The technological advancement in home improvement

We are fortunate enough to be living in a technology boom. Ten years ago, tech like the iPhone and motion sensor gaming were unthinkable.

The best part of it is that advancements in technology aren’t just isolated to consumer goods — home improvement is now greatly led and influenced by technology. So much so that you can now purchase certain smart home systems that will allow you to turn your bath on from your car on the commute home.

In the following paragraphs we’ll discuss how technological advancements have enabled home improvement projects to push the boundaries and provide homeowners with their dream place to live.

Computer aided design

Gone are the days when an architect had to spend endless hours with a pencil to draft out their ideas and then pick up the hot glue gun to produce a scale model of a structure. No, thanks to technology this can all be done on a computer.

You can design everything from the interior of the home to the actual structure of the building itself. As a result, you have a far better idea of what the finished product will look like.


Let’s face it, a model that looks like it has been made out of materials from the local textiles shop will do but it doesn’t compare to a computer design that allows you to virtually walk-through the building before one brick has even been laid.

A perfect example of CAD software is autokitchen, which is used by architects and designers to create a virtual mock-up of a new kitchen for a client. The software can even take the current image of a kitchen and show clients what a certain type of flooring or light fitting could look like should they decide to purchase it.

You might also want to invest in a beautiful modern sofa, but you are worried that it won’t fit in with your décor at home. Well there are now free virtual reality apps that you can download straight to your phone. All you’ll need to do is take a picture of your living room and then you can ‘drop’ your new sofa right into it on your screen.

CAD really can help to eliminate any nasty visual surprises during a home improvement project, so homeowners can rest easy knowing that they will love the finished product.

Smart home technology

As we touched on at the beginning of the article, smart home systems are becoming extremely popular.

Due to the advancements in technology it is no longer only ‘rich’ people who can afford the systems meaning that smart homes are more mainstream than ever.

Through smart home technology you can automate your home to the point that it feels like you are living in a computer. Whether you want to do something simple like control the music in different rooms from one remote or something more complex like being able to control your home lighting system whilst abroad, it is all possible through smart home technology.

Companies like Control4 have even developed their systems to the point that they are compatible with most tablets and mobile phones, so you’ll be able to literally control everything in your house for the device that you use on a daily (if not hourly) basis.

Going green

There is very much an emphasis on going green and reducing our overall carbon footprint. It has now got to the point where there are a number of systems that you can purchase to help make your home “greener.”

You can install solar panels on your roof to harness the energy of the sun to produce electricity for your home and even take heat out of the ground using what is known as a ground source heat pump. Not only will systems such as these reduce your carbon footprint, they can also help lower your monthly bills, and that can never be a bad thing.

Technology has already helped us to make great strives in the home development industry and this will only continue to be the case with tech firms always challenging themselves to push the boundaries.

Microsoft May Allow Windows 10 to Run Android Apps

Microsoft may still allow Android apps to run on its Windows 10 operating system next year. However, spokespeople have announced that it will only be a last resort. There is hope that allowing the Android apps to run will encourage more people to invest in a Windows phone or tablet.

Most apps are either available for Android or iOS users. Most developers decided that creating something for the Windows phones are just a waste of time. There is not enough demand for them. However, Microsoft notices that there is a gap in the market, and would like to encourage developers to take advantage of that. It does mean trying to appease the market in a different way.


Windows remains to be the most popular operating system for desktop computers around the world. However, the tech giant is still struggling to break into the mobile market. It may be possible for the company to focus on the desktop and work through that to get more developers on the mobile devices. This is certainly becoming more and more possible thanks to the Windows operating system looking more like the mobile version.

Windows 10 is expected to keep the block view, although there will be a desktop version for those who prefer the original layout. The initial plan is to use the layout to get developers to create apps for the desktops. These can then be universal apps and work on the mobile devices at the same time.

If this does fail, the option to run Android apps on Windows 10 will be something that Microsoft considers. The issue is that very few developers will create Windows apps if there is the option to download the Google operating system apps instead. It would mean the small enthusiasm for the platform already here would dwindle to virtually nothing. Why would anybody care about Windows when they have the more popular Android?

It makes sense for Microsoft to attempt to grow its own apps first. However, it could be too little too late. The iOS and Android market is already extremely competitive. This may not be enough to get some sort of foothold in the competition. It may not be enough to get developers interested in creating Windows apps.

Microsoft certainly has its work cut out for the company. There needs to be something appealing to encourage developers to create apps, when the love for the phones is still small.

