Microsoft Windows 10 comes out this year and Microsoft has been releasing snipets about this new operating system. They said Windows 10 will support the broadest range of devices ever – from PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s to phones to Xbox and even the Internet of Things. This week the windows blog share some of the new features of the system, so I thought I would share with you some of what I think will benefit the connected home.

Silver Spring Networks has been selected for an advanced metering program by Horizon Power in Western Australia most sparsely populated region covering approximately 2.3 million square kilometers (approximately 888,000 square miles).  Horizon power, a government owned entity would like to provide the area's 47,000 customers with a pre-payment energy solution.

2014 has seen more people talking about the Internet of Everything (IoE) than any other time to date; even individuals who never seem to have the slightest interest have had their attention drawn to the thought that they can monitor their home, access and control home appliances while they are away seems fascinating and scary at the same time.  Although these types of solutions are available for businesses I believe the home is a better test bed and a bigger market for the Internet of Everthing.

Since CES the news have been buzzing about Apple’s HomeKit framework and its possible connectivity issues with other connected home solutions.  First the headline was, if users don’t have Apple TV then they won’t be able to use Siri voice control with their other connected appliances.  And now, the news is if users other connected devices are not Apple MFi certified they will have limited are no access at all or devices that are not certified can connect via a HomeKit compatible bridge solution.

Over the last few years a lot have been said about Blackberry, most about their handset and how it has lost out to the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and other Android based models.  They are currently working on that along with plans to get Blackberry based systems in our homes as part of a connected home solution.

Its no secret that connected car solutions (infotainment) are moving just as fast as those for the connected home. QNX, a Blackberry subsidiary is at the cutting edge of the infotainment sector. This year at CES 2015 they unveiled another concept car (something they have been doing at CES for the last few years) based on the Maserati Quattroporte GTS sports sedan.

Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) today announced new research that indicates that nearly 65% of American consumers are moderately or extremely interested in adopting a smart home solution, and 71% of those consumers make smart home purchases based on word-of-mouth referrals by friends and family or recommendations made in-store by employees.

I remember growing up we had a television that could switch on using just sounds, we found it hilarious that in addition to the device supplied, a hand clap or even someone with a high pitch voice cold do the trick. Those TVs might still be around but time has moved on, we now have many more options including proximity.

British Gas is determined to make the connected lifestyle a norm for its 4 million plus customers, along with the rest of the UK. The company is investing millions into developing and offering its customers added value services via its ‘Connected Home’ initiative.

If you didn't get a Television deal in the Black Friday or Christmas sales then wait because the new BRAVIA televisions coming from Sony this year is worth looking over.  The new range has four new series and 10 new models to choose from with the added benefit, they offer 4k Ultra HD image quality. New features include better access to content and image quality, connectivity with Google Android TV plus direct access to Playstation games.