Swedish furniture giant Ikea is getting smart, establishing a division dedicated to coming up with smart home solutions and collaborating with tech companies to create future homes. The new division, the Ikea Home Smart Business Unit, would be in charge of developing smart home technology like wireless charging, smart lighting and smart speakers in collaborations with companies like American consumer electronics company Sonos. Ikea Sweden Home Smart Business Unit head Björn Block says the company wants to continue to offer products for a better life at home going forward and to do so, it needs to explore products and solutions beyond conventional home furnishing. Ikea had begun incorporating digital elements into its furniture since 2012, though it only did so on a project-to-project basis. Most recently it launched its own ecosystem and app for smart lighting, originally called Tradfri, which was later changed to something easier to pronounce in English - the Ikea Home Smart … [Read more...] about Ikea wants you to assemble your own smart home too
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Among the international journalists in the National Stadium press box, the initial confusion soon gave way to muttered questions. Why are they booing Ashley Young? Did he foul someone? Why are they booing his every touch? Why is a stadium filled with Manchester United fans booing a Manchester United player in a pre-season friendly against Inter Milan? That's the most awkward question. It's the one with the most uncomfortable answers for United supporters who condoned the abuse and for a schizophrenic nation using a friendly between two foreign clubs at the International Champions Cup (ICC) to showcase its sports culture. The fact that international journalists focused on the unwarranted abuse and much of the local coverage highlighted the glittery spectacle shows different audiences with different agendas. And the English Premier League obviously covets both. In the UK, the EPL still needs local support to provide the surround-sound atmosphere for cable TV packages, but needs overseas … [Read more...] about Neil Humphreys: You don’t boo your own in pre-season
Jakarta. Developers and banks are now competing with each other to offer programs that can make housing more affordable for millennials. Owning your own home at a relatively young age may soon become less of a dream than a real possibility. Data from Bank Indonesia, the central bank, have shown an increasing number of debtors between the ages of 26 and 35 since 2014. Millennials within that age group have been mortgaging both landed houses and flats of up to 70 square meters. Young debtors started dominating the market for apartments in 2018. They now make up 35 percent of total mortgage borrowers. The data indicate millennials make up a strong target market in the housing sector. Unfortunately, access to mortgage is still restrictive: only 40 percent of Indonesian millennials have it. Two main things stand in the way between millennials and home ownership: low purchasing power from a … [Read more...] about Owning Your Own Home at a Young Age, Why Not?
The thrill of building your own PC may have faded somewhat with the popularity of laptops. But nothing quite beats the control and feeling of setting up a gaming machine with your own hands. If this is new to you, we outline the key components that you will need. MOTHERBOARD AND MICROPROCESSOR (CPU) Also known as the CPU, the microprocessor sits at the heart of every computer. It fits into a dedicated socket on the motherboard, which is a large circuit board measuring around 20cm to 30cm along each side - though it can be slightly smaller or larger. You can opt for an Intel or AMD CPU, and either will work with mainstream operating systems such as Windows 10 or Linux. The CPU is where things can get a bit confusing to newcomers, as both Intel and AMD offer different families of CPUs designed for typical consumers and gamers, professional "workstations" for users that require additional horsepower (such as rendering AutoCAD drawings), and to power servers in data centres. For gaming, an … [Read more...] about How to build your own gaming PC: All you need to know
By Caitlin Kenny The Kit Tues., May 14, 2019 Ever find yourself dreaming of a side hustle? Or maybe you’re already grinding it out for your fledgling company. Starting your own business promises a fun, exciting career — but getting there isn’t easy, a truth known well by Canada’s top female founders. Here, the minds behind Mejuri, Nudestix, Moroccanoil, Therma Kota and Michi share their best advice on how to be an entrepreneur in the fashion and beauty industry. Mejuri co-founder Noura Sakkijha The backstory: It was natural for Jordan-born Noura Sakkijha to get into the fine jewelry game, with her parents and grandparents already in the biz. But that’s where she split with the traditional: She set her sights on shaking up the industry. “Usually, jewelry brands talk to men buying for women; collections are barely refreshed throughout the year; and there is this huge assumption that jewelry is a purchase that requires an … [Read more...] about Want to start your own biz? These founders have advice