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Software hasn’t come close to eating the world

Software is so disappointing. It was supposed to – in the words of one sage – eat the world, the implication being that it would be modern, brilliant, liberating, hip and fun (assuming it didn’t make you and your job obsolete

Amazon debuts new speaker with smart-home hub has debuted a new high-end version of its Echo speaker with a smart-home hub system built in, stepping up a fight with Google and Apple for digital control of people’s homes. The upgraded device, called the Echo Plus

David Glance
Google’s other bets on a losing streak

In the reorganisation of Google into Alphabet, a group of companies that represented the “moon shot” or “other bets” were cemented as separate entities that would have to either fail or succeed on their own merits. Recent reports of at

David Glance
Alphabet’s Nest struggles to make it work

The world is growing increasingly sceptical of the stuttering revolution of the Internet of things. The latest round of doubt has been ignited by Alphabet’s Nest’s decision to shut down any further support for its recently purchased Revolv smart home hub. The hub

Google Glass finally cracks

The announcement that Google is to halt sales of its Google Glass augmented-reality spectacles has been interpreted by some people as the end of a pilot project and the start of a new phase of product development, or by others as indicative of failure. Google says the

Why smart homes are the next big thing

On Friday, Nest Labs – which was acquired by Google in January for US$3,2bn – said it was buying Dropcam, a San Francisco-based company specialising in home-monitoring cameras for US$555m. Things are hotting up in the smart home market and consumers may soon be exposed to hundreds of new hardware devices and

Nafisa Akabor
For Google, it’s all about the data

Google recently grabbed headlines with its US$3,2bn acquisition of home automation company Nest Labs. The deal is the second biggest in Google’s history, after the $12,5bn it splashed out for Motorola Mobility in August 2011. But why did it buy it? Nest Labs designs and manufactures Wi-Fi-enabled