Meet George Jetson: From wireless door locks to scales that measure more than weight, these connected devices take your domicile digital.
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Nest Labs Thermostat
Nest Labs' WiFi- and sensor-enabled thermostat is poised to become a household name after being acquired by Google in January. The unit, compatible with most HVAC systems, is built around an operating system that remembers the temperatures you prefer. It takes that data, programs itself, and automatically turns the temperature down when you're away. Nest can be remotely managed using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Priced at $250, it's a good place to start for the smart appliance newbie.
Multicloud Infrastructure & Application ManagementEnterprise cloud adoption has evolved to the point where hybrid public/private cloud designs and use of multiple providers is common. Who among us has mastered provisioning resources in different clouds; allocating the right resources to each application; assigning applications to the "best" cloud provider based on performance or reliability requirements.
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