Home: On #072 – Staples Retreats, with Richard Green

Jun 13, 2016 by

Richard Green joins us to catch up on smarthome news, and there’s a lot of it! Google introduces a home voice interface, Tony Fadell is out, and Staples retreats from the connected home. We also run through some of the new products out in stores these days.

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Staples Disconnect

Jun 4, 2016 by

After over a year of neglecting its Staples Connect platform, Staples is officially retreating from the smarthome business. Turns out the smarthome isn't "easy" after all. But all is not lost....

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Home: On #071 – b8ta Testing, with Phil Raub

Jun 3, 2016 by

We’re visiting the San Francisco bay area to check out some companies that are challenging the status quo in retail for connected technology products. Phil Raub and other guests talk about how a little store in Palo Alto is attempting to disrupt and invigorate connected technology sales in the physical retail space.

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Home: On #070 – Educating Consumers, with Josh Bradshaw

May 10, 2016 by

Staples Connect may not be long for this world, Philips' long-awaited update to Hue is somewhat puzzling, and Muzzley's Josh Bradshaw joins us to discuss how aggregation services can educate consumers and ultimately simplify home automation.

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Home: On #046 – Analyzing Locks, with Mike Wolf

Apr 20, 2015 by

Amazon adds home control to the Echo; Philips, Aeotec, and LIFX all come out with new connected bulbs; and there’s a lot going on in the smart lock space, so who better to talk with us about it than market analyst Mike Wolf?

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Staples Connect Adds Nest Support and More

Apr 3, 2015 by

We've been expecting some new device support from Staples Connect. Today the long-awaited announcement from Staples included support for the Nest Thermostat and several other devices.

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Three More Connected Bulbs: Another Comparison

Feb 17, 2015 by

Looking for the best connected bulbs? We examine the latest offerings and share our thoughts on each, considering price, quality, and more (Hint: Cree wins)

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Home: On #036 – Revolv Exits, with Mike Wolf

Oct 29, 2014 by

Staples releases an updated Connect Hub with ZigBee and Bluetooth LE support, the August lock ships—but Apple Stores get it before those who pre-ordered, and analyst Mike Wolf joins Richard to discuss the unexpected news that Nest has purchased Revolv, and they've discontinued Revolv’s only product offering...the multi-protocol hub.

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Get Staples’ New Connect Hub with Bluetooth, ZigBee for Free!

Oct 28, 2014 by

The new Staples Connect hub from D-Link adds ZigBee and Bluetooth LE support to an already strong home hub contender. And you can get one for free if you buy two eligible, compatible products at Staples.com before the end of the year.

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Three Connected Bulbs: A Quick Comparison

Sep 3, 2014 by

Major lighting manufacturers GE, Philips, and TCP have all come out with their own connected household bulbs. We round them up for a quick comparison of their features and benefits.

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Retailers Struggle to Introduce Smarthome Tech

Aug 31, 2014 by

As retailers scramble to sell you connected devices for the home, their offerings are inconsistent, disorganized, and confusing. With a few notable exceptions, retail's approach seemingly lacks strategic planning or vision.

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Home: On #029 – Nest Developments, with Mike Wolf

Jul 14, 2014 by

Market analyst Mike Wolf joins Richard to recap a few busy weeks of smarthome news. Nest buys Dropcam, launches a developer program, and announces integration partners; Staples expands its connected home ecosystem and footprint; and Home Depot jumps into the pool with a surprisingly appealing offering.

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