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Lenovo Smart Display Shows Loads of Potential

Smart displays "can be used as a hub in the smart home," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "The smart home has a kluge of standards and products that don't work together -- I'm finding that out as I build my house," he told TechNewsWorld.

The Pain and Potential of Making a 180-Degree Policy Shift

"Sometimes we all have the best intentions but fail to see the broader picture," remarked Jim McGregor, principal analyst at TiriasResearch "This is the problem of every company, not just high-tech companies," he told TechNewsWorld....

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How Smart Should a Home Be?

One of the loudest buzzes in the Internet of Things is around smart homes. Vendors have rushed to connect everything imaginable within a house, including lights, appliances, entertainment systems, windows, shades, door locks, ceiling fans, faucets, smoke detectors, security systems, furniture -- basically anything with a battery or power cord now can be connected, and if it doesn't have a power solution, one is in the works.

iOS 12 to Provide Stronger 911 Location Help

There's always a chance that hackers could devise a way to exploit the 911 location feature in iOS 12, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "Nothing is 100 percent secure, but if you expect to access emergency services, a key requirement is that someone know...

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Qualcomm and Huawei: More Partners Than Rivals

As a follow-on to my column about the impacts of the political battle between the United States and China (The Electronics Industry: A Pawn in the US vs. China Chess Game), it appears necessary to address the question of Qualcomm vs. Huawei. ...

Microsoft Invites Everyone Onto Its Azure Cloud

"Microsoft hasn't been a leader in AI and voice UI," noted Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "That's why a key thing for them is to keep their platform as open and as usable as possible ... not only to the developers who know how to do AI but even for the peop...

SalesHero’s Robin Takes On New AI Sales Assistant Job

"Most people don't realize that AI will impact every electronic solution we use, and this is a good example of that," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "Often the most successful salespeople are those that have assistants that help them dot the i's and cr...

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The Electronics Industry: A Pawn in the US vs. China Chess Game

Rising tensions between China and the United States have led to growing concerns that a tariff war will have a negative impact on the electronics industry. Amazingly, the industry has been spared thus far, and with good reason. However, even if tariffs aren't imposed, there is a silent battle between the two countries that already has impacted the global electronics ecosystem...

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What Should We Expect From AI?

Fear mongering about killer robots and the recent deaths connected with Uber and Tesla autonomous vehicles have rekindled concerns about artificial intelligence in the machines around us. We are well beyond answering Alan Turing's question, "can machines think?" There is now good reason to ask how we should think of AI, and what we should expect from it.

LG Offers Open Source webOS to Spur Development in South Korea

"WebOS is a useful platform, but it lacks critical mass," observed Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "App developers only develop for the most popular platforms and may consider porting to other platforms if they see value," he told LinuxInsider....

Disaffected Social Media Users Flock to Vero

Large shifts in social media usage can be a attributed in part to a herding mentality, particularly in younger ones, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. It is similar to the kinds of shifts that often occur in the restaurant business, he said, where a ho...

Alphabet’s New Chronicle Promises to Speed Threat Data Analysis

If an enterprise is outsourcing most of its IT services, then Chronicle may be a good solution, observed Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "Google has performed an extensive amount of research on security threats and relies on improved security for its own pla...

CES 2018: Artificial Intelligence at Home and Behind the Wheel

"Google is here in a big way to promote its solutions and combat Amazon," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. Amazon's Alexa has been winning most of the initial battles for new business, he told TechNewsWorld, but vendors have been supporting both platfo...

P2P WiFi Plan Challenges ISP Dominance

The Open Garden plan could generate a lot of interest among millennials, but more mature customers likely will want to remain with traditional ISPs, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "This should be especially popular in dense urban environments and at ev...

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The FCC Screwed Up! My Firsthand Experience Without Net Neutrality

As a high-tech industry analyst, I have worked from home for more than a decade. As someone who tracks new technology and is always on the lookout for a better communications solution, I migrated to a Voice over Internet Protocol service through Vonage early after its introduction ...

Most Marketers Struggle to Reach Targeted Customers

Reaching consumers via their smartphones is the most effective mobile marketing tactic, maintained Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. "The smartphone is the most personal computing device consumers have and use, and the one that most consumers always carry wi...

Microsoft Gives Productivity Tools More AI Chops

"This is the good AI, not the Terminator AI," noted Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "In most cases, AI functions will be transparent to users just like they are in search engines today," he told TechNewsWorld....

Qualcomm Unveils Powerful New Snapdragon SoC

The new image signal processor, the secure processing unit, and the new cache structure are the most significant changes introduced, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. Foveation Makes For Great Pix...

Major Players Roll Up Sleeves to Solve Open Source Licensing Problems

Creating a more consistent approach to error handling can be beneficial to the community, noted Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research "They're getting rid of some of the ambiguity associated with the platform," he told LinuxInsider. "The last thing you want when y...

Real Human Interactions Beat Automation, Survey Says

Beyond automating low-level customer service tasks so that people can handle more sophisticated customer service priorities, companies should consider whether to invest in a system that is good enough for customers to believe they are talking to a live operator, or at least coming close to talking to a live person, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research...

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