Peter SayerSenior Editor, IDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers enterprise applications for CIO.com.

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Neato Robotics adds more smarts to its vacuum cleaners

Neato Robotics has doubled the storage in its latest robot vacuum cleaner, the Botvac D7 Connected, and given owners new ways to interact with it.

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SoftBank targets service industries with Boston Robotics acquisition

SoftBank's latest robotics acquisition could allow it to open up a whole new market for service industries and home help.

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Samsung boosts audio, connected car businesses with $8B Harman buy

Samsung Electronics wants to buy its way into the connected car market, with a plan to acquire Harman for $8 billion.

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Peanuts with a purpose: Sen.se unveils new smart sensors at IFA

Expecting people to figure out what its Cookie multipurpose smart sensors could be used for didn't work out so well for Sen.se. It's trying a different approach with its new Peanut sensors: application-specific packaging that sells the purpose, not the product.

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Keezel's wireless device protects hotel Wi-Fi , home IoT connections

In cryptography, the "man in the middle" is usually an attacker -- but when Keezel wants to get between you and the Wi-Fi connection in your hotel or your home, it's for your own good.

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Bang & Olufsen's Dalek-esque BeoSound wireless speakers project music 360 degrees

Audiophiles may roll their eyes at the very idea of portable Bluetooth speakers, but high-design hi-fi firm Bang & Olufsen just unveiled two of them in Berlin.

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Nest releases open-source version of Thread networking protocol for smart devices

Thread, an open wireless protocol for the Internet of things, is getting a boost from one of its biggest boosters, Google-owned Nest Labs.

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Oral B's high-tech toothbrush has Bluetooth, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and cloud storage

Oral B's next toothbrushing system will have accelerometers, gyroscopes, a Bluetooth link to a smartphone app, and cloud storage. Have they left anything out?

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The Internet of Very Cold Things: Sigfox extends its low-power radio network to Antarctica

Sigfox, operator of a low-power wide-area radio network for the Internet of Things, expects to be connecting objects on every continent by year-end, and has just checked off the most challenging of those: Antarctica.

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These Zigbee home automation devices need no batteries or wires

You're probably most familiar with piezoelectricity as the generator of the spark that lights the gas stove, but it's finding a new application in Las Vegas this week: lighting up the living room.

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Blackberry plans to push QNX into the Internet of Things at CES

Blackberry is planning to push its QNX real-time operating system into the Internet of Things at CES.

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Youtube Kids hit with more complaints about inappropriate ads

Ads marketing sugar-laden snacks and drinks have prompted a further round of complaints about Youtube Kids, a supposedly safe space for children to spend time online.

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Samsung denies its TVs cheat on power consumption tests

Samsung Electronics has denied allegations that it designed its TVs to consume less energy during tests than they do in real-world situations.

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Cisco quits set-top box market, sells business to Technicolor

Cisco is selling its Connected Devices business -- yet at the same time counting on connecting billions of devices