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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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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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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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Amazon Expands Its Lead With Smart CE Devices At CES 2020

Last week I attended CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The annual consumer electronics extravaganza provides an opportunity for companies both big and small to unveil their latest gadgets and solutions. You really can’t talk about consumer electronics these days without talking about Amazon, who took the space by storm over the past decade with its …

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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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The Ultimate Smart Home Office

In my final column on great holiday tech gifts for 2019, I will focus on what I believe is the ultimate productivity, entertainment and cord-cutting solution for your home office. This approach may sound a bit contradictory as some consumers may view some of these solutions in a narrow and silo-oriented manner. That said, I …

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More Great Holiday Tech Gifts That Deserve Your Attention

In last week’s column, I highlighted some great tech gifts for the upcoming holiday season, ranging from a game-changing smart oven, stylish smartphone cases and an innovative “occupancy sensing” home sensor that can enable a whole host of home automation tasks. In this post, I will shed some visibility on another handful of new smart …

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Resideo Reaffirms Its Commitment To Its Professional Network With New Smart Home App And Services

Last week, Resideo Technologies announced several important smart home solutions and tools designed to augment the capabilities of its vast professional network, at a polished event at Austin’s Moody Theater for nearly a thousand industry professionals and company partners. CEO Mike Nefkens and Chief Innovative Officer Niccolo de Masi spent an hour walking the attendees through the company’s …

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Smart Tech Gifts For The Holiday Season

I know the holidays are approaching when my home office and living room begins to look a lot like a showroom at Best Buy. Many companies reach out to me this time of year with new smart tech products for the holiday selling season. With Christmas just around the corner, I plan to write several …

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Apple Hits Home Runs With New AirPods Pro And Apple TV+ Service

Last week, Apple made some significant noise in the market with the announcement of its new AirPods Pro, the successor to its hot-selling standard AirPods. Apple’s announcement of the new AirPods coincided with the long-awaited launch of its Apple TV+ streaming service, which was unveiled with some major Hollywood firepower earlier in the year. Here …

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Success Of Google’s Fitbit Acquisition Hinges On Its Ability To Counter Privacy Concerns

Google’s announcement last week that it would acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion was not particularly surprising for many observers who follow the smart home, wearable and IoT category. After all, Google has demonstrated on several occasions that it was willing to “buy” itself into the hardware business. It acquired Nest Labs in 2014 for $3.2 …

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Samsung Hits The Accelerator On Streaming Content At SDC 2019

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 …

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