There are some changes expected in 2015. Windows 10 is also expected to bring out a new default browser, moving away from Internet Explorer. So far, the name for this new browser is Spartan, but nothing has yet been confirmed. The aim is to encourage more people to download the Microsoft-owned browser, rather than using those from other companies. Chrome and Firefox remain to be the two preferred options for users around the world.

For the app market, utilizing the popularity of the desktop operating system may be the way to go. However, it seems Microsoft has not completely overruled the idea of allowing Android apps to run on the new Windows 10 operating system.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Eight Buyer Tips

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was released to the market last month and would-be owners need to know these eight buyer tips before getting the device. As the first smartphone to showcase the next generation curved display, it looks unique and classy. Shortly after its availability, the Web flooded with reviews and write-ups about the phablet which are summarized as follows:


It has an independent secondary screen on its left side – The main feature of the device is its edge screen, thus, the name. The edge screen that looks like a task bar gives users another way to engage with the smartphone, with handy access to favorite apps. This screen works on its own, and receives notifications even when the cover is closed, or the main screen is playing a video.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a Galaxy Note 4 carbon copy – The device is very identical to the Note 4, except for the curved edge. However, it has less metal and a higher price. Their internals match too, with very minimal differences.

The edge screen is what limits the metal in its build, as it requires some plastic instead. Though there is still the metal feel of shine and cold touch of its body, it is not as dominant as in the Note 4. It also costs about $140 more.

It applies Palm Rejection – The edge screen of the device does not mind unwanted screen touches and its display operations are not easy to be affected. Thanks to the Palm Rejection application, there is no need for users to be anxious about how easily they can activate the curved edge screen unintentionally. Samsung designs the curved edge to be sensitive only to touches from the S Pen, icon taps, as well as vertical and horizontal swipes.

The device has a Rotate 180 degrees feature – Since Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has an extended screen on its left side, it is ideal to be operated with the right hand. Concerns arise about using the device with the left hand. To solve that, the Note Edge has a feature called Rotate 180°, which allows the user to hold the phone upside down and the interface will flip accordingly.

It is notable though that the 5.6-inch smartphone that weighs 174 grams is big and hence, difficult to use with one hand. Ideally, the user uses his two hands with the Note Edge – one holding it, while the other is working with the screen or using the S Pen.

The smartphone comes with a smarter, powerful S Pen – It is not fair to miss its notable S Pen in the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge eight buyer tips. As a Note device, the Note Edge comes with a stylus pen and the package replicates the functions and the software of the Galaxy Note 4. The S Pen is enhanced that its touch and feel become like a real pen. Its advanced pressure sensitivity makes writing more precise.

The third-party panels on the side screen of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge are limited – The software that runs the curved screen of the device are called panels, and they are the keys of maximizing the screen’s potential. For now, most of its panels come from Samsung, and just a handful from third-parties like Twitter and Yahoo.

Its power button is placed on the top – While other smartphones position their power buttons on the side of the screen for ease of use, that is not possible with the Note Edge since it uses the edge for a secondary display. The OEM is also not putting it on the other side and places it on the top instead, which is kind of a disappointment. It is not much of a hassle when unlocking or turning the screen; but it is, when turning it off.

It is only available in black and white colors – The last but still significant of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge eight buyer tips is that, unlike the Note 4, it has no pink and gold models. Recently however, there are leaked information that the gold version of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is in the works.

Apple to Release iPhone 6s Mini Rumors

Rumor is, there are small hands that have a problem holding the new Apple iPhone 6 and find it impossible to hold the iPhone 6 Plus, so the Cupertino, California based smartphone company may be about to release the iPhone 6s mini. The s in the name will not stand for small, but is a standard moniker that Apple uses. However, users should realize that with small hands, a small phone from Apple would not have small features.

PC Magazine has reported that Apple is bringing back a 4-inch screen iPhone (think iPhone 5S) sometime next year. The thought is that it will be called the iPhone 6s Mini, taking on the same moniker as the company’s smallest computer, the Mac Mini and the small iPad, the iPad Mini.


Business Insider has indicated that Apple may actually release three new phones in 2015. It is normal for the smartphone maker to release an upgraded version of the latest offering before the next generation. First it was the 3G being upgraded to the 3Gs, then the iPhone 4 was replaced with the 4s and the 5 was ousted with the 5s. So, it is expected that there would be the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but now the idea of a smaller iPhone 6s Mini have people intrigued.

Not only would the phone be smaller, but it would also be cheaper. The indication is that the phone would be made with less expensive components than the full size and extra large 6 series phones. Some reviewers said that the 4-inch screen of the 5s, and the 5 it replaced was perfect for ones hand, the company may be looking to really make a grab for even more of the smartphone market.

