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Smart Home Technology Is Revolutionizing The Music Industry

Beth Kotz for Hypebot:  The steady march of progress through technology has radically altered the way many industries operate, and perhaps nowhere is that effect more evident than in the music industry. The movement toward digital media has changed everything from the w

3,200 Connected Home Devices At Best Buy

Chuck Martin for IoTDaily:  Any consumers who go shopping specifically for a smart, connected home device this holiday season are going to face a bewildering assortment. The number of products ranging from smart appliances and home control systems to smart secur

Smart Gardens

The internet of things is coming to make your yard smart. The market for systems that can connect your yard may be new, but it’s already proving to be exciting.

7 ways to keep your smart home from being hacked

Kari Paul for MarketWatch:  As the recent announcement that 500 million Yahoo email accounts were hacked shows, emails and passwords are never fully safe. On a daily basis, hackers use strategies like phishing scams to steal usernames and passwords, posing as a bank or

OTT, Crafty Strength: IBC Outlines Challenges in the New M&E World

The consumer wants to view his/her stuff in the highest quality possible, which means 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range). A growing number also hunger for 360 immersive video.

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Beyond Thermostats: Ecobee Dreams Of Being A Billion-Dollar Smart Home Giant

Jared Newman for FastCompany:  For the last nine years, Ecobee hasn't strayed from being a maker of smart thermostats.

Unlike rival Nest, Ecobee never built its own smart home platform, and hasn't expanded into new product categories. The $170 Ecobee3 Lite, announced last week, is the company's first new hardware in two years, and it's just a budget variant of the existing Ecobee3, ditching room sensor support while knocking down the price by $80.

So far, the singular focus has served Toronto-based Ecobee well. Thermostats are the most popular type of self-installed smart home devices, according to The NPD Group, and Ecobee—whose revenues have been doubling every year—is not far behind Nest in sales. Ecobee hopes to reach first place in 2017.  Cont'd...

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U.S. Department of State Enhances Procedures with Jetbuilt's Cloud-Based Platform

RFPs create more efficient Performance Work Statements for U.S. Department of State

TrueConf Announces the Release of New Free Video Conferencing Software Room Endpoint

TrueConf has released TrueConf Terminal 2.0, a new free software room endpoint designed for meeting and conference rooms. The program is installed on Windows PCs, and users can manage their terminals through their web browser.

Detroit Audio Lab Handcrafts Premium Audio Speakers and Gear "Made From Detroit"™. Literally.

The company is running a Kickstarter campaign through November 20, 2016. Anyone can support Detroit Audio Lab-and pre-order speakers and other gear at a discount-at: Kickstarter proceeds are invested in additional equipment and training to expand production.

SKAA® cmd Now Available at iTunes App Store

SKAA® cmd Works With Diz, Gemma, Ursula, and Izabella SKAA Transmitters, Allowing for Customization and Control of Speakers, Headphones, and Transmitters

Consumer Electronics Distributors Saw Record Attendance at 17th Annual Fall Ball

Midwest regional distributor and member of the PowerHouse Alliance C.E.D. hosted three successful events this month, offering multiple new product demonstrations, trainings and special on-site promotions.

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