Comcast and Alarm.com to acquire smart home company Icontrol

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Comcast and security company Alarm.com have entered into agreements to acquire and divvy up Icontrol, an 11-year-old Internet of Things and home security company founded in Palo Alto and now based in Austin, Texas.

Source: Comcast and Alarm.com to acquire smart home company Icontrol | VentureBeat | Deals | by Harrison Weber

FullPageOS Automatically Boots Your Raspberry Pi Into a Full Page Web Kiosk Mode

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One of the common uses for a Raspberry Pi is a low-cost information display, powering something like a magic mirror or an animated GIF photo frame. FullPageOS is a Raspberry Pi operating system that makes that process a little simpler.

Source: FullPageOS Automatically Boots Your Raspberry Pi Into a Full Page Web Kiosk Mode

The future of smart home living

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SmartThings’ idea for smart living started with an unfortunate situation: A flood.

About four years ago, Samsung SmartThings Founder and CEO Alex Hawkinson was away from his mountain home for the winter. During that time, the power went out during a storm, the pipes froze — and when they burst, the house flooded.

SmartThings a platform that allows hundreds of smart devices (ranging from lighting, to door locks, to cameras, entertainment systems and everything in between) to be connected through one hub and easily controlled by just one smartphone app was born.

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