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Courtesy of Gemstone Lights

Dec. 01, 2020 | Stefan Strangman

How to deck your halls, permanently, with year-round LED lights

For many, this is the time of year for decorating the tree, hanging stockings, baking delicious goodies and, finally, climbing a ladder to the roof to complete the most frustrating (and, perhaps, dangerous) holiday task: putting up outdoor lights.

Regardless of your thoughts on how soon is too soon for setup, hanging Christmas lights remains one of the most inconvenient tasks in a homeowner's holiday checklist. However, in recent years, permanent outdoor smart lights have been surging in popularity. These lights, controlled via smartphone apps and installed by professionals, can significantly outlast standard holiday lights and provide more versatility for use in all seasons.

At completion, SOLA will boast 172 condo units – all equipped with smart-home automation.
Courtesy of Ocgrow Group of Companies

Oct. 26, 2020 | Josh Skapin

New Kensington condo development innovates with commitment to smart technology

Calgary's condo market may be mired in a bit of a slump, but developers are still finding ways to make their latest offerings stand out.

This is what Ocgrow Group of Companies has done with SOLA, the company's new development in inner-city Kensington that will boast 172 condo units – all equipped with smart-home automation.

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Oct. 13, 2020 | Stefan Strangman

How to choose the right home security system for your needs and budget

Choosing a home security system can seem daunting. There are as many different options to protect your property as there are styles of home construction.

The advent of integrated smart homes mean that DIY setups are increasingly common, leading professional services to expand their features and lower their prices. Modern security systems don't just monitor for break-ins, either – many systems contain a variety of sensors that can detect everything from a carbon monoxide leak to a flood in the basement.

An example of a home that has been virtually staged. 
Courtesy of Urban Measure

July 27, 2020 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Virtual staging provides right mix of price and results for some home sellers

Real estate experts have long touted the importance of properly staging a property to look its best when selling, and now a high-tech option has joined the ranks of traditional home stagers.

Courtesy Jayman Built

April 03, 2020 | Natalie Noble

Calgary's new-build homes innovate for safer, smarter and greener living

Smart and green technologies recently considered luxuries are becoming increasingly important to Calgary homebuyers, and the city's homebuilders have taken this to heart.

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Jan. 24, 2020 | Josh Skapin

Data defence: Smart home devices demand caution

Smart home technologies provide a quick and simple solution for a range of tasks. But is this trade-off for a snap-of-the-fingers convenience creating a strain elsewhere?

Security vulnerabilities within some devices, or at least the way in which they are set up, may be keeping the door ajar, allowing access for cyber criminals.

A Meural digital canvas can display famous artwork, or your own photos.
Courtesy Best Buy

May 16, 2018 | Gerald Vander Pyl

The future is now

How to control almost everything in your home with your phone

Want to have the coolest home on the block? Then fill it with all the latest smart home devices.

"A lot of people are familiar with smart home, and they have bits and pieces of it, but are looking at expanding," said Steven Toews, general manager of Best Buy's Deerfoot Meadows location.

According to Toews, smart lighting is the top-selling smart home category.

Before you spend your hard-earned money on paint, explore colour options with TapPainter.

April 18, 2018 | Kevin Brown

High-tech home improvement

The top home renovation apps for your next project

When searching for new property listings, we all know to turn to realtor.ca. But where do you go for support when starting a home improvement project? Before you roll up your sleeves or slip on your work boots, go high-tech with these top home improvement and renovation apps.
Woman rides her bike with a smartwatch heart rate monitor.

Feb. 10, 2017 | Miles Durie

Techno Training

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Wearable tech has the potential to revolutionize your physical fitness


We humans are great at finding shortcuts, simple solutions and quick fixes. We instinctively avoid doing things the hard way. This drive has spurred amazing innovations in areas from transportation to telecommunications and automation. Everything from the wheel to the silicon chip has sprung from our need to avoid work.


But there's a downside: the easier we make our lives, the less active we are and the more difficult it becomes to stay physically fit. And even though we all know there's no magic bullet that will make us fit, strong and healthy, that doesn't stop us from looking for one.


According to Toronto-based Convergence Consulting Group, almost 26 per cent of Canadian households today do not have a traditional TV subscription.

Jan. 28, 2017 | Miles Durie

CUTTING THE CORD

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More Canadian homes are abandoning conventional TV services

If you're the New Year's resolution-making type — and more than half of us are, statistically speaking — it's likely that better financial decision-making is one of your goals for 2017.


You're not alone; spending less money was one of the top three resolutions in a survey done earlier this month by the Statistic Brain Research Institute in the U.S.


So it follows that you'd be interested in saving anywhere from around $50 to $100-plus a month by making a simple change that would have virtually no impact on your quality of life, right?


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