What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018

Rob Pegoraro for Yahoo Finance: To judge from the cornucopia of connected household devices on display at CES 2018, there is no product that manufacturers deem unworthy of being graced with a processor, a cloud service, and a companion app.

Michigan auto supplier teams up with smart home software developer

Jim Harger for mlive: Gentex is using Yonomi software to launch HomeLink Connect, an new home automation app that pairs with the vehicle and allows drivers to operate home automation devices from the vehicle's center console display or rearview mirror controls.

Voice assistant integration is the top smart-home trend at CES

Peter Newman for Business Insider: One of the top trends sweeping the smart home market at this year's show has been the further integration of consumer connected devices with the leading voice-based artificial intelligence (AI) assistants.

Integrating Alexa Gadgets Into Your IoT & Home Automation Solutions

Leor Grebler for IoT for All: With this soon to be released API, developers will be able to create inputs for the Echo or receive commands that are synchronized with dialog playing from Alexa-enabled speakers.

Home automation tops technology Christmas gifts for 2017

Jim Gaines for USA Today: "It started coming out last year, but it was very entry-level," he said. "Now they have such an assortment in smart home technology that you can really find the right device to integrate into the home for you."

Sigma Designs Announces Winners of Z-Wave Smart Home Maker ChallengeGrand prize winner heads to CES 2018 with Z-Wave

All eligible submissions to the contest received a free Raspberry Pi equipped with the Z-Wave Developers kit and one Z-Wave certified device to help contestants build a smart home application to turn their dream smart home experience into a reality.

How to set up and monitor your smart home

Dirk Paessler for ITProPortal: A thermometer that can be operated via smartphone does not make a smart home on its own.

Analyst report endorses Apple's approach of in-store demos of smart home tech

Ben Lovejoy for 9to5Mac: The note suggests that Apple is on the right track with its in-store demo stations, where customers can experience for themselves what it's like to have a HomeKit controlled connected home.

Ikea to work with Sonos on new Smart Home products

Telecompaper: Retailer Ikea has bumped up its smart home offering by entering into a partnership with speakers maker Sonos.

40% of Black Friday Top 5 Sellers Are Amazon Products; 60% Are Smart Home Gadgets

John Koetsier for Forbes: Two of Black Friday's top five selling products are Amazon products. Three of them are smart home gadgets.

Smart home integration is about to become a necessity for carmakers

Gadgets Now: "Extending smart home voice control into the connected vehicle is part of an ongoing integration that will pull together home and vehicle personalization,"

Consumers are holding off on buying smart-home gadgets thanks to security and privacy fears

Caroline Cakebread for Business Insider: Consumers are uneasy about being watched, listened to, or tracked by devices they place in their homes, consulting firm Deloitte found in a new survey it released Wednesday.

Bill Gates just bought a huge chunk of land - he wants to build his own 'smart city'

Monique O. Madan for Miami Herald: The vision? Transforming a raw, blank slate into a futuristic city filled with driverless cars, endless data centers and buildings totally designed around technology and high-speed internet.

Logitech to shut down "service and support" for Harmony Link devices in 2018

Valentina Palladimo for ArsTechnica: Customers are calling out Logitech for bricking a device that works perfectly fine for most of them, (11/9/17 update from Logitech: We Will Replace Your Logitech Harmony Links)

Kasita gets okay to sell its Modular Homes in California, Nevada

​Builder Online: Every Kasita is move-in ready and comes fully equipped with appliances and furniture, and features a fully integrated home automation system.

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