Beyond the idea behind a smaller iPhone, Apple Insider is reporting that Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri has indicated that a larger iPad may be in the works. There has been speculation that there is a larger “Plus” iPad coming out, however, no one has seen the jumbo device yet. Arcuri believes that Apple could realistically sell as many as 20 million units of the iPad Plus.

Currently, many iPhone service providers are still carrying and selling the iPhone 5s. As the world gets closer to a potential iPhone 6s Mini release, they should keep an eye on the availability of the 5s models. If they suddenly disappear, it could be a clear indication that a smaller version of the iPhone 6 is on the way.

The thought is that the specs of the iPhone 6s Mini would be similar to the 5s. It would likely have the same design changes from the 5 series that the 6 introduced, like the curved edges of the screen.

However, this is just all rumors about Apple releasing a mini iPhone when the 6s series comes out. Arcuri, like many analysts, does not always get their guesses on what Apple will do correct. While Arcuri did correctly predict that the iPhone 6 would have a bigger screen, he incorrectly predicted that the iPhone 6 Plus would have a more powerful processor than the smaller 6 model.

Technology in 2015

Year 2014 has brought in many several mobile devices and as the year closes, the tech world wonders how technology in 2015 will look like. Analysts predict 2015 to be a year of bigger smartphones with more flexible designs and laptop functionalities; smarter homes and equipment, as well as more intelligent devices that will help humans make decisions.

Wearables will likely have their time in 2015. The first wearables connect to a smartphone through Bluetooth so the user can monitor his fitness levels and be able to control his camera and music player while peeking at maps and checking on messages on the small screen of the watch. They started to make their way in 2014, with high-profile launches from big names as manufacturers. In the near future, they are going to be among the innovative devices to be launched by huge consumer electronics companies.


The technology in 2015 will be filled with health stuff like smartwatches that track pulses and other gadgets that also monitor heart rate, such as ear buds. Fitness devices will go beyond just tracking steps. Diet apps may see whether the user gets enough protein, while medical practitioners will jump into the bandwagon. The doctor-patient tandem has a lot of inefficiencies that tech could nicely fill in.

Smart clothes will evolve medically. Sensors will be featured in hats and shirts to monitor the condition of the wearers, like those with epilepsy for instance. Clothing firms are beginning to consider their potential. It is expected bras, jackets and others will come with electrodes to send data to smartphones or other devices. IT research firm Gartner predicted that smart clothing’s sales will be from zero in 2014 to 26 million items in 2016.

Even homes will become smart too, with devices getting smarter, like the TVs, Sonos, smoke detectors and thermostats like those of Nest’s. While home security systems can detect suspicious people in and around the house, alerting the owner is good, but it is better to warn the neighborhood as well. Smart homes will be smarter when devices within them will start to talk to each other and to the neighbors. This is something to watch in technology in 2015 that will bring in more Internet of Things.

With all the advancement, so much data will be everywhere, and concerns about security will be topmost. Since notorious and damaging hack attacks were in the headlines this year, many expect companies to focus on system security to keep their internal data with utmost confidentiality. Cybercrimes not only cost millions of dollars, but the trust and confidence of the consumers that may cost firms their business. Technology in 2015 will be about more companies allocating meaningful budgets for the sake of data security.

Technology in 2015 will have several ways to pay, and this one needs the confidence of the public as well with regards to data security. Apple started to introduce Apple Pay, a convenient way of paying by turning the smartphone into a wallet. Since Apple Pay has already been accepted by a dozen of huge stores, it is likely to take leadership in this department.

Futuristic payment methods may have other names emerging like Plastc, Coin and Wocket cards, where debit, gift and credit cards are consolidated into a single device. While there is a lot to watch in the technology in 2015, the public may also see more acquisitions and mergers, as huge players typically are always looking for startups to complement what they already have.

Top 5 Apps for Finding Christmas Gift Deals and Discounts

The countdown to Christmas is rapidly approaching and luckily, there are some great apps that can make holiday shopping less stressful. The stores are packed, traffic is miserable, and people everywhere are driving themselves insane trying to check off items off their lists. Anyone who needs some last minute gift ideas with some tips to save need look no further. Check out these top five apps for finding Christmas gift deals and discounts.

