Snowden’s new Android app turns your cheap smartphone into a home security system


Even the best digital security practices are often undone by sloppy physical security. An unreadable 40 character password, after all, is only as secure as the office containing the Post-it note you wrote it on. (Sidebar: please don’t do this. Use a password manager for god sakes, it’s almost 2018). To help combat the threat the Freedom of the Press Foundation, led by our favorite spy-turned-advocate, Edward Snowden, launched Haven, an app for cheap Android burners that turns them into full-fledged home security devices. Haven uses your phone’s built-in hardware — cameras, microphones, light sensors, and accelerometers — to monitor…

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Home Depot has considered buying a $9 billion logistics company so Amazon doesn’t

XPO Logistics has been a partner of both companies.

Home Depot has held internal discussions in recent months about a potential acquisition bid for XPO, a $ 9 billion publicly traded company that offers transportation, delivery and other logistics services for big retailers and brands, according to a person familiar with Home Depot’s thinking.

If Home Depot were to make an offer, one main impetus would be to keep XPO out of the hands of Amazon — which the home improvement retailer believes has also considered buying the logistics company, the source said.

Recode could not independently confirm Amazon’s interest in XPO, or if either Home Depot or Amazon have held talks with XPO. Both Home Depot and Amazon have been customers of XPO.

Spokespeople for all three companies declined to comment.

While XPO offers a wide range of logistics and freight transportation services, it is probably best known to consumers as the company that manages the home delivery of heavy items such as furniture and appliances for retailers. The company calls itself “the largest provider of last-mile logistics for heavy goods in North America.”

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that XPO was one of the main companies Amazon planned to work with as it made a big push in furniture sales.

Over the last few years, Amazon has taken over more control of its logistics, buying stakes in cargo airlines, handling more package delivery itself and leasing thousands of its own truck trailers.

In 2015, XPO bought the trucking company Con-way for $ 3 billion, giving it a large fleet of its own trucks to offer freight transportation services. That same year, Home Depot named XPO the “Mid-Size Truckload Carrier of the Year,” according to an XPO press release.


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Home security camera company Blink bought out by Amazon

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After fulfilling a $ 1 million crowd-funding campaign for a debut security camera, shipping a second, and announcing a third Blink has been bought by Amazon for undisclosed terms, likely dashing any hopes for HomeKit integration.
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Wink pairs with Sonos to auto-tune your smart home

Sonos announced it was opening up its ecosystem a couple months back and, sure enough, controls for Tidal and Pandora followed, with Airplay 2 support also inbound. Unsurprisingly, its upcoming Alexa integration hogged the limelight, but the smart sp…
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[Deal Alert] Pixelbook is $100 off ($899+) with free Google Home from B&H, Best Buy, and Google, $100 off with $50 credit from Amazon

If you read our review, you’ll know the Google Pixelbook is a fantastic Chromebook. Unfortunately, it also has a fantastically-high price, comparable to most Windows-powered ultrabooks. If you’ve been looking to buy one regardless, now is a good time. All models are $ 100 off from a variety of retailers, with some free goodies thrown in.

The Pixelbook comes in three different models. The first has a Core i5-7Y57 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of solid-state storage, and costs $ 899 right now.

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Silicon Labs to acquire smart home technology company Sigma Designs for $282M

Silicon Labs, a semiconductor company that manufactures products for the Internet of Things, Internet infrastructure, and industrial automation use cases announced last week that it will acquire Sigma Designs for a cash transaction valued at approximately $ 282M.

In case Sigma fails to meet certain financial conditions, the deal will still go ahead as planned for a reduced amount of $ 240M.

The deal is based on Sigma’s per share price of $ 7.05, a 26 percent premium over Sigma Designs’ closing price of $ 5.60 per share on Dec. 6, 2017. Sigma Designs is a smart home company that provides Z-Wave, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology for smart home solutions.

The acquisition of Sigma Designs will help Silicon Labs to expand its offerings in the smart home wireless connectivity market. “The connected home represents one of the largest market opportunities in the IoT. Today, there is no single dominant wireless technology for home automation, and protocols include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, Zigbee®, Thread, and proprietary,” said Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs. Additionally, the deal will allow Sigma to expand into Smart TV market.


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[Update: More details] New Google Home Mini update 1.29 restores top tap functionality with long-press on the side

The Google Home Mini is a super-affordable way to get Google Assistant in your life, but Google was forced to hobble the device shortly after launch because a sticky touch sensor caused Artem’s Mini to record everything he said.

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