Home Security Equipment is Going Mobile–What You Need to Know

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As mobile technology becomes a bigger and bigger part of our everyday lives, it shouldn’t be surprising that this technology is being adapted for home security. By using an app on a mobile device (like a phone or tablet), it is possible to obtain a level of remote control over your security system that has never before been possible. You can literally sit in a chair from miles away and control your security cameras, alarms, and anything else you might have installed.  

Smart Home Security Systems

To control your home security system with a single app, you will need to invest in a package deal which is commonly called a smart home security system. There are many options in this department, but here is a short list of things that you should look for in a security system of this type:

GPS Location Tracking

Most mobile devices contain some form of GPS tracking, usually in the form of a “maps” app. These apps are sometimes integrated with home security systems. Several mobile apps, including those that are integrated with home security systems, now include the option to share your location with family members, get help through SOS emergency response, and receive roadside assistance.

However, there are some definite security concerns here. The same app that allows you to track your children (for instance) could also be used by a hacker to track them down. Also, if these apps are tied to your security system, it could allow a hacker to gain control of that as well. These kinds of apps can be beneficial, but you have to be careful with them.

Do You Need a Monitoring Service?

Some home security systems provide monitoring services. This means that the police, fire department, and/or EMS will automatically be called if the device alerts them of a potential situation.

This level of security can be especially useful if you live in a high-crime area. This handy reference website (for US areas) should help you to start your research on what kinds of crimes are common in your area.

It’s a good idea to research the crime rates in your area as thoroughly as possible. This is a good way to determine how serious your security system will need to be.

System Hardware

Every kit is different, but you should begin by counting the number of windows and doors in your home. You need to make sure that you have enough sensors to cover all of these potential entry points. If someone trespasses in your home, they are unlikely to break through the wall, so these are the most critical areas to watch.

Ordinarily, a kit will contain a set of motion sensors, at least one camera, and a hub unit to control the whole system. These kits may also contain smart locks that can be engaged and disengaged remotely, and/or smart garage door openers.

Thief-Proofing Your Home

While a smart home security system is a great idea, you should not neglect some of the other things that you can do to make your home and your family a little bit safer. Here is a short list:

Drawbacks to Smart Security

The biggest problem by far is the fact that hackers can potentially gain access to your security system. If steps are not taken to prevent hackers from doing so, they are perfectly able to hack into most smartphones. If your phone is tied to your security system, they can gain access in that way and do whatever they want.

The concept of using mobile technology to control a home security system could be with some security risks, but the same can be said of any new technology. By going into the situation with a little bit of knowledge, you can achieve the level of security that you and your family deserve.

There’s a new Minecraft game coming, and it’s played entirely in augmented reality

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You can build on your table, then deploy your build full-size on your street.

Microsoft may believe it has made augmented reality’s killer app: the just-announced Minecraft Earth for iOS and Android.

AR on mobile devices may carry tremendous potential, but it’s easy enough to argue that the mainstream value proposition hasn’t arrived yet. Pokémon Go is probably the most oft-cited “killer app” for AR, but it’s only barely a true AR app. And there are some neat shopping apps and educational tools (from Warby Parker and Ikea, for example), but none of them have made a big dent in the mainstream consciousness.

Minecraft Earth runs on Azure PlayFab, a platform used by various game developers for multiplayer experiences. According to Engadget’s Devindra Hardawar, who got some hands-on time with the game, the game “relies on Open Street Maps for basic mapping data, as well as Azure Spatial Anchors to keep track of all the players.” Also, Windows Central has a deep-dive on the various gameplay elements.

Microsoft says a “limited beta” will begin in the summer but hasn’t yet indicated when the public launch will happen. The company did, however, clarify in its FAQ that Minecraft Earth will be free to play on both iOS and Android, but without any loot boxes. That said, we don’t know anything about this game’s pricing structure, and free-to-play games range from fair to outrageous. So we’ll have to wait and see.

This post by SAMUEL AXON originally appeared on arstechnica.

