Mark Vena, Patrick Moorhead

The Biggest Thing In Wireless This Year Might Not Be 5G

With all the noise and anticipation surrounding 5G over the past 18 months, compounded by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, you may have missed a potentially game-changing announcement in the wireless space earlier in the year. In late April, the Federal Communications Commission voted to expand a section of spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed …

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HP Leads By Example With Big-Time Strides In Sustainability

When it comes to making commitments to manufacturing products that are sustainable and friendly to the planet, some companies talk a big game but deliver less-than-stellar results. Others have applaudable aspirations but have neither the resources nor the corporate culture to make the necessary investments to achieve meaningful results in the sustainability area. Then there are companies …

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Apple’s Smart Home Efforts Get A Much-Needed Boost At WWDC

Amidst the hoopla and grand expectations for this year’s WWDC, there was big news in the smart home space, which deserves some focus. Held digitally, the one hour and fifty-minute event was a smoothly produced affair, with almost a documentary-style feel to it. The absence of a live audience certainly did not reduce the impact …

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Crestron Outfits Offices And Remote Workers With Innovative Video Conferencing Tools For Covid-19 And The New Normal

There’s no denying that COVID-19 has changed the corporate landscape dramatically. With many employees forced to work from home, video conferencing platforms have become essential alternatives to face-to-face meetings. Vendors across the technology spectrum have responded to the predicament by offering their cloud conferencing solutions for free, or by expanding the functionality of their existing …

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Time To Place Your Bets On Apple’s WWDC20 Announcements

We’re less than a week away from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Like prognosticating about who might win the World Series this year (if baseball ever begins again), it’s anyone’s guess what surprises will be announced at the event. Due to COVID-19, Apple decided on March 26 to make the conference an entirely online virtual …

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HP Launches Enhanced Education Effort And New “Family-Friendly” Printers

Let’s be honest: the print business has been a tough one for the past several years. It was significantly impacted by the introduction of smartphones and mobile devices (like tablets), which rendered many of the old printing use cases—such as printing airline boarding passes, movie tickets, driving directions, etc.—obsolete. Big print companies began to virtually …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Security And Privacy Controls: An Unequivocal Requirement In Today’s Smart Home

Earlier this year, Moor Insights & Strategy created a survey instrument intended to measure consumer perceptions about online security, privacy, and parental controls in the smart home. The survey instrument was created for Calix, a global provider of cloud and software platforms, systems, and services that deliver unified access networks and smart premises systems. Calix …

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Want To Secure Your Work From Home Setup? Do The Opposite Of These Four Things

Even though millions of workers have been directed by their companies to work from home, it still shocks me that many of them are again not taking the proper precautions to protect their data. Some of this stems from the fact that many companies, at the onset of COVID-19, did not have substantial work from …

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Three Tales Of The Smart Home’s Dark Side

The smart home, in a broad sense, is one of the bigger technological developments of the past five years, providing much convenience for consumers and enhancing productivity. The smart home has experienced explosive growth, spurred in large part by the launch of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant digital assistants and smart speakers in 2014 and …

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Plume’s Timely Partnership With ADTRAN Paves The Way For A Smart Home 2.0 World

With the entire world consumed by COVID-19 news the past few months, it would be entirely understandable if one overlooked essential announcements in the tech space. One of these announcements occurred in late April, when Plume, one of the industry’s rising stars in the intelligent WiFi space, announced a partnership with ADTRAN to improve and secure …

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Sonos Jumps Into The Radio Streaming Labyrinth With Its Own Service

Sonos, the Santa Barbara, CA-based audio equipment manufacturer, has existed for a while as a Switzerland-like entity, managing various third-party streaming services on its popular multi-room audio solutions. For years, the company’s smart speaker platform has allowed consumers to connect to hundreds of streaming services, ranging from the 800-pound gorillas like Spotify and Apple Music, …

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COVID-19 Accelerates The iPad’s Appeal As A Productivity Device

Over the past thirty days, there has been a lot of talk in the media about how COVID-19 has affected technology trends—creating new ones, or altering or hastening those that were already in progress. On the usage model front, there have been two very notable movements: first, the “work from home” phenomenon, spurred by companies …

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Home Monitoring Innovation In The Age Of COVID-19

If you had told me on March 1st that by early April I’d be on indefinite lockdown in my San Jose home (along with the rest of the country) due to a pandemic, I would have laughed it off as a terrible plot idea for “The Twilight Zone.” Yet here we are. The impact of the …

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3 Reasons Why Logitech Is Positioned For A Strong Fiscal Year 2021

It goes without saying that Wall Street loves well-managed companies. Well-managed companies provide consistent results, navigate through challenging periods like unforeseen supply chain disruptions, have balanced business portfolios, and, perhaps most importantly, operate paranoid (to paraphrase the late CEO Andy Grove) even when the overall business appears to be firing on all cylinders. Logitech is …

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Marseille’s mClassic Comes To The Rescue Of Nintendo’s Switch

Many mobile gamers were disappointed when an update to the popular Nintendo Switch, which debuted almost three years ago, was canceled earlier in the year. Despite all the rumors that had been circulating for the past six months, Nintendo announced that there would be no new Nintendo hardware in 2020. The Nintendo Switch is exceedingly …

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HP Inc. Tackles The Nefarious Cybersecurity Problem Few Will Acknowledge: The Office Printer

Over the past few years, it’s been seemingly impossible to read the news without seeing a headline about a massive data breach, ransomware attack or some other type of security failure. Today, cybercrime could be considered the single greatest threat facing businesses in the modern world. The numbers are staggering. Cybersecurity Ventures forecasted in late 2018 that …

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Plume Boldly Illuminates The Path To Smart Home 2.0

Most consumers define the phrase “smart home” in a relatively simplistic manner: the ability to remotely control appliances, lighting, security and/or electronic devices, generally via a smart app or digital voice assistant product. While this baseline definition is accurate, it doesn’t fully convey the potential of what is quickly becoming known as Smart Home 2.0—when …

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Post CES Roundup: Interesting Smart Products And Companies To Keep An Eye On

Now that madness of CES is behind us, and the Kansas City Chiefs have emerged victorious in the Super Bowl, it’s high time that I get back to the important work of shedding some light on several “under the radar” companies with disruptive products and technologies who have caught my eye. Because the list is …

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Plume Asserts Its Smart Home 2.0 Aspirations With Motion Awareness Capability

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 …

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4 Potential Smart Home Gamechangers In 2020

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 …

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