By Julie Jacobson · April 9, 2019 • After acquisition, Comcast kills Stringify app, which is 'much better' than IFTTT as an if/then home-automation engine; company recommends IFTTT and Yonomi IoT platforms instead. [grumpy baby]
By Julie Jacobson · January 10, 2019 • Chinese home-automation giant Tuya powers more than 100 million smart-home products and is taking the U.S. IoT market by storm, starting at CES 2019.
By Lisa Montgomery · November 28, 2018 • Beyond MicroLED TVs and stunning sound systems, CEDIA Expo 2018 showcased other smart-home trends including robotic patio umbrellas, multipurpose IoT sensors, and smart leak detection systems.
By Julie Jacobson · August 30, 2018 • Selling Telguard's Arlo Go all-wireless cameras is one of the few ways home-technology integrators can earn recurring revenue (RMR) on cellular service without selling back-up cellular for security systems.
By CE Pro Editors · August 16, 2018 • Voice control via an Amazon Alexa skill gives the myLink the ability to accept control commands like, 'Alexa, turn the shades on.'
By Michael Maniscalco · October 27, 2017 • Networking and smart-home veteran Michael Maniscalco shares insights from American Diabetes Association conference, bemoaning the lack of progress in integrating medical devices with home-automation, which could be a potential life saver.
By Michael Maniscalco · October 3, 2017 • Type 1 diabetes (T1D) dad outlines DIY project utilizing NightScout, IFTTT, SmartThings and other IoT devices to enable a Dexcom constant glucose monitor to turn on lights when blood glucose reaches critical levels. #singfornicole
By Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2017 • CE Pro's Julie Jacobson discovers little home automation products and features that were easy to miss at CEDIA 2017, including Global Cache's potential as a smart-home hub, and good news on Nest API.
By Julie Jacobson · July 27, 2017 • In time for CEDIA 2017, URC Total Control is one of the first pro-oriented home-automation systems to support IFTTT; Other new integrations include push notifications, Belkin Wemo, Oppo Blu-ray, and virtually anything that can issue an IP command. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2016 • FTC scrutinizes acquisition of Icontrol by Alarm.com and Comcast; Vivint Smart Home cries foul; Who knew Alarm.com owned Zendo and a chunk of Qolsys?; and who are the IoT competitors these days? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · October 28, 2016 • Developer Chowmain updates IFTTT driver for Control4 home automation, adding support for Google Home IoT hub and Google Assistant voice control. CEO compares Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration platforms. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · May 7, 2015 • Home automation companies like HomeSeer enable multiple triggers and actions for IFTTT, the otherwise limited if/then engine for smart home devices. Plus: IFTT update in the pro channel.
By Julie Jacobson · April 14, 2015 • Professional security and home automation panels can integrate with 170+ smart home products via IFTTT. Telguard HomeControl Flex to be demo’d at ISC West 2015.
By Julie Jacobson · March 31, 2015 • Facebook subsidiary Parse has launched an IoT SDK for cloud-enabling IP devices, and eventually could link all these newly smart devices with cloud-based rules engines a la HomeKit or IFTTT.
By Julie Jacobson · January 14, 2015 • New partners extend Lutron’s reach for its low-cost, cloud-enabled Caseta lighting controls and Serena motorized shading.