Re: The WiFi-enabled tea kettle...
"More seriously, if you need a quick cup of tea when you get home, you can get a hot water dispenser."
Renting. Can't fiddle with the plumbing.
"Or if you want to go 20th century, you can walk in the front door, put down your keys, go to the cabinet and grab a large glass measuring cup, fill that with water and put it in the microwave oven on "high" for 2 minutes."
Not enough minutes in my day. For many people, their day is split 2:1 between working and sleeping. Stolen moments of the day are all they have to give for anything else.
"I'm pretty sure the boiling water doesn't taste any different."
It does, actually. Slow-boiling allows more dissolving.