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Nest reveals new Nest Cam, 2nd generation Nest Protect, updated iOS app

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Following the Nest Cam outed by Best Buy earlier this morning, Nest did in fact take the stage today to announce its new lineup of products. Besides the Nest Cam, Tony Fadell and company showed off the 2nd generation Nest Protect smoke detector, a new mobile app for iOS and Android that brings all of the company’s new products together, and more. Unfortunately, the company’s flagship Nest Thermostat didn’t get any hardware upgrades today, but here’s what’s new…

Nest Protect

The new Nest Protect is an iterative upgrade, packing a new split spectrum sensor which “uses two wavelengths of light to spot different kinds of smoke,” helping it to better “catch both fast and slow-burning fires.” There’s also a new smoke chamber, sporting a “stainless steel screen with tiny hexagonal holes” which helps the Protect stay clean of foreign debris and prevents false positives.

It also comes with a new App Silence feature, which will allow users to silence the alarm with their phones. Once a month, the new Nest Protect will test its speaker and horn, and, starting with Liberty Mutual and American Family, a new Nest Safety Rewards program provides discounts on home insurance to those who are willing to share information about their Nest Protect with insurance companies.

With App Silence you can quiet down an alarm from your phone using Bluetooth LE. No more climbing ladders or waving dish towels. Walk into the room and make sure everything’s OK. Then open the notification on your phone – it will open the app where you can press the Silence button. Tap and hold and Nest Protect will quiet down.

The 2nd generation Nest helps you make sure it’s always working by testing its sensors and batteries 400 times a day, you can also manually test all your alarms from your phone. You can order now from Nest.com for $99. Nest says that the Protect is built to last 10 years thanks to a newer long-lasting carbon monoxide sensor.

Nest Cam


Along with the 2nd generation Nest Protect, Nest took time to announce its new Dropcam-based Nest Cam hardware, featuring 8 infrared LEDs, night vision video support, “no blind spots,” and “unique algorithms.” This device was leaked last week, and it looks like the FCC documents we uncovered indeed show this device.

Nest Cam has a beautiful, completely redesigned stand. It lets you see your home in super clear 1080p HD video. It comes with advanced Night Vision. It has a mic and speaker so you can talk and listen. And when you subscribe to Nest Aware with Video History, the new cloud recording service from Nest, you can rewind 10 or 30 days of video and get even more accurate motion alerts.

Nest mentions the ability to view your video feed from the new Nest app to “stay informed” on what’s happening in your home, new mobile application notifications, vivid 1080p resolution recording, a 130-degree field of view, and a new Nest Aware service which will record to the cloud.

You can learn more about the Nest Cam at Nest’s website, and you can buy Nest Cam for $199.

Nest App

Nest has also introduced a new version of its app. The new app will allow you to control your Nest Cam, Nest Protect, previous Dropcam hardware, and of course, your Nest Thermostat. It brings several new features across all of the new hardware, including the aforementioned App Silence feature, Safety Checkup for Nest Protect, newly-rebranded Nest Aware could recording, and more.

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Version 5.0 of the Nest app for iPhone packs tons of new features, and you can get the new version on the App Store for free.

Here’s the full changelog:

What’s New in Version 5.0.0

– We completely redesigned the Nest app, made things easier to find, and added some new features.
– Introduced Nest Cam and Dropcam to the Nest app.
– Security updates.

New for Nest Thermostat
– Tap the house icon to tell the Nest Thermostat when you’re Home or Away.
– See indoor humidity and outside temperature.
– We reorganized Settings under the gear icon so they’re easier to find.
– Tap the thermostat to easily access the most popular features at the bottom of the screen.
– Increased support from 10 thermostats up to 40 thermostats (max 20 per home).

New for Nest Protect
– Hush an alarm from your phone with App Silence. (Nest Protect 2nd gen)
– Run a Safety Checkup from your phone. (Nest Protect 2nd gen)

New for Nest Cam & Dropcam
– See all your Nest Cams and Dropcams in one app – along with all your other Nest products.
– Talk and Listen is now easier to use. Just hold down the icon and start talking.
– It’s easier to zoom in and enhance to get an up-close view.
– Cloud Recording is now called Nest Aware.
– If you have a Dropcam with seven-day Cloud Recording, you now get ten days of Video History.
– Rewind your Video History and filter events by motion, sound or Activity Zone. (With Nest Aware subscription.)

 Also, AT&T is starting trial integration with Nest in July:

AT&T’s Digital Life is working on a trial integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which it plans to begin testing on its home security and automation platform this July.
AT&T operates an open but managed platform which gives our customers more choices to customize their connected home that they can manage and monitor through a single, secure connection.

