With new partnerships and features announced for 2015, keep your eye on this slow, steady contender.
Zonoff and LG partner to bring smart home alerts to TVs linked to Staples Connect hubs.
The office supply chain says a breach that took place earlier this year gave attackers access to cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes.
A pattern of payment card fraud suggests that data was stolen from cash registers in the Northeast US, security reporter Brian Krebs reports.
A pilot program for the office supplier's smart-home hub was successful enough to merit a broader US roll-out, along with new hardware and more partnerships.
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The retailer is also trying to sweeten the deal with a couple of trade-in offers.
The retailer is doling out $100-off coupons for its current round of iPads, apparently in advance of the launch of next-generation models.
It's probably too early to commit to a master smart-home platform, but for basic home automation across multiple devices, Staples Connect works well -- and at $99, it's priced just right.
The retailer says it expects to close the stores by the end of 2015 and save approximately $500 million in the process.
We see potential in this system, and at $99, the price is right.