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Security trumps gadgets, home entertainment for smart home customers

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One way or the other, your home is going to get smarter. If you’re a tech enthusiast, and roughly one-third of us are,  it will happen sooner than later, but even “disenthusiasts” might agree about one thing: better security in the home is a good thing, and if “smart” means more secure, then they’re in. That’s what home technology company icontrol Networks reports after polling about one thousand consumers. They found that home owners are not as interested in having all kinds of gadgets connected in their personal internet of things as they are in home security. Nearly 90 per cent put personal and family security at the top of ... Read More »

Home appliance care: maintain appliances to extend their value

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Purchasing a condo is one of the biggest investments you make in a lifetime. Part of that significant investment includes the everyday appliances that care for your clothes, dishes and food. Whether your condo comes with brand new appliances or ones that have seen some use, all appliances can benefit from a little TLC to keep them at their best. Not only will regular maintenance on appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and laundry machines help them work better, it will also help extend their lifespan while improving efficiency. Here are a few simple tips to keep your appliances running smoothly for years to come. Clean inside and out One of the ... Read More »

Lack of communication threatens IT security: report

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It’s ironic that one of the biggest weaknesses threatening the security of the Internet, the world’s greatest communications system, is lack of communication. A new report on the state of the world’s IT security says that a lack of communication between IT security professionals and company executives is helping cybercriminals attack organizations around the world. While it may be natural for workers in any given field to believe that their bosses don’t give them the resources they need to do their jobs properly, there is widespread concern, the report says, that security systems aren’t keeping up with the criminals. The Ponemon Institute security survey highlights that “a lack of communication, education ... Read More »

Canadians haven’t been spending, interest rates stay put again

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Sports are good for the economy. Canadians are spending on home renovations and vacations, but not so much on flowers and groceries. It seems we would rather fix up the place and go away somewhere nice than shop for most things these days, according to the latest report on consumer spending from Moneris, the payment processing company. Even in ordinary times, Canadians like to hang out at sports bars and watch the game. When the big international sporting events like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup come along, we really hit the bars and restaurants. The Moneri Spending Report says that spending by Canadians in restaurants increased 12.4 per ... Read More »

Much ado about meeting: condo board found narrow and rigid

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What a lot of fuss over a meeting! And what a lot of trouble a condo board brought on itself because of an overly narrow and rigid interpretation of the rules. What should have been a perfectly routine bit of condo business between owners and their board ended up instead in the courts. What were they thinking? The Toronto board in question had informed the condo owners in the building that they planned to replace floor tiles in front of the building’s elevators. The cost was estimated at $72,000. The board advised the owners that, according to the Condominium Act, they had the right to request a special meeting to ... Read More »

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