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Vivint Smart Home Works With Google to Give Voice Control to All New Vivint Customers

The collaboration builds on Vivint’s integration with the Google Assistant, which makes it easy to control lighting, locks, thermostats, garage doors and security features in a Vivint smart home.

Is it Influence or Manipulation? A Case for an Internet Code of Conduct

So, a connected world is a better world, right? This question is very much on-trend, especially in light of recent security and privacy breaches. Time to really give this question a second thought.

6 Smart Home Upgrades to Install During Your Remodel

Whether you’re hiring a contractor or renovating your home yourself, the opportunity to update your home’s technology shouldn’t be missed. You’ll save on installation time, and the potential increase in your home’s value may offset many of the costs associated.

7 Great Bathroom Tech Innovations You Won't Want To Live Without

If you are one of the people that like old school appliances and cannot give an ear to new technology, let me give you a few reasons to install bathroom tech innovations in your home.

The World of Insect Cyborgs

Instead of attempting to produce complex robots that mimic the insect form, researchers have hijacked bugs to turn them into robots. These cyborg insects have varied uses, from spying to search-and-rescue missions.

The ‘Intelligent’ Home Investment

If you install smart home devices that appeal to universal concerns like security, ease of use, and integration, you will be much more likely to see an increase in your home’s value.

"Alexa, Turn on the TV"-Introducing Amazon Fire TV Cube: A Simple and Intuitive Way to Control Your Entertainment

Amazon Fire TV Cube makes it easy to use Alexa to find and watch your favorite TV shows and movies, hands-free from across the room

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HITACHI Z-HD5000 Cameras Enhance Live Streaming and IMAG for Central Community Church

House of worship applauds picture quality, cost-effectiveness and ease-of-use of cameras while feeling valued by Hitachi Kokusai as a customer

OneVision Adds SnapAV OvrC Support to its Expanding Service Platform

Home technology professionals can now pair OneVision's comprehensive service platform with the remote support and management features of SnapAV's OvrC to take their service operations to the next level.

More than 85% of millennials subscribe to at least one OTT video service

Parks Associates' OTT Video Tracker identifies consumer adoption of multiple OTT service subscriptions as key to future growth

2GIG Now Shipping Industry's First Dual-Source Water Leak Detector

"The Water Leak Detector is a 'notification' sensor, designed to give homeowners important information in advance of events," said Nortek Security & Control Sr. Product Line Manager, Robert Wong. "Water damage is the number one residential insurance claim in the United States. This new sensor notifies homeowners in the first stages of a leak, allowing them to react quickly to resolve the problem."

CEDIA Expo Announces Debut of Design Connection Program

Design and technology collaboration opportunities include viewing products in the Design Connection Pavilion, participation in the Design Connection Tour Series and the Bourbon and Brownies networking event.

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Greenpeak’s Gp565 – Zigbee For Smart Remote Controls

Greenpeak's Gp565 - Zigbee For Smart Remote Controls

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ELK Products, Inc.

ELK Products, Inc.

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