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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.

Google, Nest Share Vision for Home-Technology Pros

By Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2017 • At CEDIA 2017, Google and Nest product managers Mark Spates and Mike Soucie discuss smart-home products, protocols and opportunities for home-technology pros.

Google Home Max, Nest Home Automation, Machine Learning: Can Anyone Beat Google?

By Julie Jacobson · October 10, 2017 • The theme of Google's big press event last week was: Stuff just happens. No downloads. No "skills." New Google Home Max, potential Sonos buster, listens and learns for "smarter sound," and Nest home automation magically joins the ecosystem. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Nest’s New Security and Home Automation System: Implications for Thread, Weave, Insurtech

By Julie Jacobson · September 21, 2017 • Nest Secure, a new UL-listed DIY security and home automation system with professional monitoring by MONI, seems humdrum until you consider implications for IoT protocols Thread and Weave, as well as smart-home installers and the insurance industry (insurtech). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Google and Nest Unite at CEDIA 2017

By Julie Jacobson · September 6, 2017 • Google and Nest unite for the first time at CEDIA 2017, and we have two IoT innovators taking questions from home-technology integrators. What do you want to know?

CEDIA 2017: Google + Nest Join Forces for First Time to Serve Smart-Home Pros

By Julie Jacobson · August 11, 2017 • In a "significant move," Google and Nest unite at CEDIA 2017, the show for smart-home pros; Alphabet companies to demo IoT security, comfort, Wi-Fi networking, voice control, home automation, and channel engagement. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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

By Chelsea Cafiero · July 26, 2017 • Roomba maker iRobot has been collecting spacial mapping technologies as it vacuums and is now looking to share the data with Google, Apple or Amazon in the next couple of years.

Does $73 Alibaba Tmall Signal End (or Beginning) of Voice Control?

By Jason Knott · July 5, 2017 • With debut of Alibaba Tmall Genie X1 smart speaker at just $73, the race to the bottom in voice control has officially started.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Business Management Software

By Robert Archer · June 19, 2017 • Business Management Software is a new category for 2017, with Intuit driven by its ubiquitous QuickBooks leading the way. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Voice Control Brands

By Robert Archer · June 15, 2017 • Not surprisingly, Amazon’s Alexa dominates the voice control market, followed by Apple's Siri, Savant, Google and Comcast. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

No, You Can’t Compare Apple HomePod to Amazon Echo or Sonos

By Chelsea Cafiero · June 9, 2017 • We're comparing Apple to oranges. Here's why Apple HomePod stands apart from its supposed competitors, Amazon, Google and Sonos.

Apple HomePod Speaker Debuts, But Is It Too Late?

By Jason Knott · June 5, 2017 • 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.

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

By Steve Karantzoulidis · May 24, 2017 • 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.

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

By Joe Palenchar · May 16, 2017 • Sound United still defining sales roles, wireless platforms for Polk, Def Tech with D+M Group brands Boston Acoustics, Marantz and Denon.

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