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Connectedly: The best smart lights for your home

We took a look at some of the top smart lighting solutions on the market right now and crowned an overall winner based on price, ease of use and overall lifespan.

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Blink aims for the security camera trifecta: wireless, affordable, and long-lasting

A new Kickstarter project, Blink, is mixing up the standard home security camera model by going truly wireless. There are plenty of home security systems out there with "wireless" cameras, but that wireless is only in the transmission of data — they still need to be wired up for power. Blink, however, is touted as having a year's worth of battery inside. And unlike other systems which hook into a central hub, Blink ties straight into your Wi-Fi network and communicates to their cloud service and an app on your phone (with plans for iOS and Android).

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Battery-less Philips Hue Tap switch taps in for US availability

US customers can now buy the Philips Hue Tap switch from the Apple Store to easily control their Philips Hue lights. Previously the Hue Tap was only available in Europe, which makes sense as Philips is a Dutch company. The switch has no batteries and is powered through kinetics simply by pushing the buttons. Yep, buttons — there are four three smaller round affairs and one big button that comprises most of the face.

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Archos introduces Smart Home with weather tags, motion sensors and cameras galore!

Archos today has announced the availability of their Smart Home system — a selection of devices for monitoring and controlling your connected home. We had a chance to check out the Smart Home system back at CES in January and it looks like an awesome connected home system.

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Nest Protect is back on sale for $99, gesture control not included

Two months after taking the Nest Protect off shelves and issuing 440,000 recalls, Nest has announced that the smoke detector is now available for sale at a reduced price of $99.

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Buy a Sonos speaker from Amazon, get a $50 credit

It's a good time to invest in a wireless speaker from Sonos. Today, Amazon announced that it will offer its customers a $50 credit in its online store for the purchase of select Sonos products.

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Honeywell turns up the heat with the Lyric smart thermostat

Honeywell (yes, Honeywell) has announced their own smart thermostat to compete with Google's Nest. The Lyric, which was first leaked in April, has now been officially announced and is priced at $279. It has some visual kinship with the round Nest and thermostats of old, but it has some different tricks up its sleeves.

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Smart kitchen scale Drop taking pre-orders so you can weigh flour with your iPad

An interesting startup for the kitchen, Drop has just hit the pre-ordering stage of its release. Set to retail for $99, the smart scales will be available for a limited time only at $80 for "early bakers" (and there's free shipping for the first 2,000 customers). Drop will not only replace standard kitchen scales for weighing food and ingredients, but the companion app for the iPad that will further enhance functionality.

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HomeKit lets your iPhone phone home

Apple introduced HomeKit at WWDC to allow your iPhone and iPad to control your connected home. The current state of connected homes today is that each component requires a separate app and not everything is integrated to make it simple and easy. With HomeKit, Apple is hoping to change that as it is partnering with leading vendors of home automation equipment including Schlage, Honeywell, Kwikset, iDevices, and others.

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Apple allegedly set to announce program to unify home automation devices

We're really looking forward to seeing what Apple has to announce next week at their annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC 2014). We'll expected to see and learn about iOS 8, OS X 10.10 'Syrah', a new MacBook Air and more. We're also expecting Apple to announce their initiative in the home. A new report suggests that the move isn't as ambitious as expected.

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