24 Jan Plume Asserts Its Smart Home 2.0 Aspirations With Motion Awareness Capability

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At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, Plume launched Motion Aware—an exciting new addition to its intelligent services platform for modern smart homes. For the past 24 months, the company has wisely positioned itself as a key enabler of Smart Home 2.0, an industry phrase that describes a new wireless era characterized by cloud-based, data-driven services and application […]

24 Jan 4 Potential Smart Home Gamechangers In 2020

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2019 was indisputably a crazy year in technology, from the parade of social media company executives jousting with members of Congress, to the entry of big players like Apple and Disney into the streaming business, to the introduction of new smartphone designs with “foldable” displays. As I limber up and prepare to spend four days […]

09 Jan The Ultimate Smart Home Office

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In my final column on great holiday tech gifts for 2019, I will focus on what I believe is the ultimate productivity, entertainment and cord-cutting solution for your home office. This approach may sound a bit contradictory as some consumers may view some of these solutions in a narrow and silo-oriented manner. That said, I […]

27 Dec More Great Holiday Tech Gifts That Deserve Your Attention

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In last week’s column, I highlighted some great tech gifts for the upcoming holiday season, ranging from a game-changing smart oven, stylish smartphone cases and an innovative “occupancy sensing” home sensor that can enable a whole host of home automation tasks. In this post, I will shed some visibility on another handful of new smart […]

26 Dec Resideo Reaffirms Its Commitment To Its Professional Network With New Smart Home App And Services

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Last week, Resideo Technologies announced several important smart home solutions and tools designed to augment the capabilities of its vast professional network, at a polished event at Austin’s Moody Theater for nearly a thousand industry professionals and company partners. CEO Mike Nefkens and Chief Innovative Officer Niccolo de Masi spent an hour walking the attendees through the company’s […]

20 Dec Smart Tech Gifts For The Holiday Season

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I know the holidays are approaching when my home office and living room begins to look a lot like a showroom at Best Buy. Many companies reach out to me this time of year with new smart tech products for the holiday selling season. With Christmas just around the corner, I plan to write several […]

09 Dec RESEARCH PAPER: Resideo Bets On The “Genuine” Smart Home

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In 1991, noted technology journalist Walt Mossberg opened his first technology column for the Wall Street Journal with these words: “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”  Personal computer technology has become easier to use in many respects during the past 30 years, but the same cannot be said about the […]

25 Nov Apple Hits Home Runs With New AirPods Pro And Apple TV+ Service

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Last week, Apple made some significant noise in the market with the announcement of its new AirPods Pro, the successor to its hot-selling standard AirPods. Apple’s announcement of the new AirPods coincided with the long-awaited launch of its Apple TV+ streaming service, which was unveiled with some major Hollywood firepower earlier in the year. Here […]

25 Nov Success Of Google’s Fitbit Acquisition Hinges On Its Ability To Counter Privacy Concerns

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Google’s announcement last week that it would acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion was not particularly surprising for many observers who follow the smart home, wearable and IoT category. After all, Google has demonstrated on several occasions that it was willing to “buy” itself into the hardware business. It acquired Nest Labs in 2014 for $3.2 […]

14 Nov Samsung Hits The Accelerator On Streaming Content At SDC 2019

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In perhaps Samsung’s boldest public acknowledgment yet that video content is an essential element in its entertainment strategy, the company announced at the Samsung Developer Conference that it would open its smart TV platform, Tizen, to third-party manufacturers. Sang Kim, Samsung’s SmartTV Product VP, noted that Samsung customers have cumulatively watched 1 billion hours of […]

08 Nov Rayvolt’s X One Redefines The E-Bike Category With 21st Century Technologies

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While people like to talk about electric and autonomous automobiles, another real battle in the transportation category is occurring in the e-bikes market. It’s for good reason: according to Mondor Intelligence, the global e-bike market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.39% between 2019 and 2024. In U.S. dollar terms, Mondor estimates that global […]

05 Nov More Exciting Smart Solutions To Consider For The Home And Office

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The holidays are fast approaching, and with that, I’ve been bombarded with a multitude of incredibly cool and useful solutions for the home and office that deserve consideration. Between now and early December, I will shed some light on an exciting mix of products that I believe solve real problems in an innovative and useful manner. […]

18 Dec RESEARCH PAPER: OpenSync Initiative Envisions Cloud-Managed Modern Services

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The home network, the role of internet service providers (ISPs), and consumers themselves have evolved and changed enormously over the past 25 years. At the dawn of the Internet age, broadband access was typically hardwired to a single point in a home, near a desktop PC and cable modem. Other PCs or notebooks in the […]

24 Apr RESEARCH PAPER: There’s No Place Like The Smart Home

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Due to its diversity, fragmentation and inherently consumer-driven nature, the smart home represents one of the most challenging but potentially rewarding market opportunities in the history of the high-tech area. While the global unit and revenue size of the smart home market is large and is expected to grow at an accelerated rate over the […]