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Lennar’s New Home-Automation Paradigm: Embracing Amazon Smart Home Services

Lennar is reportedly shedding traditional IoT products and ‘CEDIA’ installers in favor of wireless DIY home automation systems installed by Amazon Smart Home Services.

Julie Jacobson · July 19, 2017

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo Show: SnapAV Product Guru Reviews DIY Voice Assistants

SnapAV’s G. Paul Hess, who has a house full of DIY and pro-oriented home-automation products, shares opinions on Google Home, Amazon Alexa and the new Echo Show, plus a few words on Siri.

Julie Jacobson · July 11, 2017

Patents: Amazon’s Clever Voice-Controlled Light Switch is not Just ‘Alexa Inside’

Amazon’s patent application for voice-controlled light switch describes multiple mics on the faceplate and switch itself, so it can respond based on the position of the speaker (user) and whether the light is on or off.

Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2017

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

Ah, now the Amazon Echo Show makes sense. Amazon’s smart home ‘device with a screen’ gains IC Realtime compatibility along with other smart home security/surveillance camera feeds like August Home and Netgear.

Robert Archer · June 22, 2017

CE Pro 100 Names Top Voice Control Brands

Not surprisingly, Amazon’s Alexa dominates the voice control market, followed by Apple’s Siri, Savant, Google and Comcast.

Robert Archer · June 15, 2017

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

We’re comparing Apple to oranges. Here’s why Apple HomePod stands apart from its supposed competitors, Amazon, Google and Sonos.

Chelsea Cafiero · June 09, 2017

Apple HomePod Speaker Debuts, But Is It Too Late?

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.

Jason Knott · June 05, 2017

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

Dish customers can now use Amazon Alexa voice control to ask Hopper and Wally STBs to “search for Game of Thrones,” and other commands.

Robert Archer · May 23, 2017

Amazon Echo Show Brings Images to Voice Control

Amazon Echo Show is $229 video voice control with smart home features including hands-free video calls and viewing security camera images.

Jason Knott · May 10, 2017

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

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 · April 21, 2017