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Engadget HD Podcast 306 - 07.03.2012

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After Google I/O, the latest news from Mountain View is tops on our list as we try to wrap our heads around the Nexus Q. Also on the list this week are the odd couple pairings of Boxee and Comcast, as well as HBO and Hulu (in Japan.) Meanwhile...
Engadget HD Podcast 306 - 07.03.2012

Has Blake Krikorian Landed His Home Automation Start-Up at Apple or Google?

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So which big company did well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur Blake Krikorian sell his latest start-up to: Apple or Google? Earlier today, he suddenly resigned from the board of Amazon, which he joined only last fall. The move was directly related to acquisition discussions that his id8 Group R2 Studios...
Has Blake Krikorian Landed His Home Automation Start-Up at Apple or Google?

Microsoft confirms R2 Studios acquisition, makes Krikorian a VP with the Xbox in mind

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Microsoft is silent no longer on its buyout of R2 Studios. The software giant has officially confirmed its purchase of R2, a home automation and entertainment startup, for an unspecified amount. It's also clearer that ex-Sling chief and R2 founder Blake Krikorian is central to the deal -- he's...
Microsoft confirms R2 Studios acquisition, makes Krikorian a VP with the Xbox in mind
Apple, Google, Microsoft all in bids to purchase home automation company, reports WSJ

Andy Rubin Stepping Down as Android Head Was Sudden But Inevitable

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Andy Rubin is a brilliant visionary and a fierce executer, and he may have more acts up his sleeve. But, at a time when mobile is increasingly big business at Google, the father of Android is no longer at its helm. Google CEO Larry Page has substituted a grounded and...
Andy Rubin Stepping Down as Android Head Was Sudden But Inevitable

Engadget's CES 2013 Preview: Household

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With CES looming like an electrically charged storm of news and announcements, it's time for us to give you our best bets on what you'll see come January. During the month of December, we'll bring you a series of CES preview posts, forecasting what you can expect when the...
Engadget's CES 2013 Preview: Household

PlantLink: A Kickstarter project that may stop me from killing again

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I have plants and live in Austin, a place where summertime temps top 100 degrees. I travel a lot. While I’m gone, my plants inevitably get thirsty and die. This saddens me, mostly because I grow herbs and nothing pisses me off more than buying a bundle of mint for...
PlantLink: A Kickstarter project that may stop me from killing again

Smart Homes Get Smarter as Utilities Join In

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The move toward smart homes that are intensively networked and microprocessor-controlled got a small but important push in the U.K. last week. British Gas, one of the country's biggest gas suppliers, announced a partnership with AlertMe, a startup that specializes in remote home monitoring and energy management. AlertMe and its competitors...
Smart Homes Get Smarter as Utilities Join In

The Engadget Interview: Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok on the Internet of things at MWC 2013

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Few people understand the Internet of things better than Rob Chandhok -- president of Internet services at Qualcomm -- and we had the chance to sit down with him in Barcelona after our interview with Raj Talluri. We chatted about AllJoyn, a set of open source services which the...
The Engadget Interview: Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok on the Internet of things at MWC 2013

Ube WiFi Smart Dimmer to recieve customized multitouch gesture control

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Here's a cool little addition to the increasingly competitive world of home automation. Ube's got a WiFi Smart Dimmer that utilizes multitouch functionality to control the the lights in your house -- use one finger to turn off a single light, or use two to turn off a set....
Ube WiFi Smart Dimmer to recieve customized multitouch gesture control

Switched On: The roads to home automation

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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. At a dinner event several years ago, a former editor-in-chief of a major computing trade magazine told attendees that his first published article was about home automation. That article ran back in 1979 -- just two years...
Switched On: The roads to home automation

ZigBee IP spec goes public, offers open IPv6 mesh networking

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While ZigBee hasn't become as ubiquitous in wireless as the likes of Bluetooth or WiFi, it has carved out niches in home automation and low-power gear. The format is about to expand its world a little further now that a more network-savvy spec, ZigBee IP, is officially available for...
ZigBee IP spec goes public, offers open IPv6 mesh networking

RoadMap 2012 live coverage

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When we first got our hands on computers, we weren’t concerned as much about how they looked as opposed to what they could do to make our lives better. Same goes for the early days of the web, when simply publishing something that anyone in the world could read was...
RoadMap 2012 live coverage

