Advice from Expert: Builders Don’t Want DIY Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · March 22, 2017 • Tim Costello of the home-builder marketing firm BDX warns that homebuilders want built-in smart-home technologies to encourage consumers to buy new homes.

Alexa, Tell Tech Support to Give Me a Call

By Chelsea Cafiero · March 15, 2017 • Homeowners can ask their Amazon Echo to call tech support and, within minutes, a OneVision Technology Specialist will be on the phone.

Vaux Wireless Speaker Connects the (Amazon Echo) Dots

By Lisa Montgomery · March 13, 2017 • Make the Amazon Echo Dot a portable device with Ninety7's Vaux wireless speaker.

Alexa, Please Don’t Steal My Company’s Service Revenue

By Joseph Kolchinsky · March 6, 2017 • As integrators race to provide managed services through tech support, Amazon Echo and Google Home could get there before you do.

Lessons From Amazon’s Smart Home Consultations

By Julie Jacobson · March 6, 2017 • Two sharp guys from Amazon Home Services came to my home, analyzed my Wi-Fi, got my thermostat online, demonstrated Fire TV and made smart-home recommendations ... for free. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Use These Amazon Alexa Networking Instructions to Scare off DIYs

By Julie Jacobson · February 16, 2017 • These directions on how to Alexa-enable Linksys routers and mesh-networking devices make it all sound pretty scary. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

URC Creates Amazon Alexa Smart Home Skill

By Chelsea Cafiero · February 15, 2017 • Integrators and clients can now control URC's Total Control smart home system with Amazon Alexa voice control.

Top 5 Home Tech Trends and Opportunities for 2017: From Voice Control to VR

By Julie Jacobson · February 15, 2017 • CE Pro presents the Top 5 trends for home-technology integrators to watch for 2017: voice control for home automation, virtual reality and augmented reality, device discovery and data collection, new models in tech deployment, and fiber in the home.

Look Inside Part DIY, Part HelloTech Media Room Project

By Lisa Montgomery · February 15, 2017 • Avid DIY-er enlists 'Do It For Me' website to help renovate her 1930s media room with Sonos, Amazon Echo, Lutron and Samsung SmartThings.

Now This is Disruptive: I Just Set Up a Free Smart Home Consultation with Amazon

By Julie Jacobson · February 2, 2017 • Through Amazon Home Services, smart-home consultants will spend an hour at your pad explaining home automation and networking, pushing products like Ecobee, Amazon Echo, Bose, Philips Hue and Fire TV, and promoting services like Prime Fresh. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Integrator Uncovers Reliability Issues Installing Amazon Echo

By Alice Gustafson · January 27, 2017 • Todd Anthony Puma of The Source Home Theater Installation & Design recounts his professional experiences installing Amazon Echo, or Alexa, in clients' homes.

Lenovo’s Smart Assistant Is Alexa with Better Audio

By Jordan O'Brien · January 25, 2017 • Lenovo enters the smart home market with an Amazon Echo clone that uses Alexa voice services, as well as the wireless Smart Storage hard drive.

How Dish is Winning by Cannibalizing Itself: AirTV, Dish-on-a-Stick, Native Alexa Voice

By Julie Jacobson · January 20, 2017 • Demonstrated at CES 2017, Dish Networks's new AirTV box and Dish-on-a-Fire-TV-Stick could cut into its traditional satellite service; First native Alexa Voice control for TV demo'd. (Julie Jacobson, CE Pro)

ADT Makes History: Disarm Security System Via Amazon Alexa Voice

By Julie Jacobson · January 7, 2017 • CES 2017: How ADT convinced Amazon to allow voice-based disarming for security; also, new ADT Canopy security partners revealed, including LG Smart Security, powered by Zonoff. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Best News of 2017: Dish Hopper is First TV Service to Work Directly with Amazon Alexa

By Julie Jacobson · January 3, 2017 • CES 2017: “Alexa, go to CNN” and other voice commands can be used to control Dish Hopper TV and DVR services.

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