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Stephen Hall

June 17th



Tim Cook to employees on IBM partnership: ‘I’m really excited to see it take off’ (Memo)

Earlier today, Apple and IBM announced an expansive, long-term partnership to integrate Apple’s iOS devices into the Enterprise with big data software powered by IBM. The partnership will allow for IBM to sell iPads and iPhones to its Enterprise customers, and the duo are also working on jointly developed software for the enterprise. The companies are also developing an enhanced AppleCare protection service for enterprise iOS device users. Following both the official announcement and a video interview discussing the plans, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to employees detailing the partnership:


Today, we announced a groundbreaking new partnership with IBM that will enable enterprises to put the power of big data analytics at their employees‘ fingertips on their iOS device. This exclusive global partnership brings together Apple‘s legendary ease-of-use and integrated hardware and software with IBM’s unmatched industry depth, enterprise software and expertise in big data analytics.

It also builds on the incredible momentum in Apple’s enterprise business. iPhone and iPad can be found in 98% of the Fortune 500. People love to use iOS devices and Apple delivers the things companies need most—security and scalable deployment along with a powerful platform for apps. With this announcement, we’re now putting IBM‘s renowned big data analytics at iOS users‘ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something only Apple and IBM can deliver.

IBM is known for helping customers leverage big data and analytics to make their businesses run better. With over 100,000 consultants and sales professionals, they also have massive scale and global reach. IBM‘s sales and consulting teams will also be selling iPad, iPhone and AppleCare for Enterprise as part of the partnership.

This partnership brings together the best of both companies. It’s great news for Apple, IBM and for enterprise customers worldwide and I’m really excited to see it take off.


Cook does not share many new details not included in the press release, but he includes some statistics and background information behind IBM. Cook also ends his memo by saying that he is “really excited to see it take off.” Other Apple executives have also chimed in on the Apple and IBM deal with Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller praising the move via his official Twitter account:

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Mark Gurman

July 15th



WWDC 2014 keynote recap: Everything you need to know about iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite (Video)


Apple’s WWDC 2014 keynote was home to plenty of announcements including iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. There was quite a bit of information covered during the two hour presentation, but luckily we didn’t miss a second of the action.

If you don’t feel like sitting through the entire keynote video, we’ve put together a condensed version to give you the rundown on everything that was announced. Find out all that you need to know about iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in our keynote recap below…

For specific feature overviews be sure to check out our extended coverage:


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Dom Esposito

June 3rd



This is SPLOID, Gizmodo’s spin-off blog of all things awesome

This is SPLOID, Gizmodo's spin-off blog of all things awesomeWelcome to SPLOID, Gizmodo's spin-off blog of all things awesome: News that feels like it's from the future, weird and wonderful happenings, discoveries that can change the world, or just beautiful images and videos—all the things that truly and honestly surprise us.



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Jesus Diaz

December 12th


Check out NASCAR HQ’s Swanky Social Media Control Room (and Then Meet Us In Houston Tonight for Cars, Beers, and Gizmodo TV!)

Last night in Peachtree City, Georgia, I got to sit in the backseat of a VW Phaeton—the cheapest Bentley I've ever seen—for the first time. That pleased my inner automotive cheapskate. We served pizza and beers to Jalopnik and Gizmodo readers, showed clips from our new TV show, and debated the future legality of commercial drone flights. And that was before we even had the 2013 SRT Viper GTS in hand, since Jalopnik's Travis Okulski was bringing it back from the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where we'd left him when the drop-off from SRT was a little late since they hit weather. More »

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Joel Johnson

March 7th


Hey, Atlanta! Let Us Buy You Some Beer and Give You a Sneak Peek of Gizmodo’s Upcoming TV Special

We're taking the literal Gizmodo TV show on the literal road to give you guys a chance to see some clips before we air on BBC America on March 18th. (10:20PM after Top Gear!) And because I know seeing my pasty mug isn't enticement enough, we teamed up with our friends Matt Hardigree and Travis Okulski from Jalopnik, not just because we enjoy their company (they're actually terrible), but because they've got the pull to let us travel in style: I'm writing this now from the heated back seats of a 470 HP 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT over its built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Not too shabby. More »

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Joel Johnson

March 6th


AT&T’s LTE to blanket 103 markets, with 24 new markets announced this week

AT&T just revealed its 4G LTE now blankets over 150 million people across the United States, more than doubling where it stood at the end of 2011 in terms of people covered, and now it plans to push full steam ahead by expanding to 103 markets total, with more expected by the end of 2012.

