Bloom Intelligence Transforms WiFi Marketing with Groundbreaking New Features

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bloom Intelligence, a leader in WiFi marketing and location analytics, today launched a first-of-its-kind automated marketing feature that will allow small business and restaurant marketers to segment and target specific audiences like never before.

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bloom Intelligence, a leader in WiFi marketing and location analytics, today launched a first-of-its-kind automated marketing feature that will allow small business and restaurant marketers to segment and target specific audiences like never before. Using passive progressive profiling, Bloom creates detailed customer profiles that include names, phone numbers, emails, demographics and behavior data, which can be filtered and added to segmented email marketing lists that automatically update with any new customers that meet the list criteria.

These new features will allow marketers using Bloom to create highly-targeted marketing messages to any number of audience segments based on location, demographic and behavior data from their actual customer base. This will also allow them to more effectively engage and connect with customers to increase customer spend and measure customer sentiment in real time.

According to Mailchimp, one of Bloom’s integration partners, in a recent study, “Segmenting your email marketing lists has an overwhelmingly positive impact on the engagement of your subscribers. Open and clicks rates were up across the board in all segmentation scenarios.”

William Wilson, Founder and CEO of Bloom Intelligence added, “Utilizing WiFi marketing and location analytics for passively building customer profiles and remarketing to customers has become compulsory in today’s competitive brick-and-mortar marketplace. Our mission is to continue giving restaurants and small businesses powerful yet easy-to-use, data-driven marketing solutions that bring tangible results and customer insights, and we’re thrilled to be paving the way.”

“Other providers consider customer relations an afterthought, but our clients have always come first, which is why we consistently add sophisticated tools that add real value to their business.”

About Bloom Intelligence

The Bloom Intelligence WiFi marketing and customer intelligence platform was developed initially under the Captiveyes Group brand, founded in 2006 by William R Wilson V. Bloom Intelligence was spun off as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2015 with a focus on a non-ad supported platform providing multi-unit chain locations with location analytics, customer profiles, and a marketing hub. Since 2015, Bloom Intelligence software-as-a-service platform has expanded nationally and internationally with a focus in the restaurant and retail verticals.

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Google Assistant learns how to speak Australian – CNET

The two latest voices for Google Assistant will sound a bit different than the rest.

Google offers a handful of voice options for its digital assistant that’s built into smart speakers like Google Home and Android phones such as the Google Pixel.

The two latest voices for Google Assistant will sound a bit different than the rest.

Google offers a handful of voice options for its digital assistant that’s built into smart speakers like Google Home and Android phones such as the Google Pixel. Starting Thursday, your options include a voice with a British accent and one with an Australian accent.

The change is specific to English speakers in the US. Local accents were already available for Google Home in other countries. The Australian accent held up fairly well to local scrutiny in our CNET Australia review of Google Home.

Bringing the accents stateside might be simply a fun novelty, but it could add extra color to your assistance or remind you of home if you moved here from afar. The accents will respond to all of the usual Google Assistant voice commands, so you can ask for directions, control your smart home, check your calendar and more.

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Echo Dot, Home Mini, and Philips Hue: The best smart home Christmas gifts for 2018 – CNET

Recent product launches from Amazon and Google will ensure that smart home products stay top of mind this holiday season. Whether you’re looking to gift someone an Alexa or a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, or you want to introduce a friend or a loved one to the world of connected LED bulbs and smart plugs ($20 at Amazon), we have the gift guide for you.

Recent product launches from Amazon and Google will ensure that smart home products stay top of mind this holiday season. Whether you’re looking to gift someone an Alexa or a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, or you want to introduce a friend or a loved one to the world of connected LED bulbs and smart plugs ($20 at Amazon), we have the gift guide for you.


Echo Dot, Home Mini, and Simplisafe: The best smart home Christmas gifts for 2018
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The gallery above has just under 25 different products on it. Here you’ll find a few of the highlights emphasizing the basics (with one exception).

