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CES - 160,000 People Can’t be Wrong!

Over 160,000 people attend to meet with top industry professionals, see the latest gadgets and attend some great parties. Vegas holds some of the greatest trade shows, but CES is the largest—so, wear good walking shoes.

Using LiftMaster to Contro Your Smart Home

Our MyQ technology uses industry-standard encryption, up-to-date security techniques, and periodic security testing with respected outside services to keep users’ information safe.

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,

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

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Microsoft takes aim at Amazon’s Echo with Windows 10 HomeHub feature

Tom Warren for The Verge:  Microsoft is planning to build a HomeHub feature into future Windows 10 updates to better compete against devices like Google Home and Amazon’s Echo. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the feature is currently in the planning stages, and the software maker is expected to introduce a “HomeHub” in updates due in 2017 and 2018, and not the upcoming Creators Update.

Windows Central reports that the feature will “crush” Google Home and Amazon Echo, but The Verge understands that HomeHub is designed to be a service and feature that will run on any Windows 10 PC and turn it into a machine where Cortana can be summoned from the lockscreen to provide useful information. Windows Central previously reported that the HomeHub was a voice-activated speaker that was supposed to be unveiled at Microsoft’s Surface hardware event back in October. Those reports were inaccurate, but Microsoft is planning a software feature with the same name.  Cont'd...

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AFCCE and IEEE BTS Announce Spring 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Ten Students at Nine U.S. Universities Receive Awards Totaling More Than $32,000

AVAD Announces 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Drive to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters

Giving back and saving money this holiday season is as simple as 1, 2, 3

ZigBee Alliance Accelerates IoT Unification with 20 ZigBee 3.0 Platform Certifications From Eight Silicon Providers

"This is a key milestone for the ZigBee Alliance, and gives IoT product developers the confidence of multiple silicon platform sources with which to create innovative, interoperable and future-proofed products and services," said Mike Krell, IoT analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy.

Wazee Digital Launches Wazee Digital Media Hub

Web Portal Is Central Location for Host Broadcasters to Capture Live Moments and Immediately Share Them for Global Highlights, Publishing, and Syndication

37% of U.S. broadband households find solar panels highly appealing, strengthening outlook for solar in 2017

EPA, Illinois Commerce Commission, Honeywell, and Toyota to speak at Smart Energy Summit

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Luxul High Power AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless Access Point (XAP-1510)

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The all new XAP-1510 offers a best in class Wireless Access Point designed specifically for the CI channel. Combining high output power and leading-edge 802.11ac 3x3 Dual-Band technology with Beamforming, the XAP-1510 delivers data rates up to 1900Mbps along with outstanding wireless coverage for a world-class Wi-Fi experience. It can be used as a standalone AP or as part of a multi-AP deployment together with Luxul's XWC-1000 wireless controller. The XAP-1510 will be available from authorized Luxul distributors in October.

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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.