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Philips Hue 3.0 app update

CES Smart Home News: Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings apps to get overhauls

Philips to launch Hue 3.0, Hue Entertainment sync platform, and outdoor lights. Samsung, meanwhile, is doubling down on SmartThings and consolidating 40 apps in an effort to own the smart home.
Google Pay replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

Google Pay aims to simplify mobile, user experiences

Company merges Android Pay and Google Wallet into single Google Pay brand.
Gen 3 Fossil Q Control smartwatch - But what about Android Wear?

Fossil has new smartwatch, but is Google’s Android Wear holding its end of the bargain?

Fossil today released yet another smartwatch. Per The Verge it runs Android Wear 2.0, has a 45mm, water resistant circular case, touch-sensitive bezel, and costs $275 (USD). It's called the Fossil Q Control, is a 3rd gen iteration, and is available from their web site -- I don't yet...
SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD

Smart Home News: Samsung SmartThings dongle announced for NVIDIA Shield

This is an interesting development. Well, at least for smart home and home automation enthusiasts it might be.SmartThings (now owned by Samsung) today announced a USB stick called the SmartThings Link that works with the NVIDIA Shield streaming box to create a smart home hub.It costs only $39.99, though...
Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Trendspotting: At 76% share Amazon Echo is running away with smart speaker market

Amazon jumped into the voice-enabled digital assistant (aka smart speaker) market early, and now it appears to be reaping major dividends.A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) says that in the U.S., the Amazon Echo has an install base of 15 million units. That represents about 76%...
Insteon Dimmer and Keypad Tips Review

Smart Home: Top 10 tips for getting started with Insteon

Already own or considering buying a smart home hub? Clinton Stark shares 10 tips for the Insteon Hub that might help you get the most out of your existing Insteon system or help you understand the hub market and some of the options on the market today.It's the year of...
Google Pixel Phone Colors

Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 phone might not feature bezel-less design

Bezels be gone. In 2017, I was expecting most new smartphones to not have bezels. At least, the premium, flagship models. I think it would be fair to expect as much.Samsung has been leading the charge towards less bezel and more screen. Phones like the Edge used slick wrap...
Huawei Watch 2 Classic

Huawei Watch 2: Sigh, not the Android Wear 2.0 flagship we were pining for

Mobile World Congress is on. That of course means new phones, new gadgets and new tech products.So far LG has announced a bunch of new phones. Huawei has too, and, also has taken the wraps off the eagerly anticipated Huawei Watch 2. Unfortunately, I'm not convinced this news is...
LG Watch Sport

Android Wear 2.0 is Here: Meanwhile, a tree fell in the forest…

Android Wear 2.0 is here.The big question, however, is if anybody really cares about Google's second attempt to win over smartwatch customers.By Google standards, the Wear 2.0 launch was surprisingly low key. No fancy presentations. No keynotes. No live singers. And certainly no daredevil like stunts featuring skydivers and...