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Amazon Echo Dot third-gen

Amazon’s latest Echo Dot still costs $50, but it has an improved design and sound. This third-generation model can also work as a stereo pair, so snag two Dots and use them together for even better audio. The new Echo Dot comes in black and medium and light gray finishes, which look good, but you don’t get the same range of color options as the Google Home Mini’s charcoal, aqua, chalk and coral finishes. This affordable device is still a great entry-point into voice control and smart speakers.

Read CNET’s review of the Amazon Echo Dot third-gen.

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AmazonBasics Microwave

Make sure whoever you gift this to already owns an Amazon Echo speaker, because you’ll need that to get the most out of this microwave that you can control with Alexa. If that idea sounds silly, you’re not wrong, but saying, “Alexa, reheat my lunch,” it also feels like a totally natural way to interact with a microwave. It’s also a low risk gift for someone who needs a small, 700-watt microwave. It only costs $60, which is about the same amount you’d spend on a non-Alexa compatible model.

Read CNET’s review of the AmazonBasics microwave.

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Apple HomePod

If you know (and really like) someone who is already deeply invested in the Apple Music ecosystem, the $350 Apple HomePod is a fantastic way to let them enjoy their music collection. The sound quality is top-notch for its price tag, and using Siri voice commands to play your music or control Apple HomeKit smart home devices works great. It won’t work with other online music services, so we’d recommend a Google Home Max if you’re looking to spend a lot on someone who uses Pandora, Spotify or Google Play Music.

Read CNET’s review of the Apple HomePod.

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Belkin WeMo Mini WiFi Smart Plug

Belkin’s WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug is well priced at $35 a pop. It also has a smaller design than other smart plugs that won’t block other outlets. It connects over Wi-Fi and it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Siri, Google Assistant and IFTTT. The one thing it can’t do that other smart plugs can is track the energy consumption at the outlet — if you want that in a Belkin product, you’ll need to spend $50 for a WeMo Insight Switch.

Read CNET’s review of the Belking WeMo Mini WiFi Smart Plug.

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Google Home Hub

Google’s Home Hub is a $149 smart display. It has a smaller screen than competitors such as the $230 Amazon Echo Show, the $250 Lenovo Smart Display and the $200 JBL Link View. It also doesn’t have a built-in camera. Instead, it’s equipped with an ambient light sensor that auto-adjusts the screen’s brightness and warmth to suit the room. The Home Hub is a great option if you want a more affordable display without a camera.

Read CNET’s review of the Google Home Hub.

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Google Home Mini

If we had to pick a voice assistant to recommend to someone (aka, “do our job”), Google Assistant would get the nod today. Alexa is no slouch, but Google Assistant is better at carrying on complex conversations, particularly with multistep processes like going through a recipe and remembering where you left off. The Google Home Mini isn’t the cheapest way into the Google Assistant ecosystem (that would be the $25 Insignia Voice), but it’s the most fully featured, since Google has saved the ability to make phone calls for its own hardware. It normally sells for $50, buy you should be able to find it for $25-$30 with various holiday deals.

Read CNET’s review of the Google Home Mini.

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June Intelligent Oven

In a way, this oven is sad, because of its apparent target customer. Imagine someone who works crazy hours, lives alone and never has time to make a decent meal for herself. If that describes someone you know and love (a lot), you might consider spending $599 on the June Intelligent Oven. What makes this oven “intelligent” is its ability to automatically identify the food you put into it and cook it to your desired settings. It can recognize up to 50 types of food automatically, and it has a longer list of automated cooking programs you can choose from manually. It’s like having a Popcorn, but for 100 different kinds of food. Both the program list and the list of food it can recognize will grow over time via software updates.

And did we mention that it can take video of your food while it’s cooking and upload it to Instagram? It can.

Read CNET’s review of the June Intelligent Oven.

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Naked Labs Body Scanner

The $1,395 Naked Labs Body Scanner is more than a smart scale. It’s a scarily detailed smart scale that captures a 3D image of your entire body. From there it gives you stats — various measurements from your weight to your body mass and much more. Several of us tried out the naked Labs scanner for this review and had mixed feelings. Its level of detail is jarring if you aren’t expecting it and left some of us feeling…exposed. But, if you really want to kick your fitness routine into high gear and track slight changes over time, this device could be worth it.

Read CNET’s review of the Naked Labs Body Scanner.

