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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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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.

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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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.

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What you missed at CE Week

Google I/O grabbed the headlines last week, but as you'll see in this video report, a few noteworthy items debuted at New York's CE Week.

CE Week Highlights: A smartwatch you'd actually wear and flashy TVs

Startups joined established tech industry players at CE Week in New York to show off a range of wearables, 4K displays, and smart home appliance products.

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App-powered Precision Cooker promises gourmet techniques with the tap of a button

Even if you've never head of sous vide before, you'll like how easy the Anova is to use and how delicious its recipes are.

Anova Precision Cooker makes sous vide cooking a snap

Even if you've never head of sous vide before, you'll like how easy the Anova is to use and how delicious its recipes are.

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Just kidding, says Nest, we are totally sharing your data with Google

Of course Google-owned Nest will share your data with Google, but only if you say it's OK.

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Nest thermostat to work with wearables, appliances, and even your car

The Nest Developer Program will allow Google's smart thermostat to be a major hub in your connected home.