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CES 2017 Tuesday: CES Unveiled’s Smart Home, Wearable Tech, Focus



CES Unveiled is the Consumer Technology Association’s annual (CES 2017) press preview event, where many vendors (some representing startups, and other from established firms) present products so new they have not hit the market, and will not until the middle of this year. Because of that, CES Unveiled is a kind of real, live look at the short term consumer tech future. And by all indications, that focuses on something called ‘The Smart Home” as well as “Wearable Tech” (Zennie Abraham’s Zennie62 coverage sponsored by The Oakland Post and Sigma Technologies Global.)


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First, I define “The Smart Home” not as “a home or building, usually a new one, that is equipped with special structured wiring to enable occupants to remotely control or program an array of automated home electronic devices by entering a single command.” But a home that has electronically-controlled devices that can be enabled without touch. CES Unveiled was replete with such products, like Maximus Smartphone Connected Lighting For The Home #CES2017.



The light that Maximus’ Mark Honeycutt introduced is perfectly designed for homes in any place where home invasions are a problem. Say someone drives up to your garage door, but you can’t see them because of the layout of your home. The Maximus Smartphone Connected Light not only comes on when the person drives up, but turns on a built-in video camera and simultaneously calls your smartphone to alert you that someone has arrived, and shows you the video! This is a must have, especially in towns like Fayetteville, Georgia, where the elderly are rightfully fearful of unwanted visitors.





The Maximus smart light was joined at CES Unveiled by the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting For The Home. This is “completely connectable to any mobile device” and allows one to connect, for example, lights at home so that they can be turned on and off with a smartphone.





And still yet another Smart Home product was presented by Sengled and its Sengled Smart Lighting Company offerings at CES. The one presented in the vlog below is a blub that pipes music from your smartphone to a room via speakers and electronics built right into the blub itself. Not kidding.





Smart Home apps were matched in number by Wearable Tech products. The weirdest offering at CES Unveiled’s one I elected to not video or photo – a pair of shorts specially designed to “hold up” a man’s privates. As I walked into the ballroom at Mandalay Bay Hotel where CES Unveiled was being staged, there was some white guy modeling the shorts to what happened to be a small group of women standing near the entrance. I kept walking; my lady friend Nina told me about it later.



Much more tolerable was the Elancyl Anti-Cellulite app from France. The makers used a computer mouse design as the basis for something that is to be rolled over the areas on a body that have cellulite, while its rotors grab and lift the unwanted skin. Sensors built in to the mouse feed data to an output page containing charts and graphs of progress in the woman’s fight against cellulite.





Another neat wearable tech device was modeled by Miss Deaf Tennessee for Oitcon. It’s an internet-connected hearing aide that is barely visible to the eye. An Amazing product.





Then there were products that were not Smart Home or Wearable Tech, like the Klaxoon Presentation Training App. This product from the European Union was featured at Zennie62 on YouTube in 2016 when it had 15 employees – now it has over 100 in less than a year! Klaxon “is a collection of great ideas that facilitate interactivity within a group. Based on your content, you can propose simple, playful and effective activities: quizzes, surveys, challenges, brainstorming activities, live messaging, and other ways to engage students in training.





And then there’s the near-micro-devices of MOCACare, featuring MOCAHeart. MOCAHeart was the focus of a successful kickstarter campaign in 2014. It was was made by a group managed by Naama Stauber and Dr.Daniel Hong, formerly a doctor at National Taiwan University Hospital.





And we have the Immotor Electric Scooter Portable At CES 2017. This is something that would make Tony Stark proud!





Overall, CES Unveiled was, once again, a great window into the near-future of tech. Stay tuned for more from Zennie62 on YouTube and here at The Oakland Post.

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How to Use Credit Wisely

(NewsUSA) – As the holiday season approaches, more people are out shopping, searching crowded stores and online promotions for the best discounts, and using their credit cards to pay for it all. But beware the financial dangers of credit use — how you pay for these deals could safeguard your budget or lead to debt. […]
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A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional can help you guard against costly credit mistakes, paving the way for a financially sound festive season and beyond. Learn more about how to use credit in a way that works for you with the insights below.

Choose Your Credit Card Wisely

Whether you’re shopping for holiday gifts or purchasing necessities like groceries, the credit card you use can make a big difference. There are several factors to consider:

  • Interest Rates. Rates generally run from 21-33%. The standard bank card charges at the low end of the range, and retailer credit cards (those typically with the store’s name on them) charge as much as 33%.
  • Cash Back. Among the best deals are bank cards that offer cash back ranging from 1-4% of your purchase.
  • Rewards Points. Some cards have rewards programs where you earn points that you can redeem for products or services. They may seem attractive but are worthwhile only if you’re actually interested in the rewards offered.
  • Cash Discounts. While retailer credit cards have the highest rates, some offer big cash discounts at the point of purchase. That may be the only time they’re worth using.

Improving Your Credit Score

Boosting your credit score can help you qualify for the lowest available interest rates on auto loans, personal loans and mortgages. If you can, pay the full balance when your credit card bill arrives. But most importantly, never miss a payment. Paying on time not only avoids late fees, but also is a key factor in improving your credit score. The easy way to ensure timely payment is to set up automatic online payments.

A CFP® professional can help you develop other strategies to save money while improving your credit profile, including the following:

Establishing Credit

Lenders offer credit to people with a long and reliable credit history. Most young adults don’t have one. There are various ways to obtain credit, but steer clear of debit cards that claim they can help you build a credit history. When you consider the costs and requirements, they’re usually no bargain. You have better and cheaper options for establishing credit. Here are three of them:

  • Get a secured credit card.
  • If you have a student loan, make sure you’re up-to-date with payments.
  • If you pay rent, ask your landlord to report your on-time payments to the credit bureaus.

The choices we make in managing credit can have a lasting impact on our financial journey. As you navigate the complex credit landscape, remember that CFP® professionals can offer tailored guidance for your unique circumstances. Whether it’s identifying strategic debt payments, exploring balance transfer options or establishing credit responsibly, a CFP® professional can provide a roadmap for achieving your financial goals. Find a CFP® professional today.

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Oakland Post: Week of November 22 – 28, 2023

The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post: Week of November 22 – 28, 2023



The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post: Week of November 22 - 28, 2023

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Acura ZDX Type S features

LA Auto Show was the venus for the Acura ZDX Type S details.
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LA Auto Show was the venus for the Acura ZDX Type S details.

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