Ed OswaldContributor, TechHive

Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Alarm.com Smart Thermostat

Alarm.com’s smart thermostat gains remote temperature-sensing capabilities

The security company debuts remote sensors to beef up its smart energy-management offering.

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Songza user interface

Songza is shutting down, users will be moved over to Google Play Music

After a year of operating Songza separately, Google decides that it needs the rest of Songza’s technology to be competitive.

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Home Biogas

This biodigester promises to turn your food scraps into usable cooking gas

HomeBiogas’ system produces up to three hours of cooking gas, plus liquid fertilizer for your garden.

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Amazon Prime Video

Amazon may incorporate new services into its Prime Instant Video

The e-commerce giant is reportedly in talks with service providers to incorporate their TV and movie offerings into Amazon’s streaming-video service.

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Keen Home Smart Vent

Keen Home says its Smart Vent can reduce home energy bills, but some HVAC pros question the wisdom of closing vents

The objective is to redistribute airflow around the home, but some say the resulting changes in air pressure can damage central heating and cooling systems.

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Presence Pro Silver

People Power looks to adapt its DIY home-security system for 21st Century elder care

The company is launching a crowd-funding campaign to port its existing platform into a system that will enable seniors to remain in their own homes longer.

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Dlink Komfy switch

D-Link’s Komfy Switch is more than your basic light switch

No common light switch, the Komfy includes a HD 1080p security camera and sensors to detect changes in temperature, humidity, and air quality.

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Char-Broil smoker

Grillmaker Char-Broil debuts two Wi-Fi-connected smokers

Now you can control your smoker from wherever you are, using a mobile app.

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Smithsonian channel on Roku

Roku gets 4K content from Smithsonian; Encore, CW also sign up

The set-top box is currently the only to support 4K video from Smithsonian’s latest streaming channel, coming a month after the release of the 4K-capable Roku 4.

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Locksmart padlock

The traditional padlock gets the “smart” treatment

Dog & Bone’s new LockSmart padlock uses Bluetooth technology to eliminate the worry of lost keys and forgotten combinations.

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New Lowes Iris smart home system

Lowe's announces Iris 2.0, marking a long-term commitment to its connected-home platform

An entirely redesigned platform debuts Monday with lower price points, better mobile capabilities, and deep tie-ins to Lowe's' core businesses.

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Sony PlayStation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue service finds a home on Amazon Fire TV

Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are supported, with Chromecast coming soon.

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Tech companies pitch in to help in Sandy’s wake

In the wake of Sandy, technology companies are going all out when it comes to relief efforts. From text-message donations to cooperation in providing services to customers, recovery is under way.

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Comcast offers free Wi-Fi in the wake of Sandy

Residents in eight states and Washington, DC most affected by Hurricane Sandy will be able to log-in to Comcast’s Wi-Fi network for free through November 7.

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Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy early Sunday morning.

Online tools to use to track Hurricane Sandy's power

Here's where to go to find up-to-the-minute information as Hurricane Sandy clobbers the United States.