Best Buy expands smart home efforts | Walmart, August to offer secure in-home delivery | Nestle working with for Chinese smart speaker
September 22, 2017
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Best Buy expands smart home efforts
Best Buy expands smart home efforts
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Best Buy's multi-year plan includes a focus on smart home technology and tech tools that will allow more seniors to stay in their homes as they age, the company said this week. The retailer is in the midst of rolling out smart home shops and more smart home products at all of its stores by the end of October.
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Walmart, August to offer secure in-home delivery
Walmart will partner with August, a smart lock creator, to offer consumers the option of using their smart security systems to allow deliveries to be left in their homes. The company will test the service in select Silicon Valley households using delivery company Deliv.
TechCrunch (9/22) 
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Vehicle Tech
Delphi, BlackBerry partnership aims to secure connected vehicles
Delphi, BlackBerry partnership aims to secure connected vehicles
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BlackBerry has entered a deal that will bring its QNX operating system to Delphi's Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning platform for connected cars. The operating system's features, such as anomaly detection and file encryption, will be paired with Delphi's middleware and algorithms to bolster security.
Mashable (9/20) 
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Intel, Waymo partner on autonomous-car technology
Intel, Waymo partner on autonomous-car technology
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Intel has been working with Alphabet's Waymo to produce technology that can measure real-time information in autonomous cars. The agreement signals that Intel is further expanding its reach into autonomous-car technology after its $15 billion purchase of Mobileye in March, Alexandria Sage writes.
Reuters (9/18) 
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Qualcomm CEO talks auto innovation
Qualcomm CEO talks auto innovation
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf believes most future advancements will come from the automotive industry, and the company is looking to boost connectivity, electrification and computing for the industry. "The car is going through a massive wave of innovation," Mollenkopf noted.
CNET (9/17) 
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IBM sets WebSphere Liberty code as open
The essential code for WebSphere Liberty is now open-sourced via IBM's Open Liberty project, providing Java developers with more components for web- and cloud-based application development.
ZDNet (9/20) 
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Retail Trends
PC gaming sees renewed interest
PC gaming is buzzing again thanks in part to PlayerUnknown's popular game "Battlegrounds," which has seen more than 10 million downloads since March. Sports gaming also is driving interest, with Nvidia gaming executive Kazunori Takahashi reporting, "The abundance of titles and the popularity of e-sports is bringing a lot of excitement to PC gaming."
Bloomberg (9/20) 
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Association News
One week left to take advantage of early -bird deadline for 2018 Mark of Excellence Awards
The TechHome Mark of Excellence Awards recognizes the best in custom integration and installed technology. Custom installers can select from over 15 different categories to submit projects ranging from security and energy management to home theater. Manufacturers can submit entries for products in over 20 categories. Save $25 off your entry fee by applying before the Sept. 29 early-bird deadline. Finalists will be announced in December with winners recognized at the Mark of Excellence Awards Reception at CES® 2018. Be recognized. Submit your application today.
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