Episode 211 - Revoked Tokens

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Settling the all-important "Laurel vs Yanni" debate. Plus...

  • More hints emerge about Apple's video subscription plans
  • A new standard to make mesh WiFi systems play nice with each other. Will it work?
  • Yelp is for smart homes, not just for restaurants 
  • Several major updates from DirecTV Now
  • Rumors that Microsoft will build their own Cortana smart speaker
  • Xiaomi unveils Google Assistant support
  • Your ex might be watching your Ring doorbell feed
  • Amazon rolls out "experience centers" in Lennar model homes
  • TiVo exits the hardware business  
  • Puls wants to hang your next TV for dirt cheap
  • And more...

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Episode 210 - Google IO 2018

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Join us as we dissect Google IO 2018. In a very strong showing for the company, this year's conference featured numerous announcements that home tech enthusiasts everywhere should be excited about. 

That, plus...

  • Netgear releases a nice addition to their Orbi lineup
  • Ring's new neighborhood safety app
  • Proof from Hisense that feature-rich 4K TVs are now a commodity
  • More intriguing clues about Sonos' new soundbar
  • Alexa and Cortana join forces
  • Facebook sets its sights on an overseas smart speaker launch
  • Control4 makes a big bet on local showrooms
  • Beer kegs get smart
  • And more...

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Episode 209 - The Amazon and Sonos Show

On this week's episode of HomeTech: After a rare week off, we catch up on a busy couple of weeks in smart home news. Dominated mostly by Amazon and Sonos, this week's stories include:

  • Apple kills off the Airport line
  • Sonos files for an IPO valuing the company at $3 billion
  • Sonos' newer speakers will support AirPlay2 (and Seth is still pissed)
  • The latest on Sonos rumored new soundbar
  • Amazon noses into the security installation business
  • Alexa gets a memory
  • Alexa will now teach your kids some manners
  • A huge talent departure for Alexa's smart home efforts
  • Honeywell revamps their security offerings
  • And much more...

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Episode 208 - Keeping Home Automation in the Home with Hubitat

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Patrick Stuart of Hubitat for our first-ever installment of the "Startup Showcase". With a unique focus on removing cloud-dependence, and the inherent privacy and reliability issues that come with it, Hubitat is bringing a refreshingly "local" approach to making your home smarter. Smart home enthusiasts won't want to miss this one...

That, plus the latest home technology headlines including:

  • Comcast and Netflix offer a new bundle deal
  • Hulu's steep (limited time) discount on its HBO add-on
  • ESPN+ released for cord-cutting sports fans
  • Lutron acquires Ketra 
  • Google brings DIY to AI
  • Netflix Q1 report shows the company is red hot
  • Budget TV streaming app Philo making a name for itself
  • Amazon and Best Buy playing nicely
  • What supply chain reports say about HomePod sales
  • And more...

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Episode 207 - Fraudulent Photos

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Jason's voice comes back from the dead. A defense of physical media from the HomeTech mailbag. A pic-of-the-week scandal revealed! Jason's TV purchase debate continues. Plus, the latest home technology headlines, including:

  • Spotify and Hulu team up with a new bundle
  • A beefed-up free tier is coming from Spotify
  • Amazon Key is going nationwide
  • .... and adding support for more smart locks
  • Sonos mulling an IPO
  • Amazon disrupts the red-hot intercom market
  • Drink a beer while a robot mows your lawn
  • SimpliSafe and August Smart Locks now work together
  • And more...

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