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Friday, December 22, 2017

Doorbell live-cams fight back against porch pirates filching packages

For years, home security has been relatively expensive, with homeowners paying an average of $44 per month for a professionally installed and monitored system. About 22 percent of U.S. homeowners subscribe to such services, according to the research firm Parks Associates.

But the spread of high-speed broadband access, coupled with the rise of smartphones, opened the doors — almost literally — for a new breed of wireless security cameras and sensors that homeowners can instal ...read more

Friday, December 22, 2017

Doorbell live-cams fight back against porch pirates filching packages

For years, home security has been relatively expensive, with homeowners paying an average of $44 per month for a professionally installed and monitored system. About 22 percent of U.S. homeowners subscribe to such services, according to the research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "Doorbell live-cams fight back against porch pirates filching packages" by Benny Evangelista. 

Friday, December 08, 2017

Smart-home tech might help older adults live independently longer

A recent survey by the research firm Parks Associates of adults age 40 and over found that 80 percent expected to still be living in their own homes when they were 80 years old.

That expectation, however, is contingent on maintaining the financial means and the physical abilities to continue to live independently. While smart-home technology can’t help boost financial security, it could help seniors with health and safety concerns.

While seniors want more than the social ...read more

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Gamer gear maker Razer jumps into smartphone market against Apple, Samsung

According to research released this week by Parks Associates, Apple and Samsung own more than 76 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, widening their lead over also-rans LG and Motorola. While Google made a splash with its Pixel phone and is running ads for its Pixel 2, as of August, it had less than 1 percent of the market. Moreover, Apple’s newest flagship that some pundits are already calling a potential game changer, the $1,000 iPhone X, hits stores Friday.

From the art ...read more

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Smart-lock startup August Home bought by Yale lock-maker owner

Meanwhile, August Home and Walmart are testing a service that uses a smart lock to open the door for a delivery person to leave an online-ordered package inside.

The Assa Abloy acquisition gives August Home some deep pockets to further develop its products and a broader distribution system, said Brad Russell, research director for connected home products for Parks Associates.


“They’ve made strong strides getting into retail and started building a dealer network in (th ...read more

Monday, October 02, 2017

Samsung, ADT team up on home security kit, competing with Nest

Only about 22 percent of U.S. homeowners have a professionally monitored home-security system, and most of those have been installed by the companies, said Parks Associates senior analyst Brad Russell. ADT has about a quarter of that market, leading competitors Vivint, Comcast’s Xfinity Home and Moni.

The overall market has remained flat for several years, but should generate $15 billion in revenue this year, Russell said.

From the article "Samsung, ADT team up on home s ...read more

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SF startup introduces a cheaper smart lock, at $149

Brad Russell, a senior analyst with the research firm Parks Associates, said only about 7 percent of U.S. homes with broadband Internet service have installed Internet-connected door locks. Devices like connected thermostats and security cameras are more popular.

However, smart locks have become more popular in the past two years because professional home security services like ADT, Comcast Xfinity Home and Vivint are increasingly offering products like August locks, Ru ...read more

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds expands to drones, robots

“Getting consumers to interact with Apple in a whole bunch of different ways helps develop that positive relationship early,” said Jennifer Kent, a director of research at Parks Associates, a Dallas research and consulting firm.

Already, Apple has a strong following among younger consumers. Last year, 39 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. purchased an Apple product, compared with the 23 percent who bought a Samsung device, according to Parks Associates. Samsung is th ...read more

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