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  • Nest’s Smart Thermostat Gets Updated With A Bigger, Brighter Screen

    Nest’s Smart Thermostat Gets Updated With A Bigger, Brighter Screen

    Back in June, Nest overhauled just about every product they make… save for one curious exception: the smart thermostat that most know them for best. Two months later, Nest’s thermostat is getting an upgrade of its own. So what’s new? If you walked by the new version without having seen the previous one in a while, you… might not notice a difference. This new third-gen… Read More

  • How IoT Will Change Your Relationship With Insurance Crunch Network

    How IoT Will Change Your Relationship With Insurance

    Between TVs, refrigerators, ovens, light bulbs, cars, fitness trackers and jewelry, it seems like everything these days is connected to the Internet. It’s probably safe to say that you’re already using a few connected devices in your daily life. You’re not alone; Business Insider Intelligence estimates there will be nine billion IoT (Internet of Things) devices worldwide by 2018. Read More

  • Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things Crunch Network

    Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

    Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups… Read More

  • Nest Announces A New Version Of Its Protect Smart Smoke Alarm

    Nest Announces A New Version Of Its Protect Smart Smoke Alarm

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from Nest — they bought Dropcam, then went a bit quiet. Today, they’re breaking the silence at a press conference in San Francisco. The first new product out of the gate: a second generation of its smoke alarm, the Nest Protect. Read More

  • Reimagining Everyday Objects Crunch Network

    Reimagining Everyday Objects

    Can we agree that the term “internet of things” should go away when we’re talking about consumer products? Like the “world wide web” before it, the internet of things phrase is a relic from the past. I don’t need a connected washing machine or internet-enabled color changing LED light bulb and nor does anyone else. “Things” don’t need… Read More

  • Nest Rumored To Be Moving Into Audio As It Expands Further Into The Home

    Nest Rumored To Be Moving Into Audio As It Expands Further Into The Home

    Smart home gadget maker Nest is looking for someone to lead what they are calling Nest Audio, fueling speculation that they are moving into speakers and other audio products. The company declined to comment on the new division or job listing. Read More

  • The Battle Is For The Customer Interface Crunch Network

    The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

    In 2015 Uber, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory and Airbnb the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening. Since the industrial revolution the world has developed complex supply chains… Read More

  • British Gas Buys UK Smart Home Pioneer AlertMe In $100M Deal

    British Gas Buys UK Smart Home Pioneer AlertMe In $100M Deal

    The connected home may still be a distant mirage for most average consumers, but in the meantime the technology is becoming big business. Today, British Gas announced it will buy AlertMe, a developer of platforms for running various domestic “smart” devices, in a deal worth £65 million ($100 million), lining up the energy company to provide smart services covering heating… Read More

  • Nest Touts Three Studies Claiming Its Thermostat Pays For Itself In Two Years

    Nest Touts Three Studies Claiming Its Thermostat Pays For Itself In Two Years

    Google-subsidiary Nest claims that the results of three studies based on longitudinal data show that its thermostat pays for itself in less than two years based on savings from heating and cooling costs. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Dog Ears

    Gillmor Gang: Dog Ears

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include the Nesting of Google Glass, Neil Young’s Pono and mixing to the car radio, why Selma got shortchange in the Oscar nominations, Facebook @ Work or not, and some tough notification talk to wind it up. If you miss Scobleizer, watch him join our sister show G3. Read More

  • Nest Adds 15 More Companies To Its “Works With Nest” Program

    Nest Adds 15 More Companies To Its “Works With Nest” Program

    Nest is today announcing significant new partners joining its “Works with Nest” developer program. The new additions continue Nest’s quest to turn its product into the heart of a smart home. Among the new partners are Lutron, Insteon and Philips Hue. Each company built Nest products into its ecosystem. For example, now with the Lutron integration, homeowners can control… Read More

  • The Nest Thermostat Can Now Be Controlled By Voice

    The Nest Thermostat Can Now Be Controlled By Voice

    Your house is cold, but your thermostat is way over there. You could walk over to your thermostat and crank the heat, but pfft, walking. If you have a Nest, you could open up the app and control it that way, but, pfft, opening apps by hand. What is this, 2007?! Read More

  • Nest And Asian Insurance Giant AIA Launch Startup Accelerator In Hong Kong

    Nest And Asian Insurance Giant AIA Launch Startup Accelerator In Hong Kong

    Hong Kong’s close proximity to manufacturing hubs like Shenzhen, China, and its small but growing startup ecosystem will make it a fertile growing ground for wearable tech startups. At least that’s what Nest, an early-stage venture capital firm, and AIA, one of Asia’s largest insurance providers, are hedging their bets on. The two have teamed up to launch AIA Accelerator… Read More

  • Nest’s CEO Calls Its Tech The “Conscious Home” Because “It’s Not Smarter Than You”

    Nest’s CEO Calls Its Tech The “Conscious Home” Because “It’s Not Smarter Than You”

    The leader of the “smart home” industry doesn’t want to call it that any more. Nest CEO Tony Fadell says his company uses the term “Conscious Home” because its connected thermostat and smoke alarm create a two-way relationship with users where both help and teach each other. “We call it the conscious home. Smart is overused. It’s not smarter than… Read More

  • Ambi Climate Gives Any Air Conditioner Nest-Like Powers

    Ambi Climate Gives Any Air Conditioner Nest-Like Powers

    Ambi Climate wants to democratize smart home climate control with a device that brings learning climate management to standalone window air conditioner units, central air systems, freestanding systems or the single room machines more common in Europe and Asia, so long as the existing system can work with an IR-based blaster or remote. It originally launched in July on Asia-specific… Read More

  • Nest Finally Works With Control4, Crestron, RTI And URC Home Automation Systems

    Nest Finally Works With Control4, Crestron, RTI And URC Home Automation Systems

    Today, at CEDIA EXPO 2014, Nest made the day of every home automator installers and retailers everywhere: Nest finally works with the major players in home automation, Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) and Universal Remote Control (URC). These are the pricey advanced home automation systems that, up until now, did not officially support the popular Nest Learning… Read More

  • Jared Leto Talks Investment Strategy at BoxWorks

    Jared Leto Dishes On His Favorite Tech Investment

    TechCrunch caught up with actor and singer Jared Leto today backstage at BoxWorks, the annual confab focused on Box’s enterprise file storage service. Leto had just taken part in the event’s keynote, which stretched north of two hours. Read More

  • Airfy’s Beacon Wants To Make The Smart Home Smarter

    Airfy’s Beacon Wants To Make The Smart Home Smarter

    Berlin-based Airfy, maker of the Airfy WiFi router that our very own John Biggs called one of the sexiest Wi-Fi routers he’d ever seen (and the man has doubtless seen a lot of WiFi routers), is launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new product today. Rather than tackling the ugliness and (often) stupidity of WiFi routers, the Airfy Beacon is an attempt at making the smart home… Read More

  • Google Makes Its Nest At The Center Of The Smart Home

    Google Makes Its Nest At The Center Of The Smart Home

    Using Google Now, a homeowner can soon talk to a Nest Learning Thermostat and complain about the heat. And that’s just the beginning. Google is turning the Nest Learning Thermostat into the hub of smart homes. With the just-announced “Works with Nest” certification program, gadgets to cars to universal remotes will all work with the Thermostat, providing automated actions… Read More

  • Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam For $555 Million

    Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam For $555 Million

    Remember those rumors a few weeks ago that Google was looking to acquire the plug-and-play security camera company, Dropcam? Yep. It just happened. Just months after being acquired themselves, the now Google-owned Nest has just announced that they’ve acquired Dropcam. Read More

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