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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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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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