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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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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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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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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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