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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nest announces new hardware products in answer to critics

Tom Kerber, a director overseeing Internet-of-things strategy for Parks Associates, said sales for video doorbells have grown dramatically in recent years because of the popularity of online shopping.

The last item that Nest announced was a security system made up of three products called Nest Guard, Nest Tag and Nest Detect that will start at $499 and become available in November.

Nest Guard is a portable motion sensor that goes into a main room or hallway and arms or d ...read more

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nest selling cheaper Internet-connected thermostat to reach masses

Tom Kerber of the research and consulting firm Parks Associates said the cheaper thermostat could persuade more shoppers to try Nest. Just 11 percent of American households with broadband Internet have smart thermostats, and only 18 percent of households were willing to pay for a $250 thermostat, according to a Parks Associates survey last year.

The lower-priced E is “going to essentially double the market for those products,” Kerber said. “That would be a significant driver ...read more

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nest selling cheaper Internet-connected thermostat to reach masses

Tom Kerber of the research and consulting firm Parks Associates said the cheaper thermostat could persuade more shoppers to try Nest. Just 11 percent of American households with broadband Internet have smart thermostats, and only 18 percent of households were willing to pay for a $250 thermostat, according to a Parks Associates survey last year.

The lower-priced E is “going to essentially double the market for those products,” Kerber said. “That would be a significant driver ...read more

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Google Home now has a screen — and, soon, Spotify

The small, candle-shaped speaker equipped with the artificial-intelligence personal helper Google Assistant, has sold about 300,000 units since hitting the market in October, according to research and consulting firm Parks Associates. But it remains a distant second to Amazon’s Echo which sold 14 million units in 2016 and expected to do better this year.

“They’re out for domination and being the biggest and best,” Parks Associates analyst Brad Russell said. “People are famil ...read more

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Fitbit Buys Smartwatch Pioneer Pebble Amid Wearables Shakeup

The smartwatch market has also slumped. Apple Watch sales are down this year, and Lenovo’s Motorola brand has dropped out of the market. Most people simply aren’t finding reasons to buy them: Smartwatches are expensive, and they generally don’t provide functions other than those already available in a cell phone.

The market slowdown particularly hurt Pebble, which did not have the resources to wait for things to pick up. That might not happen until 2019 or 2020, when other f ...read more

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Google Pushes For Bigger Role In Smart Homes

“The Google assistant not only knows about the world, it will also stand apart with how well it gets to know you over time, with your permission of course,” said Mario Queiroz, a Google vice president of product management.

Even though few people own smart-home devices, like Google’s Nest thermostat, some analysts are bullish that this will become a major tech market in the future. Just 19 percent of U.S. broadband households have smart-home devices, according to a report th ...read more

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Apple Revenue Declines For The First Time In 13 Years

But as the smartphone market matures, Apple has been looking into other areas of growth, including wearables, augmented or virtual reality, and a rumored electric car. On Tuesday, Cook did not directly address any of those projects.

“The future of Apple is very bright,” Cook said in a call with investors. “Our product pipeline has amazing innovations in store.”

Last year, it released the Apple Watch, its first major product since the iPad. The watch was Apple’s first mov ...read more

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pandora Founder Replaces CEO; Is ‘For Sale’ Sign Gone?

Pandora was an early pioneer in online music when Westergren founded the Music Genome Project, a massive song database that would become Pandora, in San Francisco in 2000, moving it to Oakland later that year. He returns to the CEO post he held from May 2002 to July 2004.
The landscape today is far more competitive. Pandora, with about 81 million monthly active listeners, must battle powerhouse music services such as Spotify, Apple, Amazon and Google.

A recent Parks Associ ...read more

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