Microsoft's Cortana Learns Some Home-Automation Tricks

Cortana, Microsoft’s vocal virtual assistant, is gaining the ability to control smart-home products like lights and thermostats.   Home-automation company Insteon, based in Irvine, California, is working on a Windows Phone 8.1 app slated for release later this year that aims to make it easier to do things such as turn on the lights or boost the temperature by issuing commands via Cortana like, “Insteon, turn off all the lights” or “Insteon, adjust living room thermostat temperature down.”   Cortana, which was announced in April and is built into Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 (which began rolling out to Windows Phone 8 users on Tuesday), can answer spoken queries like “What’s the traffic like on my way to work?” and respond to commands like “Change my 10 a.m. meeting to 11” or “Remind me to feed the cat when I get home” (see “Say Hello to Microsoft’s Answer to Siri”).   In many respects, it’s very similar to Google Now and Apple’s Siri, but unlike these competitors, Microsoft is allowing third-party developers to create apps that can be controlled using Cortana—a move that could inspire app developers to dream up new uses for the voice interface.  

Smart Home Guru smanos on an Award-Winning Journey

smanos, a trendsetting innovator and dynamic developer of wireless smart home and DIY security systems, is pleased to announce the recognition by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Gated Publications - Luxury Beyond the Gates for its product design and innovation.

Chuango Brand smanos Showcasing Smart Home Smarts at IFA Berlin

Chuango Security Technology Corp., an innovative developer of wireless home automation and DIY security systems, is pleased to announce the participation in IFA Berlin from Sept. 5th to 10th by the name of its own brand, smanos, on Booth 214 in Hall 15.1 at Messe Berlin.

Hello USA! TrueConf Attends InfoComm 2014 In Las Vegas

TrueConf, a leading developer of video conferencing systems in Eastern Europe, recently demonstrated its solutions at North America's largest AV exhibition, InfoComm 2014, where they were the only CIS video conferencing vendor and one of the two Russian companies present.

Christie Realigns Global Sales with Appointments: Executive VPs and Vice Presidents Named

Dale Miller to head Global Sales, aided by Zoran Veselic, Jeff Klaas, Simon Smith and Lin Yu; Craig Sholder heads Business Development

Sound Solutions Opens New Las Vegas Warehouse and Distribution Center

Sound Solutions Opens New Las Vegas Warehouse and Distribution Center

Sandbox: a Disruptive, Super-Smart, Complete Security System That Sets a New Standard of Affordability

Comprehensive security and surveillance system packs sensors, alerting & notification, video and audio analytics, high def cameras, all-wireless and powerful computing capabilities. Has the ability to notify first responders quickly while also coordinating their efforts.

Kickstarter - PS Audio 'Sprout' Kickstarter Campaign Ends At $414,693

Campaign exceeds 1151% of $36,000 goal

CEA Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Wi-Fi Innovation Act

"Unlicensed spectrum is the fuel that powers innovation."

Pakedge Announces Kickoff of 31-City BakPak Across America Tour

This tour makes 31 stops across the entire continental United States during the three-month span.

BenQ's Ultra-Short Throw Projectors Bring Setup Simplicity and Interactive Tools to Classrooms

New MX852UST and Award-Winning MW853UST Combine Flexible Installation, Interactive Software, and Colorific™ Image Quality

AGCO CORPORATION CHOOSES CHRISTIE 4K HIGH FRAME RATE PROJECTORS FOR 3D VIRTUAL REALITY POWERWALL

Christie Powered Solution Helps AGCO Improve Quality, Reduce Costs, and Encourage Collaboration

New Linksys Wireless Range Extenders Boost Wi-Fi Signal And Help Eliminate Dead Spots

New Linksys RE6500 Range Extender features Wi-Fi Bridge, Gigabit Ports and an Audio Jack for streaming music wirelessly from a stereo system or speaker

CEA Announces International CES Asia to Serve as Premier Asian Event

New tradeshow launches in Shanghai in May 2015 to showcase innovation

L-com Expands Right Angled USB Cable Line

L-com will now be offering black 90 degree angled USB cable assemblies as an additional color option to their popular gray angled cables.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!