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Monday, May 23, 2016

Competing Tech Support Startups Merge To Provide More In-home Help

The U.S. tech support sector is worth about $30 billion annually, according Reuters citing research by Parks Associates. HelloTech’s competition includes the Geek Squad, which is run by electronics retailer Best Buy.

From the article "Competing Tech Support Startups Merge To Provide More In-home Help" by Gina Hall.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Apple TV could be star of Wednesday's show

The bigger problem facing the new Apple TV could be its price, analysts said. Reports suggest that Apple will price the device at $150. That's not only $50 more than what the company charged for its previous Apple TV, until it discounted it earlier this year, but it's $100 more than what the streaming sticks are selling for.

At that price, Apple could have a hard time finding buyers other than its most loyal fans, said Barbara Kraus, an analyst who covers the connected devic ...read more

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nest: If appliances don't talk, homes aren't smart

The smart home isn’t here yet — and won’t be — until devices in homes can talk to each other, said Nest Labs' Mike Soucie.

Soucie co-founded Revolv, a company that looked to act as a hub for controlling lights, locks and speakers in the home. Nest acquired Revolv, and he now acts as Nest's head of consumer product partnerships. Tech giant Google Inc. acquired Nest in 2014.

Soucie sat down with the Business Journal recently at the Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS conference ...read more

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Roku dominates streaming devices, but Chromecast overtakes Apple TV, report says

In the first three quarters of 2014, 10 percent of U.S. households equipped with broadband bought streaming-media devices, according to a new report by market research firm Parks Associates.

The firm said Tuesday that while Roku's lineup of set-top boxes and streaming sticks remained the leading brand with 29 percent of global sales in the first nine months of 2014, Google Inc.'s Chromecast had a share of 20 percent and Apple Inc.'s Apple TV took 17 percent of the market.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Roku reported to be working on confidential IPO filing

A report over the summer from Parks Associates showed Roku and Google's Chromecast were the two most popular streaming devices sold in the U.S. in 2013, moving about 3.8 million each. Apple was No. 3, selling a little over 2 million of its Apple TV boxes.

From the article "Roku reported to be working on confidential IPO filing"  by Cromwell Schubarth.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Roku raises $25M as set-top box competition grows

A report over the summer from Parks Associates showed Roku and Google's Chromecast were the two most popular streaming devices sold in the U.S. in 2013, moving about 3.8 million each. Google's offering was only introduced in the middle of the year, making its surge most impressive. Apple was No. 3, selling a little over 2 million of its Apple TV boxes.

Globally through the end of 2013, Parks reported that Apple was No. 1 with 20 million of its Apple TV boxes sold since they ...read more

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nest cracks open platform to third-party developers for smarter homes

Research firm Parks Associates found that half of U.S. households with broadband Internet connection will own at least one smart-home device by 2022, a 12 percent jump from current numbers.

From the article "Nest cracks open platform to third-party developers for smarter homes" by Sarah Drake.

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