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Alexa for Residential gives landlords a way to offer ‘smart’ rentals

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Amazon envisions a future in which its Alexa digital assistant is available in many homes, including rentals. The company has introduced Alexa for Residential, a new solution for property owners and managers who want to offer their buyers and renters ‘smart’ experiences, including voice-controlled lighting, appliances, and entertainment. of course, such applications would raise some important privacy questions.

Anyone who has used Alexa is likely familiar with how Alexa for Residential works — the solution would simply ensure the connected items needed for a smart home are available in the property for the buyer or renter to enjoy. Property managers would work with solution providers to implement Alexa-enabled systems in their property.

This could include, for example, things like connected thermostats, light bulbs, and speakers. As well, property managers could ensure some Alexa skills are pre-enabled, such as one designed specifically for residents who want to, for example, check their account or submit a request.

Because these devices are set up and configured ahead of time, residents wouldn’t need to acquire and install the devices themselves — something that would likely be most appealing to the elderly and anyone who isn’t comfortable setting up devices on their own. As well, property managers would be the ones tasked with resetting the devices after the existing tenant moves out.

Amazon is connecting interested property managers with solution providers, and is also accepting requests from companies that want to become an Alexa for Residential solution provider. Existing providers who are already on board include Sentient Property Systems, IOTAS, and Stratis.

Of course, this does bring up a point of concern for some people — what about those who aren’t interested in smart devices and who would rather live in a ‘dumb’ home? Having a house filled with microphones is unappealing to some people who may be uncomfortable giving Amazon that much access to their home and habits. For its part, Amazon stresses its privacy and security features, pointing potential users to this support page.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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