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Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker: iPhone control of a kitchen classic

"Hold on, I'm updating the firmware on my Crock-Pot®" Those were words I never expected to pass my lips, but they did during the setup of the new Belkin WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker (US$129.99). This kitchen appliance is one of a duo from Crock-Pot and Mr. Coffee that are hitting...

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Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller: Watering by iPhone

The American West and Southwest are usually in a state of drought. It's not climate change causing this; rather, it's the nature of this arid region of the world. Add millions of people living in a desert area, all of whom want green lawns and colorful gardens, and you create a need for a lot of...

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Rachio's Iro: iOS-controlled lawn sprinkler controller

Over the past few years we've seen device-controlled lighting systems, thermostats, switches and other home-automation devices take hold in the market to save energy, but nobody seemed to be looking at the other big home consumable -- water. Especially in the arid Western United States, one of the...

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Apple smart home initiative and other news for May 27, 2014

It's almost time for Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), which means that the rumor mills are working over time to mass produce ideas of what might we might hear about at next Monday's keynote address. Apple getting into the home automation market is one of the first and most...

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Kwikset Kevo: Using your iPhone to lock and unlock doors

Life just got a little easier for iPhone owners. Imagine that you're trying to get into your house while carrying a few bags of groceries. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to simply tap the deadbolt lock with a finger to get it to unlock instead of digging through a pocket to get your keys out?...

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Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into one slick package

Webcams were one of the forerunners of the current Internet of Things boom, allowing smartphone-toting geeks to keep an eye on the office or homestead while out and about. Piper (starting at US$239), powered by iControl Networks, is targeted at the homeowner who wants a solution that provides both...

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SmartThings Hub: Connecting your home, phone and you

At Macworld/iWorld 2014, I delivered a talk about Siri and connected devices titled "Siri's Arms and Legs: Giving Apple's Intelligent Assistant the Power to Control Your World." My original idea for the presentation was based on some work I'd done last year for YouTube's Geek Week, in which I used...

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Philips Hue app-controlled lighting family add three new members

The Philips Hue app-controlled lighting products were among the first "Internet of Things" products we covered here at TUAW, and the product line has become quite popular. Now the company has announced three new products in the Hue line, including a new lower-cost model. Hue Lux is that...

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Automatic brings the Internet of Things to your car

If there's one topic that absolutely fascinates me these days, it's the "Internet of Things" -- connected devices that talk to our smartphones and tablets that can provide us with information. Now that information can be as simple as telling us what the temperature is, whether a door is opened or...

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Bluetooth 4.1 to offer improved connections, will be available on existing iOS devices

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the ratification of Bluetooth 4.1, which will enable current devices -- like the iPhone, iPad and latest Macs -- to have a more seamless experience with "Smart Bluetooth" accessories like heart rate monitors, speakers and more. Bluetooth...

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Light up Greenwave Reality's smart bulbs with your iPhone

Here's how it goes: I say, "It feels like we're living in the future," and you all yell, "So where are the jetpacks?" There are plenty of missing pieces from the Jetsons-style view of the future, but at least the smart home -- controllable, reactive, energy-efficient and easy to use -- is on its...

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