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26 Apr 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Tech Gifts for Graduates

Graduation is just around the corner – still unsure what to buy? These tech gifts for graduates will be a sure hit with the scholar in your life.

There are a lot of fantastic gadgets to choose from, and gifts are available to suit every budget.

We’ve compiled the following recommendations for gifts that are fun, useful, or just plain awesome.

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19 Apr 2017

Earth Day – How Smart Technology is Changing the World

In honor of Earth Day this year let’s take a look at how smart technology is changing the world for the better.

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day 2017.

So, what better way to celebrate than to look at the positive impact smart technology is having on day-to-day life?
Currently, most consumers will recognize smart technology when it’s found in the home – things like smart lighting and smart appliances.

But, smart technology is all around us, and it’s a market that’s only going to keep expanding.

In the workplace, for example, it can free up professional staff from routine tasks, letting them get on with the job they’re trained for. It also means resources can be diverted to where they’re most needed.

Let’s find out a few ways that smart technology is changing the world – for the better.

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12 Apr 2017

What is the First Step to Creating a Smart Home?

Creating a Smart Home can seem like a daunting task, but once you learn how to take the first step you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one for so long.

Talk has definitely turned towards smart home technology in recent months. Everything from refrigerators to lighting now seems to be connected to the internet.

And recently, it was speculated that nearly 30 million households in the US alone were predicted to add smart technology to their home over the next year.

But the thought of turning your existing home into a smart home can often sound a bit overwhelming. You might have heard horror stories about the potential security issues in various smart devices.

Or maybe you have thought about creating a smart home, but were confused by the number of protocols used by smart devices. From Bluetooth to WiFi to ClearConnect to ZigBee, do you really have to be a tech wiz to get this all going?

The answer is no. Smart home technology brings a lot of benefits, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Once you start using smart appliances, you’ll find they’re not all that different from the devices you’re used to.

A few weeks of freshly brewed coffee when you get out of bed, the perfect temperature in your home, and controlling your media center from your sofa will make you wonder how you lived without them.

Let’s find out what the first step is in creating a smart home.

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05 Apr 2017

Remotes 101 – How Do IR Remotes Actually Work?

Remotes: the mysterious devices that are always disappearing. Find out how they actually work and how you can simplify your life by getting rid of them.

If you’re below a certain age, you won’t remember the days of walking over to a device to turn it on and off. Record players needed users to flip an LP over to access the songs on the other side. And a button on the TV was the only way to change the channel.

The growth of consumer tech has also led to an explosion in the number of remote controls. Each one has its own bewildering array of buttons, many of which you may never use.

That’s if you can even find the remote. They have a tendency to fall between sofa cushions or become lost among magazines.

Research has found that TV watchers can spend over 4 and a half hours a week just looking for lost remotes.

But have you ever wondered how infrared (IR) remotes work?

Let’s find out what it is they do and how you can fix the problem of multiple controllers littering your home.

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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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22 Mar 2017

What Are We Doing About IoT Security?

Advances in IoT technology are exciting – but the security risks that go along with them? Not so much. Find out what is being done to address IoT security.

With the rise of the smart home, it’s becoming clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) is not just a fad.

According to Gartner, it will grow to 26 billion devices by 2020. That means there’s going to be smart devices lighting, heating, automating and protecting your home, your vehicle, your loved ones, and more.

When it comes to making your life easier and more productive, IoT technology offers a lot of advantages. It could even prove to be a game-changer for households who provide care for older family members.

But as with any new technology, there is a darker side waiting to be exploited. Let’s find out what the risks are, and what the industry is doing to secure the Internet of Things.

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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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08 Mar 2017

5 Key Takeaways from MWC 2017

Now that MWC is officially over, let’s take a look at some of the biggest takeaways to come out of Barcelona at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

If you weren’t able to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 this year in Barcelona, let me just tell you – it was a blast. We (Tekoia) had a booth there, and it sure is an exciting time to be in the field of mobile technology and IoT.

But not everything was about the hardware this year; there was a big focus on things like virtual reality, 5G connectivity, and more.

Let’s take a look at a few key takeaways from our experience at MWC 2017.

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01 Mar 2017

Smart Home Battle: Apple Home, Google Home, and Amazon Echo

Ready to invest in a smart home? Let’s look at 3 of the biggest names in home automation and see what they can do to make your life a whole lot easier.

When life gets busy, you’ve probably found yourself wishing that technology could help you out and take some of the load off your hands, right?

How great would it be if you could tell a device to do things in your home when you’re not there, or organize your to-do list for you without even having to think about it. Someone – or even something – you could even talk to.

Now with our popular SURE Universal Remote app you can control many of the smart devices in your home. But did you know there is a whole new breed of voice-activated smart control devices out there, all battling to be the centerpiece of your future smart home?

With big tech giants like Apple, Google and Amazon getting into the mix with similar products, it can be confusing to know which one is the best fit for you.

Let’s look at three of the biggest names in this area and what they can do to make your life a whole lot easier.

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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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