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Google’s Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest Labs

Posted: January 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google’s Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest Labs

Google's Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest LabsThe behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.

This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of  Google Glass some time this year.

Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full Technoid article »»»»


Australians Addicted to Mobile Devices

Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australians Addicted to Mobile Devices

Serious Addiction WARNING!Blogger and ABC contributor Peter Ryan has a superneat post on a new report confirming what most of us  already knew: Australians are addicted to their smartphones. The survey of smartphone users by tech behemoth Cisco reveals that the daily ritual for Gen Y Aussies kicks off with a quick txt.

Many of the survey participants admitted that they checked for messages, emails and updates at least twice an hour, many becoming anxious when their phone goes astray.

Kevin Bloch isn’t alone, our favourite news agency – Reuters – has an ubercool post on our latest addiction, Social Media.

Social media is now apparently a recognised addiction, a study undertaken last year by the University of Chicago found that Liking and Tweeting can be even more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. The research showed that social networking sites gave users a burst of the addictive neurotransmitter dopamine. Check the Reuters Video :: Read the full article »»»»