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OnHub: Google’s Newest Miss/Hit?

Google is known for many things, including being wildly successful and a major cultural impact. But its path is also littered by the skeletal remains of failed projects. Search, Maps, GMail, Chrome, Android, and some of the Nexus devices—not to mention its acquisition of the ubiquitous YouTube, as well as a successful set of hardware […]

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My Current Version of Learning Node

As we finished up Learning Node, 2nd, the Node.js Foundation released Node version 6. I quickly did a run through to see if I needed to modify the book text. Yes, indeed, I did. One of the major changes was how new Buffers are created. This is a major change, considering how integral Buffers are […]

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The Getting-Smarter SmartThings Home Hub

When last we left our intrepid, if challenged, SmartThings home hub, it was not having the best of times. CNet picked up my previous story, and expanded on it in an article titled Samsung’s smart home push hits disconnect. In addition, researchers exposed what they considered to be serious security flaws with the hub. Multiple […]

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Learning Node, 2nd Edition is now live

Learning Node, 2nd Edition is now in production and should be hitting the streets within a few weeks. We had a bit of excitement when Node 6.0 was rolled out, just as we entered production. However, this edition of the book was specifically designed to accommodate Node’s rather energetic release schedule, and the book survived […]

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The not-so-smart SmartThings Home Hub

One of the most popular smart home controllers is SmartThings, especially the company’s newest hub, SmartThings V2. Interest in the hub was sufficient to attract the attention of Samsung, who bought SmartThings in August, 2014. Samsung recently touted SmartThings as the hub controller for many of its new smart home endeavors.