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Microsoft’s HomeOS brings smarter homes, blue hallway of death

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Microsoft’s research division comes up with some pretty cool stuff, like its Holoflector augmented reality mirror, but its latest project is much more homely. To be more precise, the company debuted HomeOS today, an operating system designed to make all your devices work in conjunction with how you live...
Microsoft’s HomeOS brings smarter homes, blue hallway of death
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Texas Instruments Cuts 1,700 Jobs As It's Driven Away From Mobile Chip Market By The Rise Of Custom Chipmaking

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Chipmaker Texas Instruments has announced it’s cutting 1,700 jobs as part of a business restructuring move. The company says it’s shifting its historical focus away from mobile chips because it’s become too resource and investment intensive to play in this space, blaming large customers “increasingly” developing their own custom chips....
Texas Instruments Cuts 1,700 Jobs As It's Driven Away From Mobile Chip Market By The Rise Of Custom Chipmaking

Android app will let you control your Panasonic appliances

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The new Panasonic Smart App will allow Android smartphone owners to remotely operate their Panasonic smart home appliances. [Read more]...
Android app will let you control your Panasonic appliances

Startup Awards: Vote for Seattle’s Startup of the Year

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Today’s featured category in the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards is a big one, getting to the heart of what this competition is all about. Startup of the Year recognizes the up-and-comers in the Seattle tech scene, those who are growing fast but haven’t yet entered the world domination phase. From mobile gaming...
Startup Awards: Vote for Seattle’s Startup of the Year

CES 2013: The Year the "Connected Home" Becomes a Reality?

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At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Wi-Fi-connected home appliances were chattier than a six-person sitcom ensemble. Fridges tweeted, told you what groceries to buy and then talked to the oven. Washers and dryers messaged the “smart” TV when the wash cycle was done, and robotic vacuums responded...
CES 2013: The Year the "Connected Home" Becomes a Reality?

Ford launches MyEnergi Lifestyle green initiative with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool

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Ford has announced the MyEnergi Lifestyle program in collaboration with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool designed to help US families reduce electricity usage through monitoring it in the cloud. Additional partners include Infineon and Nest Labs, the maker of a smart thermostat. As part of the collaboration, the companies are teaming...
Ford launches MyEnergi Lifestyle green initiative with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool

Quake-Rocked Renesas Feels Renewed, More Relevant

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Renesas Electronics is approaching the anniversary of last year’s earthquake in Japan with plenty to be thankful for. Renesas A scene from the Renesas Naka factory after the quake The company had a pretty low profile before the disaster of Mar. 11, 2011, which ravaged one of its major chip...
Quake-Rocked Renesas Feels Renewed, More Relevant
Decide.com Brings Its Price Comparisons To iPad; Reveals Plans To Expand To Household Goods & Cars

LG is developing a waterless washing machine

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In the world of semi-optional home appliances, nothing is more coveted than the washing machine and dryer. However convenient the combo may be, though, it's still not quite as efficient as it could be. Washing machines use a ton of water and soap, and require a dryer if you want...
LG is developing a waterless washing machine

Brazilian e-commerce expects record-breaking Black Friday amid scam complaints

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Today is Black Friday in Brazil. Yes, you read that well, in Brazil, a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving and where today is not a holiday. Yet, the promoters of BlackFriday.com.br expect record-breaking online sales of around R$135 million ($67.5m). Not only is this more than last year’s R$100 million...
Brazilian e-commerce expects record-breaking Black Friday amid scam complaints

Toshiba reports $322M quarterly profit despite economy

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Toshiba Corporation today announced its consolidated results for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from April through December and isolated results from the third quarter from October-December of fiscal year 2012. Toshibaís net sales were 1,357.1 billion yen ($14.9 million) with a profit of $322 million earned, which...
Toshiba reports $322M quarterly profit despite economy

Shopping Engine Decide.com Rolls Out Premium Pricing: "When To Buy" Recommendations Now $5 Per Month

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Decide.com, the shopping search engine that tells consumers both what and when to buy, is introducing its premium level of service today. Starting now, Decide.com will begin to charge for its “when to buy” recommendations – the recommendations which serve as Decide.com’s distinguishing feature versus the other shopping search services...
Shopping Engine Decide.com Rolls Out Premium Pricing: "When To Buy" Recommendations Now $5 Per Month

People Power releases SDK for wireless home energy sensors

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Serial entrepreneur Gene Wang started People Power, a maker wireless network devices that monitor energy consumption, because he knows how much energy is wasted by the average household. Thermostats are not set properly, TVs draw power even when they’re off and sprinkler systems operate oblivious to weather patterns. “About the...
People Power releases SDK for wireless home energy sensors

Ericsson CEO: We've got 4G networks. Now what do we do with them?

