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The smart home trends that took CES by storm

Here's your glimpse of the home of the future.

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The Internet of Things comes to home beer brewing

The PicoBrew Zymatic beer brewing appliance taps online resources and services, like a cloud-hosted library of beer recipes.

Interested in cooking sous-vide style? The Anova Precision Cooker makes it easy.

This French method of cooking by placing food inside a vacuum-sealed bag and boiling it at a controlled temperature is an art and a science. This device makes it easy for the home chef.

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Internet of Things companies need to ensure consumer privacy, warns US regulator

More effort is needed from Internet of Things companies to protect consumer privacy, the FTC chairwoman said

SmartMat is the first intelligent yoga mat

Intimidated by going to a yoga studio? This mat can give you real-time feedback on your yoga practice at home.

Petcube is a cloud cam that's custom-made to confuse cats

With a laser pointer integrated into the camera body, you can mess with your cats with a simple swipe of your smartphone screen.

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Why Internet of Things 'standards' got more confusing in 2014

Multiple industry groups formed in 2014, and there will probably be just as many a year from now.

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Bluetooth 4.2 supercharges smart homes, blocks privacy-bashing Beacons

Future Bluetooth devices could connect to the Internet through regular home routers, and require opt-in approval for privacy-invading Beacons.

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Bitdefender's BOX hardware protects your entire home network, not just your PC

Bitdefender BOX can replace or run alongside a home router to scan all network traffic for security threats

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Roost Smart Battery blows past its Kickstarter goal

It seems people dig the idea of a battery that can alert you when your smoke alarm goes off (and before it starts chirping).

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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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.