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Quantum Dots will Power Display Products to the Next Level

Quantum dot technology is now fueling a range of LCD displays, offering a WCG that can be larger than that offered by OLED displays and other LCD technologies. When coupled with HDR, quantum dot displays offer some of the best picture performance on the market.

Top 10 Smart Home Technologies for Older Homeowners

Claims Journal:  Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, wireless doorbell cameras, and keyless entry are among the top 10 smart home technologies for homeowners age 50 and older, according to new research from The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. “Smart home te

Safety and Home/Away Use Cases Dominate Smart Home Interoperability Matrix

Parks Associates:  New research from Parks Associates finds smart home solutions that coordinate safety and home/away event scenarios could help a device manufacturer create cross-platform brand loyalty similar to Apple's dominance in CE device ecosystems. The IoT r

Home security systems 101: Things to consider

Janet Thomson for Curbed:  When we talk about home tech, we’re often focused on products from technology juggernauts or new startups, but home security systems, the predecessors to today’s smart home ecosystems, have been used for decades (the

China's LingLong launches DingDong smart home speaker

BBC News:  A Chinese firm has unveiled the country's first voice-activated smart home speaker - its answer to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home. The DingDong, by technology company Beijing LingLong, uses voice interaction to do tasks such as playing music a

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Amazon, Intel Partner to Advance Smart Home Tech

ANGELA MOSCARITOLO for PCMag:  From Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat to Philips Hue light bulbs and the August Smart Lock, there are already loads of gadgets on the market that can make your home a little smarter. Now, two tech giants — Amazon and Intel — are coming together to "advance the Smart Home ecosystem and extend natural language capabilities to consumers everywhere."

The companies on Thursday unveiled two new technology initiatives to further that mission. For starters, they're working together on Intel-based smart speaker reference designs that will feature Amazon Alexa. The new designs are meant to "help hardware manufacturers accelerate their development of voice-enabled devices with the Intel platform and Alexa Voice Services," Intel and Amazon said. Developers and manufacturers should be able to check out the designs at some point in the first quarter of 2017.  Cont'd...

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Unilectric Introduces Smart Home Technology at CES 2017 - Unilectric Energy Controller (UEC) Monitors and Manages Power at the Circuit Level

UEC Gives Insights into Energy Consumption, Safety, and Security - Automated Demand Response (ADR) Capabilities Help Reduce Peak Loads

Blink Announces Industry's Most Affordable Outdoor Security Camera

New weatherproof Blink XT camera features two-year battery life, 1080p Full HD video, infrared night vision and much more, now available for pre-order at $119

ConnectedYard Secures $7 Million in Series A Funding

Investment to Fuel Business Expansion and Move into Retail for Home Automation Innovator

4 Ways Your Smart Home Will Give the Neighbors Holiday Envy

Control4 offers whole-home voice control for holiday scenes.

GetSafe Home Security Introduces Line of Z-Wave Home Automation Products

New products allow customers to control their smart home from their smartphone.

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BDA-1 External DAC from Bryston - The Absolute Sound Golden Ear award winner

BDA-1 External DAC from Bryston - The Absolute Sound Golden Ear award winner

The Bryston BDA-1 is a state-of-the-art external Stereo DAC (digital to analog converter) using fully discrete Class-A proprietary Bryston analog circuits, two independent linear power supplies and dual Crystal CS-4398 DAC chips. The BDA-1 features an impressive array of inputs for USB, COAX, OPTICAL, AES-EBU and BNC equipped digital devices. For audio outputs, the BDA-1 offers both balanced XLR as well as unbalanced RCA stereo connectors on the rear panel.

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Yale Locks & Hardware

Yale Locks & Hardware

Yale Real Living™ the next generation of home security locks from Yale®, a trusted name in security since 1840. Offered as stand alone - making keyless entry simple or as Zigbee or Z-Wave enabled, as part of a home control or security system.