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 […]

08 Feb HP Inc. Rounds Out Its Printer Voice Command Capabilities With Amazon Alexa

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Last year, HP Inc. became the first company to enable voice commands into its printers via smart home speaker platforms, with its launch of voice control capabilities for Google Home and Microsoft Cortana. This past week, the company announced it was further building out this capability by adding Amazon.com’s Alexa to its roster. This announcement […]

31 Jan Paladin Armor Seeks To Redefine Smart Home Security

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Paladin Armor, Inc. “Home security” is a broadly defined moniker that in my view does a disservice—no single company owns the home security ecosystem because it is so large, and glutted with many “me too” products. The sheer expansiveness of the category can overwhelm the average consumer, and the amount of very similar smart products […]

23 Jan Top Smart Home And Home Automation Products From CES 2018

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Consumer Technology Association  As expected, last week’s CES was an expansive affair, with 3,900 exhibitors presenting interesting (and more than a few head-scratching) products and solutions across 240,000 square feet of floor space at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center. More than 184,000 attendees visited this year’s show (a CES record), and while […]

16 Jan Intel Dazzles At CES 2018 Keynote And Gives Progress On Neuromorphic And Quantum Computing

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  Intel CES 2018 This past week, I and several other members of the Moor Insights & Strategy team camped out at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to learn as much as we can about the latest in consumer electronics technology, trends and company strategies. The conference is not only a great opportunity for startups to […]

16 Jan Samsung Builds A Wall And Expands Intelligent Home Footprint At CES 2018

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Samsung CES 2018 Last week, I and several other members of the Moor Insights & Strategy team attended CES 2018 in Las Vegas. One of the companies I was most looking forward to hearing from was Samsung, particularly in the realm of IoT and the smart home sector. Samsung is the 800lb gorilla and owns […]

08 Jan Intel Doubles Down On The Smart Home At 2018 CES

In response to the tremendous growth occurring in connected devices within the home, Intel  announced today a comprehensive 5-point strategy focused on bringing more intelligence to the home, along with other new advanced capabilities. This new strategy is great in that it accentuates a partnership element and is highly focused on facilitating solutions that make consumers’ lives more convenient, […]

14 Jul Could Video Kill The (Wireless) Radio Star?

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As wireline and wireless services blur and converge, countless consumer and enterprise customers are evaluating the impact. Traditional cable companies are losing subscribers in droves with cord cutting in lieu of mobile consumption flexibility. The result is a fundamental shift in economics and consolidation across multiple industries including content / media, cable and wireless service […]

05 Jul Lost In Translation At Mobile World Congress Shanghai

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Ok my experience was nothing like the movie nor did it take place in Japan, but I had the opportunity to attend the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China last week. From drones to IoT to 5G infrastructure, the 650+ companies in attendance offered attendees a glimpse into the present and future of wireless […]

02 May To Cut Or Not To Cut The Cord, That Is The Question! AT&T, T-Mobile And Comcast Up The Ante

Most recently, there have been interesting announcements around wireless telecommunication providers and content delivery. Traditional cable service provider Comcast announced that it is jumping into the mix with a wireless service offering. AT&T announced that wireless unlimited data plan subscribers will receive HBO for free given the impending Time Warner  acquisition, and T-Mobile has been […]

27 Apr Why Amazon Really Created Echo Look, A Camera In Your Bedroom And Bathroom

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To the horror of some and the amazement of others, Amazon.com announced yesterday the Amazon Echo Look, what Amazon.com calls a “hands-free camera and style assistant”.  Echo Look is a new device with a camera and microphone intended to be in your bathroom, bedroom or closet. That’s right, a camera in the most private spaces […]

02 Feb Home Wi-Fi Gets A Big Boost Led By Google

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In the typical US home, a single Wi-Fi router typically provides the wireless network coverage, and that was enough for most uses. If for some reason there was poor coverage, users would just move closer to the router. But with today’s smart and connected homes, the choice to move closer is often not an option, […]

31 Jan RESEARCH PAPER: Consumer Networking Gains Wi-Fi Mesh

Consumers traditionally deploy a single Wi-Fi router for the home and adapt their usage around the router. But, changing needs are rendering this strategy unworkable for many homes as the coverage area needs are increasing, the prevalence of mobile devices is changing the access patterns and a host of consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices are now entering the […]

25 Jan Vidyo Hits GA For Its Video CPaaS Solution

As I’ve written before, video is hot right now. Just look at video’s integration into everything from Intel drones inspecting solar panels to Ring door bells to Phillips ICU beds and RBC banking apps. If you spent any time at CES 2017 like I did, this would be evident that everything is becoming video enabled. […]

17 Jan RESEARCH BRIEF: Jabil & AnyPresence Set the Bar for Advertising

There has been an explosion of connected devices for the home. The internet of things (IoT), connected appliances, and home automation have created challenges and opportunities for advertisers, marketers, and customers. Today, most US homes have 8 connected devices, including computers, phones, tablets, TVs, and security systems. More connected devices are proliferating, including automobiles, thermostats, speakers, lighting, HVAC, sprinklers, appliances, […]

09 Jan NVIDIA Doubles Down On Automotive And Cloud Gaming, Adds Smart Home Capability At CES 2017

At this year’s CES 2017, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented in the CES opening keynote his vision for the company’s future to the audience, explaining where he believes the company will succeed in the future. I also liked that Huang simplified AI and graphics so more could understand it. Of the areas where NVIDIA participates […]