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...

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

Denon® and Control4 Together Deliver Streamlined Smart Home Entertainment with HEOS®

Denon® and Control4 Corporation continue its successful partnership with the release of the latest HEOS® firmware and Control4® drivers (v.1.0.31). With this recent upgrade, Denon has added features and a new level of stability for HEOS in the Control4 environment.

RoseWater Energy Group Announces Morris Tait Associates as Manufacturer Representative

Energy Management HUB included amongst high-end custom installation products represented by Morris Tait Associates

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

TP-Link® Unveils New Smart Plug Mini, Compatible with Amazon Alexa and No Hub Required

HS105 Smart Plug Mini Provides Control of Connected Devices from Anywhere Using the Kasa App

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

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