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Google Worms Its Way Into Nest

Google-owned Nest Labs, maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, this week launched a developer program along with partnerships that already have products on offer. Partners include Jawbone; LIFX, which makes smart WiFi-enabled light bulbs; Logitech; and Mercedes-Benz, which will offer models...

Logitech Outfits iPhone for Gaming Control

Logitech on Wednesday introduced its new PowerShell Controller + Battery, a device that's designed to turn users' iPhones into gaming consoles. Compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and fifth-generation iPod touch devices running iOS 7, the PowerShell offers analog off-screen controls along with a bat...

Insecurity and the Internet of Things, Part 1: Data, Data Everywhere

The Internet is actualizing the vision of a global village today. Cars are becoming infotainment centers with online connections; printers, home appliances and even door locks are being connected to the Internet; and some cities have begun putting in hundreds of sensors to help them better manage th...

IBM Builds Traffic Cop for Internet of Things

IBM on Monday launched MessageSight, an appliance designed to handle machine-to-machine communications of the future. Such communications will develop exponentially to create what's known as the "Internet of Things." In announcing MessageSight, IBM cited a report that predicted more than 22 billion ...

ANDROID APP REVIEW

IP Cam Viewer Pro: Well Worth a Bit of Configuration Hassle

IP Cam Viewer Pro lets you view and control an Internet protocol camera through Android OS on a phone or tablet. App features include SSL encryption, pan tilt and zoom, relays for lights and garage doors, and recording functions. DVRs and network video recorders also can be controlled. Included are...

Google TV Gets Do-Over With Vizio Co-Star

Vizio has announced the release of its Co-Star Stream Player set-top box, which includes Google TV and the OnLive gaming service. The company known for affordable televisions first revealed the device at this year's CES in January. While this is Vizio's first foray into set-top box territory, it cou...

Clik Aims to Appify the Universal Remote

Canadian company Kik Interactive, creator of the Kik Messenger smartphone texting app, has announced a new product called "Clik." Clik lets smartphone users take over any screen that's connected to a browser. Smartphone owners can simply use their devices to scan a code found on the screen they want...

WEEKLY RECAP

Google’s Nettlesome Search Gambit

Google has tuned up its search engine once again, but this time instead of shaving a couple of precious microseconds off its response time, it's decided to adjust some back-end systems in a way that changes the kinds of results people get, depending on who they are. Google users who are signed onto ...

Will Google Join the TV Revolution This Time Around?

Google is not giving up on its dreams to become a TV star. The company announced Thursday it added LG to its growing list of television partners that will debut hardware running an upgraded version of Google TV at the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas. The search giant's first run at ...

OPINION

The Disasters of 2011

If there was ever a year for train wrecks, 2011 was it. It is that time when we look back at the screwy decisions executives made last year, and be thankful that we aren't them. There were a number of career-limiting moves last year that warrant a top spot on my Bozo meter. HP and Cisco are contende...

Hacking the Google TV Box Without Rooting It, Part 3

Last month, I succumbed to a peculiar urge to go out to my local, friendly big-box consumer electronics retailer and drop almost a hundred dollars on a product that had been panned by the critics on launch, had a dubious life expectancy because of that, and had been almost universally rejected by th...

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