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Google Home Breaks Up Domestic Dispute By Calling the Police

We’re gradually learning that smart home devices can be quite valuable for police. Following a recent case in which Amazon handed over data from its Echo device to police investigating a murder, a Google Home called the police when a couple was allegedly involved in a violent domestic dispute. Read More >>

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This Silly Button From Logitech Made My Smart Home Fun Again

I have issues with smart home technology. The promise of a Jetsons-style, automated living environment has never been closer, but the experience basically sucks right now. After spending a few weeks with a programmable button by Logitech, however, I feel suddenly hopeful. Read More >>

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O2 Wants to Sell You Smart Home Devices on a Contract

Gadgets can be pretty pricey if you want the latest and best stuff, but fortunately we have contracts for smartphones and tablets that help spread out the cost. Now O2 wants to do the same thing with smart home tech. Read More >>

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Nest Thermostats Are Having Battery Problems and There’s No Fix Yet 

If you own a Nest smart thermostat, you may be experiencing problems with the battery. Big problems with the battery. As in, the battery keeps draining and leaving you in the literal freezing cold. Read More >>

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Savant Takes a Simple but Elegant Approach to Home Automation

Unless you’re super rich, you’ve probably never heard of Savant. The home automation company brags about catering to “the one per cent of the one per cent”. But now that the internet of things is all the rage, Savant is offering a slick smart home system for the everyman. Read More >>

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Ikea’s Building a Super Cheap and Versatile Smart Home System

Smart lighting systems like Philips Hue are futuristic and awesome and, typically, expensive. But Ikea wants to offer this type of technology to the masses. The Swedish flatpack furniture empire is developing an entire smart home system, and it looks futuristic and, you guessed it, cheap. Read More >>

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Funny Ad Shows How Dumb Futuristic Smart Homes Can Be

A smart home is supposed to make your life easier. Doors open when you’re near, lights turn on when you walk by, TVs rise up on command and everything can be powered by a phone. This goofy ad by Dutch insurance company Central Beheer pokes fun of the convenience of smart homes by showing how it makes things stupid easy for robbers too. Read More >>

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The New littleBits Smart Home Kit Makes it Easy to Hack Your House

The smart home market has exploded in the past year. This fairly futuristic development means that you can pretty easily program your house to do your bidding, but you're also somewhat restricted by which hub and standard you buy. Read More >>

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Logitech Finally Made a Harmony Remote for Your Whole House

It seems like everybody is racing to build the platform that will transform all of our homes into smart homes. But the blunt truth is that nobody's really in the lead, and a few contenders are still on the sideline. Logitech, however, is gunning for the victory with its new Harmony Living Home system. Read More >>

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Samsung Wants to Control Your Smart Home Too

Re/Code's ever-reliable Kara Swisher is reporting that Samsung just bought the smart home startup SmartThings for $200 million (£120m). The news comes almost exactly one month after a rumour emerged that the Korean electronics company was making the move. But now that it's made, things could get interesting. Read More >>

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A Forbes Reporter Hacked Smart Homes From a Thousand Miles Away

The connected house you can control from the internet or your smartphone? They might be called a smart homes, but some of them have some very dumb vulnerabilities. In fact, some of the houses made smart by a company called Insteon were insecure enough that a Forbes reporter could hack them from the comfort of her living room. Read More >>