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Podcast: What The Heck is Google Home?

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Podcast: What The Heck is Google Home?

Mike catches up with Peter Taylor, VP of Product for Belkin WEMO. Mike and Peter dissect what it is Google announced yesterday with Google Home and Peter catches Mike up on the Nest/WEMO integration. You can also find this podcast on iTunes here and Google Play here. You can also download the episode directly here.  If you want to get articles like this in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter.  Also, check out the Smart Kitchen Summit, our event on the future of cooking and the kitchen. 

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The Coming Smart Home Shakeout

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  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think we're in for a little turbulence in the smart home market. Not because the market isn't growing. It is. It's just not growing in a way that can make every investor, startup and big tech company happy.  This isn't completely unexpected. Markets - especially new consumer technology markets as they are searching for defining use-cases, form factors and hero products - take time to figure themselves out. The smart home industry is trying to figure itself out. In the meantime, some investing in the space are disappointed in their early...

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Smart Home Weekly: Google & Smart Kitchen, Twitter & Smart Home, Apple Watch Invasion

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This is the Smart Home Weekly, Cinco De Mayo edition.  As always, if you haven't subscribed to get this every week in your inbox, do so here.  The last week or two has been fairly slow for smart home news, unless of course we're talking about the Apple Watch. With the release of Apple's wearable last month, developers for every major smart home device are busy creating an app for a device that could singlehandedly make wearables mainstream. A handful were ready at launch, and this past week SmartThings, a Samsung company, jumped into the fray.  Outside of Apple Watch, the...

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Are We At the Beginning Of A Smart Bulb Price War?

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While no device category in the relatively young smart home market can really be called mature, if there is one that is 'more mature' than others I'd say its the smart bulb space. The market, which I still expect to continue to grow exponentially in the coming 3-5 years, is the one with the greatest degree of competition. At CES, there were probably more smart bulb products than any other category and because of this competition we're seeing the early signs of a price war. As noted at CNET, we saw today that Belkin is cutting its prices, which follows Philips Hue...

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The Only CES 2015 Smart Home Report You Will Need

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Ok, so maybe I'm not such a good daily blogger when going to CES. But hey, let me make it up to you with a complimentary 32 page report looking at all the smart home goodness that was at CES 2015. In fact, I'm thinking this will be a good resource for you throughout the year, so download a copy, pass it around, come on back and download it again. I will have a Smart Home Show version of this report as well today, and will get back regularly scheduled weekly updates on the smart home next week.

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