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Dojo – Your new home network guardian

One of the biggest issues with IOT and the range of smart home devices is security and the risk of malware. With huge worldwide infections that have effected everything from child monitors to doorbells. As the world of IOT starts to find it’s feet, security is going to be paramount to placating people’s worries and taking the industry from the peripheries, and into the mainstream

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Apple’s place in the smart home

With their huge sales figures in most of the developed world, you would expect Apple to be leading, or their about’s, in the world of IOT and smart home technology. It’s not that they have ignored this area of tech, far from it in fact.

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Security and the big worry for IOT

You have probably heard recently about the ransomware attack that hit over 100 countries last week, and caused havoc for many large companies including the UK’s National Health Service. This attack brought hospitals and doctor’s surgeries to their knees, cancelling operations and causing legitimate worry for a health service already under severe strain.

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Amazon to release the Echo Show – Alexa with a screen

Amazon have been doing rather well in the home hub department of late. The original Echo was a blockbuster hit, as was it’s smaller sibling, the Echo Dot. The recent release of the Echo look (a smart camera that gives you fashion advice) is yet to prove it’s worth in the market, but from what we have seen so far, it will probably carve out a niche for itself to some degree

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Ikea to release Trådfri worldwide

Rumors circulating online recently that Ikea was to bring its own smart lighting system to market worldwide has proven to be true, with the upcoming release of the Trådfri smart kit. The name itself translates to “wire-free”, and consists of a central hub, two dimmer switches, a controller, and two white-spectrum bulbs.

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The Amazon Echo Look – fashion guru or privacy concern?

With the huge success of the Amazon Echo, and Amazon Dot devices, it was only a matter of time before the online retail giant looked to capitalize on even more customer-centric data, and the brand new Echo Look seems to be just such a device. While it is not available to everyone, Amazon have started taking requests for the device, which they are currently pricing at $200.

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Google Home to support multiple accounts soon

This is the news every Google Home user who doesn’t live alone has been waiting for, the ability to have your information relayed specifically when you interact with it. While this news has sent the Google-verse into a spin, you shouldn’t get too excited yet, as the card seems to have been sent out by mistake, and the functionality this card purports to give, sadly isn’t there.

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5 obscure IOT devices to look out for in 2017

Currently, the IOT devices that garner the most headlines tend to be pretty obvious. Light switches, thermostats, and video doorbells have all hit the headlines in recent months, as consumers become more accustomed to seeing connected devices around the home.

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The expected innovations for the Smart Home 2017

With the ever growing home automation industry, we decided to tackle the question of what we should expect in innovations for the smart home 2017. Will Microsoft be putting Cortana in your home, while Amazon Alexa and IBM Watson are chilling on the couch? Will Google Home take over the home automation industry? The only certainty is that the industry is truly moving forward.

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The Smart Home Industry in 2016 Review

The Smart Home Industry in 2016 didn’t saw much innovation in terms of devices. However, more and more huge tech companies decided to step into the home automation scene. Here are some of the most notable moments and news for the smart home from 2016.

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Advances in Security of Smart Homes

Based on recent research, 30 million households are expected to switch to smart homes in the United Stated by next year. Family safety becomes the top motivator for adopting smart home technology (63%) followed by convenience (53%).

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