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Every year, Amazon hosts Prime Day, a one-day event of deals exclusive to Amazon Prime members. On Monday, July 10, Amazon decided to open the floodgates early at 9 pm E.T., extending the typically 24-hour event (held on July 11) to 30 hours. The star of the event this year? The Amazon Echo. Retailed at $180, Amazon Prime promoted the device at $89.99, a whopping 50% off. Other Echo devices were also priced lower—the Dot at $34.99, a 15% cut from $49.99, the Echo Tap at $79.99, a...
 
by Dina Abdelrazik | Jul. 12, 2017
Tags: Amazon, Apple, audio, voice control
Today is Amazon’s Prime Day (7/11). In the past week, noteworthy discounts on Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices has been top tech news. As of Q2/2017, Amazon’s smart speakers with the Alexa personal assistant have led smart speaker market with highest consumer adoptions (according to data from Parks Associates). During its WWDC17 keynote, Apple announced its participation in the playground with Apple HomePod, which will be ready to ship in December 2017, suggesting a coming change in...
 
by Tu Skuse | Jul. 10, 2017
Tags: Amazon, smart home, voice control

Consumers have been relatively quick to embrace voice-based applications, beginning and led by Apple’s Siri. Parks Associates research notes that at the end of 2016, 45% of U.S. smartphone owners reported using a voice-enabled personal assistant through an app or dedicated device. As devices continue to add listening capabilities, voice control will extend throughout the home and in other connected devices as an intrinsic, easy, and natural way to facilitate smart home...
The voice-first consumer market is rapidly changing. Stakeholders continue to announce new moves and product roadmaps. Integrations and partnerships are regularly being made. New entrants, seeking opportunity in the intensifying appeal of voice-enabled technologies, are placing their bets with their own offerings. Both devices and applications are now on market—primarily in the personal assistant space—that embrace voice-first; that is, they feature an...

Today Facebook will address the changing environment for consumers to communicate, including the introduction of AI, VR, social sharing models, and more, at its F8 Developer Conference. Companies in connected CE, smart home, mobile, and entertainment IoT spaces are watching the emergence of these new technologies and business models to determine their impact on device development, content creation, and consumer engagement. Companies need to continue to expand consumer familiarity...
Samsung’s new Gear VR headset and motion controller that it announced at Samsung’s Unpacked event are exactly what Samsung needs to remain at the top of the mobile VR space. Samsung already boasts a majority of advantages when Gear VR is compared to competitors such as Google Daydream and other mobile VR viewers. Gear VR was the first major VR headset available on the market, and it also benefitted from Samsung’s marketing, demos, and promotion throughout its lifecycle, which...

Blog post submitted by AUVSI Consumers love drones. They were a hot holiday gift item in 2016, and interest continues to grow. In fact, Goldman Sachs estimates the consumer market for drones will generate $17 billion between 2016 and 2020. Driving much of this growth is consumer interest in drones and their social, leisure, and security applications. Social media feeds are starting to feature “dronies” – selfies taken with a drone. A host of new, smaller drones...
Last Thursday, Google provided an unsolicited ad to Google Home users, testing, for the first time, its ability to run ads on its smart speaker. Google Home users reported asking their device about their schedule and along with the weather, news updates, and traffic, the speaker played a 17-second promotion of the new movie Beauty and the Beast. Users immediately took notice of the sly ad insertion taking to social media to relay their frustrations,...


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