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The NextMarket Report — Chamberlain

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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Chamberlain Releases First Fully Integrated Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener

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Chamberlain jumped on the smart home trend yearly, but up until this point Wi-Fi access was yet to be built into their garage door openers. The addition of smarthphone connectivity was reliant on external dongles that connected the router to the Internet. Not anymore. Last week Chamberlain announced the availability of its Wi-Fi garage door opener. It's an interesting release time, because Chamberlain made much of the focus on this product (which it teased at CES) on HomeKit, and with the likelihood of HomeKit's official release coming in the next month or two, it appeared the company was done waiting...

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Facebook Is Entering The Smart Home (But It’s Coming In Through The Back Door)

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This past week at Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, the social network giant had a series of product and customer announcements for its Parse platform that show the company has designs on becoming an IoT and smart home powerhouse. So what’s Parse? It’s a company-turned-platform that Facebook acquired in April 2013. Post-acquisition, Facebook first used Parse to fast-track mobile app development by turning it into a platform to provide developers building blocks for such things as notifications. But apparently that was just the beginning. As we learned this week, Parse for IoT will provide a combination of a hardware SDK for an...

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