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Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

The $70 Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit is a solid choice if you want basic smart LEDs that don’t change color. They work with Amazon’s Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT and the Nest Learning Thermostat. For your 70 bucks, you get two white light LEDs and a Philips Hue ZigBee hub. You can turn them on and off, dim them and more from the app — or use voice commands. Philips is a staple in smart lighting and this entry-level kit is a decent place to start.

Read CNET’s review of the Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit.

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Wyze Cam Pan

This Wyze camera costs just $30. That’s a ridiculously low price considering it has 1080p HD live streaming, free 14-day cloud storage and optional local storage. It works with Alexa and IFTTT and has motion detection zones, too. The Wyze Cam Pan can also listen for smoke and CO alarms and send you related alerts. You can’t do much better than this camera if you’re looking for a super affordable smart indoor security camera with a lot of features typically reserved for more expensive models.

Read CNET’s review of the Wyze Cam Pan.

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Best stocking stuffers: The top tech gifts under $25 – CNET

The clock is ticking, folks: Christmas is less than 12 days away, and that leaves you with just two weekends to get your gift affairs in order. There are plenty of last-minute sales and discounts available, including a wealth of stuff at or near their Black Friday/Cyber Monday prices.

The clock is ticking, folks: Christmas is less than 12 days away, and that leaves you with just two weekends to get your gift affairs in order. There are plenty of last-minute sales and discounts available, including a wealth of stuff at or near their Black Friday/Cyber Monday prices. But here, we’re focusing on “cheap but good” tech gifts. Call them stocking stuffers, call them accessories — they’re all things that will be indispensable during the holidays in beyond. (Especially a week later, when you realize you threw out that box that had the charger and headphones that came with your phone.)

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So without further ado, here are some of our favorite cheap and useful tech gifts.

A great, cheap wireless speaker
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The Sony XB01 is splashproof and available in multiple colors — and it sounds great for the price.

See at AmazonRead Sony XB01 review

Best sub-$25 smart speaker
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Early this year, Amazon released the third generation of its entry-level Echo Dot smart speaker, which looks nicer and sounds better. That one is currently discounted to $30, which is a great deal. But if you want to save even more, the older second-gen model shown here is currently on sale for just $20 (down from $25). That’s back at its Black Friday low.

See at AmazonRead the Echo Dot (2017) review

Add wireless audio to any old stereo
Logitech Bluetooth Audio AdapterSarah Tew/CNET

The Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter adds wireless audio — from phones, tablets or computers — to any old stereo, AV receiver or boombox with an auxiliary input. It’s cheaper than the Chromecast Audio, and doesn’t require a Wi-Fi network.

See at AmazonRead Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter review

Two-pack for the price of one
Anker Dual USB ChargerSarah Tew/CNET

This little guy isn’t much larger than default phone chargers, but its dual USB ports mean it can charge your phone and a second device — wireless headphones, maybe, or even another phone — simultaneously. The plug folds up for easy traveling, too. And you can snag a two-pack for under $20. (Note that it’s not just a rebadged version of the Aukey, and it doesn’t get as hot as that one does, either.)

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Universal compatibility
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-CSarah Tew/CNET

This handy SanDisk thumb drive has both USB-C and standard USB-A connectors, making it the perfect way to transfer files between any two computers, including newer MacBook and Windows laptops. It also works with many newer USB-C Android phones, too. The 64GB model can be found for under $20, and the 128GB one is under $35.

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It’s a flashlight, too
Black & Decker Lightdriver Cordless ScrewdriverSarah Tew/CNET

It’s a cordless screwdriver! It’s a flashlight! It’s a cordless screwdriver and a flashlight! This handy Black & Decker has an adjustable pistol grip and includes standard and Philips head bits (you can use third-party ones, too). It’s powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and the LED light can be toggled on and off independently, so it works as a good ol’ flashlight in a pinch, too. All for about $25.

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No more slipping cables
Silk Magnetic Cable WranglerSarah Tew/CNET

Hate it when those charging cables slip behind the nightstand? The Cable Wrangler solves that problem: It’s literally just a big magnet, and it includes three tiny “collars” (as shown on the white cable here) if the cable head doesn’t have enough metal to stay put on its own. The entry-level model is $20, and you can pay extra to get a Lightning cable and wall charger thrown in the box.

