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Will Amazon And Google Show More Transparency When It Comes To Consumer Privacy And Shared Data?
The appeal of smart voice assistants are clear: we can speak our commands and questions into the air and get a near-instant response. Where a user's voice data goes after that moment is less clear.
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Beyond The Early-Adapter Stage, Growth Of Smart Home Market Shows Consumer Demand And Acceptance Of Smart Devices
Smart homes are moving past the early-adopter stage and through the acceptance and demand stages quickly. It is difficult to imagine life today without social media and smartphones. It may not be long before many have these same expectations for our homes.
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Shining A Light On IKEA’s Calculated Emergence Into The Smart Home Market
A year and a half ago, Ikea became a smart home company, introducing a line of connected light bulbs to complement its lingonberries. This spring, it adds its second product category to its Home Smart lineup: a set of smart blinds.
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Are Smartphone Apps The Biggest Security Concern For Smart Home Devices?
You don't need to take apart smart-home devices to see whether their security is any good, say a team of Brazilian and American academic researchers. You can tell just by looking at the devices' companion smartphone apps.
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Is Apple’s Homepod Barely In The Smart Speaker Game?
Compared to Amazon Echo and Google Home, Apple’s HomePod is barely in the game. Lined up against Amazon Echo with 70 percent of the market and Google Home with 24 percent, the HomePod’s six-percent market share is far behind, at least for now.
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What Went Wrong With Lowe’s Smart Home Platform Iris?
Iris by Lowe’s was always hobbled, however, by the nature of its being a somewhat closed ecosystem in a world where DIY smart home owners want to mix and match components from different vendors.
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Smart Home Thermostats - The Price Of Peace Of Mind Will Actually Save You Money In The Long Run
By installing a smart thermostat, your family can save money and have peace of mind. Much more than just the latest cool technology (pun intended!), smart thermostats offer important real-world benefits.
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Amazon’s New Alexa API Will Help Parents And Childcare Smart Home Devices
It may not be too surprising to learn that new parents use Amazon a lot, for diapers, formula, and all manner of other childcare products that, in earlier times, you’d have to trek out to the store to buy in the middle of the night.
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Control4 Acquiring NEEO Makes For Next-Gen Smart Home Control
Award-winning product team to enhance Control4’s plans for next-generation interaction devices across the smart home. Introduced in 2016, NEEO’s remote gained industry recognition for its simplistic set up, out-of-box interoperability with thousands of devices.
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Making Your Home More Energy Efficient Is Easier Than Ever With Smart Devices
The first step to reducing your energy use is finding out how you’re using your energy. Along with some simple things you can do around the home there are a few smart devices to help you with this such as smart plugs, thermostats, and lights.
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