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Bluetooth 4.2 supercharges smart homes, blocks privacy-bashing Beacons

Future Bluetooth devices could connect to the Internet through regular home routers, and require opt-in approval for privacy-invading Beacons.

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Hiku review: This tiny scanner is the ultimate tool for creating grocery-store shopping lists

A good shopping list will save you money at the grocery store by keeping you focused on what you need, so you can avoid impulse buys.

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Bitdefender's BOX hardware protects your entire home network, not just your PC

Bitdefender BOX can replace or run alongside a home router to scan all network traffic for security threats

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Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker review: Can WeMo help brew a better cup o’ Joe?

This drip coffee maker connects to your Wi-Fi network, but it can't interact with other WeMo devices.

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Amazon teases Echo, a Bluetooth speaker and voice-activated assistant

The $200 device is a little like Siri for your whole house.

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HomeMonitor, Simplicam, and Netcam HD: Can any of them beat Dropcam?

Wi-Fi network cams aren't all created equal. We pit three newcomers against the crowd favorite, Dropcam.

Wi-Fi security cam Simplicam can detect faces, cutting down on false alarms

You probably don't want a notification every time a bug flies by your security camera. Check out Simplicam.

Scan it or say it, and Hiku remembers what you need at the store

This little gadget sticks to your fridge, and lets you scan barcodes or just tell it what you need, to compile a shopping list in an iOS app.

The ResMed S+ sleep sensor maps sleep patterns against environmental chaos

The S+ sits on your night stand and uses low-power radio waves to track night-time movement and breathing. Other sensors track the noise and light pollution that disrupts good sleep.

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Review: Belkin WeMo LED Lighting plays nice with the WeMo system

IFTTT integration is coming soon, but what's here is already solid, and comparably priced with the Philips Hue Lux.

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Hands-on with Homeboy: This could be the best home-security camera yet

This tiny device has the potential to shake up the home-security market.

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $99 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down

It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.

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No new Apple TV? Here's why we must Watch and wait

Chris Breen's educated guess: Apple TV is waiting for a few other new Apple products to move with it into the smart home of the future.

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D-Link Connected Home Platform review: This is no way to build a smart home

This smart-home system is built on a shaky foundation.

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Apple's HomeKit is ready to shake up the connected home market

Its success depends on developers making great software and devices, and Apple being able to convince users that those devices are not just worthwhile, but secure.

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Why privacy rules for HealthKit and HomeKit are a huge advantage for Apple

Apple has added a list of rules about how developers can use HealthKit, HomeKit, and keyboard data. And those rules could help it win over consumers.

Clockwise Podcast: Comic-Con, Yelp, smart bulbs, and "app rot"

Amazon and Apple make comic-book fans sad, Yelp lets reviewers add video clips, tablet and smartphone fans let "app rot" set in, and how many tech fans does it take to install a smart bulb? With guests Leah Yamshon and Blake Stimac.

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iDevices Kitchen Thermometer Mini review: Now we're cooking

It's not exactly Rosie the Robot preparing meals for you, but you'll be able to walk away from the kitchen and get a push notification when the meat is at the perfect temperature. Not too shabby.

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