Are Smart Homes Getting Smarter? By Juan Vela

 

26 January 2018 Are Smart Homes Getting Smarter? By Juan Vela 
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CES 2018 is now behind us and after last year’s breakout performance from Amazon and Alexa, it’s no surprise that this year’s event featured many ‘smart’ devices. In fact, CNET’s summary captures this point very well. “CES 2018 seemed to mark the beginning of the end of "dumb" household products, with everything from light switches to faucets to mirrors and (yes, really) toilets getting some sort of AI upgrade.” 

But that got me thinking. just how many devices does it take to make a home truly smart? One, two, five, more? To answer the question, I examined two households I know very well.  

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A Time for Pragmatism: Wireless Industry Trends in 2018. By Ben Cardwell

 

12 January 2018 A Time for Pragmatism: Wireless Industry Trends in 2018. By Ben Cardwell
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Readers familiar with the “hype cycle” will know that new technologies go through a process when they first emerge. Initial excitement leads to over-inflated expectations, which ultimately crashes before the hard work of getting to widespread adoption occurs (if it does).

When I look at 5G, we certainly have seen the early irrational exuberance of all the wonderful things 5G will do. We also have passed through the depression that occurs when we realize, “Hey, this is going to be tough to pull off.” But we are now on the upswing, and I expect 2018 will be a productive time when we really start sorting out what’s possible from the hype. Reality hit when 3GPP finalized the non-standalone 5G New Radio standard, enabling further developments.

 

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Merry X’mas Gen Z: I hope you like your present. By Navin Vohra

 

13 December 2017 Merry X’mas Gen Z: I hope you like your present. By Navin Vohra
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I think Christmas is one of the most anticipated festivities of the year, whether you’re an adult or kid. For me, it is endless merrymaking, shopping and feasting. For my kids, there is only one big question, “What do I want from Santa Claus this Christmas?”

During my childhood, a Lego® set was the best gift Santa ever brought us. However, this changed in 2010 when Apple started the tablet revolution. Apple’s iPad became the most wanted tech Christmas gift for both the adults and savvy youth. As technology continues to develop, there’s an even wider range of tech gifts to choose from – Amazon Echo, GoPro Camera, Nintendo Switch, Fitbit Smartwatch, etc. The list is endless.

 

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