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    Nest has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. In addition to disappointing financial returns and making ill will from the acquisition of Dropcam along the way, The Information has been reporting on multiple cases of just plain bad work culture that would have heads at HR spinning. Tony Fadell, CEO of the troubled IoT company, decided to make himself available to staff at Google and Alphabet to address these articles that don't "represent our culture, represent our work ethic, represent the respect we have for each other inside the team." Fadell came to Google's TGIF staff ...

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    Would Alphabet put down what Google picked up? Or will things change to a major degree? Either Amazon has become the Internet of Things hub or Nest is stuck in a tide pool where a slow rise just isn't enough. In 2014, Google had purchased the smart thermostat-maker for $3.2 billion. The terms of purchase allowed key employees to retain their positions and set a three-year operating budget for the unit — Re/code has sources saying it was in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion. But as Nest is in the middle of that third year, it may run out of money to continue business as usual unless ...

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    If you're in Austin this weekend for SXSW, we're jealous. Major jelly going on. And for those of you who aren't participating in the hours of tech, music, thought-provocation and the mad dash to Franklin Barbecue, you can grasp at the straws of fun or grasp at a few Nexuses or a Moto 360 or two. LIVE on #Periscope: #GoogleStoreClaw Live https://t.co/Xaomk4JN9F — Google Store (@GoogleStore) March 12, 2016 The Google Store Claw machine is up and running at the Google Fiber Space over there and it's had some exciting action on its first day of use. Several winners have been crowned just ...

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    Google may have taken the early bird to get Nest, but it seems that one of it's first major flights will connect to a hub of Amazon's. In a few weeks, the Nest Learning Thermostat will make its first connection with the Amazon's Alexa voice assistance service, featured on the Amazon Echo, Fire TV and, likely, the company's latest Echo products. This will allow users to prompt Alexa to "set my bedroom thermostat to 68 degrees." One of Re/code's sources has said that Nest was previous considering an Echo-like voice assistance hub, but that forward product plans — which the company itself ...

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    In recent years, our phones have evolved into the “universal remote control” – not for our televisions, but for our homes. That’s where the Pocketnow Smart Home series comes in! Thanks to a combination of sensors and Internet of Things innovations, taking your old-fashioned home and turning it into a smart home isn’t as difficult, or as expensive as you might think – and it’s all controllable from your phone, phablet, or tablet. • If you’ve been following our smart home series, we laid its foundation with the Almond+ smart router by Securifi - but my quest for a smart ...

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    Whether your house is rocking a smart thermostat, lighting control, or any number of other connected-home technologies, you're likely using your smartphone to interact with all this gear. And while that's a pretty ideal fit, you don't always want to tie your phone up with that kind of remote-control duty. For users looking to enhance their collection of connected-home tech with an easy, central control solution, or maybe get started for the first time with a ready-to-use-out-of-the-box kit, the Sevenhugs Smart Remote might be right up their alley. This week we checked in with Sevenhugs at ...

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    When we stop to think about just how much technology has entered into our lives, we've got to pause and give consideration to the technologies that enable the smartphones and tablets that have become such an integral part of our lives. To a certain extent these devices can stand alone (requiring only power to charge them, a cellular signal to feed them data, and a human to operate them). However, without that connection to the web, the utility of our mobile devices is greatly diminished. Now we are sitting on the eve of an evolutionary leap - the Internet of Things is knocking on our ...

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    Last week we learned that Google-owned Nest was planning to share some news with us on June 17, and all signs pointed to some kind of new product. Rumors suggested that we'd see something more akin to a refinement of an existing device than something all-new, with a particular emphasis on slimming things down. While we're not sure if we have the whole picture just yet, at least one new Nest device has just leaked, as details emerge about the wireless Nest Cam. Nest bought Dropcam a while back, and the Nest Cam looks to be the first effort to integrate some of that Dropcam tech under the ...

