Technically, a smart home is a residence containing one or more smart devices. While some prefer to use these devices to increase their home’s energy efficiency, others enjoy the conveniences of creating sophisticated entertainment rooms or automating routine chores. From smart speakers and vacuums to smart home lighting to locks and doorbells with built-in security cameras, homes and cities are becoming more “wired” to the internet.
When online shopping began to take off with the internet, no one could have predicted the role mobile shopping would eventually play in online sales. While e-commerce sales make up 10.7 percent of all U.S. retail activity, m-commerce or mobile-commerce sales reached 41.2 billion dollars in the second quarter of 2019.
Speech recognition technology has been around since the late 18th Century with the invention of the Acoustic-Mechanical Speech Machine, according to Medium. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that what we know as modern speech recognition technology emerged. In 2008, Google introduced its voice search app for mobile devices. Apple followed suit in 2011 with the introduction of Siri.
With the launch of Disney+ on Tuesday, November 12th, cord-cutters may be wondering if it is worth the cost of adding on another streaming service. The answer, of course, depends on content and budget. Disney+ is available by itself for just under $7 a month or $70 if you prepay for a year, according to Digital Trends. The streaming service is also available as part of a bundle that includes Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+ for $12.99 per month, reports ABC 7 News in Los Angeles.
Smart TVs are television sets that can connect to the internet and access entertainment options through aps, such as NetFlix, Disney+, HULU, Sling TV, etc. Do you currently own a smart TV or are you considering purchasing one soon? According to Leitchman Research, 32 percent of U.S. households owned at least one smart TV as of mid-2019, and this is expected to grow to over 50% by 2020.
How exactly did the cable industry start losing ground and does it have a future? Even though 44% of American households still subscribe to cable, the number of households that have cut the cord so far is at 33 million, as reported by techjury. Price and content availability are the two top drivers among cord cutters and those thinking about cutting the cord.
The meaning of unlimited data can be confusing for cellular subscribers since you’re not always able to use high-speed unlimited data. Even though a plan may use the term “unlimited,” there could be restrictions related to speed, amount of use, video streaming quality, and hotspot data. The scope of what’s included in “unlimited” plans can vary widely between carriers, especially when cost and value are taken into account.
CNBC reports that American smartphone owners are hanging on to their phones for longer. In 2016, the average time users kept their phones was 22.7 months. As of 2018, the average was up to 24.7 months. Some of the top reasons why we’re becoming more reluctant to upgrade our smartphones as often include:
- Rising Costs
- Too few technical advancements or significant changes between models
- Phones are more durable and are lasting longer
With average smartphone prices up 52% in the last three years and with high-end models now $1,000 or more, consumers are finding it less affordable to upgrade. They also want to get the most use out of a more expensive phone. One of the ways that wireless carriers are helping to make the cost more affordable is by extending average contract lengths.
Owning a smartphone allows you to accomplish a variety of tasks, whether you’re at home or on the go. Smartphone accessories can help expand the types of tasks you can perform and help protect your phone. But what about the accessories and attachments that seem a little wacky or you may not have heard of? What are they and what can you use them for?
Have you ever wondered what others around the globe pay for the data they use on their smartphones? You might be surprised to find out that North American countries pay some of the highest rates on average. As reported by Niall McCarthy with Forbes, the average cost per gigabyte of data in the United States is $12.38. Despite these higher averages in the U.S., residents of Zimbabwe pay the highest rates in the world at $75.20 per gigabyte.