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DR Horton, KB Homes: How Big Production Builders Deploy Smart-Home Technology Today

By Rodney Bosch · December 12, 2018 • Mass-market DIY home automation systems work for production homes, but should be deployed with ‘white-glove’ service, and supported after the fact: ‘Connected Home’ panel with DR Horton and KB Homes

Alexa, Meet Bose: In-Depth Review of Bose’s New Smart Speaker System

By Robert Archer · December 12, 2018 • Superior Bose sound. Unlimited entertainment possibilities: The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars has built-in voice control from Amazon Alexa that puts millions of songs at the tip of your tongue. And with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want; however you want.

Sonos Delays Google Assistant Introduction to 2019, Begins Private Beta

By Andrew Nichols · December 11, 2018 • The wait continues for those looking to ask Google Assistant questions via Sonos, but keen Sonos fans can sign up for private beta testing taking place over the next few months.

Hands-On Review: Brilliant Packs Whole-House Control Into a Super Smart Light Switch

By Jason Knott · December 11, 2018 • Brilliant's new smart switches with built-in voice control can automate the dumb old lights ... and virtually every other connected device in the house.

Amazon Fixes Big Alexa Problem in Whole-House Audio

By Jay Basen · October 17, 2018 • Amazon software update allows users to assign Alexa devices to multiple music groups.

Smart Home Devices Market to Grow 31 Percent Year Over Year, Says IDC Report

By CE Pro Editors · October 4, 2018 • International Data Corporation report says smart speaker and other smart home devices sales will grow at quick clip over the next five years. Smart Home Devices Market Forecast to Be Growing Globally at 31% Annual Clip (SSI Title)

Bluesound Gen 2i Wireless Whole-House Products Feature Apple AirPlay2

By Robert Archer · October 1, 2018 • Some of the new features built into the new Bluesound Gen 2i line of products include dual-band WiFi, Apple AirPlay2 and the latest generation Bluetooth formats.

Analysis: What Those New Amazon Echo Products Mean for the Smart-Home Channel

By Julie Jacobson · September 28, 2018 • Amazon's new Alexa lineup, including Gen 3 Echo Dot, speakerless Input, first subwoofer, and Link amp, could affect the smart-home installation channel and Sonos position in unexpected ways.

Amazon’s New Alexa Guard: Huge Implications for Sound Recognition in Security; ADT Stock up 7%

By Julie Jacobson · September 21, 2018 • New Alexa Guard turns Amazon Echo into sound-recognition device, alerting users and professional monitoring stations to smoke/CO alarms and glass breaks; first partner ADT sees stock price soar.

ABB Launches ABB-free@home Smart Home Control Platform

By CE Pro Editors · September 21, 2018 • ABB's latest smart home solution can be integrated with Philips Hue, Sonos speakers, and features Amazon Alexa voice-control.

Amazon Announces ADT Pulse as Professional Installation and Monitoring Solution for Alexa Guard [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 21, 2018 • ADT says Alexa Guard, new audio analytic service from Amazon, "deepens Amazon's marketing and distribution relationship with ADT."

Amazon’s Big Alexa New-Product News: Alexa Guard, TIDAL Streaming, Local Control, More [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 21, 2018 • Amazon launches new capabilities across Routines, Music, Smart Home, Home Monitoring, Alexa Calling, Amazon FreeTime on Alexa and more; features begin rolling out to select new and existing Echo devices in the coming months.

Amazon Announces New Echo Devices Including Amp, Subwoofer, Dot and Auto [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 20, 2018 • New Echo devices let you add a subwoofer to your Echo devices, amplify or stream high-fidelity music to your existing home audio system (Echo Link), and add Alexa to your own speaker (Echo Input).

Intermatic Smart In-Wall Lighting Timer Sidesteps Installer Pain Points

By Robert Archer · September 19, 2018 • The Intermatic Ascend STW700W Smart In-Wall Lighting Timer is a new smart home device that allows for lighting schedules and on-the-fly lighting control adjustments from its companion iOS and Android app.

Robotic Patio Umbrellas a New Product Category for Pro Channel

By Lisa Montgomery · September 18, 2018 • ShadeCraft and Screen Innovations launch smart patio umbrellas for a new twist on outdoor installations.

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