The carrier further noted its 4G LTE coverage is “part of the nation’s largest 4G network” that services 3,000 more 4G areas than Verizon currently does (although much of that is slower HSPA 4G).

Moreover, as AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage continues to widen, customers can access 4G speeds “outside of 4G LTE areas on the nation’s largest 4G network, unlike competitors, whose smartphone customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.”

4G LTE expansions announced today: 

  • Charleston, S.C.
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Greenville, S.C.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Corvallis, Ore.
  • Eugene, Ore.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Mobile, Ala.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • Portland, Maine
  • Saratoga Springs, N.Y,
  • South Bend-Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Bridgeport, CT expansion (in Fairfield County/Danbury)
  • South Detroit expansion (in Monroe/Downriver)

Today’s expansion notice comes just two days after the carrier also announced its 4G LTE network would light up in Daytona Beach, Fla. Denver, Colo., Louisville, K.Y., Milwaukee, Wis., Provo-Orem, Utah, Tacoma, Wash., York, Pa., and Washington D.C.

This article is cross-posted on 9to5Google.

Get the full press release below.

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AT&T 4G LTE Coverage Doubled In 2012

AT&T Surpasses 2012 Deployment Plan Ahead of Schedule, Continues Aggressive Rollout

DALLAS, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – AT&T* 4G LTE now covers more than 150 million people across the United States. The coverage is more than double AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage at the end of 2011, with still more expansion planned through the end of the year.

AT&T plans to expand 4G LTE to 250 million people by year-end 2013 and to 300 million by year-end 2014. AT&T 4G LTE is in 103 markets today.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any other carrier in PCWorld‘s most recent 13-market speed tests. Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage, customers can still get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on the nation’s largest 4G network, unlike competitors, whose smartphone customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.

Telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan has recognized AT&T with its 2012 North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row. AT&T received the award for its rapid, broad and simultaneous deployment of high-speed 4G LTE and 4G HSPA+ technologies.

AT&T 4G LTE is part of the nation’s largest 4G network, which covers more than 285 million people and 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.**

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Elyse Betters

November 16th



Spotify to make a ‘special announcement’ on April 18th

Spotify on Friday sent out press invites for a special announcement in New York City on April 18th. It’s not entirely clear what the event might cover, although recent reports have indicated the music streaming service may allow app and playlist recommendations from various brands in an effort to make the platform more attractive to advertisers. The company previously held a press event in November to announce its embedded applications platform.

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Dan Graziano

April 13th


Apple to announce plans for its $100 billion cash stockpile tomorrow

Apple has just alerted the media that it plans to discuss what the company will do with its $100 billion in cash tomorrow at 9:00 AM ET. The most logical assumption is Apple will issue a dividend to shareholders. Or buy part of Samsung or something crazy. Press release follows.

WHAT: Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, and Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, will host a conference call to announce the outcome of the Company’s discussions concerning its cash balance. Apple® will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any topics be discussed other than cash.

WHERE: Via conference call. The dial-in number for press is (877) 616-0063 (toll-free) or (719) 219-0041. Please enter confirmation code 592016.WHEN: Monday, March 19, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. PDT/9:00 a.m. EDT

REBROADCAST: The conference call will be available as a continuous rebroadcast beginning Monday, March 19 at 9:00 a.m. PDT/12:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. PDT/12:00 p.m. EDT. The dial-in number for the rebroadcast is (888) 203-1112 (toll-free) or (719) 457-0820. Please enter confirmation code 6274937.

WEBCAST: Apple will provide live audio streaming of its conference call using Apple’s industry-leading QuickTime® multimedia software. The live webcast will begin at 6:00 a.m. PDT on March 19, 2012 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/call31912 and will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter. The webcast is available on any iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or any Mac® or PC running QuickTime 6 or later. If you do not have QuickTime installed on your Windows PC, it is available at www.apple.com/quicktime.

This recording is the property of Apple and protected by U.S. copyright law and international treaties. Any reproduction or distribution is strictly prohibited without prior written approval from Apple. Please contact Apple Public Relations or Investor Relations with any questions.Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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Jonathan S. Geller

March 18th


Apple to continue selling iPad 2 starting at $399

During its press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Apple announced that it will continue selling the iPad 2 following the launch of its third-generation iPad tablet. The previous-generation model will see its price drop to $399 for the Wi-Fi-only version and $529 for the 3G model, and it will only be available with 16GB of memory.

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Zach Epstein

March 7th

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