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Nest acquires Revolv, immediately halts sales of smart hub solution

10/26, 1:59pm

Company no longer taking new customers, team continues automation work

Nest Labs is investing further into home automation market with an acquisition announced last week. Revolv, a company that makes a smart hub to tie together Internet of Things (IoT) devices, said that it was purchased by the Google-owned connected device company. As a result, the team is folded into Nest for future product development, and sales of the Revolv hub are ending.

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Logitech enters home automation with array of new Harmony products

09/17, 9:01am

Wide compatibility offered by new lineup for home theater and elsewhere

Today, Logitech announced it is entering the home control market with new home automation product compatibility, and four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives users access to, and control of, a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system.

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Nest adds support for major home automation systems to devices

09/09, 11:13am

Control4, Creston, RTI, URC work with Nest Protect, Thermostat

Nest Labs has confirmed its range of devices are compatible with a number of major home automation systems. Revealed at CEDIA, the company advised its Learning Thermostat and Protect will work with Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), and Universal Remote Control (URC) systems, with Dropcam also joining the list of companies in the Works with Nest program.

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Analysts raise AAPL targets on iPhones, iWatch, iOS 8 excitement

09/03, 7:00pm

Cantor Fitzgerald, Piper Jaffray push expections to $120 and beyond

The long-awaited but finally-approaching arrival of larger-screen iPhone models and Apple's probable entries into health, home automation and mobile payments have some Wall Street analysts believing Apple's oft-repeated mantra that its forthcoming product and services pipeline is the strongest the company has had in years, if not ever. In new notes to clients, both Cantor Fitzgerald and Piper Jaffray have raised targets for AAPL to new all-time highs.

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Samsung acquires Internet of Things startup company SmartThings

08/14, 10:55pm

Korean company reportedly paid out $200 million for two-year old company

SmartThings has announced on its blog today that electronics powerhouse Samsung has acquired the home automation company. CEO Alex Hawkinson stated that SmartThings would continue operate independently under Samsung's Open Innovation Center group. TechCrunch first reported on the sale in mid-July, with sources stating a deal had been sealed for around $200 million. SmartThings didn't comment on the terms of the sale in the latest announcement.

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Crowdfunding Critic: Airfy Beacon

08/05, 3:32pm

Home automation solution ties together existing products like Hue, Nest

Welcome to Tuesday's edition of the Crowdfunding Critic. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the staff at Electronista and MacNN take a look at a few crowdfunding requests to offer up a project that we find interesting to our readers. It's important that this isn't taken as an endorsement of the project, but rather a neat find that we think people could have an interest in. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, the ones we talk about come with risk, even if the project reaches its funding threshold. With that word of warning out of the way to encourage smart investing, this time we'll be talking about a home automation solution, the Airfy Beacon.

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Review: D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

07/23, 1:00am

Plug gives control, data on power consumption, but application needs work

Home automation fans have been getting their fair share of gadgets and accessories in the last few years. Starting with light bulbs, and ramping up to larger machines like refrigerators and washing machines, the home automation market appears to be growing every day. Smaller devices are still paving the way for consumers to jump into "smart home" products, giving companies like D-Link a chance to test the waters with new offerings. One such product, the Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) gives consumers a small taste of remote home control and monitoring. But is it the correct entry item for users to try? Find out in our review.

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Samsung ponders over possible $200M SmartThings acquisition

07/16, 10:33am

SmartThings purchase would bolster Samsung Internet of Things efforts

Samsung may be looking to acquire a home automation company, in order to bolster its home automation efforts. Shortly after joining up with the Thread Group to work on a wireless networking protocol for the "Internet of Things," the electronics giant is said to be in the process of purchasing SmartThings, with the deal said to be worth around $200 million.

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Wink-enabled products arrive at Home Depot, platform links 60 devices

07/08, 5:10pm

Retailer selects Wink as 'signature platform' as it expands automation offerings

As several big companies are gearing up for entry into the home automation market, a smaller company may end up beating them to the punch. Wink, a company that originates from the crowdsourcing inventor hub Quirky, has partnered with several big names in home automation to allow a central service for device control. The endeavor is getting a new boost, as Wink-enabled products are now in 2,000 Home Depot locations.

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Archos commences sale of Smart Home automation system

06/20, 1:39pm

Archos Smart Home kit includes tablet, cameras, movement sensors

Archos has started selling the Smart Home starter kit it introduced at CES earlier this year, a package that provides a simplified form of home automation. The collection of "Connected Objects" can be used to automatically perform actions with each other and control home appliances, as well as allowing the homeowner to monitor the house using the assorted sensors and cameras.

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Rachio Iro smart sprinkler controller launches across United States

06/04, 8:00pm

Wi-Fi sprinkler controller helps cut back water use, adjusts to regional conditions

Rachio has created a home automation device that makes watering the lawn much easier and more efficient than with traditional irrigation timers. The company has released the Iro smart sprinkler controller, which is meant to act as the brain of an irrigation system. The Iro uses smart features to adjust for different conditions, instead of just setting up a timer and forgetting about it until the end of a watering season. The controller connects to a smart phone over Wi-Fi, making it easy to use without having to step outside.

