Ever since it sold off its mobile business to Microsoft and its mapping entity to a consortium of German carmakers, Nokia has been struggling to find its identity and reinvent itself amidst a changing and challenging ecosystem. Its network arm is still going strong, but the brand has lost much of, if not all of its halo when it comes to consumer-facing technologies.
Now Nokia might be looking at a new direction and an interesting way to sneak back into the market, as a digital health provider. It announced today that it wants to acquire Withings, a French company that specializes in Internet of Things products and connected health gadgets.
If you want a sleek and sexy thermostat to control your home's temperature, then there's no better device on the market then the Nest Learning Thermostat. Now in its third generation, the Nest helps keep your house at a comfortable temperature, but only while you are home, saving you money on your energy bill. It doesn't hurt that it looks great while doing so.
The Nest has sold very well and it's rare to see the price on the current gen model dip far below full retail. It is, however, on sale today at $199.99 on eBay, a $50 savings from the normal retail price.
There are many ways you could go about filling your home with connected devices. You can pick a standard like ZigBee or Z-Wave and stick to it. You could try looking for anything that mentions SmartThings compatibility on the page. Or you could buy all of your products from a single company. That's the approach LG would like you to take.
Like Samsung, LG has produced fridges, kitchen ranges, washing machines, and dryers with touchscreens and "smart" features. At this year's CES it's introducing a new hub that can help you keep up with those appliances.
Let's face it, the new Nest Cam wasn't probably on your Black Friday radar because the cost of the unit is hardly in its hardware, but in the somewhat needed Nest Aware subscription. If you're willing to put down $100-300 per year on that, a few saved bucks here and there won't make that much of a difference. But since we're thrifty people and we think every dollar counts, we'll tell you about this Nest Cam discount anyway.
Nest's new Cam has been available for a few months with its 1080p video capture and better WiFi signals, but it's not the cheapest connected security cam you can get for your home. If you've been wanting one but the $199 price was a little too hard to digest, you may be happy to know that the Cam has dropped by $25 online.
Both Amazon and Walmart are showing the new Nest Cam at a $175 price (minus a few pennies here and there) and that could be all the persuasion you need to grab one. Or if it was already on your Holiday shopping list, now might be a better time to jump the gun and get one.
Just as expensive universal remotes started to feel outdated, Logitech smartly joined the boom in smart home devices. While your old Logitech Harmony remote handled your cable box, TV, and maybe a couple of other auxiliary media devices, the new stuff goes far beyond entertainment systems. Today, you can jump on the bandwagon at a pretty steep discount as Best Buy offers the white Logitech Harmony Home Control for $80, a discount of $70.
If that sounds like a suspiciously high discount, nothing is afoot. It's $50 below Amazon's price, too. The regular market price on this thing is from $125-$150, so this is a seriously good deal.
Smart home technology is great. The Nest Learning Thermostat, Phillips Hue, and Sonos sound systems are wonderful products that make life more convenient, automated, and beautiful. These technologies are great, but many components in a smart home are controlled by applications from a smart phone or tablet. Having to pull your phone out of your pocket and unlock it every time you want to turn off the lights while watching a movie can be a little annoying.
Fortunately, the Logitech Harmony Home Control makes running a smart home a little easier. The remote works great for controlling your media center, but it also can be programmed to control many different home automation devices.
You know what's better than a robot that looks like a thick frisbee and slides around your house? It's the one that cleans where it walks without hitting walls and furniture on its way, so that you can come home to less dirty floors as if a magical fairy passed by and did her deed. But what if you can have an even better version? Yes, better, because not only it's a robot, it's also WiFi-connected to an app on your smartphone, so you can control it from afar. That's the new iRobot Roomba 980.
iRobot knows its vacuums. This isn't the first Roomba it releases, so it has been learning from past products, improving and perfecting them.
Did you see that white box floating across the Atlantic ocean? That was a SmartThings Hub. You can now purchase one in the UK and Ireland.
Okay, maybe that's not entirely what crossing the pond means, but the end result is the same. Actually, it's better, because you won't have to leave your device out to dry before powering it on. Not to mention the damage salt water can do to electronics.