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Amazon Echo Show Gets Smarter, Adds IC Realtime, Other Smart Home Camera Skills

By Robert Archer · June 22, 2017 • Amazon's smart home 'device with a screen' gains IC Realtime compatibility through ICMyCloud, along with other smart home security/surveillance camera feeds like August Home and Netgear.

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.

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.

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.

Dish Integrates with Amazon Alexa for Voice Control, Dish Anywhere with Fire TV

By Robert Archer · May 23, 2017 • Dish customers can now use Amazon Alexa voice control to ask Hopper and Wally STBs to "search for Game of Thrones," and other commands. Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick also become the first media players to offer Dish Anywhere.

Amazon Echo Show Brings Images to Voice Control

By Jason Knott · May 10, 2017 • Amazon Echo Show is $229 video voice control with smart home features including hands-free video calls and viewing security camera images.

Smart-Home Dealer Drops Amazon Echo on Doorsteps, Gets Control4 Business

By Julie Jacobson · April 21, 2017 • Smart-home specialist and CEDIA board member Joe Whitaker of The Thoughtful Home closes Control4 and other home automation deals after leaving Amazon Alexa on select doorsteps. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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.

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.

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