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The connected home is going mainstream faster than anybody realizes

In the US, at least, the “internet of things” is not the future any more, but the present.<p>One in five adult American internet users already has a device at home that connects the physical environment to the internet, according to a Forrester Research report (paywall) out last week. As many as …

Internet of Things

Microsoft's Home Automation Deal Is More Proof It's a Whole New Company

On the surface, there’s nothing particularly surprising about the news that Microsoft is working with Insteon, the creator of one of the major …

Microsoft Office

Tabu Smart Lumen LED review

What this bulb lacks in advanced automation and connectivity options, it easily makes up for with useful functions, dazzling colors, and an …

Home Automation

iHome: Apple Files Patent for Futuristic Home Automation System

Is the fully automated iHome of the future on the horizon? It just might be – Apple recently filed a patent for a new intelligent home automation …

Bosch's Home Connect app will control competitors' appliances

With a new, open platform debuting this fall, the European manufacturer is setting its sights on a more unified smart home.<p>BSH, the European manufacturer behind brands like Bosch and Siemens, announced a new smart home platform today, including an app that will offer consumers control over all of …

Smart Homes

I Automated My Apartment—And It Kind of Creeped Me Out

After installing a smart coffeepot, motion-activated sensors, and even sensors that send alerts when drawers are left open, our reporter is left feeling like a stranger in her own home.<p><b>A few weeks after I gave my apartment a</b> home-automation makeover, I found myself in a strictly 21st-century …

A Kinect 'smart home' might play your theme song when you enter the room

Microsoft's director of developer relations for Xbox envisions a future where Kinect powers a "smart home" with functions that intuitively adjust a thermostat, set mood lighting, or even play a "theme song" for someone when he or she enters the room.<p>To get there, though, the sensor needs greater …

Motorola's 'Project Ara' modular smartphone setup switches out hardware like apps

We were intrigued by the Phonebloks concept phone that teased the ability to switch out a handset's components the way most users change ringtones, and now Motorola is putting its resources behind it. In what Motorola calls Project Ara, the advanced Technology and Products group is working with …

Finally, Someone Is Disrupting The Towel

Showering is great, I’m a big fan. But drying off? Laaaaammmmmeeee. All that towelling, it’s enough to make you need another shower, am I right? New York-based startup The Body Dryer realizes this, and they’ve created a device to help you skip the towel and get dry a better way.<p>The Body Dryer dries …

Hone For iPhone And iPad: Make Losing Your Keys A Thing Of The Past [Deals]

It can be hard to hold on to some of your smaller everyday items. With <b>Hone</b> you can breathe easy because you’re just a click away from finding your lost possessions.<p>You can attach Hone to your keys, wallet, remote control – anything. Then, the small Bluetooth dongle automatically pairs to your …

Ebay Exact For iOS Lets You Purchase Custom 3D Printed Products On The Go

In its first foray into the world of 3D printing, eBay has introduced a new app for iOS, called eBay Exact. The new app allows users to customize and purchase 3D-printed products from Sculpteo, MakerBot, and Hot Pop Factory, which are built to order and shipped from each 3D printer’s …

Wi-Fi-sharing community Fon gets French coverage boost thanks to new SFR deal

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>The global Wi-Fi network Fon is all about scale – users, or “Foneros”, typically share their own Wi-Fi connections with …

The Next Google Maps App Has the Best of Waze's Features

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The one drawback of the new app so far is the lack of offline maps. But Google's engineers built in …

ZigBee smart-home tech on its way to Samsung handsets -- report

Samsung's next Galaxy reportedly will pack ZigBee wireless technology to let users to control everything from lighting switches to heating controls.<p>Home-automation technology found in the ZigBee wireless spec will be coming to Samsung's next line of handsets, a new report claims.<p>The company plans …

Home Automation

iOS 7 beta yields clues about Apple’s new in-car feature

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>After just a brief mention of a new integrated iOS in the Car feature at WWDC last month, the iOS 7 beta is providing more …

Apple picks up Digital Dash touch screen dashboard patent that could improve iOS in the Car

A new Apple patent published today by the United States Patent and Trademark office (via <i>AppleInsider</i>) could show some of Apple’s future plans for bringing iOS to the car through its partnership with various car manufacturers. Earlier this year at WWDC, Apple showed off its new iOS in the Car …

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