Ed OswaldFreelance contributor, TechHive

Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.


Insteon adds Sonos compatibility to its connected-home systems

Hubs and compoents from Insteon will soon be able to control Sonos multi-room audio systems.

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Oco beefs up its Wi-Fi cloud camera with full-HD video and offline storage

Oco's first generation camera got good reviews for its picture quality and price, but it lacked offline storage and suffered from shaky connectivity. The company aims to fix that with the Oco2.

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Every well-connected home needs a smart toilet that cleans itself--among other things

Toto's Neorest 750H needs as little as 0.8 gallons to flush, and it uses ultraviolet light, an ultra-smooth glaze, and electrolyzed water to prevent grime build-up.


The Danalock gets a price cut for CES, as its manufacturer demos a new keypad, fob, and garage-door controller

Poly-Control will reduce the price of its Danalock to $129 starting February 15, and the smart deadbolt's new price will be $149 following the temporary promotion.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to build his own AI-infused smart home system

Zuckerberg says his system will perform basic automation at first, but will eventually evolve into a digital assistant resembling the J.A.R.V.I.S. AI from the comic-book movie 'Iron Man.'

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LG's SmartThinQ connected-home hub will monitor and control appliances and sensors

The hub looks like Amazon's Echo, but streaming music is one of only a few things it has in common with that device.

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Lutron introduces a remote control for ZigBee light bulbs

Support is currently limited to Cree and GE Link bulbs and Wink connected-home hubs. Is Philips Hue next?

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BeOn Home Protection System review: A security system made up of smart LED bulbs

These intriguingly different bulbs deliver on their manufacturer's promises, but their design also limits their capabilities.


Spotify reportedly mulling restricting access to new music to paid subscribers

Bowing to pressure from artists and record labels will diminish the appeal of free, ad-supported music-streaming services.

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Alarm.com’s smart thermostat gains remote temperature-sensing capabilities

The security company debuts remote sensors to beef up its smart energy-management offering.

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Songza is shutting down, users will be moved over to Google Play Music

After a year of operating Songza separately, Google decides that it needs the rest of Songza’s technology to be competitive.

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This biodigester promises to turn your food scraps into usable cooking gas

HomeBiogas’ system produces up to three hours of cooking gas, plus liquid fertilizer for your garden.

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Amazon may incorporate new services into its Prime Instant Video

The e-commerce giant is reportedly in talks with service providers to incorporate their TV and movie offerings into Amazon’s streaming-video service.

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Keen Home says its Smart Vent can reduce home energy bills, but some HVAC pros question the wisdom of closing vents

The objective is to redistribute airflow around the home, but some say the resulting changes in air pressure can damage central heating and cooling systems.

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People Power looks to adapt its DIY home-security system for 21st Century elder care

The company is launching a crowd-funding campaign to port its existing platform into a system that will enable seniors to remain in their own homes longer.