Concern for identity theft and rise of social networking and mobile applications have changed view of online safety and driven the development of comprehensive security suites.Westford, MA, — Trender Research™ Inc.
), a market research and consulting firm that combines expert analysis with the voice of everyday people, announced a new Trender Thought Leaders report for the digital security industry. The… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on July 27, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Everybody needs an anti-virus and anti-spyware software product installed on each one of their home computers. Some prefer the basic paired down freeware version from the likes of AVG, Clam, etc. Most of us prefer to have the psychological benefit of knowing that someone is actually paid to keep up to date with the many threats in cyberspace. Being in the security business is a non stop night and day job – always staying abreast of the latest threats.… Continue
Added by Michael Whalen on July 24, 2009 at 6:00am —
We continue our security round-up from CES with a look at other components that make up a full security system for the home. We start with Swann (www.swannsurveillance.com).
Swann is a global leader in security monitoring solutions and I.T. peripherals targeting consumers through retail channels. Swann prides itself on its ability to design and develop surveillance technology that is innovative yet cost effective. The company's products are… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on January 16, 2009 at 9:30am —
Turn on your iPhone and see who is at the door? Change your home security options on the road? Turn down the thermostat when on vacation? Entertainment options in the home that store and manage digital media is commonplace. We can download movies from the Internet on a television and play our favorite songs stored on our computers to listen on a stereo system around the house. Moving beyond entertainment, and exploring future options, companies like… Continue
Added by Ellen Veden on July 25, 2009 at 8:00am —
It happens almost every night. I just get comfy in bed and my wife asks me that dreaded question: "Did you lock up downstairs?" Uggh, time to go traipsing throughout the house, making sure the doors are locked, deadbolts activated.
But thanks to Black & Decker’s new line of motorized electronic deadbolts, that worry is a thing of the past. Not only can you wirelessly control your door's deadbolts from anywhere in the house, you can also make… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on January 15, 2009 at 11:00pm —
We pay taxes to fund the local Police who help insure our physical safety and keep the peace. It would be great if there were an online equivalent to the local police, someone that you could count on to catch the bad guys. The distributed nature of the internet would require much more international cooperation than there is today in order to really take a bite out of internet crime. However, there is actually an organization, funded by your tax… Continue
Added by Michael Whalen on July 6, 2009 at 9:39am —
Now that we covered a few of the leaders in home security hardware, let's take a look at a couple of the players building software systems that link to the various monitoring devices in the home.
First up is Eaton Corporation (www.eaton.com). Eaton Corporation is a huge diversified power management company with approximately 80,000 employees, 2007 sales of $13 billion, and presence in more than 150 countries. They are a global technology leader… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on January 18, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Well publicized stories of cyber-bullying, stalking, or other types of dangerous social networking related incidents contribute to present day parental angst. As if it weren’t hard enough to keep them safe social sites, like Facebook
, provide access to kids and their public information 7x24. It is unfortunate that software companies seem to be in perpetual catch-up mode but, progress has been made with regard to social networking… Continue
Added by Michael Whalen on October 2, 2009 at 6:00am —
Whether you are looking to install a new syste, retrofit or upgrade the electronic systems in your home, the task of installing a home automation system can be daunting. What a dream…....to manage all your home electronic systems from one device to control the lights, audio, video, security, and thermosat.
Start by assessing your present and future needs and what do you hope to achieve in bulding one unified system.
Here is roadmap for starters…
(1) Choose an “ open system” that… Continue
Added by Ellen Veden on June 9, 2009 at 7:30pm —
It is well known that social networking sites have become another attack vector for criminals who exploit information for the purpose of identity theft, fraud, or other crimes. It is very likely that these sites could also being used to gather intelligence of a different kind - military. On August third the US Marine Corp officially banned access to Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace.
According to the… Continue
Added by Michael Whalen on August 6, 2009 at 7:36am —
With a race to capture the electronics business, with the downturn of Circuit City, Walmart and Best Buy are in the battle for the customers, while specialty retailers, who often offer better performing products are changing too. Best Buy has been moving towards a interactive approach, helping customers make the right choice with a strong in-store experience. Walmart is redesigning their space to add more room with electronic displays for customers who have done their research to find the… Continue
Added by Ellen Veden on May 19, 2009 at 3:03pm —
Is There a Crack in the (Fire)Wall
Joyce Pellino Crane
Last December when 325,000 Massachusetts homes went dark for days on end, I finally understood the transformative powers of electricity.
For starters, my hair went limp when the blow dryer didn't turn on, my laundry piled high, my food froze in the garage, and my stove was stone cold. After five days of living like Pioneer Woman, I got tired of waiting for the utility company to restring… Continue
Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on November 11, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Stories abound of pictures being ‘borrowed’ from online family albums or Facebook for various fraudulent purposes. There was the Massachussetts mother who found their child’s photo on a Craig’s list adoption scam
and numerous cases of… Continue
Added by Michael Whalen on September 1, 2009 at 11:23am —
New Hampshire State Representatives have sponsored a bill to update and improve the state's anti-bullying laws. According to the Portsmouth Herald’s
January article this bill could make a stronger more up-to-date law that takes cyber-bullying
into account.… Continue
Added by Michael Whalen on January 25, 2010 at 6:00am —
Here are some more robots for your viewing pleasure. The WowWee line up of family-friendly robots is truly amazing. Check out this short video overview.
I had a chance to see the Robosapien in action too (play short video
Added by Brian Mahony on January 14, 2009 at 12:30pm —
What to do with all those digital photographs? Sure, you want to look at them now and then. Sometimes you want to print them out and put them in photo albums the old-fashioned way. Other times you want to view them as a slideshow on the computer or TV. Or you purchased new digital pictures frames from vendors like Digital Foci
and you enjoy a rotating cornucopia of memories. But at some point you want to share… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on February 9, 2009 at 3:00am —
When I'm looking at an offering in the technology world aimed at the average end user, I often use this simple criteria in judging it's ease of use, "Would my mother be able to enjoy the primary benefit of this product/service/software without my help."
I know. I know. Sounds like I'm insulting Mom. I swear, though, I'm not.
She's a smart, intuitive, capable woman (of course she is - I'm her son!), but she likes her… Continue
Added by Jason Kren on July 8, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Below are the finalists for the Trender Awards. The Trender Awards were created to honor gadgets and services that are not only cool, novel, and improve people's lives in some way, but also have appeal to everyday folks.
At final count we had almost 100 products or services for consideration. More than half of these products Trender Research has already covered or are from companies with which we have… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on February 19, 2009 at 10:30am —
Trender Research is pleased to announce the winners of our first annual Trender Awards. At final count, almost 100 tech products and services were submitted for consideration by Trenders or the vendors themselves. From these candidates, we compiled a short-list of finalists that were announced last week
The Trender Awards were created to honor… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on February 27, 2009 at 5:00pm —
In my preparation for the barrage of meetings I have set up at CES to identify the trend-setting new devices and services driving the home of the future, I have also been speaking with some of the players that provide key infrastructure that makes many of the devices in your home tick. They will be the focus of an upcoming report aptly entitled "What Makes Your Stuff Tick"? that will highlight some of these enabling technologies. Many of these companies' products go unnoticed by the average… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on December 19, 2008 at 3:47pm —