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Google acquires Nest ā€“ Internet of Things takes a step forward?

This week Google bought Nest, the smart home thermostat and smoke detector company, for $3.2 billion. The news sent a huge ripple through the industry as this has both positive and negative connotations for the future of smart products.

Grinds My Gears

I really appreciate the fact that my friends think I am smart, really. And Iā€™m very happy to help out when they have little conundrums that need a quick solution, but sometimes it Grinds My Gears when they ask me questions they could easily have answered themselves.

Online Influence of Offline Sales - ROPO

The majority of purchases still take place offline (9 out of 10) but of those 40% of consumers prefer to ROPO ā€“ research online, purchase offline.