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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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Rayvolt’s X One Redefines The E-Bike Category With 21st Century Technologies

While people like to talk about electric and autonomous automobiles, another real battle in the transportation category is occurring in the e-bikes market. It’s for good reason: according to Mondor Intelligence, the global e-bike market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.39% between 2019 and 2024. In U.S. dollar terms, Mondor estimates that global …

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More Exciting Smart Solutions To Consider For The Home And Office

The holidays are fast approaching, and with that, I’ve been bombarded with a multitude of incredibly cool and useful solutions for the home and office that deserve consideration. Between now and early December, I will shed some light on an exciting mix of products that I believe solve real problems in an innovative and useful manner. …

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Five Top Themes From Amazon’s Alexa And Echo Event You Need To Know

I had the pleasure of attending Amazon’s “AskAlexa” event at its Seattle Day 1 headquarters. I attend or observer over 50 events a year, and while I think details matter, sometimes the broad strokes stick out more than the tip of the paintbrush. There was a lot to consume and analyze in what seemed like …

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IFA 2019 Analysis: Huawei Strikes Out, Qualcomm And Roku Hit Home Runs

This year’s IFA technology trade show extravaganza, conducted once again in Berlin’s spacious Messe Berlin fairgrounds (26 exhibit halls covering 1.7 million square feet), was undoubtedly the place to be for anyone wanting to learn more about where consumer electronics technology is headed. With over 245,000 visitors, more than 1,800 exhibitors, 2,300 keynote attendees, 1.5 …

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5 Smart Home Myths Dispelled

Given the strong response to my recent Forbes column about the myths of cord-cutting, I decided to write a similar piece about some of the consumer misconceptions surrounding the smart home. Taking the smart home plunge can be a daunting task, and in some ways, the challenges are even more formidable than cutting the cord. Hopefully, …

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Amazon Makes Big Splash At IFA With New Fire TV Cube, Smart TVs And European Expansion

IFA, Europe’s annual consumer electronics extravaganza, is taking place this week in Berlin. The show’s interesting for me as I view it as the last peek at consumer electronics we will see before the vaunted “holiday” selling season in the western world. While my colleague Mark Vena is in attendance (stay tuned for his takeaways), …

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Eargo: The Smart Hearing Aid Solution To Beat

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 15% of American adults (nearly 38 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing. Furthermore, the NIDCD states that age is a strong predictor of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69, with the most significant amount of hearing loss in the …

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Amazon Fire TV A Star Of Prime Day Sales

Unless you were living under a rock, you know that Amazon Prime Day, literally the biggest blow out shopping event only rivaling the holidays, took place last week. Amazon created Prime Day out of thin air and, for itself and partners, and it has brought much of the industry out of its summer shopping doldrums. …

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4 Cool Smart Home Products That Deserve Consideration

Summer is finally here. I’ve recently come across a handful of new smart home products that are truly useful and game-changing—particularly if you’re spending more time indoors than usual hiding from the heat. Let’s dive in. Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Router satisfies your need for speed I’ll admit it: I’m a hopeless router fanatic, and I’m …

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4 Cool Smart Home Products That Deserve Consideration

Summer is finally here. I’ve recently come across a handful of new smart home products that are truly useful and game-changing—particularly if you’re spending more time indoors than usual hiding from the heat. Let’s dive in. Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Router satisfies your need for speed I’ll admit it: I’m a hopeless router fanatic, and I’m …

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Narwal And Ironpie: Not Your Typical Robot Vacuums

The conventional robot vacuum space has many compelling brands and solutions. If you’re looking to merely automate your vacuuming of hard surfaces or rugs, there are great solutions from legacy brands like iRobot’s well-known Roomba and Neato Robotics that range in price points from $400 to $830. Even lower-end brands like Ecovacs provide suitable solutions in the sub-$299 space …

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Microsoft Puts Its Foot Down On The Accelerator At E3

At a pyrotechnics-laden preview event at E3 2019 at the MicrosoftTheater in Los Angeles, Microsoft celebrated its continued commitment to the gaming category. The company previewed a wide-range of new gaming titles and provided a glimpse into what it has on tap for its next high-end Xbox console, codenamed Project Scarlett. The disclosure did not come …

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IFA’s Global Press Conference Sets Stage For Big Berlin Event In September

Last weekend, I attended IFA’s Global Press Conference event, set against the lavish backdrop of the Spanish coast near Portugal, in Andalusia, Spain. Taking place over the span of 4 days, the event was attended by more than 300 journalists and analysts from 55 countries, with over 500 minutes of industry presentations. IFA-produced events are …

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Rayvolt Evangelizes Expansive E-Bike Lineup With Characteristic Style

Article by Mark N. Vena. Modern-day Barcelona is an elegant and profound mixture of the rich Spanish and Catalan cultures of the region. The city is one of the great cultural centers of Europe, housing numerous museums, theaters, and performing arts venues that speak to Barcelona’s 2,000 years of history. Numerous artists, filmmakers, and other …

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The Ultimate Cord-Cutter Solution: You Might Never Leave Your Home Again

Article by Mark N. Vena. Cord-cutting in the United States has grown insanely popular with consumers over the past several years. This is being driven by a combination of factors: anger with the incumbent cable or satellite companies over paying too much for premium channels; the fact that today’s consumers no longer are confined to …

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