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In a recent article for Inc. , contributor Travis Wright revealed that, this year, women are in charge of the economy. Calling it the "sheconomy," he outlines the differences in purchasing habits between men and women, looking specifically at Black Friday and the holiday shopping season.  His claims comes from several research reports, including Parks Associates' holiday intentions Market Focus released this week. Key data points from Wright's article include:...
 
by Kaitlin Hawkins | Nov. 25, 2014
Tags: CES, connected CE, Internet of Things


A couple of weeks ago, I was intrigued by an e-mail that I received from the National PTA. For every parent that subscribes to a smartphone monitoring app called TeenSafe , $10 will be raised for their local PTA. Parents can also receive a 33% lifetime discount on the app. What...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Nov. 14, 2014
Tags: none

As the connected car space heats up, startups are joining major players from various industries in jumping into the market. Leading tech giants like Apple and Google, mobile carriers like AT&T and Telus, and major digital media companies like Pandora and ESPN are staking their claims to...
 
by Jennifer Kent | Nov. 14, 2014
Tags: apps, connected cars, M2M

As I stroll and speak around CCW-SATCON today, there is plenty of talk around how OTT rights and licensing are going to affect traditional video distribution methods. However, Google (being Google), decided to crash the party with their announcement of YouTube Music Key , an ad-free...

Last week, Amazon revealed its addition to the growing streaming media market: the Fire TV Stick. The announcement represents the company's continuing efforts to compete against other giants like Google and Apple for dominance in the TV market.  However, in a recent article for...
 

According to Parks Associates research , 50% of U.S broadband households will own at least one smart home device by 2020. Already, 13% of U.S. broadband homes own some type of smart home device. Smart home solutions continue to grow at a rapid pace, and industry leaders within the smart home...
 

Apple’s CEO promised new categories in 2014. He promised but has not delivered—the much anticipated Apple Watch will not launch until sometime early 2015. Enters Microsoft. The software giant is rumored to launch its own wearables in 2014, and it did yesterday—not only announced...
 
by Harry Wang | Oct. 30, 2014
Tags: Apple, smart watch, wearable

Fitbit launched three new products today, branded as Charge, Charge HR (heart rate monitoring), and Surge . With Charge HR, Fitbit finally brings the heart rate monitoring function to its popular fitness trackers, a nice upgrade to people’s fitness experience. The most interesting...
 
by Harry Wang | Oct. 27, 2014
Tags: Apple, apps, smart watch, wearable


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