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The trouble with connected devices: Nokia’s Body Cardio scale is about to lose a key feature

The Nokia Body Cardio is a $180 scale that you can step on to measure your weight, BMI, heart rate, muscle mass, and other stats. It can also sync with a mobile app on your phone via Bluetooth and connect to the internet via WiFi. That internet connection lets the scale display weather forecasts and […]

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Google launches Android Things OS for Internet of Things (Project Brillo grows up)

A little over a year after introducing a new Android-based operating system for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Google is giving the OS a new name and giving developers new tools to create things like smart light bulbs, plugs, thermostats, and more. Goodbye Brillo. Hello Android Things. The name change makes sense, given that Android […]

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WiFi is coming to Internet of Things with new WiFi HaLow standard

There’s a good chance you use WiFi to connect your phone, tablet, or computer to the internet… and to other phones, tablets, and computers on your home or work network. But right now a lot of low-power wearables, smart home products, and other “Internet of Things” devices rely on Bluetooth or other technologies. The Wi-Fi […]

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Google launches Android based Brillo OS for Internet of Things

Brillo is Google’s new operating system for low-power, Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It’s based on Android, which should make it relatively easy for developers familiar with Android to work with Brillo. But it’s a stripped down version of Android designed for low-power, inexpensive devices with as little as 32MB of RAM and 128MB of storage. […]

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LG SmartThinQ Sensor makes dumb appliances smart(er)

LG offers a line of smart home appliances under its SmartThinQ brand, letting you connect your refrigerator, oven, or other products to the internet so you can control them from a phone. Now the company is preparing to launch a device that can turn existing appliances into smart home devices. The new SmartThinQ Sensor can be […]

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Hacking Amazon’s Dash $5 shopping button for non-shopping purposes

Amazon Dash buttons are small physical buttons that you can click to order items from Amazon. The retailer will send you one for $5, and you can connect it to you Amazon account to automatically order pet food, diapers, trash bags, grocery items, laundry detergent, or other items you need to buy regularly — all […]

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Would you put Google’s connected cameras around your house?

Google is moving into the internet-of-things space. Last year the company acquired smart thermostat maker Nest, and opened a developer program to let Nest products interact with third-party apps and devices. The company also acquired connected camera maker Dropcam. More recently, Google introduced an Android-based operating system for connected devices called Brillo, which the company hopes […]

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Google to launch “Brillo” OS for Internet of Things (maybe)

Google has an operating system for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and TVs. It also has one for laptops and desktops. Soon Google may also have an operating system for refrigerators, light bulbs, locks, and other smart devices that make up the “Internet of Things.” The company may launch its new IoT operating system at the Google […]

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Raspberry Pi 2 can run Windows 10, Ubuntu Core (and more)

The new $35 Raspberry Pi 2 mini-computer isn’t just faster than the original model that launched 3 years ago. It’s also more versatile: in addition to supporting Raspbian and other Linux-based operating systems, the single-board computer will also be able to run a version of Windows 10. Later this year Microsoft will offer Windows 10 […]

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ARM launches mbed operating system for Internet of Things

Chip designer ARM makes the processors that power millions of smartphones and tablets. But the company also designs lower-power processors aimed at wearable devices, home automation systems, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. While there are a number of companies working to make sure your refrigerator can talk to your toaster, your smartphone, your […]