Brian Barrett for Wired: But the way Ikea has so far approached its Trådfri LEDs illustrates exactly how the furniture behemoth can light a path toward a generation of products that finally fulfill the smart home's potential. They're cheap. They're easy. And most importantly, they'll soon speak HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant with equal fluency.
Megan Wollerton for CNet: Amazon is ready to launch whole-home audio for its Alexa speakers, one report claims.
Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge: Between his previous experience developing webOS for TVs, his time at Pebble, and his work at Essential, Damir's hire makes sense for Google, especially as the company begins to build out more visual user experience interactions with Home.
Thuy Ong for The Verge: Struggling smart home platform Wink has been acquired by lifestyle and technology company, i.am+, the company owned by musician and hit and miss (but mostly miss) tech entrepreneur will.i.am.
Peter Newman for Business Insider: Over 70 companies in smart home automation have made their devices compatible with Google's smart home assistant.
Mike Hanlon for New Atlas: Swidget is a modular electrical outlet designed to turn any home into a smarthome using existing wiring, replacing a traditional electricity outlet with an outlet capable of using "snap in" inserts.
Jan Wolfe for Reuters: "There's an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared," said Angle.
Shanthi Rexaline , Benzinga: Amazon has begun assembling a team comprising in-house gadget experts, its own version of Best Buy's Geek Squad.
There's no better time to make your home even more comfortable and personalized. Best of all, these thoughtful updates will not only make this summer more enjoyable, but they'll last far beyond this season.
Benjamin Mayo for 9to5Mac: Apple has rolled out new in-store displays to select Apple Stores, demoing how users can take advantage of the Home app and HomeKit accessories to create smart home experiences.
Parks Associates: Only 10% of Users Use Their Personal Assistant Device or App to Control Smart Home Devices
New research examines challenges and strategies for smart home products and services
TWICE: Smart lighting & thermostats were common first steps into the smart home
Kurt Schlosser for GeekWire: Best Buy announced Wednesday that the experiences showcasing what is possible with voice technology and smart homes are unique to its stores and about 700 locations across the U.S. will feature the spaces starting next month.
Ben Levisohn for Barron's: One analyst bets Best Buy will be a big winner of out connected universe.
Nicholas Shields for Business Insider: Developers for connected camera companies can now build skills to link their devices to the forthcoming Echo Show.
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