The Internet of Things Will Make Millions Selling Your Personal Data


Tech companies that make connected devices like FitBits and Nest thermostats are in an plum position. They rake in revenue every time someone buys their product, leaving the freeloaders to Facebook and Twitter. But the real prize isn't the cost of the device, it's your personal data. » 4/19/14 2:24pm Saturday 2:24pm

Nest Protect Review: Peace of Mind, For a Price

For as important a role as your fire and carbon monoxide detector plays in your life, you don't hear from it very often—and when you do, it's usually either annoying or terrifying. Protect, the new detector from Nest, is decidedly more talkative—a device that not only keeps you safe, but makes you feel safe. That… » 1/16/14 3:00pm 1/16/14 3:00pm

Why Nest Is Worth Every Penny

The news today that Google is buying smart thermostat-maker Nest for $3.5 billion seemed slightly unhinged; why overbid for what's still, at present, a niche product? The answer is so simple it's barely worth a shrug: because it can, because it needs to, and because if it didn't, someone else would have. » 1/13/14 6:46pm 1/13/14 6:46pm

Automate Your Home With WeMo And Nest, Get Into Photography [Deals]

The home automation deals continue with a today only lowest price ever on the Belkin WeMo Light Switch. You can replace as many of the lightswitches in your house as you like with these, then toggle them all on and off or schedule them using the smartphone. You can check out the whole Belkin WeMo line here, and don't… » 12/04/13 1:45pm 12/04/13 1:45pm

Nest Thermostat 2.0 With $40 Amazon Gift Card

The Nest Thermostat is one of the coolest (pun intended) new devices to come around in a long time. Not only does it improve upon something that hadn't been improved upon in well... ever, but it pays for itself in the long run. It's definitely a premium item, so take advantage and pick one up today with a $40 Amazon… » 12/02/13 1:34pm 12/02/13 1:34pm

Now Available: iPad Air, Nest Protect, Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Another week done, another bunch of gadgets to ogle. Today's big news was the iPad Air, but that's not the only gizmo game in town. Here's what you can get your grubby, sticky-from-Halloween-candy hands on. » 11/01/13 7:40pm 11/01/13 7:40pm

Meet Nest's Protect, a Smart Smoke Detector That's Actually Exciting

What home appliance do you hate the most? Odds are good it’s the smoke detector—that incessantly chirping, totally inconsistent mess of beige plastic that we can only hope actually works when needed. That may be about to change: Today, Nest Labs unveiled Protect, a Wi-Fi connected alarm that lets you keep tabs on your… » 10/08/13 9:00am 10/08/13 9:00am

Nest's Next Big Product Will Reportedly Be a Smoke Detector

Some three years ago, Nest changed the way we think about thermostats with a feature rich sculpture of an object that works as a smart thermostat. Now, the company is going to conquer the world of smoke detectors, according to a scoop from former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin. » 9/24/13 6:25pm 9/24/13 6:25pm

A Forbes Reporter Hacked Smart Homes From a Thousand Miles Away

The connected house you can control from the internet or your smartphone? They might be called a smart homes, but some of them have some very dumb vulnerabilities. In fact, some of the houses made smart by a company called Insteon were insecure enough that a Forbes reporter could hack them from the comfort of her… » 7/26/13 10:19am 7/26/13 10:19am

Almost Everything Your Kitchen Needs In One Neat and Tidy Stack

If you're attempting to outfit a kitchen with a limited budget and even less space, Joseph Joseph has put together this lovely nine-piece Nest kit that stacks like a matryoshka doll for easy storage. The $150 set includes two stainless steel mixing bowls with non-slip bottoms, a fine mesh sieve, a large colander, and… » 7/12/13 2:40pm 7/12/13 2:40pm

This Is a Hot Deal on a Cool Nest Thermostat

The humble thermostat isn't the hottest gadget category, but the Nest thermostat has the right combination of attractive interface and smartphone integration to actually be lust-worthy. Instead of pokey up and down buttons, the Nest shows you the current temperature on an aluminum dial and glows either blue or red if… » 3/25/13 9:51am 3/25/13 9:51am