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25 Jan 2017

Phone Etiquette Around the World

From the U.S. to Egypt to Russia and China, let’s uncover how people from around the world use their cell phone and what the proper phone etiquette is.

Ever wonder how a person living in Russia answers their cell phone? Or why it’s not considered rude to answer your cell phone when you’re talking to somebody in China?

Cell phone usage is on the up and up, and people around the world are using them in different ways.

And while you may think there is a global cell phone etiquette everyone follows, there really isn’t. Each country has their own take on answering a cell phone and what is and isn’t appropriate etiquette.

Let’s take a look at how people from around the world use their cell phone.

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18 Jan 2017

Takeaways from CES 2017

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… Now that CES 2017 is over we take a look at some of the big trends to come out of Sin City at this year’s show.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where companies go to show off their latest and greatest, and with new innovations in IoT communications, big data, robotics, and other areas finally trickling down to products that are actually for sale, it appears the future, the one we’ve been hearing about for years now, in which robots actually do productive work and the Internet of Things really takes off – is nearly upon us.

How useful that future will be and how much of an impact these products will have on daily life is yet to be determined. The thing about CES is that it’s so big, some 4,000 companies presented tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of products, so it’s difficult to isolate the “top trends.” Everything from advanced robots to ostensibly old-fashioned desktop PCs were on display, and there are advances in each of the those areas that outdo anything that came before. Still, there were some trends that were more exciting and popular than others. Here are some of the ones that we picked up on:

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11 Jan 2017

New Smart Tech Trends to Look Out For in 2017

What new and innovative ideas can we expect to see in 2017? Take a look at 5 new tech trends that are on the horizon this year!

 

We recently recapped the tech trends for 2016. One thing is for sure; the smart home industry has been steadily growing with new advancements and devices.

Our SURE Universal Remote app works alongside many of your smart home devices. From your lights to your air conditioner to even your media streamer and TV, making use of the SURE Universal is the first step to an easy-to-control smart home.

Where is smart home technology headed, how is the Internet of Things (IoT) involved and what do we have in store for this year? Let’s check out what the new tech trends are for 2017.

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03 Jan 2017

2016: A Look Back at Technology Highlights

What happened in the Smart Tech world in 2016? Let’s take a look back on the past year and see how far technology has come.

Wow, 2016 is officially over!

I’m sure there are many of us who like to look back to see the progress and innovation that happened in technology over the past year.

Technology advances at a rapid pace, and every month there’s always something new or a new idea is being proposed. There are new smartphones, tablets and televisions being released all the time, but last year, Tekoia noticed that there was a lot of excitement from people wanting to create a smart home.

It goes without saying, but here at Tekoia we just love smart technology and in 2016 we saw many common household items and devices being equipped with that very technology. This made the adoption of smart devices in the home more commonplace and acceptable.

And it’s no wonder. Smart homes are safer and are more comfortable. It’s nice to come home to a warm (or cool) house that’s been vacuumed while you’ve been away – and to have your pet already fed – isn’t it?

Last year, there was a slew of smart home products and devices that made it to the big box stores, and there were some that were still in the planning stages. Let’s take a look at a few of the most notable categories.

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28 Dec 2016

5 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Let 2017 be the year where you accomplish all your goals! These 5 apps are a great starting point.

It’s time to start fresh. A new year often marks new resolutions or goals for you, your family or for your business.
Whether you want to cut down on your snacking while watching TV or you want to keep within budget and not overspend, there are a lot of great apps to help you achieve – and stick to – your New Year’s resolutions.
Just remember not to set your expectations too high because that’s where most people fail. In fact, up to 80% of people won’t keep their resolutions for an entire year.
But, you don’t have to end up like that! Instead, use these apps to help you stay in the right lane and accomplish your goals.
No matter what your resolutions are, there’s an app to help you achieve them. Let’s take a look at our choice of five handy New Year’s resolution apps.

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21 Dec 2016

What to Look for at CES 2017

CES 2017 is just around the corner. What big news can we expect out of Sin City at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show?

