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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Facebook is developing a voice assistant, and it already has a home of its own

But Portal takes the social network off smartphones, which people typically use to access Facebook, and on to something larger — a smart display. People are expected to buy more than 64 million smart speakers, a category that includes smart displays, by 2022, according to Parks Associates. The research firm estimated that one-third of all U.S. broadband users had these in their home at the end of 2018.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Facebook is developing a voice assistant, and it already has a home of its own

But Portal takes the social network off smartphones, which people typically use to access Facebook, and on to something larger — a smart display. People are expected to buy more than 64 million smart speakers, a category that includes smart displays, by 2022, according to Parks Associates. The research firm estimated that one-third of all U.S. broadband users had these in their home at the end of 2018.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Virtual reality headsets only owned by 8% of U.S. broadband users

Only about one-quarter are even familiar with what a VR headset is, according to a new report from Parks Associates called "Virtual Reality: The Evolving Ecosystem." A key problem may be with the quality of games, shows and experiences consumers watch.

From the article "Virtual reality headsets only owned by 8% of U.S. broadband users" by Lauren Barack.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Smart home devices are 'valuable' to 75% of those who use them

As it turns out, smart home owners are really satisfied customers. Give them a chance to buy a connected device, like a smart thermostat, and nearly 75 percent of them are really happy with what they buy. That's according to a new survey from Parks Associates which looked at U.S. broadband owners and found that once someone put a connected product in their home — the majority were pleased.

From the article "Smart home devices are 'valuable' to 75% of those who use them."

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

DIY smart home security devices twice as attractive than professional services

People are twice more likely to buy individual smart locks, doorbells and security cameras than sign up for a professional home monitoring service. That's the findings of a new report from security research firm Parks Associates, "360 Deep Dive: Pricing Strategies for Residential Security,"which looked at broadband households in the U.S. and their interest in securing their space.

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Friday, February 01, 2019

One in three smart home owners control them through a network, like Alexa

More people are buying smart home devices, and connecting them through platforms or systems like smart speakers and hubs. So says a new report from Parks Associates which found that 35 percent of smart home owners are using a hub or app to run their smart devices.

The report, 360 Deep Dive: Smart Home Ecosystems: Driving the Smart Home Forward, finds that homes with broadband are the most likely to turn to smart speakers, with 5 percent of these households using an Amazon Ec ...read more

Friday, January 25, 2019

Two out of five U.S. homes want to swap the remote for their voice

So notes a recent report from Parks Associates, which found that 43 percent of all broadband households in the U.S. that use — or plan to use — a smart TV or streaming media player want to be able to control them by telling them what to do out loud, a feature they're looking for when they make their next purchase.

From the article "Two out of five U.S. homes want to swap the remote for their voice" by Li Cohen.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Three out of four consumers worry about internet hacking

Hacking concerns are high among consumers, particularly those who own connected devices. Worry that their computers could be hacked, and their broadband connections too, is high, said a new report from Parks Associates, "Consumer Fears in Connected Entertainment."

Three out of four households in the U.S. (75 percent) said they are worried about their computer being hacked, while 77 percent said they are "very concerned" about someone hacking into their online connection.

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