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Best Buy To Embrace Home Automation Big Time

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 07:26

From a well-placed friend in retail and possibly corroborated via a Starbucks conversation, we’ve learned that Best Buy intends to double down on the home automation market. Best Buy devotes significant space to this burgeoning category, but will up the ante very soon with an expanded two-tier approach. First, stores will offer what we believe to [...]

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The CES 2014 Posts

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:11

Now that the Vegas dust has settled, we’re finally caught up on the bloggable topics and have collated the bulk of our CES coverage in this handy bulleted list. Until next year! Meta CES 2014: Day Zero CES 2014: Oh, The Miles The Videos of CES CES 2014: That’s A Wrap! Smart TV & Streaming [...]

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Zonoff Links Home Automation Silos Via Staples Connect

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 07:31

As our homes acquire sentience, a few are attempting to traverse the technological silos… in an approachable way, suitable for civilians and geeks alike. While companies like Zonoff, Revolv, and Smarthings each strive to take home automation mainstream with somewhat differing technological and marketing approaches, they share a vendor- and network-neutral approach as they aim to [...]

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Massive TiVo Discounts Offered To Advisors & Resellers

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 15:28

Post holiday sales, TiVo is testing the waters with some amazing offers for “Advisors” and rates that roughly line up with their existing reseller offers. I assume uptake will be strong amongst this market microcosm… and hopefully influences the broader TiVo Roamio pricing strategy. As we’re still awaiting the compelling upgrade promos previously alluded to by [...]

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Finding a LogMeIn Alternative

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:30

After ten years of service, LogMeIn has abruptly termnated their free tier of remote access. And my pal Janice speaks for many of us when she says, “That sound is parental tech support reps everywhere imploding at their desks.” Of course we don’t fault the company for wanting to make money and I’ve always been [...]

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Nintendo Considers Pulling A Sega

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 09:31

As Wii U sales plummet, despite price cuts, it appears the Japanese gaming pioneer may finally be ready to embrace third-party hardware. From Nintendo President Satoru Iwata: If we stay in one place, we will become outdated. We are thinking about a new business structure. Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying [...]

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Anker Saves The Day (Again)

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 07:09

As I’ve yet to find that perfect gadget caddy, we’ve gone ahead and implemented Plan B. When picking out a new bedroom set about 18 months ago, we went with a collection that we otherwise may have passed over due to tricked out nightstands housing a power squid in the top drawer (and undercarriage lighting). [...]

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TiVo Thumb Experiment Results; Super Bowl Next

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 06:40

Last month, TiVo repurposed their iconic thumbs up/down buttons for an “Advisors” experiment — providing viewers a method to rate The Voice finalist performances. And the results are in, with over 40,000 recorded clicks correlating perfectly to show results: Contestant Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Tessanne Chin 73% 27% Jacquie Lee 61% 39% Will Champlin 53% [...]

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Cisco Demos New “Proof-of-Concept” TV App

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 14:21

Cisco hosted tech reporters at its annual CES press reception last week and took us through a whirlwind of company news, vision-speak, and proof-of-concept demos. The best of the demos was an app giving users the ability not only to control TV from a mobile device, but also to share related secondary content between different [...]

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CES 2014: Oh, The Miles

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 08:40

While I mostly classify activity trackers as novelties, with limited actionable intelligence, CES the absolute best place to put them through their paces (ha, punny). With my buddies Brad Linder of Liliputing and Kevin Tofel of GigaOm each stepping up to the plate. Kevin sports a Fitbit Force wristband and Brad rolls with a Withings Pulse puck – so the [...]

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D-Link To Challenge Belkin WeMo With Wi-Fi Smartplug

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:21

As alluded, the connected home category is primed to explode. And, based on this FCC filing, the next entrant will be D-Link – who’ll be adding an $80 “WiFi Smart Plug” to their existing stable of IP cameras. The DSP-W215 mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a multi-purpose, compact, and easy-to-use device that allows you to [...]

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AT&T Will Pay You $15/Mo To Skip The Upgrade

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:08

The end of smartphone subsidies may be upon us, given T-Mobile’s uncarrier moves and AT&T’s new Mobile Share Value plan: With the ‘No Annual Service Contract’ options, smartphone customers can save $15 a month on Mobile Share Value plans. Customers can receive these monthly savings when they: Get a new smartphone for no down payment with [...]

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TiVo Coming To Roku?!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 08:38

From CES, The Digital Media Zone got their hands on some very interesting screengrabs… showing what looks to be a TiVo app running on Roku. No, not the full-fledged, cloud-based TiVo UI ported by ActiveVideo that we filmed at the Cable Show. Rather, this sports a more traditional Roku interface that appears to replicate TiVo Mini functionality [...]

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TiVo Android Streaming: “In The Coming Months”

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 17:42

Our hopes for and speculation of a TiVo Android streaming reveal at CES were dashed in Vegas last week. While I have it on good authority that private demos took place, one can only assume the company isn’t quite as far along as they’d hoped and/or they’re saving the announcement for more opportune timing. During [...]

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Amazon Preps “New Product Bigger Than Kindle”

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:23

Via The Digital Reader, we learn that Amazon continues to schmooze talent in the Boston region. The next Lab 126 event can be found here, with more interesting language attached to a December mixer: We are working on a revolutionary V1 product that will allow us to deliver Digital Media to our customers in new [...]

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Google To Acquire Nest (for truckloads of cash)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:33

Earlier than expected and for a sum that cannot be calculated rationally, Google has entered into an arrangement to purchase Nest for 3.2 billion in cash. Which totals more than two Instagrams and two Flips… combined. While Nest has grown rapidly, now exceeding 200 employees with healthy buzz and presumably solid sales (which the company does not disclose), [...]

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