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Monday, September 10, 2012
Posted by dawnmitchell at 9/10/2012 8:50:00 PM
Monday, August 27, 2012

Today’s Apple [AAPL] rumor machine is finally seeing the light and agreeing that the iPad mini will be introduced at an event subsequent to the iPhone 5, which seems obvious to me, so for today’s story I want to talk about Apple’s next big iOS opportunity, the connected home.

Some examples of these could include:
• E-Readers, including an i-Device;
• The thermostat
• Connected automobiles which interrogate smart city traffic control hubs for route information, parking space discovery, and more.
• Smart patient monitoring systems -- these could be your iPhone
• Smart water systems detecting leaks
• Connected domestic appliances capable of monitoring food stocks and making food delivery orders on your behalf
• Home audio systems which allow music to follow you round the home
• Automatic temperature control systems which respond to your needs
• Delivery, vehicle, family tracking systems

Voice control
Siri isn’t just about asking your iPhone to marry you. In theory you could take any device, pop an A4 processor, microphone and Wi-Fi radio inside and you could control that device with your voice; your door entry system, perhaps, your coffee pot, your hot water system, your microwave.

By Jonny Evans
August 24, 2012 10:27 AM EDT

It’s a good article. To read all of it. Whether or not you are an iPhone person, it gives you pause to think about all the uses that smart phones could be used for.
 

Posted by Michael Shumway at 8/27/2012 9:06:00 PM
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Wash the exterior of your house, using an ordinary garden hose pressure and a mild detergent. You'd be surprised how dusty your house is, especially with all the nearby fires. Turn on the sprinkler system and check for damaged or misdirected sprinkler heads, leaks, or breaks in the lines and hoses. Schedule your sprinklers blowouts in October! Trim trees and shrubs that may be touching the siding, windows or trim. Test and replace smoke detector batteries. Clean gutters and check roof for any damaged panels. Replace furnace filters. Check water softener.
Posted by dawnmitchell at 8/25/2012 3:57:00 PM
Monday, July 30, 2012
Home values rise for first time in 5 years!!!! (CNN) Mortgage rates drop again, 30-year at 3.53% (Freddie Mac) Strong recovery starting for housing market (Goldman Sachs) And....Housing permits in June highest in four years (USA Today) Great news!!!!
Posted by dawnmitchell at 7/30/2012 3:35:00 PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
We?ve been hearing a lot about the downsizing trend taking hold in new homes, and that the square footage of homes is shrinking. But if you look at the latest housing stats from the Census Bureau, you might be scratching your head on that theory. The latest stats show that new-homes actually seem to be getting supersized, not downsized: Nearly 40 percent of new single-family homes in 2011 had four or more bedrooms, 28 percent had three or more bathrooms, and 54 percent of new homes were two stories or taller. Both upper-end buyers and move-up buyers tend to show preference to bigger homes. However, in a more normal market, it?s the first-time home buyers who tend to dominate, and they?re saying they want smaller.
Posted by dawnmitchell at 7/24/2012 5:54:00 PM
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