21 Sep IFA 2018: 5 Big Consumer Technology Reveals

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The IFA technology showcase in Berlin last week was a sprawling affair, attracting over 230,000 consumers, journalists, and industry pundits from all over the world. Historically it has been geared towards European consumers, but due to the conference’s late August timing, more and more companies are using it as a platform to announce new products […]

06 Sep How Crestron Paved The Way For The Smart Home, And More

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If you’ve worked in an office or a university campus in the past 40 years or so, the name “Crestron” is probably not unfamiliar. Founded in 1971 and based in a cozy corner of Northern New Jersey, Crestron Electronics is a ubiquitous technology presence in corporate conference rooms, theaters, Las Vegas sports books, university lecture […]

31 Aug Why Today’s Security Cameras Are Already Obsolete

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Table of security cameras at Qualcomm’s IoT Analyst Day in San Diego.      MARK VENA Not surprisingly, the smart home category continues to enjoy enviable growth. According to Statista.com, worldwide revenue for smart home-related products is expected to exceed $48.5 billion dollars in 2018—a 38.3% increase over 2017. Part of this is due to […]

27 Aug IFA 2018 Preview: More Connected Products Than Ever Before

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The IFA exhibition.    IFA EVENT ORGANIZATION. IFA, one of the world’s chief assemblies of industry titans in the consumer electronics and home appliance space, will be kicking off shortly in Berlin. Like CES, IFA is a critical international technology event in which the biggest industry players show off their wares and share their respective […]

09 Aug Summertime Brings New Consumer Tech Products

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Summer is here. While many folks are enjoying vacations, that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting new consumer products appearing on the scene. In this week’s column, I look at 2 products: one in the security space, and one in the hearing enhancement category. Both of them are easy to use, and most importantly, address real […]

19 Jul First Impressions: Skydio R1 Raises The Bar For Drone Technology But It Will Cost You

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The new Skydio R1 drone.  SKYDIO Drones have become a mainstream product for businesses and consumers over the past five years, as functionality has expanded and pricing has dropped below $999. Companies like DJI, Yuneec, and Parrot have achieved significant market growth in the space, with affordable, relatively easy-to-use drones capable of capturing high-resolution (even 4K-class) […]

06 Jul The 4 Biggest Takeaways From E3 2018

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The recent E3 video game conference in Los Angeles attracted over 69,000 attendees, including myself. The enthusiasm was palpable—there was so much ambient noise, I was tempted to wear my Boise noise cancellation headphones while walking the show floors. That inconvenience aside, there were a number of important messages that came out of E3 that […]

29 Jun 3 Great ‘Smart’ Gifts For Father’s Day

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With Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to talk about three “smart” products that are certain to make Dad feel special. Since I began writing this column for Moor Insights & Strategy last year, I’ve been inundated with numerous “smart” products (some very good, some not so good), but here’s a quick recap […]

13 Jun First Look: Plume Blossoms With New SuperPods And Membership Offering

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Plume’s mesh networking Wi-Fi solutions. If you’ve visited a major U.S. retailer over the past 2 years looking for a new home wireless router, you have almost certainly seen a new crop of routers claiming “mesh” networking capabilities. While that might just sound like marketing jargon, mesh networking does, in fact, deliver meaningful benefits over […]

06 Jun Intel Gears Up For 50th Birthday With New Smart Home Announcements

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This week Computex is being held in Taipei, Taiwan. Intel took the opportunity of Asia’s biggest IT tradeshow to make several important announcements in advance of the company’s 50th birthday next month. The announcements largely reinforced the company’s commitment to legacy PCs, but also underscored many of the infrastructure elements of its new smart home […]

05 Jun Apple WWDC 2018 Recap: Siri Gets A Badly Needed Shot Of Adrenaline

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Apple Event logo. This week I’m attending Apple WWDC 2018 in San Jose. Day 1’s keynote was an entirely software-based affair, surprising some who were expecting to see more hardware-related announcements or refreshes of current products. Apple executives took to the stage at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to announce numerous (if incremental) enhancements […]

21 May Review: The RadCity Electric Commuter Bike Is Truly ‘Rad’

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The RadCity Electric Commuter Bike My journey into the electric bike category began about a year ago when I started to contemplate the idea of biking as an incremental exercise to add to my daily elliptical workout regimen. San Jose, where I’ve lived for the past 11 years, seemed to be the ideal locale given […]

11 May Is Intel On The Right Track In The Smart Home?

Smart home products and solutions have proven to be one of the faster-growing segments of the consumer electronics market over the past few years. According to Statista.com, sales of smart home devices in the United States are expected to reach $4.5 billion this year, a 36% increase over 2017. It’s a rapidly growing market in […]

09 May Eargo Sets a New Bar In Hearing Aid Technology

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Affordable hearing aids from Eargo. While hearing health issues have historically been under-emphasized, it’s estimated that 360 million people suffer from some form of hearing loss (over 5% of the global population) worldwide. In fact, it is ranked as the third largest health issue after heart disease and arthritis. Many people will suffer some degree […]

26 Apr 5 Big Takeaways From The 2018 IFA Exhibition

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Event logo. The annual IFA Global Press Conference gives journalists and analysts alike a chance to assess the latest consumer technology trends, with several of the most iconic companies in the industry in attendance— Philips , Sharp , Huawei , Miele, Beurer, Fitbit and TLC, to name a few. With over 300 media professionals from […]

06 Apr Smart Home Update: 3 Cool Solutions That Deserve Your Attention

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In the sea of new “smart home” solutions that are flooding the market, the unfortunate fact is that many of these products are solutions looking for problems to solve. With the Field of Dreams “build it and they will come” mentality still very much part of the consumer technology landscape, it’s reassuring to see the […]

14 Mar First Impressions: Norton Core And The Future Shape Of Home Network Security

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Symantec’s new Norton Core router. Even technology “experts” like myself can make boneheaded decisions—but at least I learn from them. My epiphany, learned the hard way, came around 2009 when I traveled to Houston for a meeting with HP . I stopped for lunch at a local restaurant, leaving my briefcase with my notebook computer […]

13 Mar Robots Are The Future Smart Assistants

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Sony’s new Aibo robot dog As any techie could tell you, smart home assistants are all the buzz right now, with Amazon.com , Apple , Google, Microsoft , and others with significant stakes in the market. While the current assistants available offer a wide range of capabilities, at the end of the day, they are […]

16 Feb Plex Software Review: Cut The Cord And A Whole Lot More

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Judging by the huge response that I got to my AirTV review several weeks ago, there’s no question that a lot of mainstream consumers are chomping at the bit for products and solutions that allow them to sever their relationship with their cable and satellite companies. AirTV is one great way to access local Over-The-Air (OTA) […]

12 Feb Apple HomePod Review: Big League Sound, Minor League Smarts

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The new Apple HomePod. Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat— Apple ’s new HomePod is the highest fidelity “smart” speaker I’ve ever listened to. All the Super Bowl-like media hype (especially from Apple) over the past several months about HomePod’s audio excellence set a high bar that I doubted even […]