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The NextMarket Report — DIY

Logitech Finally Releases Harmony Hub Extender, Savant Releases Universal Remote For Retail

Mike Wolf CEDIA DIY Logitech Savant

Last week, Logitech finally announced they had released the Harmony Hub Extender, the Z-Wave and Zigbee add-on to their Harmony Home Hub, which is the smart home hub companion to their Harmony Home Living line of "smart home" enabled universal remotes. The Home Living Line of remotes is Logitech's first true entry point into smart home control, and one of the most promising things about this lineup was the idea that you could connected to Z-Wave and Zigbee devices using the Hub Extender. Because of this, I was a bit surprised in August when it still hadn't shipped, but it looks like they've...

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Icontrol Launches New Service For Independent Security Dealers

Mike Wolf DIY DIY Security Icontrol Piper Security

This past week at SXSW, I asked my Uber driver about his day job (they all seem to have one).  He told me his main business is as a home security dealer/installer, and he went on to tell me all the systems he installs use Alarm.com as the cloud/interactive services backend.  "Business is good", he said.   Given what I know about Alarm.com's growth, I wasn't all that surprised.  In fact, I figured my Uber driver was one of thousands of independent dealers who seem to be doing a brisk business in home security and interactive services. And I'm not the only one's who's noticed. Icontrol, the...

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