The Stadium Of The Future

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Emerging technologies also promise to improve the experience for fans inside the stadium. In the past, that would have simply meant making sure everyone had a good view of the big screen, but the ubiquity of smartphones means new sports arenas are being designed with at-seat connectivity in mind.

Already, smartphones are bringing some of the perks that armchair viewers have enjoyed for years to those in the stadium.

Beyond that, augmented reality will be able to provide real-time data on the game to fans via their smartphone. A trial of Apple’s ARKit allows fans at select Major League Baseball stadiums to point their smartphone camera at a player out on the field and get instant information about their abilities and statistics.

National arenas such as Wembley Stadium have bespoke apps to help fans find their way around on matchdays. At Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, home of NFL team the 49ers since 2014, a network of 1,700 Bluetooth beacons pairs with the stadium’s mobile app to help fans find their seat, their friends or the quickest way back to their car.

Through the app, fans in search of a half-time drink can track down the concession stands with the shortest queues, or simply order something to be delivered to their seat. Eventually, smart glasses could bring this information into augmented reality, presenting it as a simple overlay on whatever the wearer is looking at in the real world.

As well as improving the fan experience, emerging technologies such as holograms and augmented reality (AR) can help build fan engagement. Xperiel is one company using AR to gamify the live sport experience. Instead of a t-shirt cannon at basketball games, virtual prizes can be launched from the big screen in the centre of the arena that fans can catch with their phones.

This post originally written by and appeared on The Economist.

4 Tools for Analytics Your Business Should Take Advantage Of

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It is a given that any business needs to collect data about their business, their customers and their exposure. But just the simple act of accumulating data is useless unless you understand the implications of this information. This is where business analytics comes into play. Business data analytics is the process of answering the questions of what happened, why something happened, what is likely to happen, and what actions to take based on these events. This can be a time-consuming and complex task, but, fortunately, there are several good business analytics applications to streamline this undertaking.

Amplitude

Amplitude is an analytics service that seeks to streamline and simplify the collection and analysis of user behavior. By focusing on the key metrics of user conversion, retention, and engagement, Amplitude measures these metrics using a base formula of breadth (number of users), frequency (uses over a time period), and depth (how much use). Clients of Amplitude find it very useful to break down data into understandable parts in order to help them attract and retain more customers.

Elasticsearch

With Elasticsearch, you can search and analyze data in real time through the user-friendly interface. One manner in which it aides in data retrieval is this ability to monitor and analyze data every day as it occurs. Elasticsearch also has an active development and third-party support community. This analytics tool is scalable and distributable, and users can add as many or as few modules to the application, depending on their needs.

Mixpanel

Mixpanel is an excellent tool for analyzing mobile users’ data. The simple and elegant interface allows users to input data point ranges for various user behavior metrics, without the user having to use any code. It is especially useful for event tracking and is also great for retention and engagement analysis.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a powerful tool when it comes to analyzing user data. Google Analytics is designed to work with Google’s existing products, which helps you understand the types of customers you need to reach. The interface is simple and easy to use and utilizes the ability to adapt to evolving machine environments.

Data analysis does not have to a mysterious and difficult endeavor. By using readily available tools, you can harness the power of data and make it work for you. Attract more customers and keep them when they come. By understanding your users, you can help your business and help your customers as well.

We at Joy Aether here had used many of these tools to help our customers’ apps to gather and analyze data. For all your mobile app needs, let Joy Aether help!

3 Technologies That Are Rapidly Changing the Business Landscape

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Every day, technical geniuses are constantly updating, changing, and developing new software for businesses to utilize in their day-to-day. It is essential that companies know and understand these changes and new technologies to make sure that they can stay competitive with their competition. There are a few types of technologies that are rapidly changing, and below are three of the technologies growing the fastest.

Mobile Apps

In today’s world, just about everyone has a smartphone that they use on a daily basis, and companies have had to adjust with creating mobile apps to keep up with their customers and their interests. Some people even do machine learning from their smartphones, which allows them to take classes or learn different things from anywhere. In the past, customers and clients had to go to stores to interact with businesses. Then, they could hop online and get in contact with their favorite businesses from their home computers, but now, they want to be able to access their favorite businesses on the go, which is why mobile apps have had such a large impact on business landscapes.

