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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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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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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.

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Nest: Don’t toss it on the Smart Home dead pile just yet

Having heavily invested in Nest products, it’s disconcerting to read articles with titles such as Nest, Google’s $3 billion Bet, May Be in Trouble, or With $340 million in revenue, Nest is underperforming, and its future at Google is at risk. If Google dumps Nest, then who is going to maintain my Nest Protects (smoke and […]

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Smart Home, Older House, Cold House

Update: Several publications have come out today, including one from the New York Times, about a software update being responsible for the battery drain. That’s one bad bug, and Nest is going to take a major credibility hit because of it. We also had problems with our Nest Protects (smoke/carbon monoxide detection) a few weeks […]