Chris Welch (MacRumors, Hacker News):
Amazon has announced that it is acquiring network router manufacturer Eero. Amazon says that buying Eero will allow the company to "help customers better connect smart home devices." It will certainly make Alexa-compatible gadgets easier to configure if Amazon also manages route technology. Financial terms in the agreement are not disclosed.
Eero was one of the few big (and necessary) technological products you could buy it was 1. very good 2. made by a well run, personable company 3. not made by one of the giants
Perhaps Eero network network could be built into future echoes. Perhaps future Eeros could get microphones embedded in them. Perhaps Amazon will squeeze Eero as tightly as it will die, or perhaps Amazon will let it live as an independent entity, like Ring. Perhaps Eero Plus – which includes a VPN and anti-malware and even a password manager subscription – will be packaged for free in an Amazon Prime subscription.[…]
But this time, the surprise may be on Amazon. The first reaction from people who know and love Eero did not speculate on any of these opportunities. Instead, the overwhelming reactions were sadness, worry, and exhaustion.
I remember when I thought Apple would integrate AirPort Express into Apple TV.
I thought the same.
Before the "reinvented" fourth gen Apple TV came out, it should be a console / steam competitor, a cable TV killer, home Siri and Wi-Fi – all in one.
It basically has none of the right.
Instead, we go for a terrible remote control and apps that no one uses.
I still find it strange that Apple came out of the wireless network game. Amazon and Google clearly see the value in it.
At some point Apple must ask itself: If we care about privacy, we should provide our customers with
Join to stay safe at all points of the internet connection?
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