This week launched with a bang for those interested in the role insurers might play in the smart home as State Farm agreed to make a 1.2 billion equity investment in security firm ADT. This follows on the heels of Google's equity investment in ADT in … [Read more...]
Podcast: Is Kickstarter still relevant for smart devices?
This week we start off talking about the Federal Trade Commission suing a data broker for sharing sensitive location data. It's a topic we're following closely, in part because location information can't be anonymized even when companies promise that … [Read more...]
Project CHIP gets a new name and so does the Zigbee Alliance
As it prepares for the launch of a smart home interoperability standard, the Zigbee Alliance has changed its name to the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) and will broaden its scope. At the same time, the working group within the CSA previously … [Read more...]
IoT news of the week for August 7, 2020
Which costs count when it comes to connected hardware? Sonos CEO Patrick Spence has accused Amazon of predatory pricing for selling Alexa devices at a loss. Amazon has admitted to subsidizing the costs of its devices when they go on sale, but … [Read more...]
What are good outdoor connected bulbs for very cold climates?
On the most recent IoT Podcast, our voicemail hotline delivered a 2-for-1 special: We were asked a pair of separate but very related questions about connected outdoor bulbs. First, Dean asked what lights could be used outside given that he lives in … [Read more...]