AT&T to release Digital Life home automation in March

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AT&T's mobile-friendly Digital Life home monitoring system has been brewing for nearly a year. At last, it's ready to roll: the service is now expected to launch in eight markets as of this March. While we're still waiting on prices, the company is already dividing its offering up into...
AT&T to release Digital Life home automation in March
Google planning massive “Experience Center” and secret test labs at Googleplex
Home automation via your face: here's Google Glassware for Nest

It's TechStars Boulder Demo Day - Here are the 11 companies dashing for cash

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It’s year number 5 for TechStars in Boulder, and each year the teams just seem to get better. Today the world’s most exclusive accelerator holds another Demo Day, where its teams will have the chance to pitch their products to a room that is stuffed to the rafters with investors,...
It's TechStars Boulder Demo Day - Here are the 11 companies dashing for cash
AT&T focuses on retail with a 10,000 square foot megastore in Chicago

Apple, Google, Microsoft pursuing home automation firm

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Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all competing to buy a home automation company called R2 Studios, says the Wall Street Journal. The firm was founded just last year by Blake Krikorian, better known for starting Sling Media, the company responsible for the Slingbox TV streamer. Making the talks unusual is...
Apple, Google, Microsoft pursuing home automation firm

Broadcom introduces low-power WiFi and Bluetooth chips for the Internet of things

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The Internet of things -- that nebulous term usually associated with interconnecting everyday objects in a meaningful way -- is in the news again. Yesterday, Broadcom announced that it's launching a couple cost-effective, power-efficient wireless chips geared towards appliances, home automation and wearable devices. The first SoC, BCM4390, incorporates...
Broadcom introduces low-power WiFi and Bluetooth chips for the Internet of things
Sharp developing standard home management control protocol with Japanese government

Microsoft acquires home automation startup R2 Studios to bolster Xbox division

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Details are expectedly light on this one, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft has acquired R2 Studios, a startup focused on home entertainment and home automation founded by Blake Krikorian (best known as the co-founder and former CEO of Sling). According to the WSJ, Krikorian and...
Microsoft acquires home automation startup R2 Studios to bolster Xbox division
AT&T jumps into home automation and security with Digital Life

Ashton Kutcher's iPhone Home Screen Is Full Of Quirky Apps

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One of our favorite apps, The Fancy, retweeted a photo from earlier this year of Ashton Kutcher's home screen. The retweet was of the Two and a Half Men star asking his over 13 million fans, "What am I missing?" Kutcher's screen is full of quirky apps, particularly the $99.99...
Ashton Kutcher's iPhone Home Screen Is Full Of Quirky Apps
Microsoft's 'HomeOS' automation platform detailed in research paper

Archos picks a new CEO, ships 80 and 97 Titanium tablets to the US

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Archos has been going through some tough times lately, having to reorganize and lay off a quarter of its staff toward the end of last year. You could say that the company is using the spring as a chance for renewal: company Chairman Henri Crohas has picked Deputy CEO...
Archos picks a new CEO, ships 80 and 97 Titanium tablets to the US
AT&T unveils home automation and security solution

Beautiful Hardware That Won't Become A Reality Without Your Help

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People have been using crowdfunding tools like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to raise the money necessary to bring their ideas to life. For every smash success that meets its goal and raises all the money it needs, there are so many more that never get funded and don't even get off...
Beautiful Hardware That Won't Become A Reality Without Your Help

NPD: iOS plummets to 29 percent of total US smartphone sales in Q1

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Apple’s iOS United States smartphone market share slide 12 percent in the year’s first quarter, which helped Google’s Android to capture nearly two-thirds of the market. According to CNET, market research firm NPD Group placed Android’s U.S. market share at 61 percent, which is a dramatic gain from the holiday quarter’s...
NPD: iOS plummets to 29 percent of total US smartphone sales in Q1

Belkin to take Linksys from Cisco for an undisclosed sum

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It’s been a big week for deal-making over at Cisco Systems. One day after announcing the blockbuster purchase of tiny Israeli mobile networking startup Intucell for $475 million, Cisco is turning around and selling one of its biggest former acquisitions, Linksys, to home-networking competitor Belkin. No financial details were revealed....
Belkin to take Linksys from Cisco for an undisclosed sum
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