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Alexa, Siri and Google compatible
Belkin WeMo MiniTyler Lizenby/CNET

Want more flexibility in your smart home gifts? The Belkin WeMo Mini will work with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home or Apple’s Siri (HomeKit), so it can turn any lamp into a smart lamp — regardless of which voice assistant is in use.

See at AmazonRead the Belkin WeMo Mini review

One cord to do it all
Anker Power Strip 3Sarah Tew/CNET

Anker calls it a “power strip” — and it is. But the unique shape of this baseball-size electrical wonder makes it perfect to tuck under — or leave on top of — any desk. The perfect answer for our modern plugspreading world, it’ll accommodate three any-size AC adapters, plus three USB cords.

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Pocket charger
Anker PowerCore II 6700Sarah Tew/CNET

OK, this one is $1 over our $25 budget here, but I think it’s worth it: The Anker PowerCore II 6700 is pocketable and its 6,700-mAh rechargeable battery can juice up giant-screen phones and nearly any other portable device. (If you want a sub-$25 version, opt for the PowerCore 5000, which costs a bit less.)

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Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostats recalled due to fire hazard – CNET

If you own a Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat, you’ll need to check this recall notice. Parent company White-Rodgers on Wednesday recalled some Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostats. According to the company, the thermostats can be damaged by household line voltage during service or replacement of a heating or cooling system.

If you own a Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat, you’ll need to check this recall notice. Parent company White-Rodgers on Wednesday recalled some Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostats. According to the company, the thermostats can be damaged by household line voltage during service or replacement of a heating or cooling system.

Emerson has received reports of burn damage to the thermostat and minor property damage, but so far no injuries have been reported. It is recommended that consumers check their models and contact the company for instructions on repair or replacement.

More information can be found on Emerson’s website. Models affected are those manufactured from the 16th week of 2014 to the 36th week of 2015, according to the notice. Here’s how to tell if your model is involved:

This recall involves Emerson branded SensiWiFi thermostats with “Emerson” printed on the front and a date code from 1416 to 1536 on the back. The date code represents the manufacture date from the 16th week of 2014 through the 36th week of 2015. The thermostats are white with an LCD screen. There are three buttons below the thermostat screen. Up and down arrow and Menu buttons are located to the right of the screen. Recalled thermostats have model numbers 1F86U-42WF or UP500W. A product label containing model number and date code information is located on the back of the thermostat.

The recall affects approximately 135,000 first-generation models sold in the US and 15,000 sold in Canada. Current models of the Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat are not affected and are still available for purchase online and in retailers.

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When can we expect 5G phones? – CNET

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Google hasn’t revealed its plans for 5G, and the company declined to reply to a request to comment. What we do know is that Verizon said it’s planning to roll out its 5G network in early 2019, similar to other carriers.

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Google hasn’t revealed its plans for 5G, and the company declined to reply to a request to comment. What we do know is that Verizon said it’s planning to roll out its 5G network in early 2019, similar to other carriers.

What does that have to do with Google? For the past few years, Google has tapped Verizon as its exclusive carrier partner for its Pixel phones, including the new Pixel 3. (You can still purchase the phone unlocked and bring it to another carrier, or buy it on Google’s Wi-Fi-first network, Google Fi.)

This could mean that Google’s next flagship, presumably called the Pixel 4, could be a 5G phone. If it sticks with its usual phone launch schedule, the Pixel 4 would debut around October 2019 — well after the first half of the year.

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NordVPN is offering 75% off its 3 year VPN plan this Christmas

Christmas is, as we all know, the time of the year for VPN deals and cyber security…right? Well it certainly feels like it when a company knocks over $300 off the price of its offers and that is exactly what NordVPN has done.

Christmas is, as we all know, the time of the year for VPN deals and cyber security…right? Well it certainly feels like it when a company knocks over $300 off the price of its offers and that is exactly what NordVPN has done.

