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Get ready for a direct-to-consumer shakeup in 2020

You can say that 2019 was the year of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) retail brand. With a huge influx of new funding and new scaling heights, we saw brands emerge trying to “own” categories ranging from mattresses to luggage to dental to shaving. But with all the hits there were definitely some misses as brands struggled to …

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The Automation Boom is Coming. Will the Internet Be Ready?

We live in an increasingly connected world. It’s estimated that there will be about 260 million internet-connected devices in the U.S. by 2020, and the next wave of these devices will push our data demand even further. New Bluetooth advancements, for instance, enable devices to perform within a range that’s four times greater, twice the …

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5G deployment stands ready to supercharge the Internet of Things

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of automated IoT devices connected via 5G. Aurich Lawson / Getty It’s true that inorganic users don’t yell at customer-service reps or trash-talk companies on Twitter. But connected devices can also benefit from some less-obvious upgrades that 5G should deliver—and we, their organic overlords, could profit …

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