Apple Frees Up Its Smart Home Platform To Kickstart Development

Aaron Tilley for Forbes: At a Wednesday morning developer session at this year's WWDC, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with.

Parks Associates: Retail the Leading Sales Channel for Smart Home Purchases

The firm's consumer research has detailed a shift in smart home purchase behaviors in the past year as retail is now the most common purchase channel for smart home products.

Security Implications of Permission Models in Smart-Home Application Frameworks

IEEE Software magazine via InfoQ: A key component of smart-home programming frameworks, such as Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, etc., is their permission model, which provides the first line of defense against remote attacks.

Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

Alina Selyukh for NPR The Two-Way: Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants - and it's called HomePod.

Samsung Embarks on New Era of Whole Home Automation with the Launch of Samsung Connect Home Smart Wi-Fi System

-All-in-one Whole Home Wi-Fi and SmartThings Hub Offers Ultimate Home Control for Today's Families. -Available for Pre-order Exclusively at Best Buy on June 4; launching nationwide July 16th

Ecobee CEO on the Future of the Connected Home

Phat Chiem for Gadget Review: To hear more about where the voice-enabled smart home is headed, we caught up with ecobee founder and CEO Stuart Lombard on the convention floor at Collision.

Build and program your own smart home system

Android Authority: Ryan and Sam Kroonenburg have put together a beginner and an advanced learning kit to making this a reality.

Indianapolis 500 hosts '5G' smart home

Sean Kinney for RCR Wireless: The pre-standard 5G demo involves Verizon, Ericsson and Intel.

Google Assistant can now control more appliances and smart home devices

Rita El Khoury for Android Police: Yesterday we learned that Google Assistant is about to offer more capabilities on your phones and gain several smart and interesting features.

Google backed 'super sensor' project to breathe fresh life into home automation

Aditya Srivastava for The Tech Portal: They claim to have figured out quicker, cheaper and lesser inconvenient way of creating a 'smarter' interior. Some privacy benefits have also been provided as per the claims.

Microsoft is planning to turn Windows 10 PCs into Amazon Echo competitors

Tom Warren for The Verge: Microsoft has been working on a new HomeHub feature for Windows 10 to better compete with devices like Amazon's Echo.

Future phones will ID devices by their electromagnetic fields

Richard Lai for enGadget: In another set of demos, the team showed how the phone could show contextual charms upon tapping various connected devices.

Parks Associates: More Than 100 Million U.S. Households Do Not Have a Smart Home Device

VCs and Investors to address IoT investment and growth opportunities at 21st-annual CONNECTIONS Conference, May 23-25 in San Francisco

Best Buy Partners with Vivint Smart Home to Launch Leading-Edge Smart Home Service

Best Buy and Vivint Smart Home are partnering to give customers an easy way to automate and manage their homes. With a nationwide rollout beginning this summer, Best Buy customers will be able to visit one of more than 400 stores to interact with Vivint products.

The only way to save the smart home hub is to kill it

David Priest for CNet: Commentary: Are smart home hubs the VCRs of a Blu-ray age?

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