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Concierge Home Automation Services Makes Building A Smarter Home Easier Than Ever
ADT is gearing up to promote its latest release – concierge services via the Pulse home automation platform. This campaign demonstrates the benefits of connected devices like locks, doorbells, lights, video and more.
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Sales Of Smart Devices Will Surpass Smartphones In Just A Few Years
Demand for smart-home devices will eclipse smartphones within five years, according to new data from Strategy Analytics, driven by lower pricing, improved user experiences, rapid technology developments, and compelling user applications and services. 
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Would A Smartphone Solidify Amazon At The Top Of The Smart Home Race?
Today, only the devices created by Amazon themselves run on Fire OS. Amazon came up with its own smartphone in 2014 that uses Fire OS – the Fire Phone. It was not a huge success and Amazon dropped it later. Fire OS is used in Kindle, Amazon’s tablets, Fire TV stick, and even on Amazon Echo. 
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Netgear’s Unique Approach To Their Arlo Smart Doorbell 
Netgear chose to go ahead with a different approach than Ring, Nest, and August. The Arlo Audio Doorbell does not have a camera built-in. Instead, you have to enlist one of the Arlo cams that you can install separately near the front door.
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Interested In Building A Smarter Home? Start Small And Simple, And Grow As Needed.
You can start off with something as simple as smart lights and move up to something more, such as thermostats, doorbells, locks, and more. Nest's Learning Thermostats comes in many models. 
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Apple’s HomeKit Takes Authentication Seriously. But Does This Added Security Slow Them Down In The Smart Home Race?
Software authentication will likely lead to a rise in the number of HomeKit-compatible devices, and I'll betcha we'll see a bunch of them next year at CES, but with Amazon Echoes and Google Home Minis continuing to fly off shelves, Apple's team needs to do more to win over consumers, too.
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Collaboration Is Key To Competing In The Smart Home Market
A complete look at the entire ecosystem shows how the smart home is crossing over to smart mobility and ultimately smart cities, and this will require extensive collaboration among companies.
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Heading Out Of Town For A Few Days? Rest Easy Knowing Your Smart Home Is Secure.
Security settings will differ depending on what products you have. Regardless of brand, it's a good idea to make sure motion sensors, cameras, locks, and doorbells have fresh or fully charged batteries and notifications correctly enabled to reach the right emergency contacts.
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Amazon Hosted The Biggest Sales Day For Smart Home Devices. You Might Know It As Prime Day.
Amazon’s Prime Day sale saw over a million smart home gadgets sell. For its part, Amazon described the day-and-a-half sale as "the biggest event ever for Amazon devices" — and that was no accident.
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Apple’s HomePod Increasing Voice Functions Including The Ability To Make Calls
HomePod is likely to get a few new features like the ability to receive and make calls when the speaker is connected to the iPhone. Also, it looks like Apple may come up with a cheaper version of HomeKit. 
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Amazon Alexa Fund Invests In Startups That Partner With Alexa’s Voice Assistant Platform
The Amazon Alexa accelerator revealed nine companies they are working with. The start-ups are from across the globe. The startups that are participating here will embed Alexa. This project is part of Amazon’s Alexa Fund worth $100 million launched in 2015. 
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New Features On The Echo Show Allows More Customization And A Better User Experience
Amazon announced some new features this morning aimed at bringing more accessibility to the Echo line. At the top of the list is Tap to Alexa (not to be confused with the Amazon Tap, mind), which circumvents the need to use voice to interact with the Echo Show.
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Are Smart Speakers The New Frontier Of Marketing And Advertising?
Looking at the rapid rate of adoption of Google Home, Amazon Echo, and other similar products, publishers are putting in more efforts to create content for them even though they are taking baby steps as far as consumer and revenue proposition is concerned. 
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Can Smart Tech Be An Integral Part Of Learning For Children?
Sandra Chang-Kredl, associate professor of the department of education at Concordia University, says she has reservations about the creation of smart technologies that are meant to mimic or even eventually replace human interaction. 
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