Broadband Homes Averaging Fewer Gadgets

It may seem like common sense, but market research firm The Diffusion Group decided to see if actual research data jived with popular perception. In its new report, “Consumer Electronics Ownership Among U.S. Broadband Households 2006,” the research firm finds that as broadband Internet access in the United States becomes an increasingly mainstream thing, the average number of consumer electronics devices per broadband households is actually declining. Why? Because in-home broadband Internet access is increasingly moving out of the realm of early technology adopters and enthusiasts with disposable income to mainstream consumers on tighter budgets—hence, fewer shiny, blinky gizmos in the house.

“As broadband connectivity becomes more mainstream, the average consumer electronic and technology profile of the household itself becomes more characteristic of true mass-market consumers,” said Michael Greeson, TDG founding partner and report author. “This is not unexpected, especially given that such consumers now comprise the larger part of total broadband households and thus have a greater statistical impact on what constitutes the ‘average.’ In other words, characteristics unique to early adopters are being watered down by the larger wave of mainstream dispositions.”

TDG’s report compiled data in May and October of 2006 covering 2,000 .S. households, and compared the results to studies dating from 2004. TDG found that close to 50 million U.S. homes will have broadband Internet access by the end of 2006, an increase of 18.2 percent compared to 2005. By 2010, TDG expects the number to be over 70 million.

The report also finds that consumers are increasingly adoption HDTV, but homes with multiple HDTV sets remain limited, with multiple sets moving into households only as they replace traditional TVs rather than from a need to have more than one HDTV-capable set. The report also finds broadband households move PCs into different rooms of the home when they acquire new desktop PC models.

News

PicoBrew Pico C moves beyond beer to make cold-brew, kombucha, and more

With a software update and the new Pico C Craft Beverage Bundle, you can now use the PicoBrew Pico C appliance to make perfect cold-brew coffee, kombucha, and any number of craft spirits.
Emerging Tech

Dublin Airport has a novel idea for tackling rogue drones

There are a growing number of technology-based solutions for dealing with rogue drones flying near airports, but officials at Dublin Airport have come up with another idea for keeping the skies safe.
Mobile

Amazon’s new Kindle has an adjustable light and costs less than $100

Amazon has taken the wraps off of a new Kindle model, which boasts a number of great features and comes at a very affordable price. Perhaps the best thing about the new Kindle is that the device has an adjustable.
Computing

Changing a PDF into an EPUB file is easier than you might think

If you like to read on a tablet or ebook reader, you'll find that ePUB files offer a number of advantages over PDFs. With this guide, we'll show you how to convert a PDF to EPUB in a few quick steps.
Smart Home

These best outdoor security cameras will keep porch pirates at bay

Worried about porch pirates stealing your packages, or intruders entering your home? Always be in the know about who or what is on your property by installing one of these outdoor security cameras.
Smart Home

Your Instant Pot can do it all. Research says it has another important function

Researchers at Dakota State University tested a variety of pressure cookers for sterilization and found that Instant Pot provides enough pressure and heat to kill off food-spoiling bacteria.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robotic companions and computer-aided karaoke

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Need some help? Here's our handy step-by-step guide on how to Airbnb your home

Getting ready to make your home a great rental? Here's how to Airbnb your home with the right amenities, insurance, supplies, and everthing else that you need. Use this guide to get started without making beginner mistakes!
Deals

Dyson sale shatters prices on vacuums just in time for spring cleaning

Steep price cuts on Dyson vacuum cleaners for the spring cleaning season help you save money on the tools you need to do the job. We've found the best discounts on Dyson vacuums from Amazon and Walmart and put them all in one place.
Deals

Amazon slashes prices on Echo devices that play Alexa’s sweetest-sounding music

Amazon slashed prices on Alexa-controlled Echo devices with the best music sound quality. All Alexa smart speakers stream music, but some sound better than others. Save on Echo Plus and the Echo Sub bundled with Echo and Echo Plus speakers.
Product Review

Simple and small, the Google Home Hub is your low-key smart screen

What’s small, simple, cute, and lacks a camera? The Google Home Hub is the latest smart display to hit the market. Powered by Google Assistant, there’s a lot to like about this device.
Smart Home

Arlo listens to feedback, improves video quality for its premier security camera

Arlo relaunched its flagship Arlo Ultra 4K HDR security camera system with worldwide availability. Arlo fixed issues from a limited early release and now the marquee brand is available in multiple configurations with A.I-driven monitoring.
Apple

Apple March 2019 Event Coverage

Apple’s next event will take place March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California at 10 a.m. PT. We’ve got a handy guide on how to watch, but don’t expect to see any new iPads, iMacs, or AirPods at the show, all of…
Deals

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.