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Samsung launches refreshed SmartThings Hub in push to get inside your home

Samsung used its much-anticipated presentation at IFA on Thursday to unveil a slew of new devices for the connected home. First up was a refreshed Hub with a more powerful processor enabling video monitoring and improved performance.

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Phillips wants to keep you healthy with its smartwatch and other gadgets

Philips announced a whole range of new health products at IFA today, including a health watch, blood pressure monitors, body analysis scale, a mobile ultrasound, and an ear thermometer.


Electrolux unveils a deluge of home appliances at IFA 2015

Electrolux, parent of Germany appliance manufacturer AEG, debuted a smart oven with a built-in camera, a dryer that handles silks, a modular refrigerator, and more at IFA 2015.


Want to add more clothes to a laundry load? Samsung’s AddWash has a door for that

Although top-loading machines let you load up your washing mid-cycle, Europe's stackable front-loaders don't, which is what Samsung hopes to fix with its new creation. The WW8500 AddWash lets you front-load, mid cycle.


Like AirBnB for yachts, GetMyBoat lets you rent the boat of your dreams

Thanks to GetMyBoat, the world's largest boat rental marketplace, you can now either rent out your boat to individuals (or families) looking to get out on the water, or better yet, simply provide your watercraft as a floating hotel.


Stick LG’s sensor on your old appliances to make them smarter

Want smarter appliances without having to buy a new washer or oven? LG wants you to attach its SmartThinQ sensor and get alerts when your laundry is done or your food is going to spoil.


The Haier Duo is two washing machines in one

It's not the first time we've seen two washers stacked on top of each other, but Haier's Duo is a pretty savvy solution to having to do separate loads of laundry. The company will introduce it at IFA 2015.


Neato’s latest Botvac vacuum can be controlled with your smartphone

Ideal for cleaning the floors when you are away from the home, the most recent revision of the Botvac will connect to a home's Wi-Fi network and link to the owner's smartphone for mobile control.


Teflon chemical a possible health risk for 6.5 million people with contaminated water supplies

A recent study from two environmental scientists suggests the industrial chemical PFOA, a component used in the manufacturing of Teflon, is a much more serious contaminant than previously thought.


Nest launches bigger, better smart thermostat for $250

Nest is getting its first new version since getting acquired by Google. This third-generation thermostat features a bigger screen, bigger brain, and more features for the smart-home enthusiast.


Bonavita's 5-cup BV1500TS can't quite brew up to its big brother

Bonavita’s 5-Cup Coffee Maker works fast and seems simple enough to use, but it takes time and effort to figure out how to make the perfect cup.

  • Pros: Good looks , Works fast , Carafe keeps the coffee hot…
  • Cons: Carafe needs the lid to pour properly , Expensive…

Miss your pet while you’re away? PetBot lets your furry friend send you pet selfies

You and your pet can be together (sort of), even when you're apart. PetBot, which launched an Indiegogo campaign on Aug. 31, has a petcam that provides a live stream and even snaps pet selfies for owners while they're away.


As tech’s biggest names descend on Berlin for IFA 2015, here’s what we’ll see

IFA, the biggest tech show in Europe is about to kickoff in Berlin, Germany. Here's everything we expect to see at the show from Samsung, Sony, LG, Asus, Microsoft, Intel, and more. TVs, phones, wearables, and the smartphone will power the show.