AR/VR

Everyone wants to be able to interact with their favorite businesses, and VR and AR are two of the most recent ways to allow customers and clients to interact on a personal level with their favorite companies from the comfort of their own home and on the go. Augmented reality is especially important because it provides an interactive feature to company websites and mobile apps. Businesses, like schools and universities, use VR as a promotion tool for their campuses. It allows their students to interact with their website, and it helps to promote the atmosphere of the school to prospective students. However, VR and AR can be used by businesses in all kinds of industries to connect better with their clients.

Artificial Intelligence

AI use to be a thing of science fiction, but that is no longer the case. There are countless AI types of software that can help businesses keep up with their competition without the constant threat of human error. AI systems are designed to find and see things that the human eye might miss on a glance. By combining AI with an understanding of business analytics, companies can make data-driven decisions that predict both market and individual consumer behavior.

Overall, the world of technology is always changing, and the business world has to keep up with new technologies in order to keep up with the interests of their customers. Things like VR, AR, and mobile apps allow them to still connect on a personal level with customers even without the face to face interactions, and AI interfaces have made it easier for businesses to keep up with what their customers are wanting.

Lego Hidden Side uses ‘haunted’ toys to advance AR on Android and Ios

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Though Apple and Google both improved their augmented reality tools for developers last year, AR didn’t have a particularly strong 2018, as consumers largely shrugged off new AR apps and hardware. But the Lego Group announced an intriguing new initiative today: a collection of eight “haunted” building sets that can be enjoyed by themselves, or paired with a new AR app that adds spooky virtual elements to explore.

All set in the town of Newbury, the Lego Hidden Side sets will range in price from $20 to $130, with models including a bus, graveyard, and schoolhouse. In physical form, the models will be seen as they appear by day, while the AR app will show them infested with ghosts at night.

Lego’s free Hidden Side app lets kids choose between one of two characters to explore the sets from a first-person perspective, using Android or iOS devices to discover and capture the virtual ghosts. The AR app will prompt kids to discover new parts of the real-world models, and change the AR experience as kids physically manipulate the sets.

“At our core we focus on tactile building,” explained Lego SVP Tom Donaldson, “but AR presents opportunities to enhance physical LEGO play with new action and mastery elements. We’re breaking the mold of gaming-first AR play experiences to create a new type of play where the physical world actually influences the AR layer, instead of the other way around.”

Lego Hidden Side builds on the Lego AR Playgrounds initiative announced at Apple’s 2018 WWDC. After showing a prototype on stage with impressive but largely cosmetic interactions between a Lego set and an iOS app, the company released Lego Ninjago AR playsets as “early experiments” to see how AR could enhance physical play.

The Lego Group says Hidden Side will be the first time it introduces a play theme as a service, with promises to keep adding new challenges, ghosts, and randomized gameplay to the app to keep it fresh. Kids will also be able to play several small games inside the Hidden Side app without using building sets.

The Hidden Side sets will hit stores around the world in late summer. iOS and Android apps are planned to hit the App Store and Google Play for free at the same time.

This post by Jeremy Horwitz originally appeared on VentureBeat.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys will arrive alongside an augmented reality scavenger hunt

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Retail x Toy x Augmented Reality – A perfect combination, and an upcoming trend! Star Wars is doing it. And, Joy Aether & SnapPop will be launching a deep-engagement toy marketing campaign, for 20+ toy brands in the next 2 months, stay tuned!

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The Internet of Things: An Introductory Tutorial Series

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In this series of post, the author will be presenting a set of Internet of Things technologies and applications in the form of tutorial in chapter form. Basic concepts are covered with an approachable style, not heaped in technical terms.

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How to differentiate between virtual and augmented reality

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People are already confused about virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), 360-degree video and heads-up displays. It will get worse before it gets better.

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Qualcomm’s new depth-sensing camera tech is designed for VR and face scanning

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Qualcomm’s Spectra Module camera program is getting a few key new members set to arrive in the latest generation of Android handset. Most notable among the..

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