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Rovi to acquire TiVo for $1.1 billion

Online entertainment listings company Rovi plans to acquire digital video recording firm TiVo for US$1.1 billion in a stock and cash deal, the companies said Friday.

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Google’s OnHub router gains IFTTT support on its way to becoming a smart-home hub

OnHub IFTTT integration lets users trigger smart home devices when they get home.

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Alexa everywhere: Triby is a portable speaker with Amazon smarts

The Triby portable speaker is the first non-Amazon device with Alexa onboard.

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Philips Hue smart lighting gets a new app with more features

Geofencing is one of the more notable additions; users can also assign multiple lights to rooms, so that all the lights in a room can be controlled at once.

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Dyson hopes you'll blow $435 on its high-tech hair dryer

Dubbed the Supersonic, Dyson says its new design is quieter and gentle on hair.

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TiVo revamps its Roamio OTA set-top box and drops the subscription charge

TiVo's Roamio OTA DVR for cord cutters doubles the storage and makes lifetime pricing permanent.

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Switchmate’s $40 smart light switch ships in May, with simple but limited features

Switchmate’s Bluetooth LE device mounts on top of existing switches for quick and easy smart-lighting retrofits, but it doesn't connect to any hubs.

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Focal brings its high-end outdoor speaker line to the U.S.

Weatherproof, paintable enclosures house 1.0-inch tweeters and either 6.5- or 8.0-inch woofers.

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BeOn bulbs get UL outdoor certification, with new security features coming in May

BeOn bulbs should still be kept mostly dry despite the certification. The lighting replay update is a bigger deal, and allows pre-programmed lighting sequences to be played throughout the day.

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The tiny Klug Home promises big changes in what we should expect of hubs and controllers

Connected-home devices like the Nest thermostat already adapt to your preferences, this could be the first connected-home hub that can pull off that trick.

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This NES adapter adds wireless control, no modding necessary

Analogue’s Retro Receiver is just the excuse you need to put an original Nintendo in your living room.

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Marantz and Pioneer usher in spring with new network-ready A/V receivers

New Marantz and Pioneer models tout robust streaming features and immersive audio for budget-conscious consumers.

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Sears' latest lawnmower sends maintenance reminders to your smartphone

The big-box retailer announced several other connected-home appliances and tools, too, including a programmable room air conditioner.

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iLumi's BR30 Outdoor color-tunable smart bulb will bring programmable lighting to your yard this summer

Tapping Bluetooth for command and control eliminates the need for a hub, but it also means iLumi's bulbs can't be integrated into connected-home systems. But that could change.

Microsoft kills off its Xbox 360 gaming console, but Xbox 360 games will live on thanks to the Xbox One

Microsoft announces it will cease production of the Xbox 360, but don't despair: all of its services will continue uninterrupted.