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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.

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Lowe's admits its second-generation Iris by Lowe's connected-home system hasn't lived up to expectations

The big-box retailer promises to address the numerous shortcomings its customers are complaining about.

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Iris by Lowe's (second generation) review: Good features, diverse ecosystem

Lowe's is building a second level on its solid connected-home foundation, and making intriguing promises for future expansion.

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Toucan promises to convert your simple porch light into a high-tech security system

The system piggybacks onto your existing wiring to add a motion sensor, wireless on/off switch, a two-way intercom, and a siren to scare intruders away.

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Blossom introduces a smaller, less-expensive eight-zone smart irrigation controller

Eight and 12-zone systems optimize water usage by taking weather, vegetation, and garden layout into account.

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Lumir's LED lamp is powered by a tea candle, not batteries

Inspired by his travels through developing countries, CEO and founder Jay Park created a light that uses the heat generated by a tea candle to illuminate the area surrounding it.

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Ecomo's solar-powered water filter identifies contaminants and makes specific filter recommendations

Ecomo's smart water filter fits on faucets, mugs, or bottles. It analyzes the water for contaminants and then recommends which type of filter you should use to purify it.

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Now you can monitor and control Neato's Botvac robot vacuum with your smart watch

With a firmware update and an app for your Apple Watch or Android Wear device, you'll be able to manage the Botvac from your wrist.

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Wink turns on local control for connected light switches, bulbs

Some smart homes turn dumb if you lose your Internet connection. This update enables Wink to control devices directly.

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Rachio launches its second-generation smart sprinkler controller

The new product boasts some design improvements, but not a lot in the way of new features.

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Fluance's latest Bluetooth speaker sports a pair of ginormous woofers

The $500 Fi70 includes 8-inch woofers, 5-inch midranges, and 1-inch tweeters and is powered by a 280-watt amp.

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Baseball fans win concessions in online blackout settlement, cord cutters don't

Sports fans can rejoice that their favorite out of town team won't be blacked out any more, but only if you're a cable or satellite TV subscriber.

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Brinks Home Security Array smart deadbolt recharges its battery with solar power

The new lock connects directly to your Wi-Fi router, eliminating the need for a hub or bridge.

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Sony's new smart light does just about anything you can possibly think of

The company squeezed about every feature you'd ever need into a light fixture, including control of your HVAC system, television, a full fledged intercom, and a Micro SD slot.