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    We've been thinking a lot about the connected home lately, especially with the arrival of the first Apple HomeKit-compatible hardware and word that more HomeKit news could be in store for WWDC next week. Google's got its own interests in smart home tech, as it made abundantly clear last year when it spent $3.2 billion acquiring Nest. Now we're wondering what's next for that company as we get word of announcements due in a couple weeks, with rumors of new hardware on the agenda. Nest already has its smart thermostat, fire/CO2 alarm, and now owns Dropcam. Rumors suggest that rather than ...

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    Google's voice-controlled features can already do some wonderful things. You need only speak the words, “OK, Google, how tall is Tom Cruise?” aloud before your phone fires back with, “five feet, seven inches.” Or you can ask your phone what the weather's going to be like tomorrow, how many milliliters there are in a tablespoon, or who sung “Call Me Maybe.” And while Google's voice features are very good at answering things for you, maybe even more impressive are tasks you can accomplish directly with voice commands. This week, the service picks up a pretty interesting one, as ...

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    Out of the box Android wear can do a lot of amazing things (although, as we mentioned in our review, it's still somewhat buggy and inconsistent). We've all seen the commercials showing you how Android Wear can set a reminder or even hail a cab. While those are certainly noteworthy, there are some even cooler things that your Android-powered wristwatch can do today. There are a few ways you can add features and functionality to your Android Wear smartwatch, regardless of who makes it. Both methods start with grabbing some apps from the Play Store, and one is super-charged through an ...

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    The evolution of wearable devices is still very much in its early years, and upcoming milestones like the release of the first Android Wear models or the long-rumored iWatch could go a long way to changing how we look at the technology. While this maturity promises to bring us better user experiences and more refined ways to interact with these devices, what about the downsides? As wearables become a larger and larger market, they're bound to attract the attention of advertisers, and a recently published Google document reveals that the company has already been thinking about how it might ...

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    When we think “Google Play Store Devices,” the first thing that pops into our head is the Nexus series. But Google's been slowly adding hardware to its selection over the years, and now you'll also find Google Play edition Androids, the Chromecast, an assortment of Chrome OS laptops, and a bunch of accessories. Today Google opens up a new chapter in hardware sales, offering the Nest Learning Thermostat. As you may recall, Google announced back in January that it was acquiring Nest. While it wasn't obvious at the time what all this would mean for Google's long term home automation ...

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    Google initially introduced us to Android @Home at Google I/O in 2011. Up to that point, Android was powering smartphones, tablets, and some set top boxes, but that was about it. With Android @Home, it seemed that Google wanted to make Android the one-stop-shop for home automation. Various home appliances and fixtures could tie into an open ecosystem, all of which would play nicely with products powered by Android. It was a marvelous vision of what the future could hold -- and then it fizzled out. However, thanks to a recent acquisition, all hope may not be lost. Thought it may not be ...

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    [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] That's the text that leads us in to each episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: a column of virtual prompts on the rough rundown reminding us that, after our loosely scripted intro block, there's a gulf of pure off-topic nonsense between the opening music and the rundown's news section. It's a handful of minutes devoted to office banter, good-natured ribbing, and, in today's case, an EQ experiment by our own Taylor Martin that results in him literally reading the "vamp" cues out loud like the delightful troll he is. That's the kind of stuff you're missing if you skip ...

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    Our apologies for the late upload due to technical difficulties. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's acquisition of Nest, and what this means for the rumored EnergySense project. Motorola also makes the news with its update to the Motorola Assist that's famous on the Moto X. We then come across more leaked photos of the Nokia Normandy, which is a possible Android phone. Ubuntu Touch is next as the OS has surprisingly dropped support for most Nexus devices. We end today's show talking about how HTC has just confirmed that it won't update legacy 2012 flagships to Android ...

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    About a month ago, we first heard of Google EnergySense, an Android app that was the software side of an effort to create smart homes by connecting HVAC systems to our smartphones. At the time, we made a comparison to Nest, which delivers its own hardware and software solutions to effect similar control over your home climate, but back then Nest and EnergySense seemed like they might very well end up as competitors. Well, you can forget about any clash there, as today Google announces plans to acquire Nest. Google's paying some $3.2B for Nest, which has expanded beyond mere thermostats to ...

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