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LG launches fridges, washers and cookers that chat

<b>A new LG text chat service allows fridge owners to see what food is inside as well as controlling other home appliances from the company.</b><p>The app can only be used to do this in South Korea, but LG said it planned to extend it to the US and other markets at a later date.<p>Samsung has already released …

LG's SMS-activated smart appliances are ready to wsh ur shrts

If you're rich and lonely, LG is now rolling out the SMS-controlled smart appliances it previewed earlier this year. You can send commands "much like chatting with a friend" to the Smart Refrigerator, Washing Machine and Lightwave Oven using the LINE messaging app and LG's WiFi-based HomeChat …

For the Internet of things, the cost of cheap will be steep

In 2014, the Internet of things (IoT) moved beyond a buzzword; it became a security risk.<p>Gartner forecasts there will be almost five billion connected devices by the end of this year and 25 billion in 2020. However, the deployment of cost-efficient sensors and devices that has allowed the IoT to …

As Fitbit Goes Public, It Will Have To Outrun Competition

Fitness trackers — the wristbands or watches you can wear to track your heart rate, steps, sleep — are getting a shot in the arm. The most popular brand, Fitbit, is going public on Thursday. It's the first startup in the burgeoning wearable tracker industry to begin trading on Wall Street. It plans …

Wink to take control of GE's smart appliances

With a new integration for GE's ConnectPlus Wi-Fi module, Wink is beginning to wade into large appliance waters.<p>Wink is bringing new support for GE's large appliances into its smart-home ecosystem, the connected brand announced this week. With version 2.8.0 of the Wink app installed on their …

Brilliant or Lazy? Amazon Creates a Physical "Buy" Button

The Amazon Dash Button is meant to restock your household goods via push-button convenience<p>When you block a troll on social media, you realize the …

Amazon Echo controls Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue with your voice

Amazon's voice-controlled speaker just became a lot more useful. In an email to Echo owners, the online retailer revealed some Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo gadgets can now be paired with the audio device. This means that the unit's ability to accept your spoken commands extends to home automation …

Home Automation

Amazon Echo enters the smart home with support for WeMo and Hue

With a new update, Amazon Echo users can tell Alexa to turn WeMo Switches and Philips Hue lights on and off.<p>Alexa's taking a small step into the smart home, with a new update that brings Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue devices under Amazon Echo's control.<p>The update comes after months of speculation …

Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth

Way back in the year 2011 Phil Dumas’ company UniKey Technologies debuted its product on Shark Tank. It was a lock that used your smartphone as a key. Disruption! At the time smart locks were not really a thing yet UniKey plowed yet as the market exploded with similar products. Now, five years …

Wink has a fix ready for its busted smart home hubs

Over the last day Wink Hub smart home controllers were hit with a long outage that left many users disconnected for good and needing to return their units. Now, the company has worked out a solution that owners can apply themselves. Several people who were affected by the problem -- traced to an …

Home Automation

Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker

You need light. You want music. Unfortunately, your space only has a solitary light fitting. Not to worry — the Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker can take …

Apple says HomeKit is on track for June launch

It’s been nearly a year since Apple unveiled the HomeKit platform, and we’re still waiting on an official launch. A report earlier today claimed that Apple is delaying the launch of its home-automation platform until August or September, but an Apple spokesperson has refuted the report, saying …

Apple’s HomeKit platform will see first accessories launch next week

The first home automation products using Apple’s new Siri-controlled HomeKit platform will arrive next week, according to sources briefed on Apple’s plans.<p>The company first introduced HomeKit last year alongside iOS 8, introducing a framework for developers to build home automation accessories that …

Add a useful scroll gesture to the OS X Dock to view open windows

With a Terminal command, you can add a two-finger scroll gesture to see which windows you have open for an app or folder in your Mac's Dock.<p>If you often get lost among the many open windows on your Mac, you can use Mission Control and App Expose to find your way. Swiping up with three or four …

Capture blur-free iPhone vids with this tip

Your iPhone is set up as a still camera first and foremost, so it tends to automatically focus and expose your images. This is fantastic when you need a quick snapshot, but when you’re taking video, the constant re-focusing and exposure adjustment just makes everything look blurry and amateur.<p>You …