75% off NordVPN’s three year plan is what you’re getting here, that is an absolutely massive discount! This brings the price down to $107.55 (£94.51) for the three years – down from $430.20! – which is the equivalent of paying just $2.99 (£2.63) a month for ultimate protection online.

This package gets you access to 5,229 servers worldwide, the option to log six devices at the same time, peace of mind about your online security and not to mention the ability to watch Netflix shows on your holidays.

See this deal in full below or check out our best VPN service guide for all of your other options. There are some great deals going round right now so there is bound to be something for you.

75% discount on NordVPN
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If you’re looking for a VPN deal we can only assume that it is for one of these two reasons: Firstly, you want to avoid restrictions. You can use a VPN to stream Netflix in different countries, watch sports events not available where you live or even get cheaper tickets for travel.

The second reason is privacy. If this is something you’re more concerned about, a VPN could protect you on untrustworthy Wi-Fi hotspots and limit the tracking of your data for safer exploration of the internet.

Sony’s full-frame Alpha A7 is just £509 this Christmas

Sony started its full-frame mirrorless range relatively early, which has helped it to gain a strong footing in the market. And lucky for us, that’s also given us a good handful of opportunities to pick up an older model on the cheap as Sony likes to keep these older models in its range.

Sony started its full-frame mirrorless range relatively early, which has helped it to gain a strong footing in the market. And lucky for us, that’s also given us a good handful of opportunities to pick up an older model on the cheap as Sony likes to keep these older models in its range.

The A7, the original full-frame mirrorless camera that arrived long before Canon and Nikon’s joined in with the fun, is now back to it ultra-low Black Friday price in time for Christmas.

While the original RRP of £1,549 is a little misleading as we haven’t seen it at that kind of price for a year or so, the latest price of £659 with a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 FE OSS kit lens is the best price we’ve seen for this bargain full-frame mirrorless camera.

It gets better though as Sony is alos offering £150 cashback on this kit right now, which, subject to a successful claim, would bring its final price down to a remarkable £509.

While admittedly outgun by its newer A7 II and A7 III siblings in a few areas, the A7 is still a very well specified camera. The 24.3MP sensor resolution, for example, is still on the same level as many full-frame cameras released today, balancing decent resolution with modest file sizes, and as it doesn’t have an optical low-pass filter you get all the goodness from whatever lenses you use.

On that subject, the lens mount is the same as those on newer Sony models, which means that you can use precisely the same optics, from the company’s ZEISS-branded options through to lustworthy Art-series optics that Sigma has recently made available for the series.

Its 3-inch LCD screen has a respectable 1.23-million dot resolution and it tilts to let you shoot from awkward angles, while the electronic viewfinder allows you to see what you’re doing in a range of lighting conditions where an optical viewfinder may not. Full HD video up to 60fps and Wi-Fi with NFC round off the spec sheet nicely, and all of this is wrapped up in a rugged magnesium alloy body, which is miles ahead of the polycarbonate casings that pretty much any other camera at this level offers.

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Palma Ceia Releases New 3GPP LTE Release 14-Compliant NB-IoT Transceiver IP Supporting High-Band and Low-Band Operation

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Palma Ceia SemiDesign (PCS), a provider of next-generation wireless connectivity solutions, today announced a new transceiver IP supporting LTE NB-IoT Release 14.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Palma Ceia SemiDesign (PCS), a provider of next-generation wireless connectivity solutions, today announced a new transceiver IP supporting LTE NB-IoT Release 14. The transceiver IP is targeted for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications.

The transceiver performance conforms to the LTE NB-IoT specification, part of Release 14 from 3GPP for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) applications that connect large numbers of sensor-type devices. The transceiver supports both high and low bands compliant with the 3GPP Rel. 14 specification. Mobile network operators worldwide, including Verizon, AT&T and China Telecom have announced support for some of these new IoT capabilities.

NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) is a low power wide area network (LPWAN) radio technology standard developed by 3GPP to enable a wide range of cellular devices and services.

“We continue to update our IP to conform to the latest 3GPP specifications,” said James E. Flowers, co-founder & chief operating officer of Palma Ceia. “This transceiver can deploy with confidence, integrated into any SoC that require an NB-IoT transceiver.”

