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Comcast makes a bigger smart home push with more devices, developer tools

Subscribers will be able to control their smart homes through Comcast's mobile apps, voice control remote, and X1 set-top box.

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The Internet of Things will take a beating at DefCon hacking contest

Hackers will compete on findings flaws in off-the-shelf Internet-enabled embedded devices

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Roku smart TVs from Sharp, Insignia will debut soon at Best Buy. But do we still need smart TVs?

Sharp's 43- and 50-inch models, and Insignia's 32- and 55-inch models, will all have the Roku Feed feature, but one cool capability remains out of reach.

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Belkin’s WeMo app will soon control Cree Connected LED bulbs

WeMo bulbs also get a dedicated IFTTT channel.

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Ketra’s bright idea brings dynamic LED lighting to affluent smart homes

Studies have shown that there are numerous health benefits to natural light. Ketra aims to replicate that in the home using intelligent LEDs.

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The Fitly SmartPlate may not be quite as dumb as other smart tableware

Using optical recognition and weight sensors, the Fitly SmartPlate promises to tell you exactly how much protein, carbs and fat you're eating in every meal. But will it really work?

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Abandoned Windows Media Center users will get a DVD playback option in Windows 10

Windows Media Center won't survive the upgrade to Windows 10, but DVD playback will.

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New Apple TV might have a touch pad remote

Apple will reportedly trade the remote's ultra-svelte figure for one that supports touch controls.

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We shall be released: The best moves newly available on Netflix and other streaming services

Music, laughter, and other dizzy, crazy stuff in 9 streaming films.

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Secure your home network—and every device attached to it—in 3 simple steps

If major companies can be breached, is there anything home users can do to escape the same fate? Plenty, say security experts.

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Apple reportedly wants free Spotify dead to pave way for Beats relaunch

As the music industry tires of Spotify freeloaders, Apple may be pushing labels to kill off unpaid streaming.

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New IFTTT compatibility boosts Amazon Echo's usefulness--and weirdness

Some of the recipes in the new IFTTT Alexa Channel for Amazon's Echo are insanely useful, tying the hub into various other services. Some are just plain weird.

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Don't know what to watch on Netflix? Let the OttoPlay Chrome extension decide

OttoPlay offers a traditional channel surfing experience, but for Netflix and YouTube videos.