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Did Google Finally Fix the Smart Home?

The Home Hub appeared at this week’s Made by Google event like a dessert you forgot to order. Sure, there were plenty of rumours that Google would announce its own touchscreen-enabled Home device. But after spending just a few minutes with the thing, I realised what a treat it might be. This little hub might be the thing that ties the whole smart home concept together. Read More >>

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Nest is Bringing the Thermostat E to the UK

Nest is one of the biggest name in smart temperature control, and the Google-owned company clearly doesn't want to let that go anytime soon. It's just announced that the Thermostat E is coming to Europe in the middle of this month. Since it launched in the US last September, it took them long enough. Read More >>

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5 Smart Home Tricks That Are Actually Impressive

Going to the effort of setting up a smart home just so you can turn your lights on and off from your phone may not seem like the best use of your time and resources, but with the right gear and apps you can put together some routines that really will impress family, friends, and occasional Airbnb guests. Here are five of our favourites. Read More >>

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Nest Devices Went Offline Early This Morning, Disabling Some Key Features

If you own a Nest product, we’ve got bad news: Last night, as you performed your evening ablutions and got ready for bed, Nest devices went offline, disabling some integral features in certain devices. But hey, if you’re a Nest user, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve had to deal with something like this. Read More >>

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Don’t Use a Nest Doorbell to Raise Your Kids

Nest recently released a new ad, and let me tell you: there are some issues with the content. So you see this teenage girl in a prom dress ring a Nest doorbell, and a teen couple walk out the front door. The two girls walk to a car, as a low robotic voice beckons the boy and proceeds to give him a fatherly speech about being a gentleman. Turns out, the voice is actually coming from the doorbell and belongs to his doctor dad who is at work at a hospital. Again, there are some issues. Read More >>

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Amazon and Google Are Back to Feuding, This Time Over Smart Homes and Nest

E-retail giant Amazon has declined to feature any future products from Google’s line of smart home products, Nest, and as a result, Nest won’t be restocking those items currently listed on the site once they sell out. Read More >>

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Amazon May Soon Stop Selling Google’s Nest Thermostats

Fight! Fight! Fight! The ongoing seismic (yet somehow, undeniably petty) tit-for-tat scuffle between Amazon and Google continues to rumble on. Recent rumours suggest the online retailer will soon stop selling the Big G's line of Nest products. Read More >>

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Google Is Absorbing Nest and With It, Your Smart Home

Google is bringing Nest back into the fold. Nest, known for its slick thermostats and user-friendly security cameras, was acquired by Alphabet (then called Google) for $3.2 billion (£2.3 billion) in 2014. Since then the company has grown, according to Geekwire it has more than quadrupled its staff, and it’s rolled out a wide range of products, including cameras, an alarm system, and a smart doorbell. Now the company, which Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz claims has shipped over 11 million devices to date, is being brought back into Google, and that means Google is about to get a lot more intimate with your home. Read More >>

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10 Hyped Tech Companies, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on how the year went for some of the most attention-grabbing tech companies, ordered here conveniently from most screwed to least screwed. Read More >>

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Nest Cam IQ Indoor Has Facial Recognition To Tell Your Cat-Sitter From A Cat Burglar

The newly released Nest Cam IQ Indoor has out of the box person alerts to keep an eye on the comings and goings of your house. Throw in a subscription to the Nest Aware service and the home security camera will use facial recognition technology to tell friends and family from strangers. Read More >>

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Nest’s New Security System Makes Me Feel Sad for Nest

Everybody seemed excited about Nest’s big event today. New products! Several of them! New direction! Much needed for a company plagued with security flaws, product defects, and loads of other problems. But the most innovative thing that Nest announced was an alarm. Literally, a box that makes a loud noise. It’s called the Nest Guard, and it does not feel like a comeback. Read More >>

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The New Nest Thermostat Is Pretty

For the first time ever, Nest has redesigned its iconic smart thermostat. The new Nest Thermostat E basically does the same stuff the old thermostat did, but it’s not black and steel any more. It’s all white, like the front half of a classic iPod. Very pretty! Read More >>

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Watch the World’s Worst Child Ninja Try to Disable His Dad’s Home Security Cam

Because they use wide-angle lenses, home security cameras are able to capture much more of the scene than a conventional camera can. This is the kind of info you might wanna know before you try to secretly turn off one your dad has set up in the living room, as one YouTube user’s son recently tried—and utterly failed—to do. Read More >>

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Nest Adds a Security Feature It Should Have Had All Along

Nest has finally added support for two-factor authentication to help give its user accounts greater security. On the surface, this is a good idea—and plenty of people have said as much—but it also begs a very obvious question: What the hell took them so long? Read More >>

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Hungry Mountain Lion Mauls Deer on a Family’s Porch

Don’t fuck with a mountain lion. Sadly, a small deer in Southern San Francisco learned that lesson the hard way when its neck was snapped on a family’s porch. Read More >>