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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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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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15 Nov 2016

Black Friday Shopping Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here and you know what that means… It’s time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! This guide has all the tips and tricks to make your shopping a success.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday or dare we call it, Black November? This is the time of the year when you shop-til-you-drop trying to score the best and biggest deals on 4K TVs, gaming systems, tablets and more.

Most of November is a teaser of what’s to come for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But, for a lot of people, trying to shop during this time can be overwhelming and stressful, to say the least.

Before you hit the pavement on November 25th for Black Friday deals, check out our shopping guide so that you can avoid any pitfalls that come your way.

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25 Oct 2016

5 Easy Ways to Create a Smart Home

Think creating a Smart Home is hard? Think again! These 5 easy ways will turn your house into a Smart Home in no time at all.

Do you have a “smart” home?

Maybe you haven’t gone all the way yet, but have you tried out a smart light switch, or possibly a smart outlet that you can turn off and on with your phone?

Right now, smart home automation is on the up and up, and with technology on the forefront of home safety and comfort, more and more devices are becoming equipped with smart technology than ever before.

Let’s face it: having a smart home is…well, smart. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a perfectly warm (or cool) house after a long day at work – at just the temperature you like it?

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16 Aug 2016

5 Must Have Gadgets for Back To School 2016

Your growing kids will need these 5 essential gadgets as they head back to school this fall.

It’s that time of year again – back to school time.

And while you’re probably getting used to your older child staying home with you over the summer, you can’t help but get giddy at the thought of them going back to high school or college.

No more messy rooms, loads of laundry to be folded – and no more empty milk cartons in the fridge.

It’s time to get your child ready to go back to school and learning again. But, before they venture away from you, be sure to equip them with these essential gadgets to help them succeed at school.

No matter if they are just entering high school, or in their third year of college, technology at school is something kids are getting used to and will need to become familiar with.

Here are five back to school tech must-haves for your child.

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19 Jul 2016

The Top Tech Gifts for the “Geek” in Your Life

Don’t know what to buy for the special “geek” in your life? We’ve picked out 5 tech gifts all under $50 that are sure to impress.

Oh no!

Next week is your brother’s birthday and you have no clue what he would like. You thought a rock climbing class would be something he’d enjoy when it was his birthday last year, but he never actually made it to any of the lessons.

You know that he loves technology. He never steps away from his smartphone and he always hangs out in the electronics aisle looking at all the new tech gear.

But, you’ve been avoiding these types of gifts because you have no clue what tech toy to choose.

If you’re unsure what to buy, here are some top gifts to give to the “geek” in your life whether it’s your brother, friend, co-worker, or just about anyone.

Oh, did we mention they are all under $50?

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12 Jul 2016

4 Unique Ways to Never Lose Your Remote Again

Going crazy always searching for the remote? Never lose your remote again with these 4 new and unique ways to keep track of it.

It’s happened again.

You’ve lost the TV remote and haven’t a clue where it could be. You’ve searched the couch cushions, the toy box, even the kitchen fridge, but no such luck.

This is the third time this week and you’re fed up. And it doesn’t help that you have a toddler and a dog running around taking things and hiding them.

You spend the next twenty minutes tearing your house apart until you finally find the remote, and vow never to lose it again.

Yet, that promise never sticks.

Until now. If you live in a family where the TV remote gets lost all the time, here at Tekoia we’ve found four unique ways so you never lose the remote again.

Pay special attention to number four; it’s the handiest and most unique option available right now.

So, let’s get to it.

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05 Jul 2016

The Best Apps for Kids this Summer

These entertaining apps for kids will keep your little ones happy and less bored this summer.

It’s official – school’s out for summer and you’re already hearing the whines, groans and incessant, “mom there’s nothing to do…I’m bored,” floating around the living room.

You’ve signed them up for summer activities but those don’t start for another two weeks – and they usually don’t last all summer. You’re still working, and your vacation won’t start until the end of the week.

When your children are old enough to stay home without a babysitter, you don’t want them bored all day, or to end up trolling for trouble around the neighborhood.

Of course you tell them to go outside and play, but we all know how that works with kids these days. So instead of having them plastered to their PlayStation, Xbox or TV for eight hours a day, why not try some educational and fun apps that will keep them happy and entertained?

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