Samsung buys SmartThings to gain a foothold in home automation

Samsung, which already makes a variety of home appliances, just acquired a company that can help them work better together. The Korean company paid a reported $200 million to acquire the 2-year-old startup, which employs 55 people in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Minnesota. Smart Things was founded to cut through the confusing network of standards that currently exist among home-automation products, and sells a $99 hub that lets appliances communicate across standards.

$200 million to help your refrigerator talk to your stove

The NFL is finally coming to Apple TV, but not how you want it

The NFL is coming to Apple TV, but not in the way that most fans really want. A new NFL Now app is due later this month for Apple's set-top box, and it promises to offer original content, game highlights, plenty of video from the NFL's archives, and live streams for press conferences and other off-field events. That's all well and good, but there's no way to watch live games. And it won't be coming. Not this year. DirecTV has outright said that Sunday Ticket won't support Apple TV for the...

Samsung's massive bendable TV goes up for pre-order tomorrow

It might be some time before the public can get its hands on Samsung's 85-inch "Bendable TV," which can transform from a flat panel to a curved screen and back. However, a smaller alternative can soon be purchased. Beginning August 1st, the 78-inch UN78S9B model will be available for pre-orders in Korea for an estimated price of 35 million won (about $34,000). The Ultra High-Definition TV will eventually be put on display in two locations in...

Netflix is now also paying AT&T to improve streaming quality

Netflix has signed another interconnection deal with another ISP: AT&T. The two sides have reached an agreement that should over time result in better streaming performance for Netflix subscribers. Terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, so we don't know how much Netflix paid for direct access to AT&T's network. But it's likely modeled after similar deals Netflix reached with Comcast and Verizon earlier in the year. Mashable first reported...

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