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KeyMe to expand, add hundreds of kiosks across the country
New York Daily News
KeyMe — the Long Island City-based startup that's looking to upend the $5 billion locksmith biz — is turning the key on a national expansion. The company, which operates key-making kiosks in local stores, has just bagged $7.8 million in funding that it will use to add hundreds of kiosks across the country within the next 12 to 18 months, KeyMe founder and CEO Greg Marsh told the Daily News.
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Washington harbor bathroom to get locks
South Whidbey Record
Washington's Port of South Whidbey Commissioners moved to install electronic combination locks for restrooms at South Whidbey Harbor during a regular meeting. The locks would be in use during evening hours when the facilities aren't staffed. During daylight hours the restrooms will remain open. Depending on availability of the locksmith, the locks will be installed in the coming weeks.
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Kwikset adds touchscreen for SmartCode 914 deadbolt lock
As the capabilities of home control and automation continue to grow, consumers are expecting more from these solutions. Fulfilling the public's expectations for smart home supremacy are manufacturers like Kwikset that design products such as smart door locks for residences. The latest product from Kwikset is a touchscreen version of the company's SmartCode 914 deadbolt lock.
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Smart home tech is smarter in Europe
In the U.S., an appliance that's "smart" usually has a touchscreen and an internet connection, but that connectivity rarely adds any performance improvement. In Europe, however, smart appliances are headed in a different direction. Sure, there are plenty of ovens that play music off a smartphone, and touchscreens are just as prevalent as knobs at the high end.
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iControl buys maker of Piper, a DIY smart home security device
Recently, it was announced that iControl — a smart home platform provider that powers smart home and security services from the likes of Comcast, Time Warner and Cox — will buy Blacksumac, the company behind the do-it-yourself Piper home security and automation device. For the first time, the buy puts iControl into the direct-to-consumer smart home and security business, a sign of how the fast-changing smart home world is creating new opportunities for incumbents where newer technologies can both open up new markets and impact established business models.
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SmartThings adds support for TCP, Quirky and Ecobee
SmartThings is welcoming some new third-party devices into its smart home family, with newly announced support for the Ecobee thermostat, the Quirky Pivot Power Genius and Connected by TCP LEDs. The announcement comes hot on the heels of SmartThings adding support for popular connected products such as the Belkin WeMo family of devices, Philips Hue color-changing bulbs and the Sonos home music system.
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Scout Alarm gives the home-security system a modern touch
Chicago Tribune
Two Chicago entrepreneurs plan to release Scout Alarm, a new home-security system that allows customers to pick and choose which alarm features they want. Only 17 percent of the housing market has home security systems, said Dave Shapiro, who worked with co-founder Dan Roberts at Sandbox Industries before they left to start their own company.
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Are security cameras going too far?
A growing number of homeowners are installing surveillance cameras that let them view live streams on their smartphones from almost anywhere. While it's one thing to monitor for security, things change when you're peeking in on friends and family. Ken Hall installed a small security camera in his home when his daughter Gracie was born. "It's nice to have that sense of comfort, the sense of security to know that at any time during the day I can peek in and see what's going on, making sure that everything's good," Hall explained.
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Who killed strategic planning?
By Michael J. Berens
For some time now, strategic planning has been dying a slow death. Rapid acceleration in the rate of change and innovation along with instability in the global economy have made long-range forecasting obsolete. That may come as welcome news to many executives and managers who have long questioned the value of developing strategic plans. Still, it begs the question: Did strategic planning die of natural causes or was it the victim of abuse? Have organizations finally rid themselves of an outmoded ritual, or have they lost a valuable tool due to neglect?
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Can interview techniques squash boring business meetings?
By Catherine Iste
Meetings and interviews can be some of the worst job experiences. HR professionals and recruiters have known for a long time the best way to get great, useful information from job candidates is to meet with them and use behavioral interviewing techniques. These techniques help the interviewer start and stop the meeting on time, get and convey the information they need, and wrap up with everyone clear on the next steps. Wouldn't it be great if all meetings were like that?
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The 10 commandments of hiring and employee retention
By Mel Kleiman
Recruiting and hiring the right employees is essential to the success of your business. If you are going to succeed, you cannot settle for run-of-the-mill employees. Mediocre employees breed mediocrity, so make sure you recruit and select only the best employees. If you will follow these commandments and remain focused, dedicated and committed to hiring the best, you will soon see that your organization becomes just that — the best.
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