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

Is a smart home with no spacial awareness still smart? Roomba maker iRobot doesn’t think so. The company has been collecting spacial mapping technologies and is now looking to share the data with Google, Apple or Amazon in the next couple of years.

Chelsea Cafiero · July 26, 2017

CE Pro 100 Names Top Business Management Software

Business Management Software is a new category for 2017, with Intuit driven by its ubiquitous QuickBooks leading the way. The only custom industry market-specific solution among the top five is D-Tools.

Robert Archer · June 19, 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

Okay Google: Ask Alarm.com to Arm the Security System

Alarm.com customers can how use voice control with their Google Home to arm and disarm their security systems, unlock doors, change the temperature, turn the lights on and off, and more.

Steve Karantzoulidis · May 24, 2017

Sound United: Heos vs. Play-Fi Debate Continues after D+M Group Merger

Sound United still defining sales roles, wireless platforms for Polk, Def Tech with D+M Group brands Boston Acoustics, Marantz and Denon.

Joe Palenchar · May 16, 2017

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

GAFA’s (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) entrance into the smart home market presents two big changes for integrators: more customers but less product revenue.

Jason Griffing · May 16, 2017

Lutron Extends Lighting Control to Google Home via Google Assistant

Lighting controls provider Lutron rolls out Google Assistant voice control integration for its Caseta Wireless lighting control systems; HomeWorks QS and RadioRA 2 support coming in June.

Arlen Schweiger · April 18, 2017

Yamaha WXAD-10 or Google Chromecast Audio: Which Works Better?

Yamaha’s WXAD-10 offers wireless music playback with Bluetooth and Airplay, but how does it measure up against Google’s Chromecast Audio?

Jordan O'Brien · April 12, 2017