How to Use Siri to Control Spotify, Nest and More

Siri appears to be faster, possibly pointing to a stealthy Siri upgrade by Apple.

A new tweak for the iPhone and iPad, called GoogolPlex, adds a ton of new functionality and commands to Siri, and it’s possible without the need for jailbreaking your iOS device, which is impossible to begin with if you’re iPhone or iPad is running the latest iOS 7.1 update. Normally the only way to add […]

Google and the NEST, Motorola, Samsung Moves: Reboot Time

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We certainly live in interesting times. Actually we’ve been living in an interesting two weeks when it comes to mobile tech, more specifically when it comes to the piece of the mobile tech world that Google influences. Google has essentially rebooted its approach to mobile making big moves that point to things being quite different […]

NEST CEO Tries to Allay Fears About Data Usage

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After the big news that NEST, the smart thermostat maker, was being acquired by Google, Internet dwellers looked at the over $3 billion dollar price tag and immediately begin discussing the potential of what Google would do with the data that NEST products would provide. To say this illustrates the skeptical age about privacy we […]

Google Changing the World and the Trust Factor

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Yesterday it was big news that Google is going to acquire Nest Labs. Nest Labs has been a success in the home automation industry with its thermostats and is now moving into smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Nest Labs has been an early leader in the Internet of Things, wherein we use the Internet to […]

Smoking Out the Competition, Nest Protect Gets Glowing Reviews

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After having transformed the ordinary household thermostat into a simple to use and technological beauty, Nest is back at it again in the attempt to revolutionize the lowly, but necessary, smoke detector with the Nest Protect. The device has recently begun to ship, and reviewers are giving the Protect some great scores, with the biggest […]

Nest Thermostat Review: 6 Months With a Smart Thermostat

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The Nest Thermostat is an easy to install effective way to efficiently heat a home or apartment. With good-looking design and smart power management, the Nest Learning Thermostat fits in with most home and office decor and is compatible with many home heating and cooling systems, even those without a dedicated power wire. After using […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Connected Home

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It’s hard to buy a gift for gadget lovers, but these connected home gifts allow iPhone and Android users to control their home’s temperature, lighting, locks, garage doors and more with a smartphone or tablet. Connected home gifts don’t need expensive professional installations and time consuming wiring anymore. With a little gadget know-how and a […]

Nest Thermostat Slims Down, Adds Compatibility and Smarter Software

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The Nest Learning Thermostat received an update today. The company announced a new slimmer learning thermostat that works with more systems and a software update that brings new features to the original Nest. The second generation Nest thermostat is 20% thinner than the current model thanks to a new stainless steel ring that doubles as the casing […]

Apple Store Website Starts Selling Nest Thermostat

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Today there’s one more location to buy a Nest Thermostat: Apple’s online store. After a long period of downtime the Apple Store is back online, now carrying the Nest Learning Thermostat for $249.95. The device is $0.95 more expensive through Apple’s online store, which we assume is a convenience fee for being able to buy […]

Nest Learning Thermostat Review Installation & First Impressions

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The Nest Learning Thermostat is simple to install and a joy to use after just a few days. Thermostats are not the sexiest gadgets, but they serve an important job – keeping us and our gadgets cool in the summer and protected from freezing pipes in the winter. The Nest Learning Thermostat breaks this mold, […]

Top 9 Earth Day Gadgets: Save Energy, Save Money, Save The Earth

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Earth Day is probably the one day out of the year that most people think about the environment, so make it count. Snag a gadget that will make your home more energy-efficient, keep your mobile gadgets powered, or don’t add to the horror of landfills. While you’re at it, do a little spring cleaning and […]

Gift Guide: 5 Gadgets for a Connected Home

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We don’t have jetpacks yet, but you can enjoy a little bit of the future thanks to this collection of connected home gadgets. From controlling your music and movies from your smartphone to internet connected garage doors and thermostats, we have you covered with some of the coolest connected gadgets for your home. If you have an always connected home owner […]

Nest Learning Thermostat Cuts Energy Use, Looks Awesome, Has Apps

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A thermostat shouldn’t excite me this much, but I can’t help but want the new Nest Learning Thermostat. Designed by the former iPod creator, the Nest Learning Thermostat looks great, but that’s not why I am so excited about our heating and cooling future. The $250 programmable thermostat ditches the hard to navigate and program […]