8 smart-home features buyers will want in 2019

Research shows that buyers want — and are willing to pay more for — smart-home features. Here are the top eight you should know inside and out.

Amazon unveils new Echo devices, Alexa microwave

You might soon be hearing a lot more from Alexa around your house. On Thursday, Amazon unveiled a range of new and redesigned smart-home gadgets with its popular virtual voice assistant.

Is Amazon Embarking on Home Insurance?

July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be […]

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How to sell a smart home: 3 talking points you don’t want to miss

Homebuyers don’t just want smart homes — they expect them, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has also keyed in on this tech-loving trend, as evidenced by its recent meeting with three major tech giants. And it’s no surprise.

Amazon Experience Centers Look to Transform Smart-Home Shopping

Amazon is making moves yet again. As a way to market its smart-home business segment without having to invest in conventional store locations, the online marketplace giant has partnered with Lennar Corporation to provide connectivity demos of Alexa-enabled products—everything from video doorbells and smart shades to lighting and scheduled deliveries—within the homebuilder’s model homes, calling these […]

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Voice Activated: Do You Talk to Your Tech?

How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis? Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to interact with smartphones and other devices. Just over half (55 percent) say “a major reason” […]

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Amazon’s smart doorbell company Ring raises privacy concerns with neighborhood watch app

Ring is launching an app that makes it easy for homeowners to report suspicious activity.

Philips debuts first outdoor Hue smart lights

Lights that turn on from the command of your phone — or your voice — are the next big thing in the growing world of home automation …

ICNY 18: Smart home tech is raising new questions during the home sale

What makes a home a smart home? Who gets to keep the smart lock after a house is sold? What if your agent still has the password to your thermostat …

Get an edge with smart home tech in 2018

It’s January, so I’m still 100 percent committed to keeping my New Year’s resolutions. This year my top resolution is to be an early adopter …