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Caution: IT Could Eat A/V for Lunch

By Joseph Kolchinsky · August 11, 2015 • While IT manufacturers and dealers encroach into the custom A/V industry, there are no successful examples of the A/V industry moving into IT. Eventually, both dealers and manufacturers will pay the price for not focusing on services.

Crazy Home Automation Stocks: Control4 is Tanking, Alarm.com is Volatile

By Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2015 • Control4 (CTRL) hits all-time lows, while Alarm.com (ALRM) flounders. What’s going on with these home automation stocks, and what can be done to boost their IoT appeal?

Nest Introduces1080p Nest Cam, Thermostat Features, $99 Nest Protect

By Rachel Cericola · June 19, 2015 • Nest Cam DIY security camera is slicker than the Dropcam. The Nest thermostat can now help to avoid frozen pipes.

Who Will ‘Dominate’ the Connected Home?

By Jason Knott · November 3, 2014 • It won’t be Google, Apple, GE, Samsung, Staples, Lowe’s, Microsoft or Home Depot… it will be custom integrators, says Lutron exec, noting that dealers need to tweak their business model to target the mass market customers.

Nest Acquires Revolv DIY Smart Hub, Shuts It Down

By Grant Clauser · October 24, 2014 • Revolv is now a Nest company and the home automation hub will not be available for sale. Service and support will be available to existing Revolv clients but will not be available to new customers.

‘Killer’ Dolby Atmos Demo Highlights Easy Access Distribution Event

By Chuck Schneider · October 21, 2014 • Catalyst AV alliance member Easy Access Distribution's 15th annual show is heavy on education from Dana Innovations, Def Tech, Vivitek, Denon, Wilson Electronics, Nest, Dropcam, Da-Lite and Luxul, among others.

Nest Works with Dropcam: 2 Cool Things You Can Do Now

By Rachel Cericola · October 6, 2014 • How the two smart home devices, Nest and Dropcam, playing nice can be used to your advantage.

Analyzing Nest’s $555M Acquisition of Dropcam; Pro Security Device Coming

By Julie Jacobson · June 23, 2014 • Nest thermostat and Nest Protect Smoke/CO detector communicate with each other via proprietary Weave protocol. Will they add it to Dropcam cameras and Tabs sensors for the ultimate smart home? Plus, Nest hints at hardwired security device.