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‘Works with Bose’ Enables Whole New Era of Home System Integration

By Advertorial · January 24, 2018 • Works with Bose program partners with top brands like Amazon, Google, Control4, Crestron and more to provide integrators a way to offer streaming services, voice control and more from homeowners' Bose systems.

Polk Audio Launches Command Bar Soundbar with Alexa

By Robert Archer · January 12, 2018 • At CES 2018 Polk Audio introduced its new Polk Command Bar soundbar that features Amazon Alexa voice assistant.

10 Indications 2018 Will be a Big Year for Smart Home Installations

By Julie Jacobson · December 29, 2017 • As smart-home products go mainstream, and IoT becomes ever more hyped and confusing, we should see more demand for professional installations.

Bob Archer’s 2017 Products of the Year: Audio, Video, Home Automation

By Robert Archer · November 29, 2017 • CE Pro senior editor Bob Archer picks his 11 favorite products of 2017 from companies including Stewart Filmscreen, Control4, Epson, NAD, Meridian, Just Add Power and more.

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.

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