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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Episode 206 - Projects Project with Keith Watson

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Keith Watson for a very special installment of the projects project. Keith, who is blind as a result of retinitis pigmentosa, shares his unique perspective on the smart home. From the challenges he has faced to the ways that technology assists him with his day-to-day life, Keith's resourcefulness and ingenuity will serve as an inspiration to anyone with a passion for home technology.    

That, plus...

  • Facebook decides now is probably not the best time to release a connected speaker
  • Amazon expands Alexa's video API to control DVRs
  • Alexa routines can now launch music and podcasts
  • A new and compelling hardware offering from Tablo
  • A big AI hire for Apple
  • Google hints at plans for their own smart display device a la the Echo Show
  • Lutron and SnapAV partner up
  • Oppo exits the BluRay business
  • and more...

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Episode 205 - Talkin' TV Tech

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Several major TV manufacturers just released pricing and ship dates on their 2018 displays. As it happens, Jason is in the market for a new TV. Join as we break down the different offerings and discuss the pros and cons of the technology behind them. 

That plus...

  • August smart locks now work with HomePod
  • A slick new way to set up scenes from the team at JoshAI
  • We ring the hub bell in reverse for Leviton's new integration with Nest
  • Foxconn purchases Belkin for a load of cash 
  • A new universal search feature for Google Play
  • Apple's original content rumored to be launching in the spring of next year
  • Google Home can now play through other Bluetooth speakers
  • OneVision unveils a new live-streaming video app
  • And more...

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Episode 204 - The 'S' in 'IoT' Stands for 'Security'