5 Ways Smart Home Gadgets Can Leave You Vulnerable

Jess Bolluyt for CheatSheet:  All kinds of creative tech companies, large and small, are building interesting smart home devices. While they promise to make your house or apartment smarter, more energy-efficient, and more closely tailored to your needs and preferences, they have a few drawbacks, most notably that many of them aren’t as secure as you’d hope. As Bitdefender recently noted in a post for Mashable, users want exciting tech products on fast timelines, which leaves designers and developers scrambling to offer ever-more-capable devices on shortening development cycles. That “rush to market” can result in poorly-constructed software, and unfortunately, the first thing to go is often proper consideration for security. Devices from smart TVs to thermostats to routers have all been found to neglect basic security measures. While we’re just as excited about the prospect of using technology to make our homes smarter and more capable, it’s important to be aware of the ways that Internet of Things devices can compromise your security.  Cont'd...

One-Third Of Homes Primed For Smart-Home Technology

By: Joseph Palenchar for Twice:  Smart-home technology is used by 21 percent of all U.S. households, and another 36 percent are viable future customers, a Strategy Analytics analysis concluded. The research and consulting company also surveyed online households about what they’d be willing to pay for and found the list topped by devices that allow for remote or automatic water shut-off if a leak is detected. That’s followed by devices that automatically adjust lights and thermostats based on who is home, a panic-button feature that turns on all lights in the house, remote monitoring and control of door locks, and motion-sensing camera s with visual notification.   Cont'd...

NEWERTECH POWER2U RECEIVES 2015 IoT EVOLUTION CONNECTED HOME & BUILDING AWARD

Power2U Honored for Innovation in Internet of Things & Advancing the Smart Home

Control4 Announces New Consumer Financing Options to Its US Dealer Network

Through a partnership with GreenSky®, consumer financing options are now available for Smart Home projects through participating Control4 dealers

Home Automation Protocols: What Technology is Right for You?

From ElectronicHouse:  There are a wide variety of technology platforms, or protocols, on which a smart home can be built. Each one is, essentially, its own language. Each language speaks to the various connected devices and instructs them to perform a function. Choosing a smart home protocol can be tricky business. Obviously, you want one that will support a large number of devices, as well as one that offers the best possible device interoperability (the ability for devices to talk to each other). But there are also other factors to consider, such as power consumption, bandwidth and, of course, cost. Following is an overview of some of the most popular home technology platforms on the market. While not intended to be the “be-all, end-all” treatise on which protocol is best for your smart home project, it’s a great place to start.   Cont'd...

Parks Associates: Consumer concerns for malware and identity theft to help drive next stage in tech support service

Support.com, Radialpoint, F-Secure, Ihiji, and Sutherland Global Services address IT strategies in smart home

Leviton Debuts Apple Watch® Support for Snap-Link Mobile

Mobile application offers comprehensive home and business control from compatible iOS devices including modern iPad®, iPod Touch®, iPhone® and Apple Watch

Kickstarter - iSmart Alarm, Inc. Launches First Campaign on Kickstarter

Spot, the Coolest HD Smart Home Camera EVER

CES 16 - Jasco and Water4 Partner to Make a Difference in the World at CES 2016

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Global Top Selling HD Home Camera Now Available in Official U.S. Edition

YI Home Camera's Superior Control, Value and Flexibility Now Available Exclusively Through Amazon.com in Time for Holidays

CES 16 - Tend Named As CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree In Smart Home Category

Tend Secure is a smart security device designed and built around protecting user privacy.

Rugged Embedded Computer for Compact Military Applications Features Newest Intel Skylake 6th Generation Core i7

Military standards compliance in temperature, vibration, and shock, the fully IP67 with dust and water proofing completed with anti-corrosion housing fanless embedded box is complimented with DDR3L 1600MHz 16GB, removable 1-bay 2.5" SSD, and multiple I/O ports.

CES 16 - Nortek Security & Control Launches Irrigation Controller, Water Flow and Flood Detector at CES 2016

With water conservation and convenience, plus home safety and protection as top priorities, the GoControl water solutions bring new smart home options to homeowners.

Harmonic Infrastructure Enables Economical, Reliable HD Playout of Richly Branded Content for The Museum Channel

Polaris(TM) Play Channel-in-a-Box Automation Software and Spectrum(TM) Server Systems Support Highly Automated Workflow, From Ingest to Playout

CES 16 - French Company to Introduce Home Security and Connectivity Devices Google+ Share with LinkedIn

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