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. […]

14 Oct Five Top Themes From Amazon’s Alexa And Echo Event You Need To Know

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I had the pleasure of attending Amazon’s “AskAlexa” event at its Seattle Day 1 headquarters. I attend or observer over 50 events a year, and while I think details matter, sometimes the broad strokes stick out more than the tip of the paintbrush. There was a lot to consume and analyze in what seemed like […]

03 Oct IFA 2019 Analysis: Huawei Strikes Out, Qualcomm And Roku Hit Home Runs

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This year’s IFA technology trade show extravaganza, conducted once again in Berlin’s spacious Messe Berlin fairgrounds (26 exhibit halls covering 1.7 million square feet), was undoubtedly the place to be for anyone wanting to learn more about where consumer electronics technology is headed. With over 245,000 visitors, more than 1,800 exhibitors, 2,300 keynote attendees, 1.5 […]

23 Sep 5 Smart Home Myths Dispelled

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Given the strong response to my recent Forbes column about the myths of cord-cutting, I decided to write a similar piece about some of the consumer misconceptions surrounding the smart home. Taking the smart home plunge can be a daunting task, and in some ways, the challenges are even more formidable than cutting the cord. Hopefully, […]

23 Sep Amazon Makes Big Splash At IFA With New Fire TV Cube, Smart TVs And European Expansion

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IFA, Europe’s annual consumer electronics extravaganza, is taking place this week in Berlin. The show’s interesting for me as I view it as the last peek at consumer electronics we will see before the vaunted “holiday” selling season in the western world. While my colleague Mark Vena is in attendance (stay tuned for his takeaways), […]

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 […]

06 Aug Amazon Fire TV A Star Of Prime Day Sales

Unless you were living under a rock, you know that Amazon Prime Day, literally the biggest blow out shopping event only rivaling the holidays, took place last week. Amazon created Prime Day out of thin air and, for itself and partners, and it has brought much of the industry out of its summer shopping doldrums. […]

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 […]

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 […]