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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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T-Mobile TVision Review: More Competition In Streaming Services Welcomed

There has never been a better time to cut the cord. These days, more than ever, people are looking to save money on streaming, and the selection of robust, affordable live TV streaming services make cable TV unnecessary. Earlier this month, T-Mobile launched two new Live TV Streaming Services, TVision VIBE and TVision Live, that …

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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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Skyroam Solis X Review: The World’s First Global Smart Spot

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent the newest flagship device by Skyroam, the Solis X. Many of our analysts at Moor Insights & Strategy travel in and outside of the United States and are always on the go. Between impediments like bad Wi-Fi connections in hotel rooms and aboard airplanes, reliably accessing the …

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What The Haters Got Wrong About Amazon’s Always Home Cam

I have implemented home automation since the mid-90s with X10, and today I have around 100 home automation devices in-use across multiple vendors, including Amazon, Apple, Google, Haiku, Provision2, Samsung, Somfy, and Savant. With all the progress over 25 years, the conversations never change. It has always been about the degree of complexity, cost, utility, …

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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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Hyperice Announced As An Official Recovery Technology Partner Of The NBA

Last week, I spoke to Hyperice CEO Jim Huether and NBA’s Senior Vice-President, Head of Global Media and Business Development, Dan Rossomondo, about the groundbreaking deal that was developed between the NBA and Hyperice. On July 30th, 2020, Hyperice and the NBA announced a leading-edge partnership to make them the ‘Official Recovery Technology Partner of …

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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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Alexa Live Was Its Biggest Developer Launch, Ever

Two weeks ago, Amazon held its virtual Alexa Live 2020 event for Alexa voice developers, device makers, and business leaders alike—anyone in the business of leveraging Amazon’s highly popular smart assistant. Alexa boast a develop community of approximately 700,000, many whom look to this event for a roadmap to help guide their efforts in the …

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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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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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