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.

Kirio Powers The Smartest New Home In The World

Partners with buildSOUND to showcase a brand-new Seattle smart home powered by the Kirio Smart Home System.

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."

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.

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.

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