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Dropcam app update integrates with Nest hardware

Dropcam has been around for a while now and works with an app available for Android devices. Dropcam is a small camera that uses wireless networks and has the ability to shoot live video feeds out to the internet for remote viewing. The Android Dropcam app has been updated this week and has gained some new features.

Nest Protect 2.0 software and updated app makes smoke alarms smarter

Nest made its name with the smart thermostats that allow people to control how much power they use and more. Nest also makes some high tech smoke alarms called the Nest protect smoke and CO alarms. Those smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be getting a software update over the next two weeks that will bring them to software version 2.0.

Nest invites developers to power up its products

Nest's thermostat and smoke detectors are pretty smart already, with the help of a smartphone of course, but as far as the so called "Internet of Things" go, they're pretty much like isolated islands. That situation will soon be changing now that Nest has launched its Developer Program to help extend its products beyond the confines of the living room, or ceiling.

Honeywell Lyric puts a twist on the smart thermostat

Home automation is becoming more accessible and affordable, and Honeywell, who has been in that business for quite some time now, wants to still be a part of that. The Honeywell Lyric is its latest contender in that arena, shedding of the cold, hard-edged design of the past and adopting a more pleasing and familiar curve.

Google’s Nest reportedly trying to hire Nike Fuelband crew

With Google’s purchase of Nest, many speculated that the division could morph into Google’s internal hardware branch. While the company focussed on connected home products, it was widely believed Google was trying to alleviate their reliance on hardware partners like LG or Samsung. News that Nest is interested in the team behind the newly defunct Nike Fuelband heightens that speculation.    

Google’s Nest thermostat listed briefly in Play Store

Google’s Play Store briefly listed the Nest thermostat today, quickly pulling it down before anyone had the chance to order. In the wake of Google’s Nest purchase, many expected the device to be sold via Google’s online portal. Did Google just jump the gun, or are they gun shy?  

Nest halts sale of smoke detector amidst safety concern

Nest has halted sale of their smoke alarms amidst fears it could be malfunctioning. A feature allowing users to wave at the device to stop an alarm from sounding is the culprit here, with Nest finding the issue internally. Though it’s not clear if the problem exists for users, Nest has remotely disabled the feature for the time being.

Nest hit with lawsuit claiming devices are rubbish

Nest, makers of “smart home” devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, have been met with a lawsuit. The plaintiff named in the suit claims the thermostat produced by Nest actually cost consumers money rather than produce savings, as it claims. He is asking that the case be given class action status, pointing to various message boards as evidence of Nest’s lack of performance.

Google Nest acquisition officially wraps

Google's acquisition of Nest cleared the FTC a short while back. That approval sort of left the acquisition on a fast track in terms of being completely wrapped. And well, coming by way of a regularity filing that was filed on February 7th with the US Securities and Exchange Commission -- we now see the deal is complete.
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