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Google Assistant is adding Routines and location-based reminders

Google Assistant is adding Routines and location-based reminders | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Alongside news of Google Assistant's forthcoming multilingual support and the addition of more languages this year, Google also announced this morning its..
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Still using mainly Alexa over Google, just can't bring myself to keep saying "hey google".
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IoT Kit for Makers | BigClown

IoT Kit for Makers | BigClown | Home Automation | Scoop.it
It's really easy to make electronic devices with us. Just plug modules and make your own IoT devices for your smart home or office in seconds.
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Nike website vulnerability leaked server login passwords and more

Nike website vulnerability leaked server login passwords and more | Home Automation | Scoop.it
An undisclosed flaw in Nike's MyNikeTeam.com website for wholesale customers could be exploited with a few lines of code.
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When can we take charge of our own information and provide it on requirement, not storable in huge data warehouses....#blockchain
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Why you should avoid Star Hop and Candy Link in Google Play

Why you should avoid Star Hop and Candy Link in Google Play | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Both games look harmless enough, but they contain a payload that ensures you'll be hammered with spam
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You're probably aware of this already but if not, I thought I should provide another opportunity for you to find out. 
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The new IFTTT is here

The new IFTTT is here | Home Automation | Scoop.it
We launched IFTTT in 2010 with a simple mission: to bring the control we take for granted in the physical world to our digital services, and help them work together. The world’s changed rapidly over the last six years, but every twist leads us back to that promise. Today we’re excited to launch the first phase of a new IFTTT.
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New IFTTT is here indeed and still missing "Conditions" which in my view makes it as much an under-achiever as it always ways.
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Ding Is a Smart Doorbell—But Not Too Smart for Its Own Good

Ding Is a Smart Doorbell—But Not Too Smart for Its Own Good | Home Automation | Scoop.it
If you’re not home, Ding will turn the doorbell's ring into a voice call that goes straight to your phone, via an app.
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MODI: Create Anything You Want with Robotics of Things

Luxrobo is raising funds for MODI: Create Anything You Want with Robotics of Things on Kickstarter!

MODI is modular devices for your DIY IoT and robotic creations. No soldering, No electronics knowledge needed.
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Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage — Krebs on Security

Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage — Krebs on Security | Home Automation | Scoop.it
In the early days of IoT, this is the kind of problems introduced by millions of insecure devices: https://t.co/LOsB84AKIn #NetworkedSociety
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Creating a rod for their own back.  Manufacturers need to wake up, their negligence will come back to bite them.  Consumers need to wise up too.
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Amazon Echo ESP Update Now Live

Amazon Echo ESP Update Now Live | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Amazon slipped a nice little update out for the Echo, the "ESP" feature, which stands for "Echo Spatial Perception" means that if you have more than one Echo in your house, Alexa will hear your command, work out which Echo device is nearest to you and only answer from that device. This is a godsend…
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Europe to Push New Security Rules Amid IoT Mess — Krebs on Security

Europe to Push New Security Rules Amid IoT Mess — Krebs on Security | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Smart Grid Highlights :: Top story: Europe to Push New Security Rules Amid IoT … https://t.co/3owVaGHI4P, see more https://t.co/TR7F3uDKHF
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Yeah...like Europe knows the best way to make the web work!
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Testing out Amazon’s ‘Internet of Things’ button: Infinite possibilities, requiring infinite patience

Testing out Amazon’s ‘Internet of Things’ button: Infinite possibilities, requiring infinite patience | Home Automation | Scoop.it
You’ve probably seen those colorful Amazon “dash buttons” that will automatically reorder food, paper towels, detergent and even condoms with the push of a
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Sony PlayStation VR: The WIRED Review

Sony PlayStation VR: The WIRED Review | Home Automation | Scoop.it
In both price and performance, Sony's VR system splits the difference between high-end, PC-driven headsets and lightweight mobile solutions.
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Possibly the nicest looking VR headset and most affordable (ignoring Daydream), Sonys VR headset has a massive potential audience putting VR firmly in the hands of the masses.
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Google’s Pixel phone event: what to expect

Google’s Pixel phone event: what to expect | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Now that Apple has had its big fall phone event, it’s Google’s turn to show off its goods. And that’s going to happen next week, October 4th, at an event in San Francisco.
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Soo many of these "what to expect" type articles so I just picked one from the better of sources.. I'm looking forward to the event but they have a long way to go to catch Amazon on the digital assistant front and the initial leaks on the Pixel devices leave me yawning, let's hope there are some other goodies in there.

