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At the Core: Holidays and the connected home

Greetings and happy December 29, iMore! The major winter holidays have mostly passed us by, and hopefully you've survived — and dare I hope, enjoyed — the family get-togethers, the excess food, and terrible party games.

Some of you are undoubtedly back at work today, while others are still enjoying the last fragments of a winter vacation. Me, I'm somewhere in-between. Clearly, I'm at work today (well, that, or robo-Serenity has gotten much better at writing columns in the last two weeks) but I'm doing so from my parents' new house, sitting on the couch in front of our Christmas tree.

It's a nice view — much comfier than my office back in Massachusetts. But staring at that tree today got me thinking. We're venturing ever closer to 2015, and 2014's technology has brought us ever closer to the ideal "home of the future". But I'm not sure if we're there yet.

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Belkin WeMo light switch adds a touch of nerd to your existing home lighting

We're already familiar with the Philips Hue set up, a connected, iOS controllable home lighting system. But, what about upping your nerd cred without shelling out hundreds of dollars on WiFi enabled light bulbs? Belkin's WeMo light switch could be just what you're looking for. It connects to WiFi, has an iOS – and Android – app to control things from your smartphone, and works with your regular old light bulbs for a fraction of the price. Android Central's Jerry Hildenbrand has given them a try:

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