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Do you trust Google, Apple and Amazon joining smart-home forces?

In a rare showing of solidarity from the big three in tech, an announcement coming out of Cupertino, CA claims that Google, Apple, and Amazon will actually work together (choke choke) to make competing smart-home devices more compatible with one another.  For digital home users everywhere, this could be the answer to connecting disparate devices and making their smart homes...even smarter. But for tech skeptics, this sounds like one big leap towards a greater breach of privacy. What do you think—do you trust the new alliance to make smart home tech more compatible? 

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The Silicon Valley race to dominate the smart-home space has only brought the consumers actually using these devices the most headaches. Hopefully this initiative, called Project Connected Home over IP, will aim to lay "plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products." This essentially means that the current eco-system of isolated smart home products will find a new life—er, code—to be able to work together.  Google, Apple and Amazon plan to work with the Zigbee Alliance, which includes board member companies like IKEA and Samsung SmartThings, to "simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers." Per CNBC, a logo on device boxes "will let customers know if it’s built and supported by Project Connected Home over IP or not," bringing customers one step closer to a fully integrated, fragmented-free smart home. 

Hey Google, Alexa, Apple—take care of everything in my house, thanks!

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Like one device listening in on our every word wasn't enough, now they'll all be in synch? Concerns about our devices—phones, computers and smart home gadgets—leaking our data have been prevalent for years, with little or no action being taken by the companies producing them. Even though Project Connected Home over IP claims "security as a fundamental design tenet," it's hard to believe that the three biggest privacy perpetrators will actually work together to safeguard our information and lives in real-time. And per a concerning article from Bloomberg, these companies are already tracking your every move—should they join forces, there's an undoubtable likelihood that your personal data could end up in even more places you don't want it to. 

I'll just turn off my own lights and keep my data to myself. 

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