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Briefly: Google Chromecast backdrops, Honeywell Smart Thermostat in UK

10/09, 8:58am

Google adds backdrop customization options to Chromecast app

Google is starting to enable customizable backdrops for the Chromecast, a feature it first revealed in June. Rolling out from today, owners of the streaming dongle can customize the image feed from the Chromecast app for Android and iOS, including photo albums from Google+, artwork from the Google Cultural Institute, and news images from various publications. More information about an image on display can be brought up by asking the Google search app "What's on my Chromecast?" on any other mobile device on the same network.

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Briefly: Honeywell Pebble thermostat app, Nest Protect back on sale

06/17, 5:16am

Honeywell releases Pebble smartwatch app for remote thermostat control

Honeywell has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, allowing it to remotely control the company's Evohome smart thermostat. Pocket-Lint reports the app can be used to check the temperature in each zone, as well as to activate a number of thermostat "quick actions," instead of reaching for the smartphone app. The watch face is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and can be downloaded from the Pebble App Store now.

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Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat takes on Nest with round design

06/10, 10:42am

Lyric thermostat uses smartphone app to activate heating when user returns home

Honeywell is attempting to take on Nest more directly in the intelligent thermostat market, by launching a new round smart thermostat. The Lyric is able to manage the temperature of a home and make adjustments to the heating schedule based on various sensor readings, with the thermostat also using a smartphone app for remote control functions as well as automatically warming the house when it detects the user is returning.

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Honeywell adds voice recognition to Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

09/19, 11:15am

Thermostat responds to verbal requests to raise, lower temperature

Honeywell has introduced a new version of its Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat that can be operated hands-free using voice commands. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is able to understand when the homeowner is speaking to it and to follow verbal instructions, thanks to its cloud-based voice recognition system.

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Honeywell debuts color-customizable Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

04/10, 10:44pm

Networkable thermostat boasts touch screen, internal and external sensors

Honeywell today announced the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, a networked thermostat that allows design-focused homeowners to customize the display to match or accent existing home decor. In addition, the Honeywell thermostat offers Wi-Fi connectivity that allows consumers to regulate energy usage and home comfort through a smartphone app.

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AMD, Intel, others form Cyber Security Research Alliance

10/25, 10:00pm

Chip manufacturers joined by Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, RSA

Unlikely allies AMD and Intel have been joined by Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, and RSA to form the Cyber Security Research Alliance, a private, non-profit research consortium. The tech giant think tank has been formed to address the growing need for collaborative efforts to address complex problems in cyber security. Priority research areas for the organization will include data and information sharing, control system security, and threat mitigation.

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Honeywell shows rugged enterprise phone, the Dolphin Black

10/25, 11:13am

Honeywell's rugged Dolphin 70e Black gets 12-hour life, area-imaging scanner

Honeywell has introduced its first rugged enterprise hybrid phone, the Dolphin 70e Black. It sports a 4.3-inch, capacitive touchcscreen that is viewable in direct sunlight and is IP67-rated for resistance to water and dust. It also has what most consumer handsets lack in the form of an enterprise-class, area-imaging scanner.

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Nest rejects Honeywell claims, takes on ex-Apple counsel

04/12, 11:00am

Nest says Honeywell patents invalid

Nest more formally responded to Honeywell's patent lawsuit both through a rejection of the claims inside as well as by drawing once more on Apple for top executives. The smart thermostat maker claimed both that it doesn't use any of Honeywell's patents but that they were "hopelessly invalid." The arguments were "retreads" of prior art from companies like Volkswagen, obvious technology, or even examples of hiding its own older patents from the USPTO, Nest argued.

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Nest: Honeywell lawsuit will 'stifle thoughtful competition'

02/08, 6:15pm

Nest plans to fight Honeywell lawsuit

Nest signaled its intention to fight Honeywell's lawsuit on Wednesday. In a response, it claimed to be the real innovator with its Learning Thermostat. Honeywell was simply trying to drag down a rival, Nest said.

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Honeywell sues Nest to slow down competition

02/06, 12:10pm

Honeywell files suit against Nest, Best Buy

Honeywell on Monday sued Nest Labs, makers of thermostats, for allegedly violating its patents in the US. Seven patents related to thermostat technology are in contention, with some focusing on methods of operating and programming the devices. The lawsuit also aims to involve Best Buy into it, which sells Nest Labs' thermostats.

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Boeing Wi-Fi test interferes with some gear, halt GoGo plans

03/10, 12:55pm

Boeing says GoGo Wi-Fi interferes in some tests

Boeing has found one of the few instances of Wi-Fi interfering with an airliner's equipment, tipsters said Thursday. The 737NG aircraft's Honeywell Phase 3 Display Units blank out when close to a strong Wi-Fi signal, including the GoGo in-flight Internet access system. FlightGlobal understood that Boeing had temporarily frozen GoGo installs on all its planes.

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Honeywell outs 82-inch Altura LE HDTV

02/19, 4:50pm

Honeywell 82-inch LCD HDTV

Soyo has recently announced it will sell its 82-inch Altura LE LCD HDTV under its Honeywell brand when it enters the US market in late April. The rather large TV will be part of a line-up that begins with 19-inch TVs in various lines, and sports 1080p resolution. It has a 120,000:1 contrast ratio along with a brightness rating of 600cd/m2.

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