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Belkin WeMo and Ubiquiti mFi Home Automation Platforms Review – AnandTech

Monday, April 27, 2015

Introduction The Internet of Things (IoT) concept has gained a lot of traction over the last couple of years. One of the main applications of IoT lies in the home automation space. Consumers have many options in this space, but none of them have the right combination of comprehensiveness, economy, extensibility and ease of use. Earlier this month, we discussed these aspects in detail and arrived at…

Alibaba unveils ‘smart living’ strategy – WantChinaTimes

Monday, April 27, 2015

Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, November 2014. (Photo/CFP) Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is targeting the smart appliance market as part of its plan to build a smart living ecosystem and carve out a place in the Internet of Things market, China Business News reported. Alibaba unveiled its smart business strategy at its headquarters in Hangzhou on April 26 after the company restructured its organization…

Three Scenarios for Home Automation – The Mac Observer

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Whenever I tell people that my hobby is home automation, they stop and think about it for a while with a troubled look on their faces. “Oh, thats interesting!” they say with a nod. But all the while I can tell they’re asking themselves, “What the heck is that?” When I inevitably get the question, I usually respond with a few examples—areas in my life that have been improved by…

Protecting "smart homes" from hackers – Alabama’s News Leader

Saturday, April 25, 2015

“This opens us up to attacks from all over the world. Once they take over the control of the device, they can do anything with it,” said Hasan. “They can control your thermostat, maybe your cameras in your security systems and there have been incidents where someone broke into something as simple as baby monitors.” Smart homes connected to an unsecure network are most at risk.  “As long as they have…

Protecting "smart homes" from hackers – Alabama’s News Leader

Saturday, April 25, 2015

“This opens us up to attacks from all over the world. Once they take over the control of the device, they can do anything with it,” said Hasan. “They can control your thermostat, maybe your cameras in your security systems and there have been incidents where someone broke into something as simple as baby monitors.” Smart homes connected to an unsecure network are most at risk.  “As long as they have…

Protecting "smart homes" from hackers – Alabama’s News Leader

Saturday, April 25, 2015

“This opens us up to attacks from all over the world. Once they take over the control of the device, they can do anything with it,” said Hasan. “They can control your thermostat, maybe your cameras in your security systems and there have been incidents where someone broke into something as simple as baby monitors.” Smart homes connected to an unsecure network are most at risk.  “As long as they have…

Protecting "smart homes" from hackers – Alabama’s News Leader

Saturday, April 25, 2015

“This opens us up to attacks from all over the world. Once they take over the control of the device, they can do anything with it,” said Hasan. “They can control your thermostat, maybe your cameras in your security systems and there have been incidents where someone broke into something as simple as baby monitors.” Smart homes connected to an unsecure network are most at risk.  “As long as they have…

Protecting "smart homes" from hackers – Alabama’s News Leader

Friday, April 24, 2015

“This opens us up to attacks from all over the world. Once they take over the control of the device, they can do anything with it,” said Hasan. “They can control your thermostat, maybe your cameras in your security systems and there have been incidents where someone broke into something as simple as baby monitors.” Smart homes connected to an unsecure network are most at risk.  “As long as they have…

Protecting "smart homes" from hackers – Alabama’s News Leader

Friday, April 24, 2015

“This opens us up to attacks from all over the world. Once they take over the control of the device, they can do anything with it,” said Hasan. “They can control your thermostat, maybe your cameras in your security systems and there have been incidents where someone broke into something as simple as baby monitors.” Smart homes connected to an unsecure network are most at risk.  “As long as they have…

Ottobox Self Programming Smart Home Automation System (video) – Geeky Gadgets

Friday, April 24, 2015

As the price of electricity increases to climb, we need to do everything we can to both save the environment and our hard earned money, and one such home automation system called Ottobox might be a solution worth more investigation. Ottobox is a smart home automation system that is capable self programming itself to help you save money and will automatically learn your schedule. To try and reduce your electric…

Protecting "smart homes" from hackers – Alabama’s News Leader

Friday, April 24, 2015

“This opens us up to attacks from all over the world. Once they take over the control of the device, they can do anything with it,” said Hasan. “They can control your thermostat, maybe your cameras in your security systems and there have been incidents where someone broke into something as simple as baby monitors.” Smart homes connected to an unsecure network are most at risk.  “As long as they have…

