Nest Protect available again without gesture control for $99

The Nest Protect is available for sale once again following a recall of the device two months ago. Google-owned Nest stopped selling the device after it was discovered that a faulty gesture control feature could result in the device’s alarm turning off, completely removing any level of usefulness from the smoke detector. Since the device is also lacking one of its features, Nest has decreased the price of it from $119 to $99.

LightMate handles emergency, survival situations

If there is ever a worse experience than having a tire blow out while driving on the freeway, it is doing the same at night. It’s little fun, and even less so without proper illumination. Ever since the one time I had to change a tire on the freeway in the dark, I’ve always had some sort of portable light source stashed in my car. Lesson learned.

Sensibo wants to make your air conditioner smart

Upgrading core parts of a home to make them connected to the internet and fitted with various features is becoming a trend in the consumer electronics industry. We have seen with devices like the Nest–which Google acquired–that people are no longer happy just using their home appliances without having them in some way connected to the internet or other devices.

MIT CityHome is the future of apartments

It is already possible to see what an over-crowded Earth will look like if you take a trip to certain parts of Asia. To deal with the population growth in those countries, apartments have been created that are barely large enough to fit a single person with a bed and a bathroom. Even the smallest apartments in the United States are not that small but MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places has a plan for if they do shrink down.

Google may acquire security camera maker Dropcam

Acquisition talks are reportedly underway between Google and Dropcam, a company that specializes in security-oriented Smart Home devices. With the acquisition, Google could then release products in the home security field through Nest, a high-tech thermostat company that was acquired for $3.2 billion.

Google hires Ivy Ross as new Google Glass head

The new chief of Google Glass, Ivy Ross, was a part of retail companies like Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Calvin Klein, Bausch & Lomb,, and Gap. Ivy Ross’ extensive experience in marketing could definitely help Google transform Google Glass into a fashionable accessory.

Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player now up for pre-order, arriving this July for $700

My significant other and I are on the lookout for a new TV. We want at least a 40-inch Smart LED TV that can play hi-res movies. (Blu-ray!) While I know there are so many models available in the market, we can’t decide on which one. I think we’ll wait for the prices to go down some more or wait for Black Friday. Or if we can’t wait, maybe we’ll just buy this Roku-like device from Sony. The Sony FMP-X10 Ultra HD Media Player is a simple media player but it can save and play 4K-res movies.

Tado Launches Kickstarter For AC Cooling Device

Connected home devices are all the rage with products like the Google-owned Nest thermostat taking over people’s houses. Now, a new connected home device from Tado has made its way onto Kickstarter with a funding goal of $150,000. The company has already been able to raise $14,000 on the crowdfunding site and it has 29 days to go before the funding period closes.

LG launches Smart Appliances with HomeChat app

If you didn’t get mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day, you may want to consider buying her smart appliances from LG. These are great gift ideas especially if your mom or wife is a gadget freak.

Support Earth Day and join MPOWERD Solar Justice campaign

Each week, we bring news about the latest industry shakeups and articles about upcoming gadgets. Ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, it’s all first-world chit-chat. As audiophiles flock to Neil Young’s Pono Player, speculators discuss the latest smartphone rumors, and consumers research their next purchase, there are those in the world struggling with energy poverty.

SnapRays Guidelight transforms sockets to smart LED lights

If you’re ever up in the night staying up late with a movie, heeding the call of nature, or maybe for a midnight snack, you probably have some kind of illumination to help you out. It could be a small lamp, night light, or even the light above the stove. But if you’re ready to save an outlet while still having light at night, grab your wallet while you check out the SnapRays Guidelight by Snap Power.

Luxor flashlight packs intelligent circuits and Cree LEDs

A quality flashlight tends to be one tools we tend overlook until it’s needed most. I’ll admit that half the flashlights in my house use the old-style bulbs, while the rest have newer, brighter Cree lights. Yet these devices still run on Sanyo Eneloop AA batteries that recharge through a wall charger.