TheSmartestHouse.com is running their Labor Day sale. which is a great time to get your hands on some Z-Wave hardware at an affordable cost.
Their customer service is top notch (reminding me of the Automated Outlet days).
Note: the 700 series USB stick IS compatible with Home Assistant in case you're wondering.
They're not sponsoring this post, I'm just a big fan. The same team is also responsible for the Zooz Z-Wave hardware lineup.
Zooz recently announced via twitter customers can now download firmware updates for the Zooz Z-Wave hardware. While this isn't a friction-less process (I'd love to see the registration requirement go away), it's a major step in the right direction.
As of right now, the following devices can be registered:
Jasco recently announced a similar decision, after Linus Tech Tips unveiled their struggles with Jasco hardware, which highlighted the issue of not being able to download firmware. This created enough pressure for Jasco to post the firmware on GitHub.
Amazon has posted an update for its Ring for Android app due to a vulnerability discovered by the Checkmarx company, which specializes in application code scanning. The vulnerability was exploiting an exposed deeplink/intent within the Ring application, allowing a bad actor to access recordings.
More details can be found on the Checkmarx website.