IDC: Video Entertainment & Smart Speakers Dominate the Smart Home, Battle Raging for Smart Assistant Lead

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The smart home device market is more than a quarter larger this year than last, according to a smart home device forecast from IDC. In 2018, 549.5 million devices will ship, a 26.8% increase over last year. The leading categories are smart speakers and video...Learn More

AR-VR Forecast: Bad Quarter, Good Future

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The augmented reality and virtual reality markets experienced a poor first quarter of 2018, but a rebound is expected, according to an AR-VR forecast from IDC. The category was down 30.5% year over year, with 1.2 million units shipped. There is an extenuating factor, however....Learn More

Report: U.S. TV Households Have More Connected TV Devices Than Pay-TV STBs

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Seventy-four percent of U.S. TV households have one or more devices connected to the Internet, according to new smart TV research from Leichtman Research Group. This compares with 65% in 2016, 44% in 2013 and 24% in 2010. The firm also found that 29% of...Learn More

NTIA Report: Rising Internet Usage Among All Demographics is Closing the Digital Divide

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The digital divide – the difference in access between disadvantaged groups and others, is closing, according to findings from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) recent survey about internet use demographics. The research shows that Internet usage increased among American households earning less than...Learn More

Gfk: Smart Home Self-Installation Preferred by 52% of U.S. Consumers

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People want to quite literally take their smart home technology installation in-house, according to a new survey about smart home self-installation from GfK Research. The firm found that 52% of consumers would prefer to install smart home products themselves, which is up from 43% in...Learn More

iOS12 New Features Include Faster Launches and Ways to (Perhaps) Use Devices Less

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Apple this week announced the newest version of its operating system, iOS 12, which includes augmented reality (AR) capabilities as well as multiple new features. Among the iOS12 new features are faster feature launches, Siri Shortcuts, and management tools to help users lessen their dependency...Learn More

Report: Google Explodes Onto the Smart Speaker Category with 709% Growth but Still Trails Amazon

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Amazon led the smart speaker category during the first quarter of the year with shipments of about 4 million units, according to Strategy Analytics. Though that’s almost half of the total category shipments of 9.2 million units, Amazon’s market share took a hit. It was...Learn More

Exec: ThingSpace Plays a Key Role in Supporting Verizon Global IoT Connectivity

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When Verizon ThingSpace was launched in October 2015, the company called it a “self-service web interface” that would allow users to “manage their Internet of Things (IoT) environments” and would give developers the ability to build IoT solutions using Verizon’s “extensive capabilities and innovation resources.”...Learn More

Consumers May be Overestimating the Security of Home Security

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Consumers may be overestimating the security of home security. While 64% of American broadband households worry about security and privacy when they use their connected devices, 63% think the signals from their monitored homes are encrypted – though they usually are not, according to a...Learn More

Report: Smartphone Trade-in Values Rise, Approaching $500M

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U.S. consumers received more than $479 million from smartphone trade-ins during the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from HYLA Mobile, a provider of software technology and services for mobile device trade-in and reuse. That was a rise in smartphone trade-in values...Learn More

Report: Consumers Prefer Smartphones Over Smart Speakers for Smart Home Control

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Nearly nine in 10 consumers see the smartphone as the controller for smart home devices, more than double the amount that see digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home serving that purpose, according to a new smart home preferences report from GfK. Unsurprisingly,...Learn More

IDC: Mobility Spending to Top $1.6 Trillion in 2018

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Worldwide spending on mobility solutions will top $1.6 trillion this year, a 3.2% increase over 2017, according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) new Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide. The solid growth is expected to continue through 2021, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of...Learn More

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