Ikea can be criticized for using cheap materials and veneers, but you have to admire its commitment to tasteful furniture design that has — to a fault — raised the baseline aesthetic of the average dorm and living room. In this way it’s helped to democratize design, bringing a sense of bespoke furnishings to people who might otherwise not have been able to afford them. Now the company is on the verge of using its global reach and manufacturing might to do it again — only this time it's poised to make smart home technology as commonplace as the LED light bulb. Do you remember a world before Ikea? Let me assure you, it was miserable. Furniture was made from expensive solid wood that was sturdy enough to provide shelter from a Soviet invasion. Fine for the Cold War, I guess, but less than ideal for this modern nomadic culture that’s more environmentally aware. True, some of it was beautiful and fantastically designed, but most was not. And on the off chance … [Read more...] about Ikea’s poised to do for the smart home what it did for design
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Once trapped inside smartphones, voice assistants are now finding new homes in different form factors. Voice assistants are digital assistants that use voice recognition, speech synthesis, and natural language processing (NLP) to power smart speakers and control smart home appliances. They can also help users dictate messages, manage tasks, and set appointments. Voice assistants are the hands-free computing interface for the future, but are we ready to have them listen in on our phone calls and meetings? If that feels "creepy," then you'll need to get over it because the voice assistant is an idea whose time has come. Gartner Research predicts that, by 2021, 25 percent of digital workers will use virtual assistants on a daily basis; this is up from just 2 percent in 2019. For small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and startups, this means an opportunity to use a virtual assistant technology to take care of more repetitive and auxiliary businesses processes, which, according to vendors … [Read more...] about Get Ready: Voice Assistants Are Coming to Your Conference Room
Modern iPhones are water-resistant, but the strength of that protection varies from model to model. Having your device’s battery or screen replaced might impact this protection, depending on who performed the repairs. It’s also important to understand that “water-resistant” and “waterproof” are not the same thing. Here’s what you need to know. Which iPhones Are Water-Resistant? The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max each have an IP68 rating. According to Apple, these devices can withstand a depth of up to 4 meters for 30 minutes. This is the most “waterproof” phone Apple has ever manufactured. The iPhone XS and XS Max come in a close second, with an IP68 rating. Apple claims these devices can withstand a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 7, 8, X, and their respective Plus/Max models each achieved an IP67 rating for a depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 6s lacks any kind of water or dust resistant rating, but … [Read more...] about Is My iPhone Waterproof?
Disney is working to bring the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe collection — 23 titles to date — to its Disney+ streaming service, but Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home are unlikely to be included. Ricky Strauss, Disney’s head of content and marketing for Disney+, told The Verge at a recent media day in New York there aren’t any plans to bring the two movies over to Disney+. Although both Tom Holland-led Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, were co-produced by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, the rights belong to Sony. That makes it infinitely more difficult for Disney to bring the movies over to its own streaming service. “We love our friends at Sony, but we don’t have any plans to have the live-action Spider-Man movies on Disney+ ” Strauss said. “We will have all the Spider-Man animated shows that we did so they’ll be on there under the Marvel banner. But who knows what can … [Read more...] about Disney doesn’t have plans to bring live-action Spider-Man movies to Disney+
We've waited over a year to see KSI and Logan Paul step into a boxing ring for their rematch, but tonight is finally the night. After the epic draw they fought out last year, we'll see who truly deserves to be crowned the YouTube king of boxing. Don't want to miss any of the action? Read on to find out how to watch a KSI vs Logan Paul live stream - no matter where in the world you are.Last year, 18,000 devoted fans came to watch as America fought Great Britain in one of the biggest events ever organised by YouTubers.KSI vs Logan Paul - where and when's the fight?The huge rematch between these two YouTubers will go down at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles tonight.The fight will be kicking off at around 8pm local time (11pm ET), which means the time to tune in for supporters over in the UK will be a very early 4am on Sunday morning.Streamed by hundreds of thousands of fans, it was a fight as well watched as the top UFC and boxing fights in history - but are you ready for KSI vs Logan … [Read more...] about KSI vs Logan Paul 2 live stream: how to watch tonight’s big boxing match online from anywhere