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Marketing Types: Success Requires Team Leaders, Not Legends in Their Own Minds

Unfortunately, there is a critical shortage of marketers who are competent and confident enough to share.

APIs: From Connected Home Into Programmable Platform

CXOtoday News Desk:  Consumers will increasingly use digital personal assistants to interact with consumer services in the connected home, says Gartner. Gartner predicts that, by 2019, in at least 25 percent of households in developed economies, the digital assistants o

Now You Can Hide Your Smart Home on the Darknet

Andy Greenberg for WIRED:  The Privacy Software Tor has aided everything from drug dealing marketplaces to whistleblowing websites in evading surveillance on the darknet. Now that same software can be applied to a far more personal form of security: keeping hackers out

Anki To Release Game-changing Cozmo SDK

For developers interested in lower-level control of Cozmo, the SDK provides direct access to low-level controls such as driving the robot’s treads, moving the head and lift, displaying bitmaps on his screen, reading accelerometer and gyroscope data, processing images from

iRobot CEO: Robotics Is An IoT Solution

Meghan Ottolini for CRN:  Could robotics provide solutions that would help the Internet of Things to go mainstream? iRobot CEO Colin Angle believers IoT-integrated robots can solve issues around IoT device mapping and maintenance.  “In order for the Internet

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HoloLens concept lets you control your smart home via augmented reality

By Luke Dormehl for DigitalTrends:  There’s no doubt that device-filled connected smart homes are on the way. The real question is how we’re going to control them.

That was the starting point of a nifty proof-of-concept project created by interaction designer Ian Sterling and software engineer Swaroop Pal during a recent HoloLens hackathon in San Francisco. Their augmented reality pitch shows how smart devices could be controlled with glances and gestures — in what Sterling calls a “virtual Zen mode,” complete with calming lights and sounds.  Full Article:

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iHome Collaborates With Amazon to Deliver Alexa Voice Integration for Smart Home Simplicity

iHome SmartPlug users can now use their voices to control lighting and appliances

Martin Audio MLA Takes Main Stage and More At BST Hyde Park Festival

Martin Audio's flagship MLA PA system was deployed on the main Great Oak stage and several other stages at the British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival.

The Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation Create Liaison Agreement to Increase Application Connectivity and Choice in Connected Home

Collaboration will help Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation members easily design and build products that leverage both technologies

Fireside Audiobox Launches on Kickstarter to Light your Music on Fire

Grey Street Design, the company behind the innovative home audio system, aims to raise $35,000 to begin production and distribution

MacKeeper Partners with CUJO to Protect Smart Homes from Cyber Threats

As part of their partnership, MacKeeper's parent company, Kromtech Alliance Corp., and CUJO signed a reseller deal under which MacKeeper will distribute CUJO devices among their customers starting in July 2016.

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