Smart business models for the connected home

Nick Ismail for Information Age: The era of the smart, connected home is here, and this technological trend will likely define business models for years to come

Influence: Good Influencer Reviews Begin with Great Leaders

Negative feedback doesn't have to stay negative. At times, that can mean fixing the problem, improving customer service or something as simple as rewriting user/installation information.

Millennial Priorities: Influencing Gen Yers Requires Different Channels, Different Messages

It is estimated that there are roughly 1.8 billion Millennials on the globe today; and while you may look down on them right now, by 2025 they'll comprise 75 percent of the workforce.

Consider the Audience: Your Presentation Is About Informing, Persuading, Not Selling

Whether your executive has been asked to make a one-hour keynote or be part of a five-person panel session, here's a dirty little secret … smart speakers don't try to fill the allotted time!

Ads Count: Ad Blockers Jeopardize Free Content on the Internet

If an outlet gives me content free or subsidized, I'll watch/scan your ad because it's the price I pay for the free information, education and entertainment.

SoSo Social: Social Media Marketing is Customer-Driven, Not Product-Driven

Technology is changing at an unbelievable rate but that also means the consumer also is more in control and companies/brands have to deliver throughout the lifecycle to ensure the brand/product delivers on its promise, its commitment.

Product Innovation: It's Not a Man's World Anymore

The primary reason more women are needed in product innovation and the technology sector is because of the dire skills shortage in this area.

India Home Automation Market Overview

Current government policies for developing smart cities has opened widespread market opportunities for the regional vendors.

Boomers at Work: Retirement vs. Working … It's Complicated

A lot of really smart people in technology took Confucius' advice, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Estimating App for AV Integrators - Jetbuilt

Jetbuilt allows users to estimate a substantial project in minutes, not hours.

Ask, Listen: Consumers Need Time, Help to Jump to Tomorrow

Technology is important, but even more important is an understanding of the consumer - what he/she really wants - and how to make the technology easy to use and/or seamless to implement/enjoy.

Nest Labs preparing to launch second generation smart thermostat

By David Curry, ITProPortal:  Arguments could be made for a new device, but Nest has been quickly approaching a second version of its smart thermostat. The company’s premiere product in many circles, it has won countless awards for its intelligent design and software tuning system. Nest will enhance the wireless capabilities of the second smart thermostat, alongside updating the service to offer more potential savings. The design should stay around the same as it is now, no need to change what isn’t broken. There have been rumours of an audio product and Google Glass in the pipeline. We do not think either of these products will be coming this year. Instead, Nest is focused on updating its product line to make everything fresh.

Three Hometoys Related Kickstarters And One Funded Product Available Now

The Core wireless speaker system / Artison RCC Nano / IoTuino: Arduino-compatible WiFi module for IoT / PIXEL V2: LED ART

D-Tools Makes System Design Standardization a Win-Win

D-Tools System Integrator software platform puts design standardization first-benefitting not only the integrator, but ultimately, the end user.

Retaining Customers: Content, Platforms, and Video Services

Apps and APIs make it possible for both service providers and platform vendors to extend the value of their solutions, and both players need to be flexible so as not to break their connection to the consumer.

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