The world of things is getting smarter, and some of the smartest things in the world are set to be automobiles. Self-driving, intelligent vehicles, laden with sensors and cameras, are on the radar of the world’s top car manufacturers, and vehicles are becoming a major driver of technology development. While it isn’t a specific theme of the event, the big news at CES 2017 is likely to be smart car technology. In a sense, smart cars are a platform upon which many allied technologies – AI, IoT, vision technology, sensor technology, and robot technology – are being developed. Like the space program in previous generations, technologies that are being developed for smart cars will eventually seep down into other consumer products, with the tech showing up in many possibly unexpected places.

For proof of this, one needs to look no further than the 2017 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It’s a Las Vegas extravaganza that brings hundreds of thousands of people from over 150 countries around the world, and 33,000 companies out to Sin City to see the latest and greatest in consumer products.

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13 Dec 2016

What Is OCF and Why Is It Important?

Lack of interoperability is a major obstacle to adopting IoT. Can OCF solve this and connect billions of devices with their new standardization of protocols?

With the holidays fast approaching, you’ve probably been bombarded with ads for smart home devices, right?

Smart TVs, self-automated vacuums, or even smart plates that can help you manage your diet, are filling shelves at malls and big box stores. While a lot of people welcome these new technological advances, many are still not totally on board with smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

One reason people aren’t adopting these devices is because of how difficult it is to get different devices to communicate with each other, making their IoT dreams fall short of reality. In an ideal world, your IoT life would look something like this:

You head out to work for the day. Your smart home knows nobody is in the house, so your smart thermostat turns down the heat to save energy.

Your iRobot gets to work so you come home to a nice, tidy house, and minutes before you pull into the driveway, your smartphone alerts your home that you’re near. Your smart lighting turns on to welcome you, and your smart pet feeder gets Max’s dinner all served up!

For such a story to become real, devices must be able to work together, and there must be common connectivity between the individual devices. Luckily, there is a movement happening right now to accomplish just that. A group of 170 companies (including many tech giants) are working together to enable standardization, certification, easy discovery and easy connectivity between IoT devices, which will radically change how we use smart devices and home appliances in the future.

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06 Dec 2016

The Best Gifts for Kids This Year

There’s less than one month until Christmas! Don’t panic – We’ve picked out the best gifts for kids that will delight all the little ones in your life for months to come.

Time is ticking. There’s less than a month until Christmas, and you haven’t even started your shopping.

Yikes!

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, you probably came out with some great tech gifts for your brother and friends, but maybe not some presents for the children in your life.

It’s a challenge for sure. You don’t want to get a gift that your little ones don’t appreciate, and you don’t want one they never use, either.

Whether you have a crawling baby or a school-aged child, we have picked out some popular gifts that will delight your children for months to come. Here are some of the best gifts you can give your children this Christmas.

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29 Nov 2016

7 Best Holiday Movies You Can Watch on Netflix

There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by watching the 7 best holiday movies that you can stream right now on Netflix!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, and do you know what that means?

Christmas is only a month away, yikes! Yup, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. And if you’re anything like us here at Tekoia, we think there’s no better way than to get your fill of holiday movies.

With streaming services like Netflix being so popular these days, it’s now easier than ever to watch movies on demand. We’ve rounded up the best of the best holiday classics – and a few newer movies – for the entire family.

So, pour yourself a glass of eggnog, grab a cozy blanket and your SURE Universal TV Remote – and sit down to enjoy the show.

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22 Nov 2016

The 5 Hottest Holiday Tech Gifts of 2016

The holidays are almost here! It’s time to prepare your shopping list with these five hot tech gifts that your family and friends will love.

Time is ticking. There’s only a month until Christmas, and you haven’t even started your shopping.

Yikes!

What do you give your brother who lives three hours away? Or, your father whom you see every Sunday for dinner but haven’t a clue what he wants for Christmas?

If you have a big family you need to buy for this holiday season, instead of thinking outside the box and trying to find that perfect gift, why not give them a tech gift?

Virtually everyone loves technology. Heck, even our pets are in on smart technology! With Black Friday and Cyber Monday almost here, it’s time to check out these five holiday tech gifts that will be a sure surprise for your family and loved ones.

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