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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.

Skybell 2.0

Knock Knock! Who’s there? It's Skybell Version 2.0!

What could be better than a camera on your front porch? A Wi-Fi camera integrated into your doorbell that alerts you when someone is at your door.

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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

Roost Smart Battery

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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The Aquanta smart water-heater controller promises to slash your energy bill

Heating water is the second-most energy-intensive activity inside your home. This box can turn your dumb water heater into a smart appliance.

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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.

Z-Wave light bulb

Linear to bring LED light bulbs into the Z-Wave ecosystem

Changing a light bulb is easier than installing a new switch. Will it be cheaper, too?

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Crashy Nest update for iOS temporarily pulled from the App Store

Nest issued an update for its iOS app on Friday, but it crashed and burned.

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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.

Netgear Arlo security camera

Netgear’s Arlo wireless security cameras to be the foundation of a new smart-home platform

Weatherized, battery-powered cameras will eventually tie into other connected-home systems.

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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.