New smart home designs will come with dead zone-free Wi-Fi and Alexa

June 16, 2017

You can now have a Wi-Fi network built right into your home.Image: Shutterstock / asharkyu The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes. Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as plumbing and electricity. But as our houses continue to be…

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Look around Tokyo and you can still see the concrete legacy left by the 1964 Olympics and the subsequent economic “miracle.” Wood can change that, says the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 Games. Using Japanese lumber for the centerpiece venue, Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime…

May 24, 2017
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Apple spotlights how accessible tech helps people with disabilities thrive

Meera Phillips types a message to friends on her iPad using text-to-speech technology.Image: Courtesy of Apple There’s something undeniably special in the way Meera Phillips looks at you when you speak. It’s as if your words are the only words that will ever matter, whether you’re talking about something silly or something serious. The 15-year-old knows the value of hearing what people say. That’s because she’s used to not being…

May 19, 2017
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