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an electronic product studio: blink(1) Check out the blink(1) intro video blink(1) is the world’s best indicator light, designed in the spirit of our favorite old school Unix tools: simple, flexible, and robust. It fits into the USB 1.0/2.0 port on nearly every device so you can connect cloud data sources or events on your computer to a full-color LED and know what’s happening. pulse when someone mentions you on Twitterglow red if your computer’s CPU is slammedflash when a web page has changedshow the status of your continuous integration builddisplay multiple information sources simultaneouslywork in parallel with as many other blink(1)s as you have USB ports…and hundreds of other things! blink(1) is a channel on IFTTT. Through IFTTT you can: Mac OS XWindows 7 and 8Linux (it’s great for server status!) We provide libraries for most common platforms (C, Java, and C#), and our users have created wrappers for Python, Ruby, Go and other systems. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. BLINK(1) CONTROL : Mac OS X – Windows Set blink(1) to any color

The Internets Knut: Stay Connected by Amperic Knut can be used to: Monitor the temperature of your home, aquarium, wine collection, home brewing operation all at the same timeMonitor the humidity in your basement or cigar collectionTell if someone has opened your liquor cabinet or refrigerator doorMeasure how much vibration a package experiences during shippingInsure you water your plantsThousand more uses that we haven't imagined yet - but you will Knut is controlled by an app installed on your computer or mobile device. This app will give you direct access to: Alerts GraphingData collection This app will be available for most computers (PC, Mac) and mobile devices (iPhone, Android). Setup Up Is Simple You can set up Knut using the Knut Interface app or a web page stored in Knut. How It WorksKnut spends the majority of the time asleep. The Knut Interface app periodically checks this email address and stores this data on the computer/mobile device. We plan to offer more sensors based on your suggestions.

lifx vs hue | This Nest Is Blessed One of the most intriguing and difficult to find solutions for a DIY smart home is light control. Not lamp control which SmartThings is a great solution for but light control. As in porch lights, ceiling lights, recessed lights, etc. Sure, you could tear out all of your analog switches and replace them with expensive home automation switches as seen here but with the kind of technology we have today shouldn’t there be a better solution? Back in January Katie and I found this guy (see below). I kept an eye on their stock status while hoping that other companies would eventually catch on and sure enough LIFX (a wildly successful kickstarter project) did. – Mind you, I am awful at patience (trust me, I’m working on it) so this was a great lesson in self-control, responsibility, and proved that waiting can in fact pay off. Now, what’s cool about LFIX is that they didn’t just settle for the status quo of wireless bulbs, no, they went above and beyond. The downside? What are your thoughts?

Sarah Palin's fall from media stardom Howard Kurtz: Four years ago, Sarah Palin's name electrified the mediaFox has dropped Palin as a commentator; she no longer generates buzz, he says Palin failed to occupy a major role in news commentary at Fox, Kurtz saysKurtz: Palin has talked about broadening audience for her views Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief. He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download. (CNN) -- There was a time, as she emerged from the rubble of the 2008 campaign, when Sarah Palin was the hottest cultural figure in America. People loved her. Howard Kurtz Little wonder that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes rushed to sign her as a million-dollar-a-year contributor and built a modern studio for Palin in her Wasilla home. By the time word trickled out Friday that Palin's contract would not be renewed, the reaction was a collective shrug. News: Palin speaks out after leaving Fox 2012: Palin pokes fun at self on 'Today'

Thingternet My Nest article got me thinking about smart metering. In my head, smart metering is all about energy efficient homes constantly connected to utility companies, controlling all my appliances to minimise my energy use. The reality is a bit different A few hundred thousand UK homes have had smart meters installed so far. Benefits to us are that smart meters should eliminate the massive variations that seem to exist in bills based on estimated usage. In theory, making energy meters into addressable, networked devices should be the start of a huge market. I think they’re making a mistake. Filed under Energy One of the hottest new items in the Thingternet is the Nest, a $249 home thermostat designed by Tony Fadell, co-creator of the first iPod. Nest is a very clever piece of kit. But it isn’t all this cleverness that will make Nest the first breakthrough Thingternet device for managing energy consumption, its the care and thought that has gone into every element of the Nest’s design. NYTimes Features overview - tado° - The Heating App The tado° Smart Thermostat This box contains everything you need if you already have a wired thermostat. Simply replace it with tado° and start saving right away. You have more than one thermostat? Learn more Get started If you have more than one thermostat for multiple heating zones, you'll need to replace each of these with a tado° multi-zone thermostat. Buy 79£ or Rent 2.99£ per month

Does Apple have an innovation problem? Analysts blamed flat profits for the steep slide in Apple’s stock price last week. But what’s ailing the iconic tech company is not a profitability problem. It’s an innovation problem. And, perhaps, an expectations problem. Nearly three years have passed since Apple last revolutionized the world of consumer electronics, with the release of the iPad. Since then, competition has grown increasingly fierce within the markets that this and previous Apple innovations helped create. Under his successor, chief executive Tim Cook, the company has done many things right. This progress helps explain the stock surge that made Apple the nation’s most highly valued company, with a peak market capitalization of more than $600 billion in September, prompting one Financial Times reporter to calculate that the company was worth more than the value of all of the publicly listed companies in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain combined. So what’s next?

Monitor and Find Everything in Your Home or Office from the Internet - Wireless Sensor Tags Kent Brockman