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Who wins the smart home wars, Apple or Google?

Looking for a little more technology in your life… and home? You may soon get your wish, as Google and Apple are said to be announcing their respective forays into smart home technology. What is smart home technology or home automation?

The latest smart home technology will amaze you. (Credit: Meme Generator)

The latest smart home technology will amaze you. (Credit: Meme Generator)

For now, each tech giant plans to give home owners control of their security systems, lighting and even appliances through their smartphones or tablets. Could this be the start of Jetson-like homes that do all the work for us—from turning on the lights when we enter to having dinner on the table when we get home? Read more

Google acquisitions include Nest Labs smart home company and military robotics

Credit: grantsewell

Credit: grantsewell

Back in December, the Google acquisitions of several robotics companies, including military robotics producer Boston Dynamics, which created “Big Dog” and other YouTube favorite robots, created for the military, made the news to such an extent that even Stephen Colbert got in on the conversation in “Google’s robot acquisition.” Responding to what Google might want with robotics companies like Boston Dynamics, Colbert responded jokingly, “Clearly, to enslave humanity, because that is the only way they can get us to sign up for Google+.” The Internet went wild with jokes about Skynet, the sentient artificial intelligence that wages war on humanity in the “Terminator” franchise. And on January 13, 2014, Google continued with a new branch of acquisitions: it purchased Nest Labs, a company that makes Internet connected smoke alarms and thermostats in “smart homes.” Read more