Google Home Outage Shows Smart Homes Can Be Dumb Sometimes – ExtremeTech

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Google launched its Google Home hardware last year as a way to bring the Google Assistant into your daily life. Unlike Assistant on a phone, Home is designed for everyone to use, and it launched with various smart home integrations like Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats. Google has been talking a big game when it comes to voice recognition and control, but a small hiccup on Google’s end over the weekend is a reminder just how fragile a “smart home” platform can be.

Source: Google Home Outage Shows Smart Homes Can Be Dumb Sometimes – ExtremeTech

Apple Frees Up Its Smart Home Platform To Kickstart Development

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At a Wednesday morning developer session at this year’s WWDC, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with. Developers no longer have to get an MFi license to start controlling prototypes of smart home gadgets. They can even develop prototypes on top of popular developer boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. But once these developers want to bring a product out commercially, they still have to go through MFi certification. Nevertheless, this should make it easier for developers to start building HomeKit products.

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6 Questions to Ask When Considering Home Automation: A Beginner’s Guide

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Home automation is not a Jetsons-era future. It’s here now, and the possibilities are endless. From an ever-expanding list of compatible home tech products to DIY hacks, the industry is growing by leaps and bounds.

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High-Tech SmartHome Upgrades to Include in Your Remodel | HomeToys

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Being able to control your home with the touch of a button is the stuff that futuristic dreams are made of, so it only makes sense to include remote control blinds as a part of your techie home upgrade plan. Install motorized blinds in your home not just to look cool, but to effortlessly set the mood for different times of the day and even set a schedule that will help you to save energy.

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How Automation Tech Is Transforming The Home – Nibletz

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IntroductionHome automation may not have been on the scenes for very long, but it is definitely here to stay: from the simple lifts and levers which use linear actuators to the highly sophisticated home security systems which are now on offer. The changes it has made to the home are huge, and will

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Samsung Embarks on New Era of Whole Home Automation with the Launch of Samsung Connect Home Smart Wi-Fi System | HomeToys

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-All-in-one Whole Home Wi-Fi and SmartThings Hub Offers Ultimate Home Control for Today’s Families-Available for Pre-order Exclusively at Best Buy on June 4; launching nationwide July 16th

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Verizon’s LTE SmartHub Goes All-Cellular for Internet and Home Automation, Unike FiOS Quantum – CE Pro

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It’s complicated: New SmartHub from Verizon Wireless is an LTE cellular router with Z-Wave home automation capabilities – completely different from the FiOS Quantum gateway powered by Greenwave. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Source: Verizon’s LTE SmartHub Goes All-Cellular for Internet and Home Automation, Unike FiOS Quantum – CE Pro