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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

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 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

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...

Are We Really As Smart As We Think?

We humans are a smart bunch. At least, we think we are. I mean, we have smartphones, smart watches, smart meters, and smart cars, among other things. Yet, for all this smart stuff, we’re finding it trickier to operate one of our longtime tech mainstays. The television. Far from embracing new-age smart TVs, Greg Miller...

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

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...

Charge Your Home – And Your Portfolio

At times, I bet your home feels like one big chore. You open the door and immediately have to perform a laundry list of tasks before you can even sit down and relax. But no longer. Today, many of those tasks can be accomplished by pressing a few buttons – often before you even pull...

Amazon Echo: The World’s Smartest Assistant

Think Amazon (AMZN) is just the world’s largest online retailer? Think again. As technology advances, so does Amazon’s reach in the sector – to the point where it now competes with some of the largest companies in the world in a variety of fields. For example… In Amazon Web Services, it has a mammoth cloud-computing...