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ADT Patent Application: Deciphering Those Darn LED Lights on a Security System

Not from The Onion: ADT files patent application for ‘Determining what the indicators represent on a security device.’

Julie Jacobson · August 30, 2018

Cheeky Vivint Smart Home Video: How Automation Eliminates ‘Crappy Jobs’

Just like the elimination of the (hypothetical) human toilet-seat warmer, Vivint smart-home systems can replace the homeowner’s “series of crappy jobs you do for free.”

Julie Jacobson · January 24, 2018

Illegal Drugs Delivered by Drones: Don’t Do That

A California couple was arrested for allegedly using a drone to deliver illicit goods.

CE Pro Editors · December 29, 2017

20 Smart Home Technologies Way Ahead of Their Time

Home Automation and home entertainment products that coulda shoulda woulda had a longer life span, if only …. Remember Kenwood Sovereign Entre? Frox? Premise Systems? WebTV? Philips Streamium?

Julie Jacobson · November 30, 2017

Paul Manafort’s $1.3 Million Home Automation System

Paul Manafort’s alleged money laundering has been very good to at least one Florida home-technology integrator.

Julie Jacobson · November 02, 2017

CES 2016 Booby Prizes

The CES 2016 awards that no one is talking about.

Julie Jacobson · January 19, 2016

Ho Ho Ho from CE Pro

‘Twas the eve of the new year / In a digital house / an editor poised / with a keyboard and mouse …

Julie Jacobson · December 24, 2010

Sonos Offends OCD Sufferer with Crooked Books

Commenter on Engadget notes the completely random array of books in Sonos lifestyle image

Julie Jacobson · November 30, 2010

X10 VP: ‘Julie you haven’t a clue what you’re talking about’

Long-time X10 VP Dave Rye slams me for not giving props to X10 in a recent editorial

Julie Jacobson · February 17, 2010

Roombas Gone Wild

These little self-propelled vacuuming dynamos don’t just devour dust. They can wreak havoc on a household.

Julie Jacobson · October 16, 2009