Growth of Smart Speakers & IoT a ‘Frenzy,’ Says New Reports

Two new research reports from two different research groups came to basically the same conclusion – smart speakers (and IoT devices) show no signs of slowing down with eye-popping growth rates in just the last two years. One of the … 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

Google Closes in on Amazon in Smart Speaker Market Share

The latest data from market research firm Strategy Analytics shows that Amazon is still the king of the smart speaker market – selling more smart speakers than anyone else. But the data also showed something else rather surprising – Google … Continue reading

Amazon Horror: Alexa Users Not Using Voice to Shop

A new report by The Information has roiled Amazon, punching a hole in the concept that users of their Alexa-powered smart speaker devices will use them to buy billions of dollars of goods through voice ordering. According to sources from … Continue reading

Control4 Announces Appointment of Charlie Kindel, ex-Amazon

BREAKING NEWS Former Head of Amazon’s Smart Home Org. to be SVP of Products & Services for Control4   Control4 Corp. announced today that it has appointed Charlie Kindel, an ex-Amazon executive in charge of their Alexa project, to fulfill … Continue reading

Amazon’s Latest Secret Project Could Change Our World

Can Amazon Scoop the Industry a Second Time? Amazon has a super secret project that just might change the world…again. I have long said that the brilliance of Amazon’s Alexa-based Echo and Dot devices comes from their realization that voice … Continue reading

Lawyer Warns: Alexa is ‘Betraying You’

Smart Devices Put 1st Amendment Rights at Risk, Lawyer Says As we perused the newswire services Monday, one release, from a New Jersey criminal defense law firm, caught our eye. Titled, “Are Your Smart Devices Betraying You?” the release was … Continue reading