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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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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.

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Ecobee's smart thermostat knows when a room needs warming

Remote sensors detect people and temperatures all around the house, for a price.

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New standard for ZigBee remotes makes friends with connected homes

ZigBee Remote 2.0 expands the technology to reach more types of devices

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Nest gets cozy with Dropcam and pro automation systems

When tied to Nest's products, Dropcam's cloud camera can detect motion when you're away, and record video when there's gas or smoke.

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Apple's HomeKit is ready to shake up the connected home market

Its success depends on developers making great software and devices, and Apple being able to convince users that those devices are not just worthwhile, but secure.