Microsoft President Wants Facial Recognition Regulated

In a blog post, Microsoft president Brad Smith emplores Congress to create a bipartisan expert commision to regulate the use of facial recognition technologies.

Nest Folds into Google’s Home Division; CEO Steps Down

Google realigns Nest into its home and living room products division to leverage AI and machine learning. CEO Farwan Marwaz steps down.

How to Deliver Value for Consumers & Top Smart Home Security Fears | Mr. Prolock

How to Deliver Value for Consumers & Top Smart Home Security Fears | Mr. Prolock For further information about Top Smart Home Security Fears, please go to Mr. Prolock Consumer dependency on WiFi routers has surpassed the smartphone as the #1 technology US adults cannot live without for more than one day, according to data today released […]

Fibaro Home Automation Acquired for $73M by European Controls Co.

Nice Group acquires Fibaro (Fibar Group S.A.), popular maker of Z-Wave sensors and smart-home hubs, shortly after acquiring Abode, a DIY security and home-automation company with professionally monitored alarm systems.

NACE President Aaron Starr Discusses Hot Security Categories, Dealer Support

Aaron Starr, president of North American Cable Equipment (NACE) believes its support mechanisms and training can help CE pros run their businesses more effectively.

Smart Bulb Startup BeON Home Shuts Down

BeON Home, manufacturer of Bluetooth Low Energy smart light bulbs, has closed its operation.

Analysis: SnapAV, Securitas Owner ‘Acquires’ SimpliSafe, Leading DIY Security Provider

Private Equity firm Hellman & Friedman acquires controlling stake in DIY security provider SimpliSafe. CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson reviews synergies with H&F portfolio companies SnapAV, Veritas (Security Direct) and HUB International insurance.

Lutron Blends with Z-Wave in Pinball Wizard’s Playful Smart Home

Buchan Consulting integrated an old hardwired Lutron HomeWorks system with new Z-Wave lighting and controllers to create one seamless Elan home-automation system for the guy who designed the iconic ‘Attack from Mars’ pinball machine.

Cameras that ‘See’ Obnoxiously Loud Noises + Other Geeky Stuff from CEDIA Tech Council

CEDIA Tech Council podcast ponders the location-based VR, Apple’s new software updates, acoustical cameras that ‘see’ the noise and other emerging technologies.

2GIG Builds a Better Water Leak Sensor, Nortek Claims

Nortek says 2GIG Water Leak Detector is the first to provide dual-source protection against water leaks and flooding.