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Apple Joins Mesh Networking Group Thread as HomeKit Rumors Swirl

By Andrew Nichols · August 10, 2018 • The rumor mill is reaching peak production this week, as Apple bolsters its mesh networking by joining Thread Group.

40% of All ADT Clients Now Use ADT Pulse

By Jason Knott · August 10, 2018 • ADT reports 6% revenue boost and 73% of all new customers opt for ADT Pulse smart home automation. Pigeonholes Google, Amazon DIY security offerings as suitable for ‘renters.'

CTA Mid-2018 Report: Smart Speakers, 4K TVs to Reach $17B+ in Combined Revenue

By CE Pro Editors · August 1, 2018 • The Consumer Technology Association released its 'U.S Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts' report, which suggests 4K UHD TVs will be the top revenue maker for residential A/V pros.

Get Ready for Google Assistant Smart Displays, Starting with Lenovo

By Andrew Nichols · July 30, 2018 • Lenovo Smart Display ($199) is first Google Assistant with a screen -- ideal for consumers married to the Google ecosystem, including Maps, Calendar, Nest, Android phones, Duo video calling, Android Things and more.

CEDIA Tech Talks to Address Opportunities, Pain Points

By CE Pro Editors · July 24, 2018 • Inaugural CEDIA Tech Talks presented by CE Pro to cover home battery power, emerging IoT opportunities, and profitability advice.

Microsoft President Wants Facial Recognition Regulated

By CE Pro Editors · July 19, 2018 • In a blog post, Microsoft president Brad Smith emplores Congress to create a bipartisan expert commision to regulate the use of facial recognition technologies.

Nest Folds into Google’s Home Division; CEO Steps Down

By Jason Knott · July 18, 2018 • Google realigns Nest into its home and living room products division to leverage AI and machine learning. CEO Farwan Marwaz steps down.

Google Launches ‘Continued Conversation’ Feature for Google Home Devices

By Andrew Nichols · June 21, 2018 • Originally announced at Google I/O in May, the company's latest Home update includes the ability to hold a conversation with Google Assistant voice control.

Vivint Adds Google Wifi, Google Home to Smart-Home Installs

By CE Pro Editors · June 20, 2018 • Security and home-automation giant Vivint doubles down on Google, adding Google Wifi mesh networking, Google Home with voice control, and Nest Thermostat E to smart-home installs.

‘Works with Bose’ Enables Whole New Era of Home System Integration

By Advertorial · January 24, 2018 • Works with Bose program partners with top brands like Amazon, Google, Control4, Crestron and more to provide integrators a way to offer streaming services, voice control and more from homeowners' Bose systems.

Highlights from CES 2018: Day 2 in Tweets

By Amanda Nichols · January 11, 2018 • A roundup of CES 2018 day 2 tweets that summarizes all of the consumer electronics news that somehow forged its way through the #CESBlackout darkness.

IC Realtime’s ‘Google for Video Surveillance’ with Deep Learning: Hey Ella, Find Red Hats

By Julie Jacobson · January 2, 2018 • Based on Camio visual AI engine built by former Google Search execs, new Ella from IC Realtime quickly identifies objects and text (OCR) in surveillance videos at consumer-friendly prices.

7 Smart Home Trends at CES 2018

By Julie Jacobson · December 19, 2017 • In studying pre-CES IoT activity, we discerned a few new trends in smart-home technology ('the fog') and market forces (wellness) driving home-automation. But some things never change (standards).

Great News for Pros: Home Automation is More Confusing than Ever

By Julie Jacobson · October 20, 2017 • Home automation, networking and security have never been more confusing, thanks to an onslaught of DIY products like Ring Protect, Nest Secure, Amazon Echo Plus and Google Home. That's great news for smart-home pros.

Amazon’s Decision on ZigBee vs. Z-Wave Makes No Sense

By Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2017 • Julie Jacobson and Avi Rosenthal wonder why Amazon chose ZigBee for Echo Plus home-automation hub, when Z-Wave is more interoperable, secure, supportable, and ubiquitous.

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