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SmartThings' Long-Awaited 2nd Gen Hub Is Now Up For Pre-Order, Shipping In September

SmartThings is a company (owned by Samsung) that connects and manages your smart things. Smart lights. Smart sensors. Smart alarms. Whatever. Connecting them to the SmartThings Hub allows you to control them from your smart phone, even if you're not at home.

After teasing a new model earlier this year, SmartThings announced today that you can now place a pre-order to claim your own. Your options are the SmartThings site, Amazon, and Samsung.com. It will cost you $100 wherever you go.

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New IFTTT Channel Adds Spotify Integration To Enhance How You Use Your Online Music Library

IFTTT's web service can automate your life. You create recipes that do what you want done using simple if this then that commands. But to get cooking, you need to have on the right channel.

Today IFTTT has announced a new Spotify channel that lets you integrate your music library. Examples of what you can do include automatically posting to your social network accounts whenever you add a song to a playlist and emailing yourself a summary of all the tracks you save over the course of a week.

If your home is particularly smart, you can set your Philips HUE lights to match the album art of your most recently saved track.

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Brewie Promises Automated Beer Making For Novices And Pros, Reaches $100k Indiegogo Funding Goal

It's Friday afternoon, you've been breaking your back all week at work, and you can't wait to kick back with a cold, frosty beverage. You can't bring yourself to walk into the regular bars where your choices consist of Coors and Coors Light, and your favorite beer house just ran out of the Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA. You could pick up a sixer from the store, but that just doesn't have the gravitas to impress your friends when they swing by later. Hey, you should homebrew your own beer! But, who has the time to learn and set it all up?

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[For Developers] New Google Play Store API v2 Gives Total Control Over APK Updates And Product Listings

The Google Play Developer Console has undergone some pretty major changes over the years, including a complete overhaul 2 years ago. While the improvements continue to make for a more powerful and usable tool, some developers still find areas where it could be better. Google's engineers don't have time to build everything for everybody, but a new version of the Google Play Developer API makes it possible to build quite a few things for yourself. The new API allows developers to programmatically upload apks and modify almost every detail about your store listings.

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The new web API allows developers to build scripts or applications to automate deployment and update product listings quickly and without directly working with the Developer Console.

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Video Shows How Android Wear Can Already Be Used To Control Your Home Using AutoApps

A young Android device doesn't become a man until Tasker has come along to usher it into adulthood and some developer has used it achieve greatness. In the case of watches with Android Wear, this doesn't even require much work, for all the ingredients are already in place. This YouTube video shows a wearer using his Samsung Gear Live to control his home using Tasker and a selection of AutoApps.

In the video, we see developer Doug Gregory operate his living room lamp by issuing voice commands to his Gear Live. Likewise, he swipes on the watch's display to toggle the lamp manually, with the background changing to show whether the light is on or off.

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IFTTT Introduces New Integration With The Nest Thermostat And Protect

Nest Labs only released its Developer Program just yesterday, which opened up its hardware to third-party developers, and IFTTT has already introduced new channels and recipes for use with the company's thermostat and smoke alarm. This integration will allow users to tie their devices to over 100 other products or services. Now you can have your thermostat turn on your fan shortly after sunrise, for example, or let your lights inform your Nest devices that you've turned them off and left the house.

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With this kind of turnaround, the IFTTT folks probably had early access to the development program, as there are no shortage of combinations already available.

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[New App] AutomateIt Already Has A Pressy Plugin With Tasker-Like Functionality

After reaching its funding goal shortly after hitting Kickstarter and finishing the campaign back in October, Pressy units have finally started shipping out to backers. Now while we wait for those to start arriving in peoples' hands, let's take a look at some of the nifty uses for them that are already rolling out. AutomateIt, a tasker alternative, has a new Pressy plugin that turns the device into a trigger for any actions the app is capable of pulling off. This greatly expands what tinkerers will be able to do with their new Pressy units.

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Exclusive: Google Will Soon Introduce 'Nearby' To Let Other 'People, Places, And Things' Know When You're Around

A couple of months ago, we posted one of our early Google Search/Now rumors, and it was something of a long range rumor compared to others. While things like parking reminders, proper timer management, and bill pay reminders have already seen their public release, the ability to set contact-based reminders ("remind me when I'm with this person"), hasn't come forward yet. But it will likely appear very soon with a new feature in Android called Nearby, which will allow new interactions between you and nearby people, places, and things.

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[New App] Joaomgcd's AutoVera Tasker Plugin Integrates With Your Vera Smart Home Controller So You Can Automate All The Things

With enough money, a collection of Z-Wave devices, and a Vera smart home controller, it doesn't take much to turn your home into an intelligent fortress. There's even an Android app by Vera that puts control of everything into the palm of your hand. But if we've learned anything over the years, it's that you're not impressing anyone until there's a Tasker plugin that can automate everything for you. Now there is.

AutoVera comes to us from joaomgcd, the maker of the best Tasker plugins out there, and security is far from its only application. Not only is your phone able to respond to anything that happens in your home, the opposite is the case as well.

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Belkin WeMo App Updated From v1.1 To 1.6 With KitKat Support, New Motion Sensor Rules, And More

There's still no standard for connected devices around the home, but Belkin's WeMo home automation system is a pretty popular option. The Android app hasn't wowed users in the past, but it's getting an update today that might (I hope) address some of those issues.

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