Another article on CNet also provides links to live stream and timings:
https://www.cnet.com/news/googles-october-4-pixel-event-live-stream-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect/
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Home Assistant

Home Assistant | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Open-source home automation platform running on Python 3. Track and control all devices at home and automate control. Installation in less than
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Now fully converted to HomeAssistant for my HA.  It's still v 0.65.2 at latest release but what a system! So much option and flexibility and the community is fantastic.
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The Homepod Is A Prime Example Of One Of Apple's Core Problems

The Homepod Is A Prime Example Of One Of Apple's Core Problems | Home Automation | Scoop.it
The Homepod is being marketed as a better speaker because it can't compete as a smart speaker. The reason lies in Apple's failure to take advantage of a golden opportunity seven years ago.
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This Hacker Is My New Hero

This Hacker Is My New Hero | Home Automation | Scoop.it
The hacker’s name is Janit0r. You’ve probably never heard of him, but perhaps you’ve heard of his work. Janit0r is reportedly the one behind a particularly gnarly but undeniably fascinating form of malware called BrickerBot. BrickerBot, as the name implies, will brick internet of things (IoT) devices that fail a simple security test. This is surely illegal, but I love it.
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You guys have been warned...many times!
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From the New Issue of Make: Our 8 Standout Dev Boards | Make:

From the New Issue of Make: Our 8 Standout Dev Boards | Make: | Home Automation | Scoop.it
These eight boards stand out for their advanced specs, built-in offerings, and, in some cases, their innovative interface options.
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Robotic chef can prepare over 100 five star meals for you at home

Robotic chef  can prepare over 100 five star meals for you at home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
It is the last kitchen gadget you will ever need. Moley Robotics has built a fully-automated and integrated smart robotic chef that cooks over 100 meals from master chefs without human intervention.
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at last Gordon Ramsay without the expletives!
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Bixi: Control Any Smart Device by Simply Waving Your Hand!

Bixi is raising funds for Bixi: Control Any Smart Device by Simply Waving Your Hand! on Kickstarter!

A Fluid Smart-Home and Apps controller, Bixi senses your in-air gestures and commands the smart devices for a touch-free use!
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Competitor for Leap Motion if that's still out there
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Automate processes + tasks | Microsoft Flow

Automate processes + tasks | Microsoft Flow | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Automate tasks by integrating your favorite apps with Microsoft Flow. Make repetitive tasks easy with workflow automation.
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More focused on businesses, this is still useful for makers etc.
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All That New Google Hardware? It’s a Trojan Horse for AI

All That New Google Hardware? It’s a Trojan Horse for AI | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Five years ago, experts thought the phone would be the interface to everything. That's not the case anymore.
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Who needs a trojan horse, my doors are wide open!
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Sonoff Pow is a $10.50 ESP8266 WiFi Relay Box that also Measures Power Consumption

Sonoff Pow is a $10.50 ESP8266 WiFi Relay Box that also Measures Power Consumption | Home Automation | Scoop.it
"Sonoff Pow is a $10.50 ESP8266 WiFi Relay Box that also Measures Power Consumption" by cnxsoft https://t.co/peRe52ffpx
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Getting the Most Out of Apple HomeKit and the iOS 10 Home App

Getting the Most Out of Apple HomeKit and the iOS 10 Home App | Home Automation | Scoop.it
In this article, you’ll learn about the growing list of HomeKit-related products and how to control them. You’ll also see how to spot a compatible product in the marketplace.
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I don't like #Homekit but for those of you who do...
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Routers, IP Cameras/Phones & IoT Devices can be Security Risks even with the Latest Firmware, and a Strong Admin Password

Routers, IP Cameras/Phones & IoT Devices can be Security Risks even with the Latest Firmware, and a Strong Admin Password | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Routers, IP Cameras/Phones & IoT Devices can be Security Risks even with Latest Firmware, and a Strong Password - https://t.co/3rr7hj6kxg
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Don't just leave it to chance, if you don't have the skills, get someone who does to help with your installations and not just the guy who knows his way around Windows better than you...
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New Loxone Glass ‘Touch Pure’ Makes Smart Home Lighting Stylish | Automated Home

New Loxone Glass ‘Touch Pure’ Makes Smart Home Lighting Stylish | Automated Home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Loxone say their new Touch Pure glass smart switch combines sleek design with effortless lighting control… Add stylish lighting to your home with Loxone’s new ‘Touch Pure’ luxury touch switch
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Love the Loxone system, just seems to ooze quality, just a little out of my tinkerers price range.
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