Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Amazon's gets Savvy About Smart Home Setup with On-site Techs

The amazon echo is seen on display at the Amazon Books store in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in New York City New York Amazon's gets Savvy About Smart Home Setup with On-site Techs
Rosalie Gross | 11 July, 2017, 01:35

Amazon is pushing Alexa as the platform of choice for smart home control, while Best Buy is promoting both Alexa and Google Home.

But maybe not for long.

Amazon really wants you to buy smart home products. Best Buy's service fixes products even if they were purchased from other stores.

Insider sources told Recode Amazon has been quietly hiring its smart home technicians in several cities, and that it'll expand to more markets soon. Amazon won't set up just any device, but it handles some of the common brands: Philips Hue lights, Ecobee thermostats, Eero WiFi routers and Ring doorbells are some of the eligible gadgets.

Now available in seven locations (Seattle, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Orange County, Calif.; and San Jose, Calif.), the new services are provided by Amazon employees rather than contractors.

On Monday, July 10, Recode reported that Amazon is quietly posting job notices and hiring IT professionals for its own in-home electronics fix army, to rival Best Buy's Geek Squad. The installation fees run are about $99. Last month, the e-commerce giant wreaked havoc on rival grocery stores when it announced a $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, immediately confronting dozens of companies with the prospect of having to compete with food-delivery service Amazon Fresh.

Now, Amazon is making a concerted effort to own that entire customer experience, including the in-person assistance that has been a major asset for Best Buy.

Best Buy reported unexpected first quarter growth in May, when shares hit an all-time intraday high of $60.14.

Geek Squad is Best Buy's foot into our homes thanks to their smart home and home theater installation services.

Amazon has already taken a big bite out of Best Buy's electronics revenues, and now it's coming for the services part of their business as well. According to Best Buy's annual report, its services business is comprised of consultation, design, delivery, installation, set-up, protection plans, repair, technical support and educational classes.

Recommended

  • Jon Rahm secures convincing six-stroke Irish Open victory

    Jon Rahm secures convincing six-stroke Irish Open victory

    Challenge Tour player Gavin Moynihan finished as the leading home player in a share of 20th place on 13 under after a closing 64. Southgate's share of second was the best finish of his career to date, eclipsing his fourth place in the same event past year .
    India post challenging total vs West Indies

    India post challenging total vs West Indies

    Taylor, who opened the bowling along with Samuel Badree, finished with two for 31, and Williams two for 42. Kohli may also make some changes in the playing XI with the kind of depth India has got in their squad .
    Knicks Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Still on Trade Block After Tim Hardaway Jr

    Knicks Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Still on Trade Block After Tim Hardaway Jr

    The Atlanta Hawks will not match the New York Knicks' massive four-year, $71 million contract offer to Tim Hardaway Jr . The club is looking for a veteran point guard to mentor rookie Frank Ntilikina but has limited resources to find one.
  • Blac Chyna Breaks Silence On Rob Kardashian's Revenge Porn

    Blac Chyna Breaks Silence On Rob Kardashian's Revenge Porn

    I felt as though he just really needed, you know, help without somebody pointing their finger. Kardashian is also prohibited from posting any photos online of Chyna or their daughter .
    June job growth was a healthy 222000 . . . but we can do better

    June job growth was a healthy 222000 . . . but we can do better

    The agency singled out health care, social assistance, financial activities and mining as sectors where jobs were added. When those workers are taken into account, the jobless rate rose to 8.6 percent last month from 8.4 percent in May.
    Britain's May optimistic on Trump visit, UK-US trade deal

    Britain's May optimistic on Trump visit, UK-US trade deal

    Fraser, Britain will not be able to negotiate with anyone until they have departed from the European Union. Downing Street said that "no date is being announced today".
  • Vladimir Putin Warns Against 'Losing Cool' On North Korea

    Vladimir Putin Warns Against 'Losing Cool' On North Korea

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the test indicated a quicker than expected pace of the North's ICBM program. The Air Force, in a statement, called the mission a "demonstration of the ironclad US commitment to our allies".
    An acrobat has died right before a Green Day gig in Madrid

    An acrobat has died right before a Green Day gig in Madrid

    It read: " Mad Cool Festival regrets the bad accident that an acrobat suffered during the second day of the festival". On Saturday the festival will "pay an emotional tribute to the artist ", the statement added.
    UN Members Sign Nuclear Prohibition Treaty - With Notable Exceptions

    UN Members Sign Nuclear Prohibition Treaty - With Notable Exceptions

    Negotiators representing two-thirds of the 192-member United Nations finalized the 10-page treaty this week after months of talks. In October 2016, the UN General Assembly voted to negotiate and conclude a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons .
  • Wildfire Scorches Thousands of Acres in Santa Barbara County

    Wildfire Scorches Thousands of Acres in Santa Barbara County

    The fire has burned 42.6 square miles (110.3 square kilometers) of grass, brush and timber since starting June 30. Island fire: Lightning also caused this fire, which is burning west of Edna in the Marble Mountain Wilderness.
    UNESCO puts Hebron in danger list

