This Week in Tech and Science: December 2, 2015

Nest makes it easy to add smarts to your home, Razer teams up with Lenovo, the numbers from Black Friday, the NSA to shut down bulk phone snooping and more.

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How Nest’s innovative products and “Works with Nest” program are revolutionizing your home, Razer teams up with Lenovo, the numbers from Black Friday, the NSA to shut down bulk phone snooping and more.

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The Easy Solution for the Complete Smarthome

Nest’s innovative thermostat, smoke alarm and camera have each set a new standard of what we expect from our home devices. The company’s new “Works with Nest” program extends Nest’s intelligence, convenience and ease of use other key devices throughout the home including lights, locks, fans, garage doors and home appliances. There’s also no need to worry about a complicated setup process — just connect the devices to your Nest account and Nest’s software will automatically integrate the products, without any need for programming. Watch the video above to learn more about the system and ensure your home is equipped with the best of Nest’s products via the links below.

Buy Now: $249 (Nest Thermostat) Buy Now: $99 (Nest Protect) Buy Now: $169 (Nest Cam)

Black Friday Figures

Per Adobe’s tracking, Americans ponied up some $4.5 billion online on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Of note, nearly one in three purchases were made on mobile this year.

Learn More: Here

Sayonara, Bulk Phone Snooping

The NSA is shutting down its highly controversial bulk phone snooping program this week, which should be viewed as a privacy victory. But remember, this burst of hope requires you to believe the NSA — which has quite the track record of being shady — isn’t lying.

Learn More: Here

Lenovo, Meet Razer

First, Dell married Alienware. Now, Razer is teaming up with Lenovo for a co-branded series of gaming desktops.

Learn More: Here

PS4’s Sales Streak

Notice how Sony barely discounted its PS4 for Black Friday? Turns out, there’s no need — the console is Sony’s fastest-selling to date, with some 30 million units moved since launch.

Learn More: Here


Reviews and Guides


Advice from the Crew


Driving the McLaren 675LT

When an automobile costs $345,000, you don’t so much drive it as you do experience it. Live vicariously through our review, won’t you? Read the Review

Your Next Coffee Maker

If your current coffee maker is lacking on the technology front, we’ve got seven of ’em vying for your attention. Read the Review


Noteworthy Reads


Stories from Around the Web


Raspberry Pi just revealed the $5 Pi Zero — a full-blown computer with 512MB of RAM. Let the price comparisons with a Starbucks latte commence.

Apple has acquired Faceshift, which just so happens to be the motion capture firm that plays a role in the Star Wars franchise. Something tells us the iPhone from 2022 will benefit mightily from the deal.

Robinhood, our favorite zero-fee stock trading app, has opened up its tech as a platform. StockTwits is the first to integrate it, but don’t be surprised to see it used in other apps soon.


Looking Ahead


What We’re Testing Now


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