Mark Vena, Patrick Moorhead

Calix Raises The Stakes In Home Network Security

It wasn’t too long ago things were looking stark for the globe. Though we’re still dealing with the fallout of the COVID pandemic, vaccines are rolling out at a fever pitch in the United States and several other regions of the world. There is a reason to be optimistic for the remainder of 2021 and …

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Microsoft Reaffirms It’s All-In On Gaming At E3

Last week I attended Microsoft’s E3 event, held virtually for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic. At the event, Microsoft made it very clear just how important gaming is to the 46-year old company. At a separate analysts-only event conducted before the official opening of E3, Microsoft’s executive team made the case to developers …

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The Big Question That Might Be Answered At WWDC 2021

Anyone who has followed Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) events over the past decade knows that it can be a crapshoot trying to predict what Apple might unveil. Typically, Apple uses the event to talk about how it is evolving its flagship desktop, mobile, tablet, wearable and TV operating systems. That said, the company has, on occasion, surprised …

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Summertime Solutions For Your Smart Home

With the Memorial Day holiday now officially behind us, I’d like to provide commentary on several smart home products that I’ve spent time with over the spring. Today we’ll look at a surprising new laptop, a new robotic vacuum from one of my favorite companies in the space, and lastly, for consumers with an aversion …

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Apple WWDC 21: Rinse And Repeat

If any mainstream consumers took the time to watch Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this week, they likely found themselves regularly yawning. This is not to say that the newly-announced operating system features aren’t necessary or don’t have the potential for added productivity and security. There just wasn’t any real headline-leading drama. Rumors of new Apple Silicon? …

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The ‘New’ Connectivity Standards Alliance: Does It ‘Matter’?

Earlier this week, Amazon, Google, Apple and many other tech companies announced their participation in the Connectivity Standards Alliance, or CSA (a rebrand of the decades-old Zigbee Alliance). The coalition’s mission is to deliver open standards for the smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) categories. The newly formed CSA also announced Matter, a rebranding of …

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Schneider Electric’s Obsessive Focus On Sustainability Is A Good Thing

Vibrant, balanced ecosystems are an essential requirement for the survival of humans, animals and other organisms. In the twenty-first century, some companies have abandoned traditional, environmentally detrimental practices in search of a more sustainable approach to doing business. Some of the companies who pay lip-service to sustainability take a broad and abstract approach, intended to …

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What Is Apple Up To With Its New AirTags?

One of the early highlights of Apple’s Spring Loaded event was the unveiling of the heavily-leaked AirTag, an item tracker now part of Apple’s popular “Find My” network. Though Apple has a long legacy of incredible secrecy when it comes to its unannounced products, rumors have swirled around AirTag’s development since 2019. Let’s take a look at the latest …

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4 New Tech Products For The Smart Home And Office

As we get through the spring and make way for the beginning of summer, many consumers and work-at-home users refresh their technology at a feverish pitch. Here’s my take “quick take” on four products that caught my eye this season that I believe deserve attention. Sonos Roam: everything a mobile smart speaker should be For …

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Samsung’s Smart Home Strategy Hinges On These Core Elements

New markets typically flourish when consumers have choices. Choice allows consumers to choose the specific brands and products that serve them best. This dynamic is a proven, venerable rule that has played a substantial role in the smart home category’s growth over the past several years. Most consumers’ smart homes employ smart devices (e.g., lights, …

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Can Dreamium Labs Become Master Of The Metaverse?

Within the next five years, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications are expected to dramatically accelerate in popularity. This phenomenon will gain traction with mainstream users in particular. Spurred on by the latest generations of smartphone and mobile devices equipped with powerful “computational” camera technology that can capture and digitize 3D images with stunningly photorealistic …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Reinvention: HP’s Second Nature

For more than 80 years, HP Inc. has endured. Founded during the Great Depression in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and David Packard, few realize that the company is more than twice as old as Dell (1984) and Lenovo (1984) and significantly older than Apple (1976). HP has remained competitive and relevant by repeatedly relying on …

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Spring Forward With These Smart Home Gift Ideas

With Valentine’s Day now in the rear-view mirror, I want to highlight several smart home tech products that have a special place in my heart (no pun intended) as it address real-world problems to varying degrees. While flowers or candy may be the traditional gift to give around this time of year, you’ll get a …

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My Apple M1 Mac Mini Purchase After 90 Days: Any Regrets?

Though this belief is often challenged by sub-optimal iPadOS apps (particularly Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint), I’ve always thought of my trusty iPad as the more likely contender for computing in the world of tomorrow. However, after using Apple’s new M1-based Mac mini for nearly three months, I’ve decided it’s unlikely I will use the …

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Great Post-Holiday Smart Tech Gifts For Your Home

The Christmas holiday may be over, but the cavalcade of smart home products continues unabated. Here’s my round-up of yet another group of innovative products, ranging from a cool “smart” kitchen appliance, new earbuds that won’t bust your budget, a standalone science fiction-inspired speech translation device and a new widescreen monitor that might be just …

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Crestron’s Conferencing Solutions Flourish In The Smart Home

Recently,  I detailed some of the activities that Crestron, one of the original leaders in office automation, has taken to adapt in the age of Covid-19. Despite the forthcoming vaccines that will hopefully return the world to some sense of normalcy, it’s clear that the remote working trend, at some level, will be with us long …

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5 “Smart” Stocking Stuffers Worth Your Attention This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again. The pandemic hasn’t prevented Santa’s helpers from sending your intrepid technology analyst a wide assortment of intriguing “smart” home products and accessories for all your holiday shopping needs. Many of these devices are particularly useful in the new world of working remotely where we all find ourselves. This column will …

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Crestron Offers Its View Of The Smart Office In A Post Covid-19 World

If 2020 has taught us anything about the world, it’s that innovation and technology are an absolute necessity if businesses hope to stay competitive, keep their workforces productive, and pursue their goals when disaster strikes. Video conferencing control, conference room standardization, and remote work usage models are essential ingredients in this “new normal.” With the …

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The New Xbox Series X: A Next-Gen Gaming Console That Radiates Power

The arrival of the new Xbox Series X instantly transformed me into a 15-year-old. When it showed up at my home last week, I literally stopped everything I was doing to set it up. Could it really live up to Microsoft’s hype over the past year and deliver a gaming experience that we’ve never seen before? After …

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Investors Hear The Eargo Smart Hearing Aid Opportunity Knocking

Investors celebrated Eargo’s entrance to the public equity market with gusto this week, sending shares up 87% on its first day of public trading. The smart hearing device maker’s stock opened at $36, double its $18 IPO price, and then hit a peak of $43.80. Shares closed at $33.68, up a nifty 87%. Eargo set the initial …

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