How the App Store is killing the “Smart” home

So, you buy a “smart” home gadget (wifi plug, thermostat, light bulb, etc.), get home, install, and now what? Oh, you need to find the “app for that”. So you go to your platform of choice, be that Apple, Google, Amazon, and start your search for the corresponding app. Watch out! Don’t get that one that looks right, but is actually made by someone else to trick you. Now it’s configuration time. Install the app, find that hidden reset button on the smart device, hope one sees the other, and try to configure. Software downloads, prompts, multiple actions, multiple screens, all with your fingers crossed it works…. and then all… Read More

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