Don't-Miss Home tech Stories

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.

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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.

Nest acquires Revolv and immediately stops sales of one of the top smart-home hubs

This is great news on the one hand, and a sad turn of events on the other.

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Hands-on with Homeboy: This could be the best home-security camera yet

This tiny device has the potential to shake up the home-security market.

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Last week, the Roost Smart Battery was a great idea

A $35 battery that sends smoke-alarm notifications to your phone would have been terrific if the $99 Leeo hadn’t been invented.

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Meet Ubi, the tiny voice-activated computer that wants to control your smart home

Ubi responds to voice commands to adjust your thermostat, answer trivia questions, send text messages, and more.

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The Zuli Smartplug shrinks geo-fencing to room-fencing, for precision control of your home lighting system

Bluetooth is ubiquitous for headsets and speakers; Zuli uses it to build a super-cheap mesh network for home control.

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Intel-backed IoT standards group gains support from Cisco and Acer

The Open Interconnect Consortium is the latest IoT body to boast about its progress

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Google-backed Thread Group opens membership, wades into home IoT marsh

The group wants vendors to adopt its networking stack for connected-home devices

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SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support to make smart homes more responsive

Hook a home entertainment center into all your other smart home gear

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Insteon’s new Windows Phone home-control app adds voice commands via Cortana

The latest chapter in the story of two products struggling for relevance in an increasingly crowded market.

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Logitech's Harmony remote and hub aim to stop the home automation madness

Harmony Living Home controls thermostats, door locks and lights from several big brands

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Revolv smart home hub adding IFTTT support to become even more automated

Pretty soon Revolv users will be able to pause their connected stereo and dim the lights every time a call comes in on their smartphone. All thanks to IFTTT.