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Revolv's connected home hub gets even smarter with an Android app and Nest support

Now open to Android and iOS users, Revolv's new apps let you add geofencing to your Nest thermostat.

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Iota offers no-fee GPS tracking, thanks to long-range RF and your neighbors' Wi-Fi

Versatile Iota has a longer range than Bluetooth, a pay-once business model, and a decent handful of use cases. But it relies on having enough customers to blanket your town with coverage.

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Neato Botvac 80 review: Better than Roomba, especially for pet owners

Two dogs and a sheepskin throw rug are no match for this powerhouse robot vac. Oh, and it also has lasers.

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Syfy, Philips team up to put Sharknado in a new light

If you've got a Philips Hue connected home lighting system, download the Syfy Sync app for iOS, and your lights will sync up with the action during next week's debut of Sharknado 2 on the cable channel.

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iDevices Kitchen Thermometer Mini review: Now we're cooking

It's not exactly Rosie the Robot preparing meals for you, but you'll be able to walk away from the kitchen and get a push notification when the meat is at the perfect temperature. Not too shabby.

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Samsung SmartCam HD Pro review: Not so pro

Frustrations with the mobile and web apps overshadow everything we like about this Dropcam competitor.

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Piper review: This security camera and Z-Wave hub has room to grow

Piper's wide-angle camera and built-in sensors are great for renters, but I had some issues with missing notifications.

Piper combines security and home automation in one package

Not only can Piper's wide-angle lens see everywhere in your room, it's also a Z-Wave hub, letting you control compatible accessories from a single app.

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Insteon's Cortana integration will let Windows Phone users talk to their house

Siri isn't the only personal assistant that can turn on the lights for you. Cortana integration is coming to the Insteon smart-home ecosystem.

Samsung, ARM, and Nest launch Thread, a low-power network for the smart home

Products based on the networking specification are due next year

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Wi-Fi sprinkler controller Skydrop uses weather data to know when to water

If it's recently rained, or it's just not very hot, Skydrop can skip a day of watering to conserve resources and money.

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Edyn keeps tabs on your garden and even waters your plants

This smart gardening system sends data from your soil to the cloud, which decides when and how much to water your plants. Yep, it's a 21st-century rain cloud.

Samsung, Intel, Dell team on Internet of Things connectivity standards

The Open Interconnect Consortium will establish security, authentication and communication standards

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Belkin Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo review: Not so hot

It works just fine. But I get more use out of my dumb slow cooker's extra features, missing from this smartphone-controlled version.

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How Wink will link your connected house with Home Depot's help

A walk through a model of home automation, powered by Quirky and Home Depot's new Wink partnership.

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Staples expands its connected home platform with Jawbone, ZigBee, Windows 8 support

The not-just-office-supplies company has spent the better part of a year quietly building a connected home platform that integrates 150 devices. Not too shabby.