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Date: 03.16.2017
Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) from hackers and cyber crooks needs to be a top concern for manufacturers, consumers and broadband network providers. More than 26 million U.S. households own at least one smart home device, which represents a 35 percent increase from the beginning of 2016. Half of consumers say privacy is their greatest...
Date: 02.03.2017
The Philips Hue light bulbs in the broadband households of Louisville, Kentucky can change color to display the severity of air quality warnings. Amazon Echo smart speakers deliver flash briefings from the mayor’s office and tell Louisville residents the date of the next junk pickup in their neighborhood. A pioneer in the smart city...
Date: 01.31.2017
“Open sesame!” the magical phrase that reveals a hidden treasure, was once the stuff of legend and fairy tales, but today it’s been replaced by “Hello, Siri,” “Alexa,” or “Ok, Google” as a way to instantly unlock the riches of the internet. Earlier this month on the exhibit floor of CES 2017...
Date: 12.30.2016
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is an annual bellwether for consumer trends and broadband-enabled technology. Each year, the hot trends for gadgets, gizmos and consumer tech are forecasted that will be highlighted at the show. Here’s this year’s list, courtesy of CTA’s chief economist Shawn DuBravac. Voice...
Date: 12.16.2016
This year when Santa pays a midnight visit to American homes, his bag could be stuffed with plenty of Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets. Trade publication TWICE recently surveyed tech-savvy shoppers at various consumer electronic stores and found that 27 percent expect to buy smart lighting in the next year. Smart thermostats are on the shopping...
Date: 11.28.2016
Retailers, both online and in-store, are putting their deals where the money is this holiday season. Amazon, the leading Cyber Monday online retailer, is offering Black Friday type deals as often as every five minutes from November 16 through December 22. Walmart, is claiming that it “will win the season on price” – on Black...
Date: 11.17.2016
TV spots for fitness trackers and smart watches promote hi-tech wearables as the go-to accessory for healthy millennials obsessed with exercise and fitness. It’s easy to miss how hi-tech wearables are also revolutionizing the health of seniors. There are all kinds of internet-connected wearables emerging on the market. For seniors, they...
Date: 10.31.2016
Some things are better together: peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (oops). Among American tech consumers, there is an emerging “better together” --  television and broadband. In 2015, 183 million American adults accessed the internet while watching TV and these viewers did so at least once in...
Date: 09.26.2016
Smart homes may soon go mainstream. Thanks to companies like Apple and Samsung, home builders are ready to make smart home technologies a built-in feature instead of an aftermarket add-on. For the past several years, the tech industry talked up smart homes, but the first generation of Internet of Things connected homes was little more than a...
Date: 08.02.2016
Streaming music is becoming increasingly popular as the digital music industry grows quickly. A study from Park Associates states that 66% of U.S. households with broadband service use streaming music and 26% of those individuals subscribe to a paid audio streaming service. Surprisingly, according to Park Associates, the top spot goes to Amazon...

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