ASSA ABLOY Acquires August Home in the US

"August Home strengthens our residential smart door strategy with complementary smart locks, expansion into video doorbells and comprehensive solutions for home delivery,"

Wi-Fi Devices Vulnerable to KRACK Attacks: Your 10-Point Cheatsheet

Gadgets 360: Vulnerabilities in WPA2, a protocol used by nearly all modern Wi-Fi devices, leaves all Wi-Fi devices at risk of being snooped upon, a security researcher revealed on Monday.

Drones, Phones, And Automation: The Future Of Home Security

Simon Davies for Tech.Co: This indoor drone is just one of the latest developments in the smart home security world, which is increasingly blurring the lines between the real world and Hollywood Sci-Fi.

Brilliant Raises $21 Million Series A To Bring Smart Home Automation To Everyone

August Capital leads round, with Miramar Ventures, The Box Group, and others participating; former Sonos sales executive Kostas Reissis appointed as Vice President of Sales

Report Measures Home Automation Adoption at 15% of U.S. Internet Households

Carl Weinschenk for Telecompetitor: Researchers measured home automation adoption at 15% of U.S. internet households as of April 2017 - up from 10% a year earlier.

How Amazon Plans to Clobber Google Home and Apple HomePod With Its New and Cheaper Echo Lineup

Aaron Pressman for Fortune: Amazon rolled a bevy of new and updated products last week, including an improved version of its Echo speaker and Fire TV set-top box.

THE 2017 CEDIA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Hosted at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 430 industry professionals were part of the magic, enjoying an evening of networking, fine dining, and toasting their goblets to the award winners.

SMART HOMES GET SMARTER, TECH COMPANIES MORE COMPETITIVE

Builder Online: Some tech companies, such as Apple and Amazon, have partnered with home builders to bring smart-home technology to entire developments. Others are developing new virtual assistants as an alternative to Alexa and Siri.

Nest's home security system costs $499 and comes with magnetic door sensors

Nick Statt for The Verge: Nest is getting serious about home security with an entirely new product family it's calling Nest Secure. Announced at a hardware event in San Francisco, Nest detailed a new modular system that is designed to make home security more modern and simple.

Amazon has 76% smart home speaker U.S. market share as Echo unit sales reach 15M, new study finds

Taylor Sopper for GeekWire: Amazon first entered the smart home speaker scene two years ago with its original Echo device; it now also sells different models like the $49.99 Echo Dot, which accounts for more than 50 percent of Echo products in the wild, CIRP noted.

Global $100+ Bn Home Automation System Market Analysis & Trends

Global Home Automation Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 12.4% reaching $72.78 billion by 2022 from the market value of $36.09 billion in 2016.

CEDIA 2017: Alexa, Google Assistant & Other Voice UIs Come Into Their Own

Joseph Palenchar for Twice: This week's CEDIA 2017 is giving A/V products and custom-installed integrated systems more of a voice in the way they're controlled.

Home Professionals Gear Up for Smart Tech Surge

HomeAdvisor-CEDIA survey of home service pros reveals broadening opportunities for pros in the smart home field

CEDIA Announces Best New Product Winners & Product Hall of Fame Inductees

CEDIA congratulates the 2017 Best New Product Award winners and the 2017 Product Hall of Fame inductees.

CEDIA now underway in San Diego!

CEDIA 2017 is in full swing in sunny San Diego. HomeToys.com continues to be a top resource for news and articles related to the event. Here are some useful links.

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

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