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Amazon Alexa Guard Sound-Detection Turns Echo into Smart Security System

By Rodney Bosch · May 16, 2019 • Alexa Guard works with smart home platforms by ADT and Ring to arm/disarm systems, control lighting, receive fire/life-safety alerts and more.

Jimmy Buffett Might Love This Florida Key Elan-Powered Smart Home

By CE Pro Editors · March 6, 2019 • Thanks to 9 Amazon Echo Dots and customized voice-controlled sequences, one Florida couple can now treat their friends to a seamless movie-watching experience.

Report: Smart Speaker Adoption Thwarted by Security and Inoperability Concerns

By CE Pro Editors · February 28, 2019 • A new research report by Strategy Analytics suggests the use of smart speakers is not increasing after initial purchase, and in many instances is slowing.

Elan Controlled, Alexa Voice-Activated Game Room Helps Homeowner Enjoy Retirement

By CE Pro Editors · February 19, 2019 • Elan automation plus Amazon Alexa voice control gives this English homeowner the ability to set up specific commands for his game room such as 'Alexa, turn on darts' to set a special lighting scene for playing darts.

AudioControl to Showcase CM Line of 70 and 100-Volt Amps at ISE 2019

By CE Pro Editors · January 22, 2019 • During ISE 2019, AudioControl will introduce its line of CM amps alongside its new Avalon G4 theater amplifier and the voice-enabled Rialto 400.

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.

ADT Optimistic About Amazon Alexa; Reports Q3 Revenues Up 6%

By Jason Knott · November 13, 2018 • ADT reports quarterly revenue of $1.15 billion, up 6 percent, primarily due to ADT Pulse smart home growth. Amazon Company looks to bring alarm voice response directly to law enforcement vehicles.

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.

$155 DEAL - GE’s New Smart Microwave with Scan-to-Cook, Alexa Voice Control

By Julie Jacobson · July 17, 2018 • New smart microwave from GE Appliances offered at $125 with free Amazon Echo Dot - just scan the box for automatic cooking, or 'add 30 seconds' with voice controls. And the GE guy in charge? Last name: Stover.

Pulse-Eight at ISE 2018: Multiroom Audio Powered by Amazon Alexa, First ‘18 Gbps’ HDBaseT Extender

By Julie Jacobson · February 13, 2018 • At ISE 2018, the HDMI-CEC geniuses at Pulse-Eight showed new Amazon Alexa audio matrix, NFC-enabled TV remote control, and first shipping 18 Gbps HDBaseT extender that supports 4K/60, HDR10, HDCP 2.2 and DSC compression scheme.

‘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.

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.

7 Smart Home Trends at CES 2018

By Julie Jacobson · December 19, 2017 • In studying pre-CES IoT activity, we discerned a few new trends in smart-home technology ('the fog') and market forces (wellness) driving home-automation. But some things never change (standards).

Portal.io Gets Exclusive Distribution Rights for Origin Acoustics’ Show-Stopping Valet Amp

By Julie Jacobson · December 14, 2017 • Origin Acoustics' crowd-pleasing, CEDIA-winning Valet Amp, powered by Amazon Echo Dot, can only be purchased by direct dealers through Origin ... or now any qualified dealer through Portal.io.

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.

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