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Apple confirms home automation with HomeKit for developers

06/02, 2:59pm

HomeKit allows automation to integrate into iOS devices, tie in with Siri

Information on the rumored home automation SDK coming from Apple has now been confirmed during WWDC. HomeKit will allow developers to pair their devices with Apple smartphones, allowing for new reaches in home automation control through iOS. An additional layer of software does not appear to be needed, but HomeKit will operate on a single protocol.

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Apple's home automation plans just MFI certification, sources say

05/30, 4:07pm

No new software layer coming

Apple's rumored home automation plans really involve Made-for-i certification of related accessories and appliances, sources claim. The most technological focus on Apple's part is expected to be an emphasis on easy connections via Wi-Fi, and voice control via Bluetooth. There reportedly won't be a new software layer that supersedes apps.

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WWDC Keynote set for June 2, may bring home automation platform

05/26, 7:15pm

New platform for controlling appliances may make iPhone, Apple TV a centerpiece

Confirming anticipated news, Apple has affirmed that the keynote address -- expected to preview iOS 8, OS X 10.10 and potentially some new announcements -- will be held on Monday, June 2 at 10AM PT (1PM ET) as expected. A new report from Britain's Financial Times suggests that the company may be on the verge of releasing a new standard for creating a "smart home" system with iOS devices at the core.

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Archos reveals home automation, wearable devices for CES 2014

12/30, 2:13pm

Smart Home Tablet to act as central location for connected device interaction

Archos has outlined the range of devices it is preparing for CES next week, including a number of wearable items and some destined for use in the home. A smartwatch and a fitness tracker will be accompanied by a set of "connected objects" centered around home automation, and a separate 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet that will act as a central hub for the collection.

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Motorola 4Home Connected Gateway hits FCC with Verizon badge

03/24, 2:20am

Motorola 4Home automation hub hits the FCC

The Motorola 4Home Connected Gateway first unveiled at CES 2012 in January has inched closer to release after being spotted going through the FCC for testing and certification. The home automation device is designed to allow users to remotely access and control things like house lighting, appliances and even door locks. It will also allow users check on security camera feeds and control a home security system remotely through a smartphone, tablet or PC, including non-Android hardware.

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Motorola 4Home Gateway offers remote home automation control

01/05, 6:00pm

Lets phones, tablets, PCs remotely monitor home

Motorola has unveiled the 4Home Connected Gateway. With it, a homeowner can remotely access and control many devices, ranging from lighting and appliances to the door locks. They can also monitor camera feeds and control their security systems.

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Sling Media founder previews Android-based home automation

09/21, 8:55pm

Apps shown running on Galaxy Tab

Sling Media founder Blake Krikorian has previewed a home automation utility geared for Android devices. Ahead of the CEDIA Expo 2010, Krikorian showed off the new home-control interface, named R2, which is specifically geared for Crestron's automation systems.

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XTension home automation adds new hardware support

07/17, 6:10pm

XTension home automation

Sand Hill Engineering on Thursday unveiled XTension 6.0, a major update to its home automation software that adds support for a number of new hardware devices, as well as a new web-based interface. XTension now offers connectivity with multiple concurrent powerline and RF interfaces, supporting devices from Oregon Scientific, such as barbeque temperature monitors, atomic clocks, power monitoring, and more. Sand Hill Engineering is selling XTension 6.0 for $150, while a free "lite" version is also available.

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Briefly: CleanApp, crumpler bag reviews

06/05, 10:40pm

lynda.com CS4 training

In brief: We have posted a review CleanApp 3 and a review of the Crumpler Chester Squander bag, lynda.com offers new CS4 training, and Savant Systems holds a home automation showcase ... We have posted a review of CleanApp 3 Beta. Wouldn’t it be useful if this utility could archive the whole package, so you could save it and reinstall it later, or even back it up or burn the archive onto a CD. Such a useful utility does exist, and it is Synium Software’s CleanApp 3. This very useful program is considered a beta product, but worked very well in all our tests. The CleanApp 3 user interface is rather simple. Along the left side is a list of the functions including Applications, Preference Panes, Old Files, Archives, Languages, Cache Files, Logging, History, and Related Files. The window to the right changes as you select one of the functions on the left.

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Indigo 3.0 adds INSTEON support

05/07, 11:40am

Indigo 3.0 released

Perceptive Automation has released Indigo 3.0, the newest version of its Mac-based home automation server. Connected to proper accessories, the server can control appliances such as lights, thermostats, lawn sprinklers and hot tubs. The upgrade supports INSTEON technology, which for instance lets users wirelessly control Venstar thermostats. Users can define links and lighting schemes between most INSTEON modules, and upload information to a PowerLinc 2414U, which lets users shut their Mac off without losing automation.

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