Lightfair Highlights

Jun 8, 2014 by

On location at Lightfair 2014, we highlight some of the more interesting smart home and just plain smart lighting solutions on display.

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Apple Announces HomeKit at WWDC

Jun 3, 2014 by

At WWDC, Apple announced a development stack called HomeKit, to tie together control for supported devices in your home. What is it? A platform? An API?

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My Movies 5 Released

Jun 3, 2014 by

My Movies 5 is now available, and it includes some nice platform improvements that make collection management easier and automatic.

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Home: On #025 – The First Year, with Josh Pollard

Jun 2, 2014 by

Josh Pollard joins Richard on this special one-year anniversary episode of Home: On to review the latest news and hype in the industry. But the real focus is on how the home automation industry has grown in the last year, how they’ve each expanded smarthome technology in their own respective homes, and what they think the next year will bring.

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Home: On #024 – Scaling INSTEON, with Joe Dada and Dan Cregg

May 27, 2014 by

The Chief Executive and Chief Technology Officers of INSTEON join Richard to discuss the history of INSTEON, the benefits of INSTEON, and the recently announced collaboration with Microsoft to bring home control to consumers.

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Nest Protect Recall FUD

May 23, 2014 by

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has published a recall notice for the Nest Protect, and between poorly chosen language, press hype, and consumer angst, it's causing a lot of confusion.

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Microsoft, INSTEON Collaborate on Home Control

May 21, 2014 by

INSTEON and Microsoft have established a strategic relationship that brings INSTEON software to Windows devices and INSTEON products to Microsoft stores. The big question, of course, is where will this lead? We've been waiting for Microsoft to make a move in the smarthome space. Could this be it?

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Home: On #023 – Weighing Alternatives, with Chris Barnes

May 15, 2014 by

HomeSeer gets a nod in the smarthome controller space, SmartThings' Dropcam integration causes some angst, and DMZ colleague Chris Barnes seeks advice on how to get started when considering automation options for a smart apartment.

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Netflix Ups Its Subscription Rate by One

May 9, 2014 by

Netflix is upping its new subscription rates by one dollar, pound, or euro, depending on where you live. Existing subscribers get a break, though, for the next two years.

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Staples Connect Adds to Security Camera Line-up

Apr 28, 2014 by

Zonoff adds new security cameras to the Staples Connect line and updates its apps, whetting our appetite for the bigger ecosystem expansion expected later this year.

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Home: On #022 – Product Previews, with Rich Bira

Apr 27, 2014 by

By listener request, Rich Bira joins us from Fibaro to talk about the smart home news of the week and to give us a preview of the exciting new products that Fibaro is releasing in the UK and soon in US markets.

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First Look: Roku Streaming Stick

Apr 19, 2014 by

At $50, the new Roku Streaming Stick is hard to resist, but it comes with a fair share of usability annoyances.

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