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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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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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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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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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