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Gadgets for a carefree — and smart — vacation
Fox News
As vacation season kicks into gear, many of us struggle with managing the homestead from afar. Is everything safe? Did the neighbor feed the cat? Did that delivery arrive? Thankfully, there are a variety of smart home devices to make your vacation more carefree. Many can be installed in few minutes by anyone who's ever wielded a screwdriver, and then they can be managed on a smartphone.
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New app aims to be the nerve center of all future smart homes
According to author Issie Lapowsky: "Here's the thing," Ben Kaufman tells me. "I don't know if you want to live in a connected home." That's a strange thing to say, considering that Kaufman and I are sitting in a New York City loft space that's been retrofitted with every internet-connected gadget you can imagine. The loft serves as a demo for Kaufman's latest startup, Wink, which lets people operate all their connected devices from a single smartphone app.
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Intel, Samsung join to streamline connectivity for Internet of Things
The upside to connected devices is pretty obvious: From smart thermostats to smartphone-controlled light bulbs, these gadgets have the potential to make our lives easier. There is a downside though, and it's a pretty significant one: With so many companies trying their hands at the Internet of Things, there's an ever-growing list of protocols for getting gadgets connected. And considering that the IoT market is projected to reach 212 billion devices by 2020, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a huge mess if products continue to run independently of each other.
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9 common sense steps to protecting your bike from being stolen
The Tacoma News Tribune
Luke Brechwald isn't sure where he first heard the line or just how accurate it is, but he uses it because it drives home an important point when it comes to protecting your bicycle. "Ten percent will, 10 percent won't and 80 percent will if you give them the chance," said Brechwald of Joy Ride Bikes in Lacey. He was talking about the people who steals bikes. Ninety percent of people want to steal my bike? That's pretty depressing. It's also probably not true, but Brechwald said most bike thefts are the result of people giving the thief a tantalizing opportunity.
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How to train your smart home and does the internet of things need an OS?
According to author Stacey Higginbotham: I picked up a Nest thermostat — in part because this seems to be the focal point of Google's connected home efforts and because I wanted to see what a more intuitive home felt like. So after three days of living with the Nest, Kevin and I discuss how to train the anticipatory home and whether or not mainstream consumers will ever enjoy the learning process that comes with this vision.
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DropCam offers inexpensive home security system
When Greg Duffy's father called saying he'd like to know which neighborhood dog was fertilizing the family lawn, the younger Duffy made an interesting observation: of the available do-it-yourself home security cameras which existed, few seemed easy to set up and operate. That problem led Duffy and his friend Aamir Virani to develop a technology that's now being courted by Google's Nest Labs in a $555 million cash deal.
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Sentri steps beyond home security to personalize home monitoring
Technology Tell
If you haven't thought about setting up some form of home security system, it's a great time to do so. Not only are monitoring cameras very affordable, installation and setup is a breeze. Users can have their equipment up and connected to mobile devices in no time at all. Many of the latest and greatest also don't require any monthly subscriptions either.
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It's not the Web on a phone: 3 principles of mobile marketing
By Randall Craig
What have been the most transformational marketing innovations in society? TV and direct mail/database marketing rank up there. Email, the web and social media also do. And so does mobile — but why? It is too easy to think of mobile as nothing more than a small screen. Web designers and developers work hard to ensure that their sites are responsive — a Web design that automatically reformats itself for the desktop, tablet or cellphone screen. And then the effort stops.
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6 marketing automation tools for small businesses
Street Fight
Small business owners have enough on their plates, without having to manually manage repetitive marketing tasks like keeping their websites and social media pages updated and sending out email newsletters on a regular basis. According to a survey by Constant Contact, SMBs spend an average of 33 hours per week on marketing activities, including SEO, online banner ads, website updates, and e-newsletters. This is a number that merchants would love to lower, but only if they were able to do so without decreasing the return they see from existing local campaigns.
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7 key elements of a workplace investigation
By D. Albert Brannen
Many issues that arise in the workplace require employers to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation. Among other things, employers should investigate allegations or reports of theft, fraud, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, workplace violence or threats, substance abuse, security breaches, inappropriate use of the employer's computers or other property, or other types of misconduct or poor performance. Although the underlying allegations may be different, certain basic elements should be a part of every investigation, as outlined in this article.
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