Greg Miller

SoftBank Bets Big on the Internet of Things

SoftBank Bets Big on the Internet of Things

What does $32 billion buy you these days? For Japanese mobile communications firm SoftBank Group Corp. (SFTBY), it’s provided a route into one of the most lucrative up-and-coming technology fields. On Monday, the company ponied up the cash to buy British chip designer ARM Holdings Plc (ARMH). And Softbank’s Chairman, Masayoshi Son, isn’t shy about...

Why the Brexit Could Spark a New Wave of M&A

Why the Brexit Could Spark a New Wave of M&A

When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the news triggered a wave of volatility across the globe. The reason for the volatility was simple: uncertainty. Markets hate it – and the Brexit delivered it in spades. On a corporate level, many companies delivered another shock to their shareholders by admitting...

The Trouble with Tesla

The Trouble with Tesla

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), the electric car company controlled by tech billionaire Elon Musk, had a string of rough weeks marred by three major issues that did quite a bit of damage to the company’s reputation and valuation. In a short period of time, all kinds of concerns about the company have made the news,...

How to Overcome Smart Home Downsides

How to Overcome Smart Home Downsides

Over the past few weeks, I’ve featured a mini-series here on the Smart Home and how it could be on the cusp of widespread adoption. As you probably know by now, Smart Homes are the latest in a string of “Smart” things to enter our lives – after smartphones, smartwatches, smart meters, smart cars, and...

How to Invest in Smart Home Technology

How to Invest in Smart Home Technology

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve discussed the promises and perils of the Smart Home, as well as why this segment is on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream. Naturally, it’s time to ask: “How can I profit from this?” Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer.  Ideally, there would be one or two tickers...

Four Factors That Will Drive Smart Home Adoption

Four Factors That Will Drive Home Automation

Within the tech world, there’s plenty of excitement over the potential for home automation – i.e. the prospect of controlling the functions in your home (temperature, lights, etc.) from your smartphone or from a single dedicated device such as Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo device. Frankly, though, a fair bit of the excitement is just hype...

Startup Firm Notion Hits Connected Home Market

Startup Firm Notion Hits Connected Home Market

While tech analysts and fans are excited about the potential that home automation brings, most consumers aren’t yet feeling the vibe. Sure, products like Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo device and the imminent arrival of Google Home from Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) have generated a lot of press and excitement, but the kinds of products they control...

Google Home Wants to Control Your Home

Google Wants to Control Your Home

In my article here last week, I discussed how Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) unveiled a range of updates and new innovations at its recent Google I/O conference. Among them was Google Home – a dedicated in-home device similar to Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo, combined with a huge expansion to Google Now, which has been renamed Google...

Google’s New Innovation Just Raised the Bar

Google’s New Innovation Just Raised the Bar

There are several eagerly anticipated tech events over the course of a year that unite analysts, commentators, and geeks across the globe – from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) new product unveilings. The Google I/O annual developers’ conference is no exception. Held...

Wendys Moves to Eliminate Workforce

Wendy’s Moves to Eliminate Workforce

On Wendy’s Co.’s (WEN) earnings conference call last week, the fast-food chain reaffirmed a plan that will send shudders throughout the low-wage American workforce. The company will push ahead with self-ordering kiosks – a labor-saving device that’s sweeping across the fast-food industry. But while some will laud this triumph of technology in terms of saving...