    UNESCO puts Hebron in danger list

    In an intractable and long-running battle, Unesco's recognition is, at least, a move in the right direction for Palestinians. She would not comment on whether Hebron had been recognised as Palestinian, saying the exact wording would be decided later.
    UK Hospital Reconsiders Baby Charlie Gard's Death Verdict

    UK Hospital Reconsiders Baby Charlie Gard's Death Verdict

    A GoFundMe campaign for Charlie has raised more than £1.3 million, or roughly $1.7 million. The hospital also offered to ship the experimental drug to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Eminem reportedly working on ninth studio album with Dr. Dre Eminem reportedly working on ninth studio album with Dr. Dre The music mogul has been relatively idle since his $3bn Beats By Dre deal, which saw him selling his headphone business to Apple. Dre produced Eminem's 1999 debut, "The Real Slim Shady ", and played a major role in bringing the rapper to the world.

Japan floods death toll rises to 15 Japan floods death toll rises to 15 Volunteers from within and outside Fukuoka began gathering in Asakura to help remove sand and soil from houses. Kyushu is the name of the southwestern main island that includes Fukuoka and Oita.

Trump Considers Hard Line on Chinese Steel in Advance of G20 Summit Trump Considers Hard Line on Chinese Steel in Advance of G20 Summit But any USA restriction on steel imports would have a relatively muted effect on China, and would hit other countries much harder. "It just opens the door to everyone else to do same thing, not just on steel", Reinsch said .

Wani's martyrdom infused fresh impetus to Kashmir freedom movement: Sartaj Wani's martyrdom infused fresh impetus to Kashmir freedom movement: Sartaj Sandhu, Corps Commander of Srinagar based Chinar Corps, on Friday visited south Kashmir areas to review security situation. Burhan Wani along with his two associates was martyred by Indian troops in a fake encounter on July 8, last year.

1 killed, 8 wounded at pregnant OH woman's gender-reveal party 1 killed, 8 wounded at pregnant OH  woman's gender-reveal party A woman who called 911 was sitting in her auto outside her house when she saw two men enter the home where the shooting unfolded. One is critical, three are in fair condition and one is stable, the hospital said. "There was little kids hurt and everything".

Iraq Declares Victory Over IS in Mosul Iraq Declares Victory Over IS in Mosul Earlier yesterday, Iraq's Joint Operations Command had said it killed "30 terrorists" trying to escape across the river. The attack was supported by aircraft and military advisers of the worldwide coalition led by the United States.

Markelle Fultz tells fans 'I'm ok' after injury scare Markelle Fultz tells fans 'I'm ok' after injury scare Fultz will not play Sunday and there is no timetable for his return to action. But you can't blame Sixers' fans for freaking out just a little bit.

Tour de France 2017: Geraint Thomas out after crash on stage nine Tour de France 2017: Geraint Thomas out after crash on stage nine Monday is a rest day and the fight for the overall title is set to resume next Thursday with the first big Pyrenean stage. Although the group went with Aru, they neutralised the Astana rider, and allowed Froome to get back into the group.

CCTV footage clears Venus Williams of unlawful behaviour in fatal auto crash CCTV footage clears Venus Williams of unlawful behaviour in fatal auto  crash Linda's husband, Jerome Barsons , 78, was hospitalized and died on June 22, which was Linda's 68th birthday. Now, Palm Beach Gardens police say the investigation is ongoing and it is unclear who is at fault .

Russian Federation objects to calls for United Nations action on North Korea Russian Federation  objects to calls for United Nations  action on North Korea Following North Korea's missile launch , Trump expressed frustration with China over its expanding trade with North Korea. Trump has warned Beijing it could face U.S. economic and trade pressure unless it does more to rein in North Korea.

Ivanka Trump briefly sits in for her father at G20 session Ivanka Trump briefly sits in for her father at G20 session Regardless of how world leaders feel about Trump himself, Ivanka's proximity does in fact garner her visible privilege. As reported , Ivanka Trump , who's also the president's special assistant, arrived at the summit with her father.

Erdogan chats with Trump, May at G20 summit Erdogan chats with Trump, May at G20 summit Turkey's worsening relations with its old allies including Germany, the European Union and the USA will have an impact on the Balkan region, too, experts say.

Woman accused of fatally stabbing husband, 4 children appears in court Woman accused of fatally stabbing husband, 4 children appears in court The four children killed were identified as Isabela Martinez, 10; Dacota Romero, 7; Dillan Romero, 4; and Axel Romero, 2. However, when the judge listed the charges, she shook her face head "no" and flapped her finger at him.

UK Industrial & Construction Output Fall Unexpectedly UK Industrial & Construction Output Fall Unexpectedly Sterling dipped below $1.29 after Friday's data and hit its lowest level since June 28. Similarly, manufacturing output dropped 0.2%, offsetting a 0.2% rise in April.

Solano County free of West Nile so far this year Solano County free of West Nile so far this year Humans get the virus from an infected mosquito's bite and mosquitoes acquire the virus by biting or feeding on infected birds. West Nile can cause multiple symptoms, such as disorientations, headaches, high fever, tremors, seizures and other illnesses.