Google now lets developers write apps for the Assistant on Google Home

Frederic Lardinois for TechCrunch:  Google today announced that all developers (and not just those in its private preview program), can start bringing their applications and services to the Google Assistant, starting with what the company calls “conversation actions” on Google Home. This allows developers to create back-and-forth conversations with users through the Assistant and users can simply start these conversations by using a phrase like “OK Google, talk to Eliza.”

While the Assistant also runs on the Pixel phones and inside the Allo chat app, Google says it plans to bring actions to these other “Assistant surfaces” in the future, but it’s unclear when exactly this will happen.  Cont'd...

Bitdefender to Showcase the Secure Smart Home of the Future at CES 2017

Integrated cybersecurity takes center stage in the safe smart home of the future

qBiq Launches Kickstarter for Real-Time Monitoring IoT Device

Wi-Fi-enabled, one-inch cube connects, monitors, and reports data instantaneously on any object, surface, or living space

Work from Home? Renovate Your Home Office to be More Efficient and Tech Savvy

All of us have to do serious communicating in our day-to-day worklives, and that concept becomes all the more pressing when you work from home

Pre-purchase experience key to adoption of virtual reality headsets

New industry snapshot shows 15% of consumers who try a VR headset buy one

Legrand® Expands Wattstopper® Line of 0-10V Dimming Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors for LED Lighting Applications

The DW-311 extends control to small and medium-sized applications including rooms with partitions such as restrooms, large offices, conference rooms with cubical walls, and classrooms. This sensor features Wattstopper dual technology, which combines Passive Infrared (PIR) and ultrasonic technologies to easily detect minor and major movements in spaces that may have obstacles that impede direct line of sight movement to the sensor.

Conexant Working with Amazon to Create AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit for Amazon Alexa

Conexant and Amazon deliver noise robust tools for manufacturers and developers to prototype and develop Alexa-enabled devices capable of hearing users from several meters away

GE Integrates Amazon Alexa Inside Sleek Table Lamp as First Step in Unleashing the Ultimate Living Experience

- As part of its C by GE brand, GE creates entry point to the smart home through simple connection points that enable homeowners to do more and be better - Connected roadmap starts with the industry's first announced integration of Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) built directly inside a lighting product - A sleekly designed LED table lamp lets you easily complete hundreds of hands-free voice commands, no stand-alone Echo unit, hub or smart phone required

Using LiftMaster to Control 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.

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...

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

Middle Atlantic Brings C2G 4K Home

RapidRun® Optical Modular Cabling System Eases the 4K/UHD Transition for the Residential Market

CEDIA'S LATEST CPD ACCREDITED BY RIBA, BIID and SAIA

CEDIA® is pleased to announce that its latest CPD, 'Smart Home Cabling Requirements for The Modern Home', has been accredited by the Royal Institute Building and Architecture (RIBA), the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA).

Achieving Backyard Nirvana - Outdoor Sound Goes Upscale

Whether placed around the pool or at intervals in a garden, at the corners of a deck or patio, or installed as an element of an outdoor home theater, homeowners interested in a premium backyard experience can now add true high fidelity sound to their outdoor environments with these planter speakers.

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

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The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection