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Roomba Quietly Maps Your Home, Looks to Share Data with Smart-Home Giants

By Chelsea Cafiero · July 26, 2017 • Roomba maker iRobot has been collecting spacial mapping technologies as it vacuums and is now looking to share the data with Google, Apple or Amazon in the next couple of years.

Does $73 Alibaba Tmall Signal End (or Beginning) of Voice Control?

By Jason Knott · July 5, 2017 • With debut of Alibaba Tmall Genie X1 smart speaker at just $73, the race to the bottom in voice control has officially started.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Voice Control Brands

By Robert Archer · June 15, 2017 • Not surprisingly, Amazon’s Alexa dominates the voice control market, followed by Apple's Siri, Savant, Google and Comcast. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Remote/Interface/Smart Device Brands

By Robert Archer · June 13, 2017 • Apple now leads the category as Control4 pulls into a near dead heat with longtime commanding category leader URC for second place. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

No, You Can’t Compare Apple HomePod to Amazon Echo or Sonos

By Chelsea Cafiero · June 9, 2017 • We're comparing Apple to oranges. Here's why Apple HomePod stands apart from its supposed competitors, Amazon, Google and Sonos.

Savant Brings Back Dedicated Smart Home Touchscreens

By Jason Knott · June 8, 2017 • Savant Wally is new line of dedicated smart home control touchscreens in three different sizes with presence sensor technology.

Apple HomePod Speaker Debuts, But Is It Too Late?

By Jason Knott · June 5, 2017 • Targeting Sonos and Amazon Alexa, Apple HomePod aims to reinvent home music with $349 quality voice-controlled home audio speaker that also controls all HomeKit-connected devices.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Media Server/Streaming Brands

By Robert Archer · June 2, 2017 • Kaleidescape reclaims the top position, followed by Autonomic, Sonos, Apple and Roku. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Wireless Audio Brands

By Robert Archer · June 2, 2017 • Sonos takes the winning spot by far. Making a big jump into the top five is Control4. Bose doubles its dealer share from the previous year and Apple triples its dealer representation to enter the leading five. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

Why GAFA’s Interest in the Smart Home Actually Presents Significant Opportunity

By Jason Griffing · May 16, 2017 • GAFA's (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) entrance into the smart home market presents two big changes for integrators: more customers but less product revenue. Can you see the opportunity there?

Control4’s Smart Home on Wheels Comes to Boston Design Center

By Robert Archer · April 10, 2017 • Control4 brings its fully automated 'Smart Design, Smart Living' Airstream to Boston's Seaport district, with voice control from Amazon Echo as well as lighting, audio, video, HVAC and security smart-home control.

Builder to Push Apple HomeKit Home Automation to 47,000 Homes

By CE Pro Editors · February 24, 2017 • Brookfield Residential offers Lutron smart-home devices, Honeywell thermostats and voice control through Apple Siri.

Move Over Roku, 4K Apple TV in Testing

By Jordan O'Brien · February 16, 2017 • Apple is reportedly testing a 4K Apple TV, but can it take on the likes of Amazon and Roku?

12 Smart-Home Predictions for 2017: VR, Voice, Sound, Homekit, More

By Chelsea Cafiero · December 23, 2016 • How will we see virtual reality, voice control, Apple HomeKit, video steaming and immersive sound evolve in the next year? 12 home-tech pros, some dealers and some manufacturers, offer predictions for 2017.

Fibaro Has First Flood Sensor Available in Apple HomeKit

By Chelsea Cafiero · December 15, 2016 • Fibaro releases an Apple HomeKit-enabled product line of sensors, including the first-ever flood sensor on HomeKit, as well as a motion sensor and door/window sensor.

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