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.

Lowe's is bringing 'smart home' centers to its stores just in time for the holidays

Lauren Thomas for CNBC: On Tuesday, the home improvement retailer unveiled plans to launch so-called stores within its stores, in a partnership with b8ta, to sell and educate shoppers on smart home products.

Amazon rolls out smart-home 'routines' for Alexa

Peter Newman for Business Insider: Amazon added a new feature to its Alexa voice assistant that will let consumers use Echo smart speakers or other Alexa devices to control multiple smart home devices at once in what it calls "routines."

LG IoT security bug highlights risks of home automation

Tech Central: LG's SmartThinQ is a framework for communication between devices that enables them to, among other things, be controlled by smartphone apps or by voice through integration with emerging smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Have a High-Tech Halloween with your own Haunted Smart Home

Jordan McMahon for Wired: We're living in the future, and all you need is a smart speaker like Google Home or Amazon Echo and a few connected devices to transform any pad into a creepy crypt fit for the damned.

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.

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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!