Protecting "smart homes" from hackers – Alabama’s News Leader

Friday, April 24, 2015

“This opens us up to attacks from all over the world. Once they take over the control of the device, they can do anything with it,” said Hasan. “They can control your thermostat, maybe your cameras in your security systems and there have been incidents where someone broke into something as simple as baby monitors.” Smart homes connected to an unsecure network are most at risk.  “As long as they have…

Oomi Smart Home Automation And Security System (video) – Geeky Gadgets

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Oomi is a new smart home automation and security system that has launched over on the Indiegogo website this month, and has already raised over $350,000 in just two days since launch. The unique home automation system doesn’t require any mobile device or companion application, and comes supplied with its own 7 inch touchscreen universal remote control, that can be programmed to suit your needs, requirements and home automation hardware….

Get an Insteon home-automation starter kit for $99.99 – CNET

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Insteon I’ve never really felt the need to “smarten” my home, especially if it means installing a bunch of sensors and whatnot. However, I will say that my Venstar smart thermostat is just about the best thing ever, so maybe I need to rethink all this. And here’s a deal I’m thinking strongly about: Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Insteon 2522-232 home-automation kit for $99.99,…

Wink’s Outage Shows Us How Frustrating Smart Homes Could Be – Wired

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This past Saturday, one in four people who had come to rely on Wink as the brains behind their smart home set-up found their connected devices suddenly lobotomized. Devices connected to the Wink Hub couldn’t access the internet, meaning that they could no longer be controlled via app, and wouldn’t execute their pre-programmed rituals. Simply put, nothing worked. In an emailed statement, Wink confirmed that the cause of the outage…

Wink’s Outage Shows Us How Frustrating Smart Homes Could Be – Wired

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This past Saturday, one in four people who had come to rely on Wink as the brains behind their smart home set-up found their connected devices suddenly lobotomized. Devices connected to the Wink Hub couldn’t access the internet, meaning that they could no longer be controlled via app, and wouldn’t execute their pre-programmed rituals. Simply put, nothing worked. In an emailed statement, Wink confirmed that the cause of the outage…

Wink’s Outage Shows Us How Frustrating Smart Homes Could Be – Wired

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This past Saturday, one in four people who had come to rely on Wink as the brains behind their smart home set-up found their connected devices suddenly lobotomized. Devices connected to the Wink Hub couldn’t access the internet, meaning that they could no longer be controlled via app, and wouldn’t execute their pre-programmed rituals. Simply put, nothing worked. In an emailed statement, Wink confirmed that the cause of the outage…

Wink’s Outage Shows Us How Frustrating Smart Homes Could Be – Wired

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This past Saturday, one in four people who had come to rely on Wink as the brains behind their smart home set-up found their connected devices suddenly lobotomized. Devices connected to the Wink Hub couldn’t access the internet, meaning that they could no longer be controlled via app, and wouldn’t execute their pre-programmed rituals. Simply put, nothing worked. In an emailed statement, Wink confirmed that the cause of the outage…

Wink’s Outage Shows Us How Frustrating Smart Homes Could Be – Wired

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This past Saturday, one in four people who had come to rely on Wink as the brains behind their smart home set-up found their connected devices suddenly lobotomized. Devices connected to the Wink Hub couldn’t access the internet, meaning that they could no longer be controlled via app, and wouldn’t execute their pre-programmed rituals. Simply put, nothing worked. In an emailed statement, Wink confirmed that the cause of the outage…

Fantem Redesigns Sensor, Controller For Oomi Home-Automation System – Twice

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chicago – Fantem restarted its Indiegogo fundraising campaign after redesigning the touchscreen controller and multisensor for its Oomi home-automation system, which incorporates Z-Wave and Wi-Fi. The company also replaced three Oomi device packages with three new ones. The touchscreen controller, called Oomi Touch, has been redesigned with edge-to-edge glass and the addition of tactile buttons to complement capacitive touch controls. The controller controls Oomi’s smart-home hub and devices as well…