[Deal] Nest Thermostat + Nest Protect bundle, Nest Cam get big discounts


Through Monday, Nest is offering its three core products at quite attractive prices.

Home automation is on the rise and Nest designs some of the best hardware and software around. So this deal is even more amazing considering you’re getting huge savings on premium devices. In all, you could get three Nest products that work together for less than $600.

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Withings Home review


Over the past five years, home surveillance cameras have grown more popular. Gone are the days of having to book an appointment with a security specialist to have one installed. Now you can simply visit your local electronics store, purchase an extremely reliable Wi-Fi camera, take it home and configure it yourself.

Due to the increase in demand for these can-sized CCTV units, manufacturers are constantly thinking of new ways to innovate — and that’s exactly what Withings has executed with its brand new ‘Home HD’ camera. This system allows you to remotely keep tabs on your home via a companion application, which is available to download for Android-powered smartphones and tablets via the Play Store.

But does the Withings Home stand up to the competition? Hit the break below to read our full review.

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You can now buy the Home Monitoring Kit from the Samsung-owned SmartThings


The latest wave of SmartThings products is finally available for you to purchase. The Samsung-owned company announced today that its new Home Monitoring Kit is available from retailers online and throughout the United States. SmartThings says that the Home Monitoring Kit makes it possible to monitor, control, and secure your home from just about anywhere. Paired with the SmartThings apps, you view the status of your home and receive actionable alerts on your mobile device.

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Amazon’s Echo now works with SmartThings hardware


Quite rapidly, Amazon has been expanding the products and services that work with its Echo digital assistant. SmartThings, the home automation platform purchased by Samsung last year, is now supported by the Echo. The only requirement is that the SmartThings hardware is setup and connected through the company’s apps before asking the Echo to detect devices on the same network. Controls for different appliances are then accessible by the Echo and you can use your voice to control them.

SmartThings’ new hub and sensors will be available starting next month, so now could be the perfect time to pair your Echo with a home automation platform. Your other option is to invest in Wink’s products.

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Piper NV Security Camera review


Security cameras for the purpose of home automation are becoming more and more popular with devices available like the Netatmo Welcome or the Nest Cam. The Piper NV is yet another security camera that can be controlled with your mobile device.

Many smart home cameras are lacking in a lot of areas but Piper claims its NV to be top-of-the-line when it comes to automated home surveillance.

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Weekend Contest: Win a Satechi Spectrum iQ Bulb from Talk Android!


Every room needs light because windows can only get the job done during daylight hours. Regular light bulbs, though, are awfully boring. You need something that can illuminate a room with color! That’s why we are giving away a Satechi Spectrum iQ Bulb this weekend. Satechi’s bulb offers 16 million different colors and lasts 25,000 hours. And the companion app allows you to create a schedule, so you’ll be using one less switch at home. The Spectrum iQ Bulb costs $39, but our contest can have you taking one home for free.

Hit the break to enter.

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Netatmo Welcome smart home camera review


The Netatmo Welcome is a connected camera that features facial recognition, adding another level of safety and security to the home. The Welcome notifies users through their app so that the homeowner knows who is home and when. The device is positioned to compete with some big players in the market, such as the recent Nest Cam upgrade and Piper. Although Netatmo’s offering doesn’t quite meet the standards of those two devices, the company still has a decent camera.

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Nest unveils new wave of products and software for 2015


Today, Nest announced two new products along with some software updates. The Nest Cam and Nest Protect have been introduced with entirely new designs while the Nest Learning Thermostat has received a software update with new features. Also, with people owning multiple devices from Nest, the company has condensed controls and settings into a single app. Everything from Nest looks and feels new and improved for 2015.

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Nest to hold press conference on June 17



Nest is planning on holding a press conference on June 17, when we may hear about new products the company will be introducing. Right now, the Google-owned home automation company only has a thermostat and smoke detector in their product lineup, in addition to the rights to security camera company Dropcam.

There’s no additional info besides the fact that they are actually holding the press conference, so stay tuned to TA on June 17 to hear more.

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Nest thermostat will be the central point for Google’s Internet of Things


Google bought Nest in 2014 with the plan for big things. The Nest thermostat is one of the most powerful WiFi connected thermostats in the word, but programming the temperature in your home is only the tip of the iceberg.

Google started a program called “Works With Nest” last year that allows Nest to communicate with various other home automation devices. The goal is to make Nest a central part of the home automation system, but not the full controller. For example, if you have Philips Hues lights, there are various apps to control those lights on a regular basis. However, the Nest thermostat can kick things up a notch by adding additional controls since it knows when someone is in or out of the house. If Nest detects that you just arrived at home, it might turn on certain lights, or if you have left the house, it could turn off lights that you forget.

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