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19 Jul 2017

Are Robotics the Future?

With news stories like Amazon’s alleged use of drones to deliver packages, some people wonder how integral robotics might be in the future.

The popularity of films like Wall-E shows we’re ready to embrace robots in our daily life. They’re an easy way to pass on the chores we don’t want to do. With advances in machine learning and more advanced artificial intelligence (AI), a future like the one seen in The Jetsons might not be too far away.

Let’s look at some of the robotics that may become commonplace in the next few years.

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05 Jul 2017

IoT Wearables and Your Health

The boom in wearable devices has accelerated alongside the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) within the smart home.

Tech Republic predicts there will be 780 million wearable devices by the end of 2018.

If you haven’t encountered wearable devices yet, they often take the form of smartwatches or fitness trackers like the FitBit. They track the health and physical progress of the wearer.

They sound futuristic, but wearable technology isn’t new. The calculator wrist watch appeared in the 1970s. Steve Mann introduced the wearable webcam in 1994 – decades before GoPro made wearable cameras popular.

The Nike+iPod emerged in 2006, which saw a user’s movements synced to the music on their iPod. Google Glass first appeared in 2011, and both the Apple Watch and FitBit arrived in just the past few years.

But, when you consider the advancement in wearables combined with the latest in IoT technology, the future looks exciting and the possibilities are almost endless.

Let’s take a look at what’s in store when it comes to wearables and your health.

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28 Jun 2017

Is Technology Making People Less Social?

Following the growth of the Internet of Things, and the general boom in technology available to the public, more people question the impact technology has on the way society works.

95% of Americans now own a smartphone. 96% of Americans shop online, meaning fewer opportunities to chat with neighbors or take part in the local community. Concerns around privacy, and the inability to touch or handle items, still prompt shoppers to visit physical stores.

Such double-sided concerns beg the question – is technology making people less social?

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21 Jun 2017

­How Has Lighting Changed Our Lives?

To celebrate Summer Solstice this year, let’s take a look at how lighting has changed our lives.

It’s June 21st – the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. After today, the days grow shorter as we roll through the fall and into winter.

If you stop and think about it, though, you’ll realize summer has barely started.

The thought of shorter days and losing sunlight can get you down in the dumps, but with the huge advances in lighting technology, we’re never truly in the dark.

With daylight on our minds, let’s take a look at how lighting has changed our lives.

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03 May 2017

10 IoT Terms and Phrases You Should Know

IoT is everywhere now, but do you understand it yet? It is time to get on board and learn these 10 must know IoT terms and phrases.

Any new form of technology brings with it unfamiliar phrases or terminology. But most new terms are easy to learn, and they’ll help you get the most out of your devices.

Smartphones brought us new terms such as apps, mobile data and retina display – as well as the word smartphone itself.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no different. And with a predicted 26 billion IoT devices in use by 2020, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the terms now.

Here’s our guide to 10 popular technology and IoT words that you’ll be hearing a lot more often in the future.

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29 Mar 2017

How to Stay Relevant in a Competitive Smart Home or App Market

With trends and technology constantly changing, there’s more pressure than ever to keep up and stay relevant in the competitive smart home and app markets.

If you believe Moore’s Law, computer processing speed doubles every two years.

But even if that level of progress is slowing down, technology is still moving at a fast pace every year.

With so many products and apps in the marketplace, it’s important to stay up to date, both with trends and technology. But what can you and your company do to make sure your offering is still current?

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15 Mar 2017

Why Should You Teach Your Parents About Tech?

Technology is evolving and getting easier to operate – It’s time to teach your parents a thing or two.

Imagine trying to live without technology in your daily life. It’s difficult to picture a day without your mobile phone, laptop, tablet – or any smart devices you’re currently using.

And like most Millennials, you’ve probably tried to introduce new gadgets to your parents. Many times.

If you’re a parent, you might have been surprised when your own toddler learned to stream Netflix or YouTube even before your own mother or father did.

Luckily, there is a whole range of smart devices and smartphone apps you can teach your parents to use to make their lives easier.

You won’t need to field lengthy “how do I work this?” phone calls in the middle of the work day any more, and you’ll know someone – or something – is making life safer and easier for your parents when you’re not around.

And why shouldn’t your parents get the benefit of the tech we take for granted?

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22 Feb 2017

MWC 2017: What to Look Out for at Mobile World Congress

With MWC 2017 right around the corner, it’s time to take a look at what big announcements are in store at Mobile World Congress this year.

If you’re anything like us here at Tekoia, you just love mobile technology.

There’s nothing more exciting than hearing rumors about the latest and greatest Samsung smartphone, or monitoring your favorite tech blogs for up-to-the-minute leaks and new gossip.

Now we need to keep our SURE Universal remote app compatible with any new devices, but even if you’re not that into mobile technology, you’ll still want to see what the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona has in store this year.

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15 Feb 2017

IoT: What Exactly is the Internet of Things?

IoT is everywhere lately, but what exactly is the Internet of Things?

Have you seen or heard the phrase, the Internet of Things – or IoT for short – lately?

If you’re like many people, you have no clue with IoT means, let alone how it has probably already impacted your life and how it will impact your future.

But, what exactly does the term mean, and how does it affect you?

The Internet of Things collectively refers to Internet-connected smart devices.

Right now, the IoT space is growing at a rapid pace. According to Gartner, it will grow to 26 billion devices by 2020 – and this doesn’t include things like laptops, 2-in-1’s, mobile phones and tablets. This is a 30-fold increase from 2009.

IoT is a big industry, and it’s only getting bigger. Let’s find out exactly what IoT is and some of the ways it can improve your life.

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