Sears doubles down on the smart home with new Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard products

Michael Brown for TechHive:  Sears continues to shed its image as a staid, old-school retailer, introducing yet another line of new products for the smart home at an event in New York City on Wednesday. Among the 12 new products: A sensor-laden refrigerator that tracks how many times its doors have opened, a clothes washer that can be started from afar using a smart phone, a garage-door opener that sends alerts when you forget to close it, and a series of tool chests with Bluetooth locks. The company also extended its Kenmore brand to televisions for the first time ever; surprisingly, however, its first generation of Kenmore HD and 4K/UHD sets won’t be connected smart TVs.

“The home is the largest investment an American family is going to make,” Sears’ president of Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard brands Tom Park. “Our philosophy around the connected home is that these brands have been trusted for generations. If we can offer connected products that provide convenience and save consumers money, that’s important.”  Cont'd...

D-Links Adds 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera to mydlink Connected Home Ecosystem

New 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera Compatible with mydlink Connected Home Devices and IFTTT for a Fully Automated Home

New Ride: Today's Business Goes Up, Down and Around at Thrilling Speeds

The challenge for management is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable handling the speed, ambiguity and scary portions of the business rollercoaster.

D-Link Announces Support for Apple HomeKit

New D-Link Wi-Fi Camera to Support Apple's Smart Home Framework and New Home App in iOS 10

ELAN Helps To Seamlessly Unify Indoor and Outdoor Space in Contemporary Santa Barbara Home

When a Santa Barbara homeowner began remodeling his 1500-square foot home, he sought to create a harmonious space that seamlessly transitions from indoors to outdoors without missing a beat.

Control4 Introduces New Smart Skills e-Learning Training Modules Short, single-topic how-to videos for certified Control4 Dealers, deliver advanced online training.

Salt Lake City, UT - June 15, 2016 - Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announced Smart Skills, a new technical training resource for Control4 dealers that supplements its existing training and certification programs. Smart Skills are short videos-typically less than 3 minutes-that demonstrate how to master specific installation configurations, program unique scenes and perform singular tasks using the Control4® platform.

Somfy Wins Commercial Integrator BEST Award for Sonesse® ULTRA 50 DC

The award-winning Sonesse ULTRA 50 DC motor provides ultra-quiet and ultra-powerful performance for motorized shades.

Why Apple wants to be the smart home's nerve center

Lora Kolodny for TechCrunch:  On Monday, Apple announced that it would make an app called Home available to users soon, allowing them to connect and control all of their HomeKit-enabled smart home devices from their iPads, iPhones or even Watches.

Per an earlier TechCrunch report live from the event, the Home app will let users control a Fantasia-like orchestra of smart gadgets from one place, including everything from smart doorbells and locks, to thermostats, light bulbs, humidifiers and entertainment systems.

And the app will let users engage Siri to tweak the settings on those devices, of course.

But why is Apple intent on becoming a universal remote, or a nerve center, for the smart home?

Frankly, consumers are not yet buying IoT devices and services with the fervor hoped for by consumer electronics and appliance brands.  Cont'd...

Kramer Showcasing EventBoard at InfoComm 2016 As Part of Kramer@Work Complete Meeting Room Solutions

The Innovative SaaS Room Scheduling App Provides Accurate Updates on Room Availability and Makes It Easy to Book the Right Room for Specific Needs

New Brand Launch Embodies Strategic Shift Toward AV/IP Convergence

The Company's New Approach Combines Innovative Software, Hardware and Cloud Technologies

Kramer Introduces New Control Platform at InfoComm 2016

With Multiple Cloud Options, the Innovative Solution Can Control any AV Environment, is Easily and Highly Scalable and Can Generate Actionable Business Analytics

Kramer Network Now on Display at InfoComm 2016

Award-Winning Software-Based Enterprise Management Platform for AV Networks Offers Unique Approach to AV/IT Convergence

Kramer Introduces First Complete Video Content Overlay Solution at InfoComm 2016

Kramer VCO automates the entire video content overlay process from design to display in one highly scalable, easy to use solution

Powerful New Siri Capabilities & Single Sign-On Coming to Apple TV

Apple TV is getting more powerful Siri capabilities and single sign-on for pay-TV apps.

Apple Previews iOS 10, the Biggest iOS Release Ever

Introduces Massive Update to Messages, New Home App, All-New Photos, Music and News & Opens Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to Developers

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