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Home security systems 101: Things to consider

Janet Thomson for Curbed:  When we talk about home tech, we’re often focused

COMMODORE HOME – YOUR SMART HOME FOR 1983

Brian Benchoff for Hackaday:  The Internet of Things is a horrific waste of time, even though no one knows exactly what it is. What would make it better? Classic Commodore gear, of course. Now you can run your smart home with a Commodore 64 and Commodo

Z-Wave smart-home gadgets announce new IoT security standards

Ry Crist for CNet:  Less than a month ago, hackers took control of an ocean of unsecured connecte

IU leads $1 million NSF-funded smart-home effort to advance health and independence in older adults

Indiana University Bloomington:  As part of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundat

Researchers' Belkin Home Automation Hacks Show IoT Risks

Mathew J. Schwartz for BankInfoSecurity:  As if the internet of things didn't seem secure

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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 research firm finds U.S. consumers are more likely to own multiple CE products from Apple than from any other CE brand, with loyalty based largely around its mobile platforms. The emerging smart home markets do not have a dominant cross-platform player yet and represent an opportunity to establish a new population of brand loyalists. 
"Apple has built a strong base of brand loyalists—82% of Mac users who purchased a smartphone chose an iPhone. By comparison, only 38% of non-Mac users who bought a smartphone chose an iPhone," said Brett Sappington, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates. "But cross-platform loyalty is difficult to achieve. Beyond Apple, ecosystem-based thinking among U.S. consumers is not natural; manufacturers must bridge this gap through product development and marketing that emphasize brand-specific benefits in use cases that apply across computing, mobile, and entertainment platforms.   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

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

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

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