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...

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.

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

Macnica and Tektronix Partner to Ease Broadcasters' Path to All-IP Operations

Macnica Provides Underlying Video-Over-IP Technology for Tektronix's Prism, Industry's First Hybrid SDI/IP Media Analysis Platform

VIZIO Announces Addition of XUMO to VIZIO SmartCast™ App Experience

Users Can Easily Search and Cast XUMO's Premier Live and Video-On-Demand Content Directly From the VIZIO SmartCast App

Introducing The New Reference Series by Marantz

Introducing the Marantz SA-10 SACD player/DAC and PM-10 amplifier - The New Reference series, built on groundbreaking audio technology

Insurance to drive sales of smart water devices in U.S.

IoT research firm shows 14% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart water leak detector in 2016

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.

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...

VITEC to Showcase EZ TV 8.0 Platform at SVG Summit

VITEC's Latest IP Distribution Technology Creates Ultimate Fan Experience for Sports Venues

VITEC Streaming Solutions Deliver Live and On-Demand Content for Air Force Academy

VITEC's EZ TV IPTV Streaming Platform and Encoders Provide High-Quality Video Streams Over the Organization's Existing IP Network

Middle Atlantic Illuminates Rack Enclosures With Premium Rackmount LED Work Light

Industry's Only Rack Light With Vertical and Horizontal Mounting Capabilities Provides Unparalleled Visibility During Installation and Servicing

Records 1 to 15 of 2175

Next | Last

Energy & Other Home Systems - Featured Product

WaterCop + Z-Wave Technology = Complete water control

WaterCop + Z-Wave Technology = Complete water control

The WaterCop family of products continues to grow! We now offer Z-wave technology that allows remote control of a home's main water supply via phone or internet. It's perfect for people who want peace of mind that they can shut off water in homes from nearly anywhere using Z-wave protocol. Z-wave joins systems WaterCop Pro, LeakStop, WaterCop Classic, Outdoor, and Large Valve (1 ½"-4") Integration. Visit www.watercop.com to learn more.