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Friday, March 18, 2016

Why The Internet Of Things Might Never Speak A Common Language

For device makers, the sheer number of languages on offer poses a dilemma: Which ones do you support when building a new product?

"You may not have the resources to do everything, and you may not have the capacity, the bandwidth, the processing power to do everything in an individual product, so you have to make selections," says Tom Kerber, an analyst with Parks Associates. "Limiting those choices to the critical few is important."

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Samsung's $100 Million Internet Of Things Bet Is Even Crazier Than You Think

Samsung has thrown its weight behind an effort called Thread, which also has the backing of Nest, processor designer ARM, and a few other industry players. As Parks Associates analyst Tom Kerber explains, Thread works by assigning every device its own IP address, and brings numerous benefits including end-to-end encryption and low power consumption. "If you think about longer-term, it's very likely that a lot of the intelligence is going to be in the end devices rather than in a ...read more

Monday, January 05, 2015

7 trends you’ll see at CES 2015

2014 brought us twerking, Sam Smith, better smart thermostats and the promise of the Apple Watch. Here are seven trends we expect to see in full bloom at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show that will impact technology and lifestyle products throughout 2015:

1. The internet of things. If you can’t resist, go ahead and enable things with intelligence; just, do it in a smart way. Water heaters, smoke alarms, thermostats, lights, and almost anything with a plug has the potenti ...read more

Monday, January 05, 2015

Roku-Connected Televisions and the Future of the Smart TV Wars

At CES on Monday, Roku TV announced that it was partnering with a few up-and-coming hardware manufacturers to have its streaming technology built into their TV sets, no box necessary. The company actually announced its first two partners—China-based TCL and Hisense—at CES 2014, and began shipping (quietly) in the fall. But now it’s expanding in a big way.

Roku and its boxes are already No. 1 in the streaming-media market, with 29% marketshare, according to research firm Park ...read more

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Apple's New iPads: Thinner, Faster, And Now Available In Gold

Apple is hoping these upgrades will deliver a jolt to iPad sales. Once a product that flew off Apple's shelves--and thought to be the future of the company--the iPad has been underperforming as of late. Cook said Apple sold more than 225 million iPads worldwide, and in its first four years, the tablet was its best-selling product in the company's history. However in the last two quarters, Apple reported declining iPad sales, an 8% drop last quarter and 13% the quarter before tha ...read more

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Roku Has Sold 10 Million Streaming Devices

Reaffirming its place as the most popular set-top box, on Tuesday Roku announced that it has sold 10 million streaming players in the U.S.

The company used this milestone as an opportunity to put its competitors--Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast--to shame and brag about the 1,000 extra channels it has over them. According to an August report from Parks Associates, about 14% of U.S. households have a streaming media device, and 37% of those consumers primarily ...read more

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Roku Refreshes Its Products -- And Puts An Obscure Video Service Front And Center

Six months after refreshing its flagship set-top box, Roku has updated the rest of its streaming product line, adding additional features while maintaining its price points. The Roku LT, Roku 1, and Roku 2 players, announced Wednesday, will be available online and in retail stores October 1. In addition, Roku 3 has been made available in the U.K.

Last year, Roku players streamed more than a billion hours of content. On average, Roku users watch about 13 hours per week; a qua ...read more

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sorry Apple TV, Roku is America's Most Popular Streaming Box

Beating out Apple TV, Roku leads as America's most popular streaming media device, penetrating 37% of homes compared with Cupertino's 24% stronghold, according to the latest data from Parks Associates.

Surveying 10,000 U.S. households, the research firm found the number of homes with set-top boxes has doubled to 14% since 2011. By 2017, Parks Associates expect connected TV device sales to soar to 330 million, almost twice the forecast for 2013. The firm's research director, ...read more

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