Is DIY smart home tech hobbled by poor app functionality?

Cate Lawrence for ReadWrite:  In Argus Insights’ newest “Smart Home 360” report, it’s clear there’s a strong distinction between consumer perception of the apps associated with the most popular Smart Home Service Providers and MSOs (Multiple System Operators) and the apps coming with Do It Yourself (DIY) devices. Argus Insights found that — from over 56,000 app and device reviews — ADT andSuddenlink are the least liked of MSOs and service providers and their associated apps saw a drop in both the tone and volume of feedback over the last month, an indication that frustrated users could be moving to other providers. This is consistent with previous research that demonstrates a high degree of satisfaction by customers in DIFM (“Do it for me”) installations. However, Vivint’s Sky app, Cox Communications Homelife app, Xfinity Home app and Alarm.com app all trended up — an impact of both new releases and subscriber growth.   Cont'd...

Connected World Services (CWS) Partners with Zonoff to Service the Growth of the Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) across Europe

Connected World Services' honeyBee platform combines with Zonoff's Consumer IoT platform to deliver a smart, end-to-end system that redefines home management

How to Choose the Safest IoT Device for your Home

Alexandra Gheorghe for MacWorld:  Growth in the consumer market for Internet of Things gadgets is accelerating at an impressive speed, and forecasters predict 25 billion devices will be online by 2020. Thus, users can choose from a wide array of products available on the market. On Amazon.com, for instance, around 400 search results relate to smart thermostats. But which product is best? After filtering the huge list by price and reviews, you are left with a handful of good options. Maybe some are more visually appealing than others, so, you select those that fit the aesthetics of your home. But where does security fit in? Is it among your top three selection criteria? Unfortunately, most users prefer convenience over security. This known tradeoff is also partially due to the lack of standardization. There is no “security star” rating for consumer IoT devices. Needless to say, most consumers don’t have the tools and skills needed to differentiate products based on their security posture. Such a system seems difficult to implement at this stage of IoT development.   Cont'd...

Atari now makes smart home products

Jacob Kastrenakes  for The Verge:  Someday soon, you may be able to buy a network-connected dog collar made by Atari.  Atari announced today that it's partnering with Sigfox to get into the Internet of Things business. Together, they intend to create connected home, pet, lifestyle, and safety products. Work on the new products will begin sometime this year; there's no date yet for when they'll begin to roll out or exactly what products we might see. While it may sound strange to hear that Atari, the classic video game company, is now making smart home products, it's not quite as weird as it sounds. That's because Atari isn't necessarily going to be all that involved in the development of these new devices. Instead, Atari is going to be the brand name under which Sigfox will create and sell its own IoT products, offering it better name recognition with consumers.   Cont'd...

Marvell Launches Advanced Suite of IoT Application Processors for Home Automation, Industrial, and Wearable Applications

Marvell's family of IAP SoCs, designed and highly optimized for low-power and cost sensitive IoT applications, includes purpose-built SoC for IoT markets

Qualcomm Brings New Wi-Fi Solution and Software Ecosystem Support to Enhance Development for the Internet of Things

-- Introduces New Solutions that Enable Smart Home Applications --

Home Automation, IoT Could Cut Energy Consumption 10 Percent, says CTA Study

Savings potential would exceed the total energy consumed by household consumer electronics

Afero Raises $20.3 Million in Series A to Accelerate IoT in and Beyond the Smart Home

Samsung Catalyst Fund leads investment in Afero IoT platform that powers existing and new smart products across all industries to capture three trillion dollar enterprise IoT market

World's Largest Internet of Things (IoT) Conference Opens

Internet of Things World Speakers Include Executives From BMW, GE, Lyft, And Amazon GE Smart Cities Hackathon To Award $10,000 Grand Prize

Simplifying Security for IoT Device Engineers and Manufacturers

A Guide to Security Requirements for Specific Types of IoT Devices and Systems.

Icon Labs Provides IoT Security Guide Whitepaper

A Guide to Security Requirements for Various Classes of IoT Devices and Systems

Thington, A New Super-Angel-Backed IoT Startup

Mike Butcher for TechCrunch:  Now, a San Francisco-based company, founded by Dopplr founder Matt Biddulph and ex-Yahoo Brickhouse Head of Product Tom Coates is building out a new consumer-facing product that combines Smart Home technology with their expertise in location, social networks and the web of data. They previously formed Product Club as a way to find a product to build, while doing some consulting along the way. Now they are launching their new startup: Thington. To do it they have raised Angel funding from some pretty well known tech people and investors,  including Ray Ozzie, Stewart Butterfield, Eric Wahlforss, Joi Ito, Marko Ahtisaari, Saul Klein, Loic Le Meur, Matt Rolandson and Samantha Tripodi. Terms were undisclosed. “We’re making a better user interface and service layer that is respectful to manufacturers and open and we’re trying to be a couple of generations beyond what other people are doing,” says Coates.   Cont'd...

Qorvo® to Acquire IoT Solution Provider GreenPeak Technologies

Adds ultra-low power, short range wireless connected home and IoT offerings to its expanding RF portfolio

Will The Internet Of Things Enable Your Kettle To Steal Your Car?

A recent survey found that almost two thirds of USB sticks that were lost/found on public transport were infected with malware.

Cree And Cisco Enable Energy-Saving IoT

SmartCast PoE is the first LED lighting platform that makes the PoE framework ready for mass deployment and adoption.

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