Mark Vena, Patrick Moorhead

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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Three Reasons Why It’s A Great Time To Be In The Gaming Business

Let’s not kid ourselves. It is an incredible time to be in the gaming business. Let’s put aside that the pandemic arrived in February. The ensuing national lockdown created a supercharged tailwind for the gaming segment’s major players, as kids suddenly stuck at home needed to be entertained. New, beefed-up consoles from Microsoft and Sony …

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IFA 2020 Delivers Several Significant Smart Home Announcements

IFA events are a remarkable experience, as anyone who has attended one will likely tell you. Meticulously planned and held in exciting European locales, IFA gives journalists and tech analysts alike a chance to see what the superstars of the tech space have been working on. Of course, all of that was before COVID-19 came …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Is Your Printer The New Trojan horse?

Of all the IT devices commonly found in a corporate office, business, school, government building or even home office, the traditional office printer is generally perceived as benign and non-threatening. However, in the age of increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity attacks, the printer’s passive functioning is its central attraction as an attack vector for nefarious actors looking for the …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Rayvolt Poised To Leverage E-Bike Market Growth With 21st-Century Technologies

While autonomous driving and electric vehicles have dominated the conversation in the traditional transportation field over the past decade, there is little question that the e-bike market is hot and surging. Some forecast the global e-bike market to reach $38.6 billion by 2025, up from the $21.1 billion that the market generated in 2018 (a …

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Recommendations For A Great Work From Home Setup

Long before the outbreak of COVID-19, I was already working from home as a technology analyst. In this line of work, I tend to spend a lot of time perfecting my home office setup, continually trying new PCs, keyboards, monitors, wireless routers and other critical accessories. When many of my family members, friends and professional colleagues …

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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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