Google Tracker 2015: Everything We Know Google Is Working On For The New Year | Ars Technica

At the very beginning of 2014, Google bought Nest Labs , the makers of the Nest Thermostat, for $3.2 billion. Shortly after the acquisition, news came out that Tony FadellNest’s founder and “one of the fathers of the iPod”was a direct report to Google CEO Larry Page. Only a handful of Google employees deal directly with Page, and they’re usually heads of divisions at Google. So at the time, we posited that Fadell would be running Google’s “smart home” division . In the past year, it looks like that’s been happening. With its new stack of Google Bucks, Nest has been on a home automationacquisition spree, snapping up Dropcam for $555 million and Revolv for an undisclosed sum. Dropcam makes Wi-Fi webcams, and it’s been allowed to operateafter the acquisition with seemingly little changes to the business.Nest’s product portfolio now includes the Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect (a smart smoke detector), andDropcam’s webcams.
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Woodworker’s projects are a cut above | Ocala.com

Mostly, hes sad that the children wont have their holiday benches. The bench I was making for the young girl down the street wont mean as much after Christmas as it would have on Christmas Day, Gibson said. Copyright 2014 Twin Falls Times-News.
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UPDATE: Donations Replace Blind Man’s Tools to Make Christmas Gifts

Charlie Marshall has a retirement hobby that really cuts it. The Hillsborough, New Hampshire, native has turned a post-retirement enterprise of making custom cut templates in his workshop into a hobby of making complicated and intricate wooden objects of art. Marshall, 83, retired about 23 years ago after working in a machine shop and as a draftsman and computer mainframe operator with the state of New Hampshire and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He and his wife, Jane, loaded up a motor home and headed south.
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