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The first two letters of LTE may stand for “long-term,” but there’s not much long-term about the status of the mobile network technology today. Operators have built more than 60 LTE networks worldwide. The networks are in place, but according to Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg, operators are now wrestling with...
Ericsson CEO: We've got 4G networks. Now what do we do with them?

Samsung accused of exploiting younger workers in China

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Workers barred from sitting during shifts and some suffer physical and verbal abuse, alleges China Labor WatchSamsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile and smartphone maker, is being accused of exploiting younger workers and using factories in China where some employees were physically and verbally abused, and forced to work more...
Samsung accused of exploiting younger workers in China

Panasonic Pins Hopes On Home Appliances

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Struggling with deep losses from its flagship television set business, Panasonic is pinning its hopes on a less glamorous segment of consumer electronics: refrigerators and washing machine....
Panasonic Pins Hopes On Home Appliances
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Cisco's Linksys Wi-Fi routers get app support

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Cisco's Linksys badge unveiled a trio of new Smart Wi-Fi routers with updates both for software and the pure technology underneath. The EA4500, EA3500, and EA2700 all support apps that link into the Cisco Connect Cloud web portal to not just administer the router from outside the home network but...
Cisco's Linksys Wi-Fi routers get app support
Wired interviews James Dyson, the 'Jobs and Wozniak of home appliances'

Baidu and Ford cooperate on hackathon to produce Baidu Cloud apps for Sync AppLink

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Chinese search giant Baidu has for the first time partnered up with another company on a hackathon. Ford was the lucky partner, as the two hosted an event over the weekend that used Baidu’s developer tools to build apps designed for the car maker’s Sync AppLink system. The 24-hour event featured individuals...
Baidu and Ford cooperate on hackathon to produce Baidu Cloud apps for Sync AppLink

Rick Smolan's Newest Project Will Try to Breathe Life Into Big Data

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Rick Smolan, creator of the epic “Day in the Life” photography books, is taking on a new challenge: big data. “Big data” has become a buzzphrase many people like to hate for its vagueness, but Smolan’s book format brings out all sorts of specificity and examples. © Joe Mcnally 2012...
Rick Smolan's Newest Project Will Try to Breathe Life Into Big Data

With "SmartThings," the Automated Home Suddenly Becomes More Accessible

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The notion that one’s home appliances could all be connected in some way — and respond with a simple tap, swipe or voice command — was once only a reality for the very wealthy or the very nerdy. Now, anyone with a Wi-Fi router at home can automate their appliances....
With "SmartThings," the Automated Home Suddenly Becomes More Accessible

LG reports second straight loss in Q4

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LG Electronics on Wednesday posted its second consecutive quarterly loss despite record flat-panel TV shipments and solid performance from its mobile handset division. The South Korea-based electronics vendor recorded revenue of KRW 13.81 trillion, or approximately $12.05 billion USD, in the fourth quarter of 2011 along with an operating...
LG reports second straight loss in Q4

Panasonic Offers Android-linked Air Conditioners, Refrigerators and Washers

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Japan's Panasonic on Tuesday announced a new lineup of wired home appliances controlled with a smartphone app, including a Wi-Fi air conditioner that can be set......
Panasonic Offers Android-linked Air Conditioners, Refrigerators and Washers

Samsung becomes a Platinum-level Linux Foundation member, open-source gets a Korean accent

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Samsung's business virtually revolves around open-source code and Linux, both through obvious software like Android and Tizen as well as behind-the-scenes code for TVs and even home appliances. It almost shouldn't be a surprise, then, that the company just became a Platinum-level member of the Linux Foundation, giving it...
Samsung becomes a Platinum-level Linux Foundation member, open-source gets a Korean accent

How Much Energy Do Your Home Appliances Use? [INFOGRAPHIC] - http://bit.ly/9GmVLV

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How Much Energy Do Your Home Appliances Use? [INFOGRAPHIC] - http://bit.ly/9GmVLV
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Here Comes A Hot New Chip For Internet Of Things

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ARM, the semiconductor company whose chip technology powers most modern smartphones, has come up with a chip for the Internet of things. Cortex-M0+ (terrible name if you ask me) is an energy-efficient chip that is optimized for use in everything from connected lighting to power controls to other home...
Here Comes A Hot New Chip For Internet Of Things

Will giving the internet eyes and ears mean the end of privacy?

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Corporations and governments are turning the internet into a colossal, always-on surveillance tool. Once passive objects are able to report what's happening, where is the power balance?The internet has turned into a massive surveillance tool. We're constantly monitored on the internet by hundreds of companies -- both familiar and unfamiliar....
Will giving the internet eyes and ears mean the end of privacy?
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