19 Aug Eargo: The Smart Hearing Aid Solution To Beat

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 15% of American adults (nearly 38 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing. Furthermore, the NIDCD states that age is a strong predictor of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69, with the most significant amount of hearing loss in the […]

02 Aug 4 Cool Smart Home Products That Deserve Consideration

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Summer is finally here. I’ve recently come across a handful of new smart home products that are truly useful and game-changing—particularly if you’re spending more time indoors than usual hiding from the heat. Let’s dive in. Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Router satisfies your need for speed I’ll admit it: I’m a hopeless router fanatic, and I’m […]

02 Aug 4 Cord-Cutting Myths Dispelled

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that cord-cutting is now a national obsession. Millions of consumers have shed their cable and satellite subscriptions over the past ten years, and every major legacy cable and satellite company has suffered. Some choose to cut the cord in an attempt to save money. Some do it out of […]

25 Jul 4 Cool Smart Home Products That Deserve Consideration

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Summer is finally here. I’ve recently come across a handful of new smart home products that are truly useful and game-changing—particularly if you’re spending more time indoors than usual hiding from the heat. Let’s dive in. Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Router satisfies your need for speed I’ll admit it: I’m a hopeless router fanatic, and I’m […]

18 Jun Narwal And Ironpie: Not Your Typical Robot Vacuums

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The conventional robot vacuum space has many compelling brands and solutions. If you’re looking to merely automate your vacuuming of hard surfaces or rugs, there are great solutions from legacy brands like iRobot’s well-known Roomba and Neato Robotics that range in price points from $400 to $830. Even lower-end brands like Ecovacs provide suitable solutions in the sub-$299 space […]

11 Jun Microsoft Puts Its Foot Down On The Accelerator At E3

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At a pyrotechnics-laden preview event at E3 2019 at the MicrosoftTheater in Los Angeles, Microsoft celebrated its continued commitment to the gaming category. The company previewed a wide-range of new gaming titles and provided a glimpse into what it has on tap for its next high-end Xbox console, codenamed Project Scarlett. The disclosure did not come […]

05 Jun Apple Throws Down The Security And Privacy Gauntlet At WWDC

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Apple customarily unveils several new software changes for its mobile and desktop products in June. This year’s WWDC19 event, held at the San Jose Convention Center with over 6,000 global attendees from 77 countries, didn’t disappoint and included some big hardware news for users who use Mac Pro desktops for professional video and media editing. There […]

08 May IFA’s Global Press Conference Sets Stage For Big Berlin Event In September

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Last weekend, I attended IFA’s Global Press Conference event, set against the lavish backdrop of the Spanish coast near Portugal, in Andalusia, Spain. Taking place over the span of 4 days, the event was attended by more than 300 journalists and analysts from 55 countries, with over 500 minutes of industry presentations. IFA-produced events are […]

10 Apr Rayvolt Evangelizes Expansive E-Bike Lineup With Characteristic Style

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Article by Mark N. Vena. Modern-day Barcelona is an elegant and profound mixture of the rich Spanish and Catalan cultures of the region. The city is one of the great cultural centers of Europe, housing numerous museums, theaters, and performing arts venues that speak to Barcelona’s 2,000 years of history. Numerous artists, filmmakers, and other […]

05 Apr The Ultimate Cord-Cutter Solution: You Might Never Leave Your Home Again

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Article by Mark N. Vena. Cord-cutting in the United States has grown insanely popular with consumers over the past several years. This is being driven by a combination of factors: anger with the incumbent cable or satellite companies over paying too much for premium channels; the fact that today’s consumers no longer are confined to […]

28 Mar Man’s Best Friend Has A Place In The Smart Home Too

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If you love dogs or cats, you’ll enjoy this week’s column in my ongoing search for the coolest smart home technology products on the market. Today I’ll take a look at two new products: Sony’s newest robotic dog, and a location tracking solution for kids and pets. Aibo: one step closer to the ultimate robotic pet For […]

26 Mar Google’s Stadia Announcement May Be A Game Changer

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Post by Mark N. Vena. Google  formally took the wraps off its new gaming platform,Stadia, last week at GDC 2019.  The phrase “game changer” is thrown around too often in the tech space, but in my view, Stadia really does have the makings to profoundly change the video game entertainment landscape. The Entertainment Software Association reports that in […]

08 Mar Apple Boosts Its Place In The Smart Home With A New Services Strategy

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At an Apple  special event on Monday, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, meticulously laid out the company’s vision and strategy, challenging consumers to view and think about Apple in a fundamentally different manner. Monday’s presentation was fascinating as it was the only Apple announcement in the company’s history that was entirely devoid of any physical hardware.  As Apple’s hardware sales […]

28 Feb Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 Was About Much More Than New Smartphones

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Last week’s Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco marked the 10-year anniversary of Samsung’s Galaxy phone. The Galaxy’s original introduction ushered in a new age of “phablets,” turning Samsung into one of the most dominant mobile manufacturers in the world. With a splashy Broadway show-like announcement at the cavernous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, complete with […]

15 Feb Amazon’s Acquisition Of Eero Validates Mesh Networking In Today’s Connected Home

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The news outlets have been abuzz this week with Amazon ’s decision to cancel its recently announced plans to build a new headquarters in New York City. Relatively little coverage was given to the e-commerce behemoth’s announcement earlier in the week that it was acquiring Eero, a startup specializing in mesh networking solutions for the home. While acquisitions like […]

01 Feb The Cavalcade Of Cool Smart Home Technologies Marches On

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With the Consumer Electronics Show now (finally!) in my rearview mirror, it’s time to provide some commentary on another group of interesting smart home products that have caught my eye. From digital exercise to a new smart speaker to a cool new e-bike startup, there’s something in this column for all consumers. Activ5: a different […]

17 Jan CES 2019 Wrap Up #1: 4 Eye-Catching Solutions From The Conference Floor

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People who attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for short, generally use the word “survive” to characterize their visit. With 4,500 exhibiting companies, more than 180,000 in attendance (exceeding last year), and more 6,500 media and analysts, the show did not disappoint. A trip to CES is not for individuals who do not […]

09 Jan Consumer ‘Smart Home’ Technology Predictions For 2019

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the premier consumer electronics event, where companies big and small get a chance to showcase their new technologies. It always provides a strong glimpse of where the industry is going, and as such, is a must-attend for analysts like myself. On the eve of the show, […]

04 Jan Ringing In The New Year With More Great Smart Home Products

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There was an impressive cavalcade of smart home products in 2018, and I suspect 2019 will be no different. On the eve of CES 2019, here’s another group of unique, useful smart home products that caught my eye. Motiv—not your typical smart fitness tracker One very cool digital fitness solution that I believe will appeal […]

19 Dec Plume And OpenSync Initiative Swing For The Fences

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You can’t say that Plume is resting on its laurels. The Palo Alto-based company jumped onto the scene last year with its innovative Adaptive Home Wi-Fi platform, which provides “smart” mesh networking capability in domiciles of all sizes, using “pods” that can be conveniently plugged into AC outlets throughout the home. In a nutshell, Plume’s solution […]