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New Samsung SmartThings Wifi Melds Home Automation Hub with Plume Mesh Wi-Fi

By Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018 • ‘Next iteration’ of Samsung Connect Home is full-fledged SmartThings hub with ZigBee and Z-Wave, plus mesh Wi-Fi from Plume, featuring ‘AI-based network optimization.’ New $15 ZigBee home-automation 'Button' launched.

Just Add Power to Demo Its ‘Just OS’ Firmware at CEDIA Expo 2018

By CE Pro Editors · August 9, 2018 • Just Add Power plans on showing off several new products at CEDIA Expo 2018, including its 3G Ultra HD over IP receiver and Just OS firmware.

Alarm-Industry Giant Vector Security Opens Retail Shop, Touts Pro-Installed Home Automation

By CE Pro Editors · August 8, 2018 • The 2,300-square-foot store features security demos and smart home automation technology, like the company's own Amazon Alexa skills used to control smart locks, IoT lighting, and HVAC.

CEDIA Find: Airthinx is First Pure-Play IAQ System to Target Smart-Home Channel

By Julie Jacobson · August 8, 2018 • Measuring nine environmental conditions, IoT-enabled Airthinx integrates with home automation to optimize indoor air quality (IAQ) for wellness, productivity and energy savings.

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.

Control4’s new Intercom Anywhere ‘Elevates the Smart Doorbell’

By Julie Jacobson · July 31, 2018 • Unlike typical smart doorbells, Control4's Intercom Anywhere ecosystem allows users to activate home automation scenes directly through the app, and communicate across Control4 touchscreens, video door stations and mobile apps.

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.

Netgear Unmanaged Switches Minimize Network Investments

By Robert Archer · July 27, 2018 • Ranging in cost from $100 to $220, the newly announced Netgear unmanaged switches provide integrators with a choice of four cost-effective switches that include PoE options.

$155 DEAL - GE’s New Smart Microwave with Scan-to-Cook, Alexa Voice Control

By Julie Jacobson · July 17, 2018 • New smart microwave from GE Appliances offered at $125 with free Amazon Echo Dot - just scan the box for automatic cooking, or 'add 30 seconds' with voice controls. And the GE guy in charge? Last name: Stover.

Fibaro Home Automation Acquired for $73M by European Controls Co.

By Julie Jacobson · July 13, 2018 • Nice Group acquires Fibaro (Fibar Group S.A.), popular maker of Z-Wave sensors and smart-home hubs, shortly after acquiring Abode, a DIY security and home-automation company with professionally monitored alarm systems.

Victims of Smart-Home Abuse Now have Resources to Thwart Their Domestic Attackers

By Andrew Nichols · July 12, 2018 • As smart-home technology becomes an increasingly popular weapon in domestic abuse, University College London publishes a resource list to help victims.

Velux Smart Skylights Monitor Air Quality, Humidity, Temperature

By Jason Knott · July 6, 2018 • Velux Active smart roof windows using Netatmo IoT technology auto adjust based on temperature, sunlight, CO2 and humidity.

Analysis: SnapAV Owner Acquires Majority Stake of DIY Security Giant SimpliSafe

By Julie Jacobson · July 2, 2018 • Private Equity firm Hellman & Friedman acquires controlling stake in DIY security provider SimpliSafe. CE Pro's Julie Jacobson reviews synergies with H&F portfolio companies SnapAV, Verisure (Securitas Direct) and HUB International insurance.

Smart Homes Tied to Domestic Abuse: ‘Going Crazy’

By Julie Jacobson · June 24, 2018 • Exes are remotely controlling smart thermostats, lights, cameras, other smart-home devices to 'watch and listen' and 'scare or show power,' NYT reports.

If Amazon Sells Homeowners Insurance with Security and IoT, Game Over?

By Julie Jacobson · June 22, 2018 • Report says Amazon is contemplating selling homeowners insurance alongside robots, security, home automation and other IoT devices. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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