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What next for Android Wear?

Google and the Smartwatch: What’s next for Android Wear?

Google launched its wearable OS, Android Wear, in 2014. To much fanfare. All of us early adopters, tech writers, and geeks were fully on board. The future was right there on your wrist. All of a sudden we could all be Dick Tracy. After a few bumps, Wear devices finally...
SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD

Smart Home News: Samsung SmartThings dongle announced for NVIDIA Shield

This is an interesting development. Well, at least for smart home and home automation enthusiasts it might be. SmartThings (now owned by Samsung) today announced a USB stick called the SmartThings Link that works with the NVIDIA Shield streaming box to create a smart home hub. It costs only $39.99, though...
Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Trendspotting: At 76% share Amazon Echo is running away with smart speaker market

Amazon jumped into the voice-enabled digital assistant (aka smart speaker) market early, and now it appears to be reaping major dividends. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) says that in the U.S., the Amazon Echo has an install base of 15 million units. That represents about 76%...
RED Raven Camera Unboxing

Target Hollywood: Could Apple acquire RED Digital Cinema?

It could (Tim Cook and team are sitting on some $260 billion in cash). But would it? Would Apple acquire a camera company called RED Digital Cinema? Hollywood! It's not just for aspiring actors. It's increasingly a place companies see as a place to not only increase revenues, but to...
Insteon with Alexa and Amazon Echo Dot: Tips and Review

Amazon adds whole home audio to Echo speakers, gives Sonos the ultimate death stare

It's called Multi-Room Music and the new feature enables several Echo smart speakers to stream music in sync across the home.
Lutron P-PKG1W-WH Caseta Wireless Dimmer Switch Review - Comparison Insteon

Smart Home Dimmer Switch Buying Guide: Which is best?

Stark Insider's buying guide for smart home dimmer switches. If you're on the hunt for dimmer switches for your current or planned smart home, there's a beguiling selection -- a quick check on Amazon reveals hundreds of products. What to buy? You may be tempted to grab a $35 Leviton Decora...
Smart Home News: Google Home now supports Spotify Free music streaming

Smart Home News: Spotify Free accounts now works on Google Home

Good news. Today, free Spotify accounts are now supported by the Google Home hub. That means even if you don't pay for a Spotify subscription you can still enjoy one of the best music streaming platforms, even if it will be with some restrictions. As you might expect, supported voice-activated commands...
Insteon Dimmer and Keypad Tips Review

Smart Home: Top 10 tips for getting started with Insteon

Already own or considering buying a smart home hub? Clinton Stark shares 10 tips for the Insteon Hub that might help you get the most out of your existing Insteon system or help you understand the hub market and some of the options on the market today. It's the year of...
Google Pixel Phone Colors

Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 phone might not feature bezel-less design

Bezels be gone. In 2017, I was expecting most new smartphones to not have bezels. At least, the premium, flagship models. I think it would be fair to expect as much. Samsung has been leading the charge towards less bezel and more screen. Phones like the Edge used slick wrap...