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Nest Halts Sale of Protect Over Safety Concerns

In a letter from Nest CEO Tony Fadell yesterday, the company announced it would stop selling its Protect fire alarm while it reconsidered a key feature of the device: the ability to "wave to hush" a warning alarm about smoke. Read More >>

energy
Nest: "Heat or Eat" Dilemmas Could Disappear Thanks to Learning Thermostat Savings

Launching in the UK today, Nest's Learning Thermostat aims to smartly save you money on your energy bills by adapting your heating schedules as it learns your preferences and habits. But with a £179 initial outlay (£249 including a recommended installation fee), will cash-strapped Brits take to the gadget the same way their US counterparts have? Read More >>

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Nest's 'Learning Thermostat' Warms UK Cockles With Npower Partnership

The poster child for the Internet of Things push into our homes, saving thousands of Americans money on their energy bills and being one of Google's latest major acquisitions, Nest's Learning Thermostat today lands in UK shops, having jumped through the hoops of Blighty's labyrinthine array of residential boilers. Read More >>

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Nest Protect Review: Peace of Mind, For a Price

For as important a role as your fire and carbon monoxide detector plays in your life, you don't hear from it very often—and when you do, it's usually either annoying or terrifying. Protect, the new detector from Nest, is decidedly more talkative—a device that not only keeps you safe, but makes you feel safe. That matters more than you might think. Read More >>

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Why Nest is Worth Every Penny to Google

The news today that Google is buying smart thermostat-maker Nest for £1.95 billion seemed slightly unhinged; why overbid for what's still, at present, a niche product? The answer is so simple it's barely worth a shrug: because it can, and because if it didn't, someone else would have. Read More >>

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Holy Crap: Google Just Bought Nest For £1.95 Billion in Cash

Surprise! Google just announced it has acquired the home automation startup, Nest, for $3.2 billion dollars/£1,953,280,000. "Nest will stay Nest," says a company rep—though when has that ever truly been the case with a Google acquisition? Read More >>

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iWatch Could Lead to Home Automation Apple Products

Even at this early stage of the bourgeoning smartwatch market, we think we can pretty much second guess what any connected wrist watch will offer, from health tracking apps to phone companion features. Apple's oft-touted iWatch could be a very different beast however, potentially acting as the catalyst for a whole bunch of Apple home automation products. Read More >>

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A Forbes Reporter Hacked Smart Homes From a Thousand Miles Away

The connected house you can control from the internet or your smartphone? They might be called a smart homes, but some of them have some very dumb vulnerabilities. In fact, some of the houses made smart by a company called Insteon were insecure enough that a Forbes reporter could hack them from the comfort of her living room. Read More >>

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Almost Everything Your Kitchen Needs In One Neat and Tidy Stack

If you're attempting to outfit a kitchen with a limited budget and even less space, Joseph Joseph has put together this lovely nine-piece Nest kit that stacks like a matryoshka doll for easy storage. The £100 set includes two stainless steel mixing bowls with non-slip bottoms, a fine mesh sieve, a large colander, and five plastic measuring spoons ranging from a teaspoon to a full cup. Read More >>

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The Air Mattress That Turns into a Boat

Ivan Zhang and Jeho Yoon have designed what could be the ultimate relaxation tool: an air mattress that can transform into a boat. Thanks to an internal structure of ropes and carabiners, the Nest is a comfy air mattress perfect for lounging about in a pool. But when you disconnect all of the carabiners inside, the mattress changes shape into a boat that's ideal for a lazy paddle across a lake. Read More >>

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Finally, the Awesome Nest Smart Home Thermostat Is Coming to the UK

Home-modders rejoice! The awesome Nest smart home thermostat is finally making its way to our shores this year. Apparently the hold up is something to do with our home-heating systems using a different voltage, plus the myriad of crazy boiler setups we have here. Oh, and lack of air conditioning too. Let's just hope it won't be crazy expensive once it lands in the UK. [Pocket-Lint] Read More >>

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Nest 2.0: The Smart Thermostat Is Thinner, Works With More Home Heating Systems Than Before

Nest was not the first smart thermostat to reach the hands of consumers. But it was the first that made our parents (and maybe even some of our grandparents) raise an eyebrow. It's cylindrical form and simple GUI are nothing, if not inviting to use, and it's ability to learn from your usage habits not only offers convenience, but possible savings when it comes to the power bill. Now with the second generation iteration of Nest—one that is slimmer and guaranteed to work with 95 per cent of home heating systems—the product wants to go from being a buzzy new product to a mainstream, must-have home gadget. Read More >>

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