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Julie Jacobson

Julie Jacobson

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson

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Julie's Latest Posts

Maybe ‘Amazon’s Choice’ is a Poor Choice for No-Name, Hackable Security Cameras?

Unlike USDA’s Choice label for meat, quality (and security) doesn’t matter for Amazon’s Choice.

Julie Jacobson · October 21, 2019

Sonos Didn’t Invent Wireless Audio or Product Family Pics: Lenbrook Answers Lawsuit

Lenbrook responds to ‘puzzling’ lawsuit over Bluesound multiroom audio system: Sonos ignores contributions of Barix, Netstreams, Yamaha, Roku, Cobranet; didn’t invent ‘family photos’ for product lines either.

Julie Jacobson · October 18, 2019

Why ‘True’ Circadian Lighting Takes a Lighting Designer

For circadian lighting, LED intensity and color temperature are just the beginning of the wellness story.

Julie Jacobson · October 11, 2019

Alula BAT-Connect Adds Cellular, IP, Home Automation to Ordinary Security Panels

Alula claims its new BAT-Connect is first ‘triple-path’ alarm communicator with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and 4G/LTE cellular (CAT M1 for 5G transition), plus unified dashboard for security, surveillance and Z-Wave home automation.

Julie Jacobson · October 11, 2019

Google Nest Hub Max Not Really ‘Interoperable’ with other Thread Home Automation Devices

As first consumer device ‘Built on Thread’, new Google/Nest smart display will be “compatible” with other compliant products, but that doesn’t mean they’ll interoperate in one smart-home ecosystem.

Julie Jacobson · October 09, 2019

Savant’s Amazing, Integrated Biophilia, Wellness, Lighting, Energy Solutions at CEDIA 2019

Savant kills it at CEDIA Expo 2019 with circadian lighting for wellness, energy storage and management, and more wrapped in a single home-automation platform.

Julie Jacobson · October 03, 2019

And The ‘Official’ ATSC 3.0 Name & Logo is … HUH?

CTA and friends select new name and logo for products and services built for ATSC 3.0, the next-gen platform for IP-enabled over-the-air TV broadcasts.

Julie Jacobson · September 26, 2019

Julie Jacobson’s Picks: The Other ‘Best Booths’ of CEDIA Expo 2019

A committee picked the official Best Booths of CEDIA Expo 2019, but CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson had a few picks of her own.

Julie Jacobson · September 26, 2019

Home-Automation High Jinks: Cast Your Own Interface to a Google/Nest Hub Display

Home Assistant works open-source magic to cast smart-home dashboards to Google/Nest Hub displays for two-way monitoring and touch control.

Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2019

LumenCache at CEDIA: End-to-End Low-Voltage Lighting, DC Power

Lumencache returns to CEDIA Expo 2019 with novel end-to-end low-voltage lighting system and plans for DC-powered homes.

Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2019