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Tech Industry Leaders Partner to Improve Internet of Things

“The internet of things (IoT),” a new tech phrase that’s somewhat reminiscent of the “the dot- com boom,” has been bouncing around a lot lately. It refers to the recent push by companies like Nest, acquired by Google in January for 3.2 billion dollars, to connect daily electronics in homes and businesses to the internet. This would allow homeowners or authorized users to control devices from their smartphones. Daily chores like getting up to turn off the lights before bed would be a thing of the past.

And despite the inherent creepiness that comes along with being able to turn on your blender from another room, it’s become remarkably obvious how serious tech companies are about this new idea. And no one wants to be left behind.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works, but is it worth it?

Nest Review: Lacking Data Access, Google Could Change This

Just prior to posting, Nest was purchased by Google for $3.2 Billion. We can only suggest that Google, the data king, will breath new life into this smart thermostat and the smart home to come. We look forward to posting further updates on this story.

Why I Bought a New Thermostat

Should I buy a Nest? Is it really worth its $250 price tag? All great questions for a device that technically does nothing but monitor your home’s HVAC system. What value could a device reminiscent of an iPod be to your home’s energy costs? After my first month of use, I’m ready to share my thoughts, and detail some of my experiences after owning a Nest Learning Thermostat in this full review.

I’m going to come clean on a couple of things up front. I bought the Nest because previously all I had was a static (non-programmable) thermostat. I didn’t do much research before investing in a Nest. I needed something to combat the electric and gas bills and the Nest looked like a decent choice.  And it was pretty. Sure, I did some blog research like you are now, but mostly it just seemed like an exciting impulse buy.

Thoughts on Facebook Home

Now that I have actually laid my own hands on Facebook Home (via the HTC One), I feel that my “official” thoughts are ready for prime time. For avid Facebook users, I can see Home being a great addition to their smartphone. If you don’t want to read this entire piece, I can tell you that I won’t be using Home any time soon. For those with the time and patience to read the entire article, read on for my thoughts on Facebook Home.