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Smart Speakers, Outdoor Zones Are Future of Multiroom Audio

By Jason Knott · July 19, 2018 • Nortek Security & Control’s Alex Zaliauskas outlines growing distributed audio opportunities for integrators due to smart speakers and new form factors for outdoor speakers.

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.

$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.

Roku Moves into Wireless Audio with Roku TV Wireless Speakers

By Robert Archer · July 16, 2018 • Roku TV is getting a new hardware option. The new Roku TV Wireless Speakers debut for a $150 bundled price that includes a voice control remote.

Alula’s ‘SmartHome Now’ Saves Builders Up Front, Lets Buyers Add Tech Later

By CE Pro Editors · June 26, 2018 • Alula Connect+ security and home-automation platform can be installed during construction at very low cost to homebuilder, allowing integration with built-in smart-home tech like Pella Insynctive windows and doors.

Google Launches ‘Continued Conversation’ Feature for Google Home Devices

By Andrew Nichols · June 21, 2018 • Originally announced at Google I/O in May, the company's latest Home update includes the ability to hold a conversation with Google Assistant voice control.

Lighting Control Special Report: Exclusive Research

By Jason Knott · June 14, 2018 • The first-ever in-depth CE Pro research reveals profit, pricing, scale and popular elements in lighting control installations.

Alexa is Top Voice-Control for Smart-Home Pros, but Google Gains - CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis

By CE Pro Editors · June 6, 2018 • Amazon Alexa, not surprisingly, is the top voice-control brand among CE Pro 100 high-revenue integrators, but Google Assistant is starting to register, according to the 2018 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.

Optoma UHD51A 4K Projector Controllable by Amazon Alexa

By Robert Archer · May 15, 2018 • One of the first Amazon Alexa-controlled projectors, the Optoma UHD51A has a TI chipset to deliver 4K home theater images at $1,699.

Amazon Introduces Smart-Home ‘Experience Centers’

By CE Pro Editors · May 9, 2018 • Amazon partners with national homebuilder Lennar to create Alexa-enabled smart homes in select cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

Crestron Developer Reviews TSR-310 Remote: ‘Favorite Remote Yet’

By Troy Morgan, ADAPT · April 25, 2018 • Beyond the pretty face, Crestron's new TSR-310 touchscreen remote boasts some of the best tweaks in the biz, like fast Wi-Fi wake-up, "flawless" voice control and optimized backlighting, says ADAPT's Troy Morgan.

New Josh Ultra from Josh.ai is ‘Super exclusive, kind of a big deal’

By CE Pro Editors · April 1, 2018 • Other high-end home-automation systems can do voice control, but can they deliver THIS when you're THERE? We think not. Josh Ultra is available April 1.

Winning Home Theater Features Star Ceiling Made with 7 Miles of Fiber

By CE Pro Editors · March 28, 2018 • Savant home automation and a $50 Amazon Echo Dot control this award-winning home theater featuring elaborate star ceiling, high-end Kaleidescape movie server ... and a $100 Roku HD.

Google Joins Azione, Pushing DIY Voice Control to Smart-Home Pros

By Julie Jacobson · March 28, 2018 • Azione Unlimited, a buying group for home-technology pros, adds another DIY vendor to the roster -- Google Home -- shortly after Sonos joins the group.

Rachio Launches Voice-Controlled Wireless Smart Sprinkler System

By Jason Knott · March 20, 2018 • Backed by $10M from Amazon Alexa fund, voice-controlled Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller pairs with 'first-ever' residential wireless flow meter for app-based smart home irrigation control.

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