Pulkit ChandnaFreelance Contributor, TechHive

A freelance writer, law grad, terrible entrepreneur, closet satirist and a man of a few other incongruous talents, Pulkit has been writing on technology since 2007, and plans to do so until a few days before his ultimate fate: cryogenic preservation. If resurrected, he is likely to go back to writing on technology.

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iSmartAlarm is now armed with a dedicated IFTTT channel

The IFTTT integration the company announced at CES 2015 is here, but there’s plenty more still to come.

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NBC might be working on a TV-everywhere app for Apple TV

The app, rumored for release in second half of 2015, will reportedly require a cable subscription.

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Z-Wave Alliance announces IoT competition to lure developers to its fold

The consortium will announce a new winner each month as part of the yearlong Z-Wave Labs program.

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Roku adds ABC News to its channel lineup

The ABC News streaming channel gives cord-cutters invested in the Roku ecosystem free, uninterrupted access to the news outlet’s live news feed.

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Sony’s PlayStation Vue online TV service is ready for prime time—well, sort of

Sony has announced that its cloud-based PlayStation Vue TV service will be available soon in three U.S. cities and nationwide by the end 2015.

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Freiya is a smart watering can for plant killers

The humble watering can is the latest piece of gardening paraphernalia to get a "smart” upgrade.

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The Scout DIY connected-home system earns ‘Works with Nest’ certification

Security startup proves to be nimble and aggressive when it comes to integrating its product with other technologies.

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Google’s smart-home plans include ‘neighborhood security networks’ and security ratings for homes

A patent application the search giant published Thursday points to a future in which smart homes have each other’s back, and where a smart home’s ‘security score’ determines the cost of security services and insurance.

Researchers show why buying a used Nest may not be such a bright idea

Researchers at security firm TrapX demonstrate how the Nest Learning Thermostat can be used as a beachhead by attackers to compromise an entire smart home.

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Apple’s new streaming music service reportedly coming in June

Word on the street is that Apple's long-rumored streaming service could be unveiled in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference.

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Legality of Spotify’s lyrics feature called into question

The Spotify desktop app’s new lyrics feature runs afoul of U.S. copyright law, according to karaoke provider DigiTrax CEO Joseph C Vangieri.

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TV-remote app Peel adds connected-home commands to its repertoire

Peel users will soon be able to use the TV remote app to command a wide variety of connected-home devices and appliances.

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An Amazon Echo SDK is in the works, which could mean third-party apps are not far off

Amazon is developing an SDK (software development kit) to pave the way for third-party apps and content for its Echo, the connected speaker and virtual assistant it launched in November.

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The Fogo smart flashlight is a survivalist's dream tool

Quick! Help fund this Kickstarter project: There's only so much time before the zombie apocalypse sweeps the globe.

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Dropcam competitor Simplicam adds new features to its cloud camera

Face detection is one of the top features that differentiates this cloud-connected security cam from Google’s Dropcam. ‘Detection zones’ promise to make that feature even better.

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