New features of the PCS transceiver include:

Meeting the performance requirements of 3GPP LTE Advanced Release 14 for NB-IoT Support for Low Band (LB), from 699MHz to 960MHz: bands 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28. Support for High Band (HB), from 1695MHz to 2200MHz: bands 1, 2, 3, 66, 70

Additional features of the PCS transceiver include:

Direct conversion receiver with a noise figure of less than 2.5 dB and a sensitivity of -116 dBm. Highly linear architecture offering operating margin exceeding 3GPP linearity requirements Self-contained calibration and correction schemes for better performance and high yield Fully automated DC offset correction and I/Q calibration scheme Full digital interface to baseband. Total RX current of 15mA and TX current of 22mA at max power Targeted 200kHz implementation offers lower power versus LTE-M1 at 1.4MHz

LTE NB-IoT is a cellular 3GPP standard that utilizes licensed bands to provide low-power connectivity compared to the conventional cellular connections for smartphones. Setting up networks of IoT devices benefits from cellular capacity handling, allowing the creation of large networks of devices, or sensors, that support the concept of the Internet of Things. The performance (throughput/data handling) is intended to be competitive with proprietary LPWA alternatives but uses the existing infrastructure of cellular services providers.

Palma Ceia is moving along a path to produce both a transceiver chip with baseband that can be used as the wireless communication mechanism to interface IoT and M2M products. Along with the possibility of integrating this IP into an SoC, Palma Ceia will be able to offer customers all the necessary options to implement IOT devices in the many and varied application verticals that make up this market.

The current offering is packaged as hard IP (GDS) complete radio drivers and User/Integration Guide. A test board under development and can be linked to an FPGA for systems testing and validation.

To discuss potential partnerships for deploying the LTE NB-IoT Transceiver, contact Palma Ceia via email at partners@pcsemi.com.

About Palma Ceia SemiDesign
Palma Ceia SemiDesign, Inc. is a provider of communication IP and chips for next-generation WiFi and cellular applications. With a focus on emerging WiFi and LTE standards, PCS supports the design of high-performance devices for broadband, wireless, medical and automotive applications. Palma Ceia solutions are differentiated by low-power, high-performance designs and ease of integration. With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., the company has design operations in McKinney, Texas, and sales and support activities in China, Israel, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Visit Palma Ceia SemiDesign on the web at www.pcsemi.com.

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ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 review: A smart outlet for every assistant – CNET

Back in 2016, ConnectSense debuted one of the first smart home products to work with Apple HomeKit, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet. It cost $80 and worked exclusively with Apple’s HomeKit and Siri voice assistant.

Back in 2016, ConnectSense debuted one of the first smart home products to work with Apple HomeKit, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet. It cost $80 and worked exclusively with Apple’s HomeKit and Siri voice assistant. With Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Siri compatibility, as well as power monitoring and a lower $60 price tag, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 is here to set things right.

However, one thing remains the same — bad design. If you can live with the chunky design of the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 and its determined takeover of your walls and outlets, you’ll get a lot of plug for your money.

What you’ll get

ConnectSense is full of features. In addition to working with the most popular voice assistants (sorry, Cortana), the Smart Outlet 2 also includes energy monitoring, a feature the original outlet didn’t have. Inside the ConnectSense app, you can view how many Watts each socket is using in real-time and as an average.

Choose from a long list of small appliances and devices to customize each plug with an icon and rename it anything you like. There aren’t direct options for scheduling or timers within the ConnectSense app itself, but that doesn’t bother me much given that most users will go through their respective voice assistants to up those features.

You can rename them individually and control them with the tap of a button in the app or through your voice assistant’s app. A toggle bar in the ConnectSense app adjusts the brightness of the LED indicators on the plug’s front. That’s a small, thoughtful feature given that this giant plug could definitely glow brightly in a dark bedroom.

Physical buttons on the side of the plug will power each outlet on or off, and the 2.4-amp USB isn’t smart, but adds a third method of powering or charging your devices.

Setup

Setting up the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 works much like setting up other smart plugs on the market. Download the ConnectSense app for iOS (10.3 or later) or Android, create an account and connect the plug to your Wi-Fi network by following the steps provided.