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  • Junk rating forgotten, investors pile back into SA
    14
    Jun

    Junk rating forgotten, investors pile back into SA

    {Bloomberg News | Robert Brand} South Africa was downgraded to junk by Moody’s in March. However, global monetary and fiscal stimulus and a weaker dollar have sparked an emerging market rally. Foreign investors are returning to SA’s bond market. SA is now paying less to borrow and the rand...

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  • 06
    Jun

    Should I Buy a Google Home or Amazon Echo?

    When it comes to gadgets with built-in voice assistants, which of the heavyweights is the best fit for your home: Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant? Right now, people are turning to Amazon Alexa most often—in 2017, it had 62 percent market share compared to Google’s 25 percent, according to...

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  • The time to thoroughly understand IoT for home automation is now
    31
    May

    The time to thoroughly understand IoT for home automation is now

    As the smart home market sees growing investments and continues to mature, we also see an uptake of ever more smart home automation applications, each designed for a specific audience and some going mainstream regardless of the context of the owner. Typical examples of such increasingly mainstream applications: home...

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  • the 3 P's in smart home tech
    24
    May

    The 3 P’s in Smart Home Tech

    Protection In our study, technology users expressed a desire to care for and protect the home and its occupants. Smart cameras installed in the home allowed adults to monitor dependants – children and, increasingly, pets – while they were away. These strategies of protection were also used in the...

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  • The definition of home automation
    17
    May

    The Definition of Home Automation

    Home automation and smart home are two different things, although they are often used interchangeably. Home automation does what it says: home automation enables to configure and automate how various devices inside and outside/nearby the home work together in an automated way in the context of a connected home....

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  • 10 technology trends to watch in the COVID-19 pandemic
    10
    May

    5 technology trends to watch for during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated 10 key technology trends, including digital payments, telehealth and robotics. These technologies can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus while helping businesses stay open. Technology can help make society more resilient in the face of pandemic and other threats. During the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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  • 5 Advantages Of a Smart Home
    29
    Mar

    5 Advantages Of a Smart Home

    As the South African industry matures, smart homes are set to become increasingly prevalent. Here are five advantages of a smart home… The smart home market has been delayed in South Africa due to internet bandwidth constraints. But, with the launch of fibre and increased affordability of internet packages,...

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  • 21
    Mar

    Davide Piscitelli hacks his google home assistant to fulfill its dream of singing with Stevie Wonder

    Davide Piscitelli has reversed the roles between human and artificial intelligence by taking the task of helping his google home realize its dream, which is none other than to sing a duet with stevie wonder. with the rise of personal intelligence assistants (PIAs) challenging the concept of what constitutes being human,...

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  • MyPlace Smart Home App
    13
    Mar

    Smart Home Benefits

    Smart homes may make life easier and more convenient. Who wouldn’t love being able to control lighting, entertainment and temperature from their couch? Whether you’re at work or on vacation, the smart home will alert you to what’s going on, and security systems can be built to provide an...

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  • How Smart Homes Work
    08
    Mar

    How Smart Homes Work

    When you’re not home, nagging little doubts can start to crowd your mind. Did I turn the coffee maker off? Did I set the security alarm? Are the kids doing their homework or watching television? With a Smart Home, you could quiet all of these worries with a quick...

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