In Sonos’ Claim That It’s a Victim, Some Skeptics See a Rich Irony

This Friday, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence will testify before a Congressional committee (the House antitrust subcommittee) that is investigating the issue of competition in digital markets. Or, I should say, they are investigating whether the tech giants – Google, Amazon, … Continue reading

Forbes Notes Enthusiastic CES 2020 Crowd Amazed by a ‘Smart’ Potato

Is This the Next Big Thing? NeuraSpud, Booth #53367 Eureka Park, CES 2020 [Photo: Forbes, Pete Pachal] Who says the mainstream media has abandoned CES? No less than the venerable Forbes.com ran a feature story that noted an enthusiastic crowd … Continue reading

CES 2020 – Just What Exactly is CES Anymore?

Buyer/seller negotiations on the CES floor are getting pretty tough! Image is from the WWE, a new exhibitor at CES this year For many, many years the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – an exposition hosted by the Consumer Technology Association … Continue reading

URC Cuts Staff as It Realigns Its Sales Efforts

Universal Remote Control, Inc. (URC) has had a round of layoffs heading into the holidays. Taking place last week, the remote control giant has made cuts to its team that represent approximately 6% of their total workforce. Learn more about … Continue reading

Denon Offers ‘Denon Home’ Wireless Speaker Line

Denon announced yesterday a new series of wireless multiroom speakers featuring their HEOS Built-in technology. The new models, said to be part of their Denon Home series, brings all the advantages of the wireless, multiroom category…with the added benefit of … Continue reading

‘The Smart Home is Dead,’ Says a Key Industry Expert

As many integrators seek to pitch their clients on the many wonders of converting their dumb homes into “smart” homes, there are growing indicators that the promise of the smart home is not being reliably delivered up to this point…and … Continue reading

The Greatest Barrier to ‘Smart Home’ Adoption is Complexity, New Study Shows

Lots of studies have shown that consumer adoption of various smart home technologies and devices is growing…and that is undoubtedly true. But a new study shows that adoption is not as strong as it could be but for the complexity … Continue reading

No Josh-ing, AudioControl & Josh.ai Partner for a Better User and Integrator Experience

AudioControl and Josh.ai announced last week that they were partnering with an integration that will allow integrators to offer their clients a better voice-enabled home entertainment control experience. A perfect blend of the high-quality electronics from AudioControl, coupled with the … Continue reading

Toshiba Launches Consortium of 100 Companies to Drive ‘Internet of Things’ Market

The Toshiba Corp. headquarters stands in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg Toshiba Corp. announced this week that it has launched a large consortium of more than 100 companies in Japan for the purpose of creating … Continue reading

Giving No Ground, Lenbrook Launches Robust Retaliation to Sonos Lawsuit

After receiving a stipulation allowing them more time to respond, Lenbrook Industries Ltd, and Lenbrook America, last week filed their response to the Sonos patent litigation they were hit with in June. It was a robust and smart response that … Continue reading