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Is It Illegal to Install a ‘Hidden’ Smart Speaker?

By Jason Knott · December 18, 2018 • Certain state laws prohibit audio recording in covert applications, so can you disguise an Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Office Depot Launches Smart Home Installation Service

By Jason Knott · December 14, 2018 • Office Depot's Workonomy Tech Services division and CompuCom subsidiary will install and connect Google and Nest products to other smart devices in home out of its 1,400 retail locations and website.

How One L.A. Integrator Spiked Its Black Friday Sales by 37%

By Jason Knott · November 28, 2018 • Just One Touch / Video & Audio Center focuses on upper-tier products combined with $500 custom installation credit to have record-breaking Black Friday weekend sales.

Are Integrators Ready to be ‘Energy Automation Contractors’?

By Jason Knott · November 16, 2018 • Sonnen aims to create a new category of smart home integrators who unite solar, energy storage, vehicle charging stations, and intelligent circuit breakers with lighting, shades and thermostats.

NPD Group: ‘Historic Period of Growth’ for Smart Home Coming

By Jason Knott · October 29, 2018 • NPD researcher tells HTSA that smart home will grow by 20% each of the next 3 years led by premium smart home products and services. Google, Amazon partnerships vital.

$599 HP Chromebook Fulfills Public’s Appetite for Chrome OS Devices

By Robert Archer · October 17, 2018 • The convertible HP Chromebook x360 14 features the Chrome operating system, 8th-generation Intel Core processing and up to 64GB of solid-state storage.

The Day After: Catch up on Breaking News from Google/Nest Oct. 10

By CE Pro Editors · October 8, 2018 • Hold this date: Oct. 10, 2018. You won’t want to miss a one-on-one conversation with CE Pro founding editor Julie Jacobson and Google exec Michele Turner … one day after the companies make their big Fall 2018 new-product announcements.

Voice Control at CEDIA 2018 - Latest on Alexa, Google, Bixby, Sonos, Josh

By Julie Jacobson · August 28, 2018 • Latest in voice control for the smart home will be revealed at CEDIA Expo 2018, including new technologies from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby and Josh.ai.

Apple Joins Mesh Networking Group Thread as HomeKit Rumors Swirl

By Andrew Nichols · August 10, 2018 • The rumor mill is reaching peak production this week, as Apple bolsters its mesh networking by joining Thread Group.

40% of All ADT Clients Now Use ADT Pulse

By Jason Knott · August 10, 2018 • ADT reports 6% revenue boost and 73% of all new customers opt for ADT Pulse smart home automation. Pigeonholes Google, Amazon DIY security offerings as suitable for ‘renters.'

CTA Mid-2018 Report: Smart Speakers, 4K TVs to Reach $17B+ in Combined Revenue

By CE Pro Editors · August 1, 2018 • The Consumer Technology Association released its 'U.S Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts' report, which suggests 4K UHD TVs will be the top revenue maker for residential A/V pros.

Get Ready for Google Assistant Smart Displays, Starting with Lenovo

By Andrew Nichols · July 30, 2018 • Lenovo Smart Display ($199) is first Google Assistant with a screen -- ideal for consumers married to the Google ecosystem, including Maps, Calendar, Nest, Android phones, Duo video calling, Android Things and more.

CEDIA Tech Talks to Address Opportunities, Pain Points

By CE Pro Editors · July 24, 2018 • Inaugural CEDIA Tech Talks presented by CE Pro to cover home battery power, emerging IoT opportunities, and profitability advice.

Microsoft President Wants Facial Recognition Regulated

By CE Pro Editors · July 19, 2018 • In a blog post, Microsoft president Brad Smith emplores Congress to create a bipartisan expert commision to regulate the use of facial recognition technologies.

Nest Folds into Google’s Home Division; CEO Steps Down

By Jason Knott · July 18, 2018 • Google realigns Nest into its home and living room products division to leverage AI and machine learning. CEO Farwan Marwaz steps down.

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