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News – Page 2 – Smart Thermostat Guide

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Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam for $555 million

PALO ALTO, CA – June 20, 2014 Last month, Nest announced its agreement to acquire Dropcam for $555 million in cash. This acquisition comes just a few months after Nest themselves were acquired by Google, meaning that the Google vs. Apple home automation showdown continues to heat up. Google adding Dropcam to its arsenal is another exciting volley in the battle over your…
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Honeywell Announces Lyric, a Nest-Like Smart Thermostat

The Honeywell Lyric has joined the growing chorus of smart thermostats! Update: Lyric is now available via Amazon.com and many other retailers and HVAC professionals! Honeywell, famous for many things including being the first to cram thermostat controls into a circular shape, is late to its own party. Nest (now owned by Google) has been there for a few years. While Honeywell sicced…
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The new Shortcut app is like Siri for your “Internet of Things”

Homeowners with a serious smart-thing addiction are going to love Shortcut! This freshly launched app aims to unite all your wi-fi and web-connected devices in one handy, voice-controlled app. Shortcut co-founder Duy Huynh likens it to “a Siri for the Internet of Things”, and that’s exactly what this central command hub is all about. Using…
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Google Purchases Nest for $3.2 Billion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – January 13, 2014 Tech giant Google announced its $3.2 billion purchase of Nest Labs, the wildly successful home automation company behind the Nest Learning Thermostat (read our review here) and the Nest Protect (Amazon.com link) smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Nest Labs, led by former Apple designer Tony Fadell, will continue to operate…
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