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Product Briefs: BluOS Updates; Amarra adds MQA; Kwikset, Amazon Key

By CE Pro Editors · November 20, 2017 • Keep checking back for CE Pro's brief product and company news in custom electronics.

Smart Home Communities – Smart Bet or All Hype?

By Michael Smith · November 13, 2017 • Smart home community trend is taking off. What can manufacturers, installers and dealers do to catch the tailwind?

Answering 4 Big Questions about Voice Control

By Jason Knott · November 9, 2017 • How do CE pros make money with voice control like Amazon Echo, Google Assistant and others, which one is best, and is it a service opportunity or service nightmare?

DIY Security, Home Automation: What’s a Pro to Do?

By Rodney Bosch · November 7, 2017 • Here's the reality of DIY security and home automation, with some research and musings by Rodney Bosch of CE Pro's sister publication Security Sales & Integration.

Great News for Pros: Home Automation is More Confusing than Ever

By Julie Jacobson · October 20, 2017 • Home automation, networking and security have never been more confusing, thanks to an onslaught of DIY products like Ring Protect, Nest Secure, Amazon Echo Plus and Google Home. That's great news for smart-home pros.

Amazon’s Decision on ZigBee vs. Z-Wave Makes No Sense

By Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2017 • Julie Jacobson and Avi Rosenthal wonder why Amazon chose ZigBee for Echo Plus home-automation hub, when Z-Wave is more interoperable, secure, supportable, and ubiquitous.

Amazon’s New Custom Smart-Home Service: Who Cares if They’re ‘Sincere’?

By Julie Jacobson · October 16, 2017 • Countering the Amazon-bashing, Julie Jacobson says new CEDIA program may or may not work, but don't dismiss it just because Amazon might change its smart-home strategy in the future.

CEDIA Dealers Shouldn’t Trust Amazon as Smart-Home Partner, Says Industry Veteran

By Chuck Schneider · October 13, 2017 • Smart-home pros would be 'foolhardy' to trust Amazon's intentions in launching 'Custom Home Services' for CEDIA-certified installers.

Amazon Details ‘Custom Home Service’ Featuring CEDIA Smart Home Pros

By Jason Knott · October 12, 2017 • Amazon brings vast consumer awareness to smart home automation, along with a lead referral program and open API.

Sonos One with Alexa and Google Assistant, Plus ‘More Open’ API

By Julie Jacobson · October 4, 2017 • New Sonos One speaker becomes home-automation hub with six-mic array and Alexa voice control; Google Assistant comes in 2018. Plus, a more “open” API?

Key Home Automation Takeaways from Amazon Echo Plus & New Alexa Services

By Julie Jacobson · September 29, 2017 • Amazon's new home-automation play includes ZigBee-enabled Echo Plus (not Z-Wave?) and Alexa services such as Routines, enabling macros to be activated by voice control or time and day. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Kohl’s Puts Amazon Smart-Home Hardware, Staff in Stores Ahead of Holiday Season

By Chelsea Cafiero · September 13, 2017 • Kohl's customers in 10 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago will have a chance to test out and purchase Amazon Echo, Dot and Fire devices — and sign up for Amazon Smart Home Services for in-home consultations.

Amazon to Put CEDIA-Certified Smart Home Installers on the Map

By Julie Jacobson · September 8, 2017 • Amazon will help consumers find CEDIA-certified integrators for home-technology installations to go beyond what Amazon Smart Home Services can provide.

Cheap Echo Dot Meets Premium Multiroom Audio: The Genius of Origin Acoustics’ Valet Amp

By Julie Jacobson · August 31, 2017 • Debuting at CEDIA 2017, Valet Amp from Origin Acoustics delivers premium whole-house audio, Alexa voice control, and a host of Amazon services with about $200 worth of Echo Dots. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Deja Vu? Best Buy Takes on Amazon with In-Home Consultation Program

By Chelsea Cafiero · August 30, 2017 • Best Buy CEO says new home advisor program is one way the company plans to open up 'lately' customer demand for smart-home technology.

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