Samsung and LG products may soon be able to communicate with one another

Brian Reigh for Android Authority: Imagine being able to see the inside of your LG fridge on your Samsung TV. That might become a reality as early as this year according to sources.

InfoComm 2017 gets going in Orlando, Florida

InfoComm 2017 is slated to be bigger then ever. HomeToys.com's special InfoComm newspage will bring you up to date on the breaking News and announcements from this years show.

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.

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.

Are Smart Speakers the Trojan Horse for Widespread Smart Home Adoption?

Smart home has yet to transition into mass market industry as providers fail to communicate value and need, finds Strategy Analytics

Amazon's new Echo Show proves that the smart home phenomenon is finally moving into the mainstream

Bob O'Donnell for RECODE: One-quarter of U.S. households now have at least one piece of smart home gear.

Comcast's business services revenue surges in Q1;

Larry Dignan for Between the Lines: Comcast's business services revenue surges in Q1; Home automation, security shows promise. The cable and media giant is diversifying via small businesses and smart home businesses.

Hubbell Incorporated Acquires Leading IoT Brand iDevices®

Hubbell and iDevices join forces to usher in the next evolution of smart home and IoT innovation.

Protect your home with the best smart outdoor security cameras

Ben Keough, Reviewed.com: Security cameras aren't a new idea. For years, they've been watching you and recording your every move at shops, movie theaters, and public parks. But home security cameras have come a long way in the past few years, including those designed to be installed outdoors.

jacapps, Ford To Hold 'Connected Car Hackathon' At NAB Show

All Access Music Group: jacapps and FORD MOTOR COMPANY are producing a "Connected Car Hackathon" at the NAB SHOW in LAS VEGAS later this month. The competition will pit coders and developers against each other to develop better dashboard solutions for consumption of audio and video content in cars, including future autonomous vehicles.

D-Tools System Integrator 2017 Now Available

SI 2017 adds a host of valuable, new features, enabling integrators to gain greater insight into their business operations and more effectively communicate with their clients during the project estimation, system design, and project management process.

Mandatory Security Implementation for All Z-Wave Certified IoT Devices

The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying the Z-Wave smart home standard, as of today will require strict and uniform adoption of a new security protocol for all Z-Wave devices receiving certification. The Alliance Board of Directors voted unanimously in November 2016 to require mandatory implementation of the new Security 2 (S2) framework, the most advanced security for smart home devices and controllers, gateways and hubs in the market today.

Control4 Sends Custom Airstream on the Road for Coast-to-Coast Smart Home Design Tour

Kicking off a multi-city tour to connect with interior design professionals and architects as well as their discerning clients, Control4 has automated an Airstream to act as a mini smart home on wheels. Designed to showcase how smart home technology can work behind the scenes to complement the decor of any residence, the Control4 Airstream will feature smart lighting, demonstrate the convenience of whole-home audio and video entertainment, the peace-of-mind that comes with intelligent safety and security, and the convenience of voice control. In addition, over the course of the 12-week coast-to-coast "Smart Design, Smart Living" Tour, Control4 will offer numerous "Designing for Connected Homes" training classes.

Apple and Amazon take fight from smart home to hotel room

Caitlin McGarry for MacWorld: The high-end Wynn Las Vegas resort chose Alexa last December, adding Amazon Echo devices in its suites. Now Marriott International is trying to decide between Amazon and Apple, according to a Bloomberg report. The JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas has been testing Amazon Alexa-integrated devices since October as an operator of sorts-the conduit to room service and housekeeping. Alexa can also control the lighting in a handful of the Marriott's rooms, though that isn't her primary role.

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