OK Google: make this NEST hack a standard feature

May 7, 2017

This easy hack can unlock a NEST thermostat’s “Cool” mode in heater-only installations, allowing control of a heater’s ventilation fan as though it’s an A/C.
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Why are there no recent posts on DeviceGuru.com?

May 28, 2016

Why has DeviceGuru.com had so few posts over the past several years? Blame it on the success of its offspring: LinuxGizmos.com! Here’s the scoop…
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Linux-based Tor gadget protects IP identity

Dec 11, 2013

Pogoplug announced a $49, Linux-based security device called the Safeplug that taps into the Tor network to hide your IP information when using the web.
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AirPlay alternative mirrors and streams to TVs and PCs

Dec 11, 2013

AirTame is developing an AirPlay-like protocol for PC-to-PC content streaming and screen mirroring, plus a Linux-based dongle for AirTame rendering on TVs.
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Boxee sells itself to Samsung, shuts down Cloud DVR

Jul 10, 2013

Boxee, the Israeli startup that achieved fame first as the developer of an innovative, free, media-streaming software platform, and later through its partnership with D-Link around the iconic Linux-powered Boxee Box device, has been acquired by Samsung. According to reports by Haaretz and the New York Times, the company’s selling price was less than the $28.5 million it raked in from optimistic investors over the past six years.
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$99 HDMI stick promises universal AirPlay

Apr 27, 2013

Plair says it is now shipping its “Plair” media-streaming device to U.S. customers. Unveiled earlier this year at CES, the $99 embedded Linux-powered gadget is said to provide AirPlay-like beaming of multimedia content from Apple, Windows, and Android devices to “any HDTV” with an available HDMI port.
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Inside Mantis: a 2-ton hexapod robot with a Linux brain

Apr 6, 2013

After four years of development, Micromagic Systems has finally completed the Mantis Hexapod Walking Machine, claimed to be the world’s largest all-terrain operational hexapod robot. The device stands nearly three meters tall, weighs just under two tons, and is controlled by a PC/104 module stack running embedded Linux.
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Roku finally gets a 2D facelift

Mar 28, 2013

I’ve griped for years about Roku’s retro one-dimensional menu. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the Roku 3 model, the company is giving the Linux-based media streaming player a 2D facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones.
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R.I.P. LinuxDevices… Long live LinuxGizmos!

Mar 9, 2013

In 2012, the embedded Linux market lost a valued resource when LinuxDevices.com became a collateral casualty of QuinStreet’s acquisition of a group of websites from Ziff Davis Enterprise. Unfortunately the new owner has no interest in supporting the site, so LinuxDevices has lain dormant for over a year.
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R.I.P. Boxee Box: 2010-2013

Jan 27, 2013

[Updated Jul 10, 2013] — When Boxee announced its new Boxee TV product last October, it also stated that the original Boxee Box, which had already ceased being manufactured, would soon transition into “maintenance mode.” Additionally, the company promised one last firmware update, which would “update the Flash player and fix some key bugs.”
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