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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; we added a smart lock by ...

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    In recent years, our smart 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. • So far in the series we've already covered the foundational part of our smart homes: the hub. We went with the Securifi Almond+ to power our smart ...

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    "A smart home is only as intelligent as the sensors supplying data." Most homes today only have a few devices to monitor environmental variables, but you already may have a few more than you think. You have a thermostat which controls your heating and cooling system. Your refrigerator/freezer has a couple thermostats inside to tell it when to turn on and off to make sure your food doesn't go bad - it's even got a smart switch that turns the little light off when you close the door. Even your sprinkler system could be considered a "smart" device of sorts. Of course, these aren't the types ...

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    When Pocketnow began bringing you news, reviews, and editorials over a decade ago, the industry was pretty limited in its product offerings. PDAs and smartphones, and other gadgets you could fit in your pocket were our primary focus. Since then we've covered accessories and the wireless networks that empower them, and have branched out into wearables and even fitness devices. Over the years, the role smartphones play in our everyday lives has changed - significantly. In fact, studies have shown that we're using our phones less for their intended purposes than we are for the new and varied ...

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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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    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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