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Is It Illegal to Install a ‘Hidden’ Smart Speaker?

Certain state laws prohibit audio recording in covert applications, so can you disguise an Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Jason Knott · December 18, 2018

Office Depot Launches Smart Home Installation Service

Office Depot’s Workonomy Tech Services division and CompuCom subsidiary will install and connect Google and Nest products to other smart devices in home out of its 1,400 retail locations and website.

Jason Knott · December 14, 2018

How One L.A. Integrator Spiked Its Black Friday Sales by 37%

Just One Touch / Video & Audio Center focuses on upper-tier products combined with $500 custom installation credit to have record-breaking Black Friday weekend sales.

Jason Knott · November 28, 2018

Are Integrators Ready to be ‘Energy Automation Contractors’?

Sonnen aims to create a new category of smart home integrators who unite solar, energy storage, vehicle charging stations, and intelligent circuit breakers with lighting, shades and thermostats.

Jason Knott · November 16, 2018

NPD Group: ‘Historic Period of Growth’ for Smart Home Coming

NPD researcher tells HTSA that smart home will grow by 20% each of the next 3 years led by premium smart home products and services. Google, Amazon partnerships vital.

Jason Knott · October 29, 2018

$599 HP Chromebook Fulfills Public’s Appetite for Chrome OS Devices

With more consumers embracing Chrome OS devices, the new HP Chromebook x360 14 provides consumers with hybrid computing solutions.

Robert Archer · October 17, 2018

The Day After: Catch up on Breaking News from Google/Nest Oct. 10

Hold this date: Oct. 10, 2018. You won’t want to miss a one-on-one conversation with CE Pro founding editor Julie Jacobson and Google exec Michele Turner … one day after the companies make their big Fall 2018 new-product announcements.

CE Pro Editors · October 08, 2018

Voice Control at CEDIA 2018 – Latest on Alexa, Google, Bixby, Sonos, Josh

Latest in voice control for the smart home will be revealed at CEDIA Expo 2018, including new technologies from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby and Josh.ai.

Julie Jacobson · August 28, 2018

Apple Joins Mesh Networking Group Thread as HomeKit Rumors Swirl

The rumor mill is reaching peak production this week, as Apple bolsters its mesh networking by joining Thread Group.

Andrew Nichols · August 10, 2018

40% of All ADT Clients Now Use ADT Pulse

ADT reports 6% revenue boost and 73% of all new customers opt for ADT Pulse smart home automation. Pigeonholes Google, Amazon DIY security offerings as suitable for ‘renters.’

Jason Knott · August 10, 2018