Apple, Google and Amazon Join Forces for More Connected Smart-Homes

A new coalition (which officially launches this year) between Apple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance will result in most new devices being compatible with each aforementioned brands’ smart-home products. Setting an official standard for how products should coexist and connect will “make it easier both for consumers to build their ideal smart-home environment and also for manufacturers to develop new products.” That means one …

Amazon’s Echo Show Hints at the Future of TV

Beyond a screen, microphone and speaker upgrade, Amazon’s new Echo Show (announced last week with a slew of other refined and amped-up products–a microwave included) opens up a new dialogue surrounding the future of TV hardware. It may look like a tablet head-on, but from streaming live TV content (NBC and Hulu) to its preference not to be touched (despite having a touchscreen, the microphones …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Real life Star Wars destinations, a blue moon eclipse, growing materials for robots and more

1. Get Ready for a Very Rare Blue Moon Eclipse For the first time in 150 years, we can expect a blue moon total lunar eclipse on 31 January. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month—and the eclipse will happen in the middle of the night. Viewing, however, is best “in Central and Eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Australia,” according …