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Aqaunta water heater controller

The Aquanta smart water-heater controller promises to slash your energy bill

Heating water is the second-most energy-intensive activity inside your home. This box can turn your dumb water heater into a smart appliance.

WeMo Mr. Coffee

Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker review: Can WeMo help brew a better cup o’ Joe?

This drip coffee maker connects to your Wi-Fi network, but it can't interact with other WeMo devices.

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ZigBee 3.0 promises one smart home standard for many uses

The ZigBee Alliance is unifying multiple profiles under ZigBee 3.0.

Comcast Xfinity X1

Comcast could deliver its new Xfinity X1 TV independent of its Internet service. But it won’t

Cable giant says it can deliver all its TV services from the cloud, but don’t expect to see X1 on anyone’s pipes but Comcast’s.

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Quirky tries making the smart home less scary with cheap, unbundled devices

A slew of new sensors, controllers and triggers play nicely together, and don't require a huge up-front investment.

Z-Wave light bulb

Linear to bring LED light bulbs into the Z-Wave ecosystem

Changing a light bulb is easier than installing a new switch. Will it be cheaper, too?

Review: WeMo-enabled Holmes Smart Humidifier is the go-to gadget for flu season

Breathe easier without having to get up and fiddle with a knob. Smartphone notifications when the filter needs changing are pretty smart too.

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Crashy Nest update for iOS temporarily pulled from the App Store

Nest issued an update for its iOS app on Friday, but it crashed and burned.

amazon echo

Amazon teases Echo, a Bluetooth speaker and voice-activated assistant

The $200 device is a little like Siri for your whole house.

Netgear Arlo security camera

Netgear’s Arlo wireless security cameras to be the foundation of a new smart-home platform

Weatherized, battery-powered cameras will eventually tie into other connected-home systems.

nest thermostat auto away

Google's Nest thermostat becomes a faster learner with major software update

The update helps the device become more aware of how people use it and adjust automatically to fit customer needs.

BeOn LED smart light bulbs

BeOn Burglar Deterrent uses smart LED light bulbs to deter home break-ins

When you’re away from home, this security system responds to your doorbell by mimicking your at-home lighting usage.

Sharp security camera dark

Sharp's security camera captures color video when it's pitch black

The device shines near-infrared light to illuminate a scene

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HomeMonitor, Simplicam, and Netcam HD: Can any of them beat Dropcam?

Wi-Fi network cams aren't all created equal. We pit three newcomers against the crowd favorite, Dropcam.

Wi-Fi security cam Simplicam can detect faces, cutting down on false alarms

You probably don't want a notification every time a bug flies by your security camera. Check out Simplicam.

Scan it or say it, and Hiku remembers what you need at the store

This little gadget sticks to your fridge, and lets you scan barcodes or just tell it what you need, to compile a shopping list in an iOS app.

The ResMed S+ sleep sensor maps sleep patterns against environmental chaos

The S+ sits on your night stand and uses low-power radio waves to track night-time movement and breathing. Other sensors track the noise and light pollution that disrupts good sleep.

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Rachio smart sprinkler update reduces water usage, ties into Nest for fire protection

Rachio just released an update to its sprinkler system app that the company says can reduce your outdoor water usage by up to 30 percent.