Amazon Is Testing a Geek Squad-Like Service for Smart Home Tech

Phil Wahba for Fortune: The online store has been assembling an army of experts to offer free consultations for its Alexa products.

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

The Smart Home Can Grow By Stealth, Says Futuresource

TWICE: Smart lighting & thermostats were common first steps into the smart home

Best Buy introducing Amazon Alexa and Google Home experiences to 700 U.S. stores

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.

Does 'Smart Home' Make Best Buy a Smart Pick?

Ben Levisohn for Barron's: One analyst bets Best Buy will be a big winner of out connected universe.

Amazon is trying to strengthen its position against competing smart home products

Nicholas Shields for Business Insider: Developers for connected camera companies can now build skills to link their devices to the forthcoming Echo Show.

A new wave of gadgets is setting out to secure your smart home

Rob Verger for Popular Science: Paul Lipman, the CEO of a British cybersecurity company Bullguard, points at those devices in our home, like smart locks or internet-connected televisions, as vulnerabilities because they can lack security features.

Vivint Smart Home Introduces Vivint Smart Properties for Property Developers and Managers

New program brings smart home technology to apartment households

Samsung and LG products may soon be able to communicate with one another

Brian Reigh for Android Authority: Imagine being able to see the inside of your LG fridge on your Samsung TV. That might become a reality as early as this year according to sources.

Data from Smart Home Brand Hive Reveals Consumer Barriers

Research reveals concerns around price and ease of use, though majority of people open to smart home experiences

Apple Frees Up Its Smart Home Platform To Kickstart Development

Aaron Tilley for Forbes: At a Wednesday morning developer session at this year's WWDC, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with.

Parks Associates: Retail the Leading Sales Channel for Smart Home Purchases

The firm's consumer research has detailed a shift in smart home purchase behaviors in the past year as retail is now the most common purchase channel for smart home products.

Security Implications of Permission Models in Smart-Home Application Frameworks

IEEE Software magazine via InfoQ: A key component of smart-home programming frameworks, such as Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, etc., is their permission model, which provides the first line of defense against remote attacks.

Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

Alina Selyukh for NPR The Two-Way: Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants - and it's called HomePod.

Samsung Embarks on New Era of Whole Home Automation with the Launch of Samsung Connect Home Smart Wi-Fi System

-All-in-one Whole Home Wi-Fi and SmartThings Hub Offers Ultimate Home Control for Today's Families. -Available for Pre-order Exclusively at Best Buy on June 4; launching nationwide July 16th

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