Digital Revolution, I decided to focus on some specific examples of how innovation actually happened in the real world. How did the most imaginative innovators of …

A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Hirsch is co-founder and partner of Metamorphic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm headquarterd in New York City. Prior to Metamorphic, he spent eight years at Google where he was on the founding team that launched Google’s advertising monetization strategy and</i> …

Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

Smart light bulbs – like the Philips’ Hue connected bulbs or those from LG, GE or Samsung – are an easy jumping off point for those wanted to experiment in the “connected home” arena without the complexity or costs involved with the installation of a full “smart home” system. But even still, those …

The smart home you want may not be the smart home you need (yet)

The connected home we want is one which anticipated our needs, almost a digital butler. If we’re cold, the thermostat would know. Angry? Maybe the …

Home Invasion

Beddit Sleep Monitor Helps You Get A Better Night's Rest

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep. But for many who have trouble sleeping, a good night’s rest can seem like an impossible task. To help aide these …

Nest Lets Other Companies Tap into its Smart Appliances

Nest, the company bought by Google for $3.2 billion, has opened its developer program to allow other apps and services to tap into its smart smoke alarms, thermostats and other home tech products it launches in the future.<p>“What we’re doing is making it possible for your Nest devices to securely …