RetailMeNot: RetailMeNot is a must-have app this holiday shopping season. This fantastic app has both online and in store coupons for over 50,000 retailers. It is one of the apps that allows users to search for the coupons they want for that special gift they are picking up, browse the hottest deals of the day, or simply check out what coupons other users are using. Not only does this app allow users to save loads of money, but it can give some helpful hints on gifts. The best part? All the coupons are stored in the phone, so no one has to worry about remembering to grab that stack of paper coupons before heading to the mall.


Red Laser: Red Laser is another out of a list of great apps that is going to help users save a lot of money this Christmas season. Once shopping lists are made, shoppers can head to the store to find that must-have item, and simply use Red Laser to scan the bar code of the item. This awesome app will then compare prices of the item online or at the nearest store to help users find the best price. Not only that, but even just opening the app inside the store reveals deals, discounts, coupons and rewards.

ISlick: Islick is an app that easily makes the list for top five gift deals and discounts. Islick offers users a community of thousands of people all over the nation that are searching and posting the best deals both online and in stores. Users can customize the app to what they are most interested in finding deals on, and as soon as the app is opened, the best deals on the chosen category for that day are available to view. This app is completely user friendly, and is designed to help find the best deals of the day.

Wanelo: This is one of the apps that millions of people across the nation use to find amazing deals on products every day. Waleno is simple to customize so users can easily find the items they want from little known boutiques, small businesses and major retailers. As users save the products they relate to the most, the app learns and begins to show the user more products geared to what they like. This is the app to download to save loads of time and money, and keep shopping organized in one place.

Amazon Local: Last but not least is Amazon Local, which is one of the best apps out there. This is the app to download if saving up to 75 percent on not only local businesses, but nationwide chains, sounds like a good plan. This app provides users with the little-known deals around town such as a favorite restaurant, to a favorite spa that is offering amazing discounts and gift cards. It also offers deals for the famous online and national chains everyone knows and loves. It can even help with hotel deals if users are traveling to visit family or friends this holiday season.

Everyone knows how stressful getting ready for the holiday season can be, so they should not ignore these top five apps for finding Christmas gift deals and discounts. They will not only save users money and time, but reduce the dreaded shopping frenzy that is here once again.

Apple iPhone 6 launch

Last year, when the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were all set to launch, the buzz was that Apple would finally launch an affordable smartphone. The jokes said, the C in the iPhone 5c would stand for cheap. But when the iPhone 5c was revealed, it was anything but cheap. Sure the phone was colourful and had a plastic polycarbonate back cover, the Rs 41,900 price tag with which it was launched in India made it anything but affordable.

As we had noted at the launch of the iPhone 5c, it was essentially the iPhone 5 in a polycarbonate body. The iPhone 5c had the same 4-inch screen, A6 chip as the iPhone 5, a slightly bigger battery than the iPhone 5, and the same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel camera on the front. In essence, Apple hadn’t really compromised on the build quality as many tech experts had noted that it felt like a premium product with Apple’s design essence remaining intact.


One year on, it’s pretty clear that a new version of the iPhone 5c is not happening. Apple is expected to launch two new versions, one with a 4.7-inch screen, another with a 5.5-inch screen and these are both premium level devices. As this video by Russian Youtube user, Rozetked had shown the iPhone 6 doesn’t look like a bulky device and is in fact thinner than the iPhone 5s. Also it’s an all metal-body. Not plastic body this time.

So how did the iPhone 5c do as device in terms of sales? As far as numbers are concerned, it’s quite a conflicting story. What is clear is that Apple sold more iPhone 5s premium devices than the iPhone 5c.

According to this Apple Insider report in the US, the iPhone 5s was the top selling smartphone for almost all US carriers and even though the iPhone 5c did terribly compared to the 5s, it did actually outsell a lot of other devices in the US. The report points to data collected by blogger JM Manness who said that the iPhone 5c sales numbers were 12.8 million in the winter quarter of 2013.

However a BusinessInsider report points out that according to data from Localytics the iPhone 5c makes only 8 percent of iPhones, falling behind even the iPhone 4.

So is the iPhone 5c going to come to an end? According to TechCrunch, simply because “it’s a ‘lower end’ device that packs older innards and Apple could easily drop it from the lineup to make room for a new ‘low end’ unit.”

Currently the low-end unit in the iPhone series is the iPhone 4S. And as the Localytics data also shows, it is the iPhone 5 which is still the most popular iPhone device in the market, just two percentage points ahead of the iPhone 5s. Now when Apple launched the iPhone 5s, it had discontinued the iPhone 5. If one were to go purely by the numbers, Apple could retain either the 5s or bring back the iPhone 5 as the new mid-tier device. In addition it could keep the 4S as the low-end device when the two new iPhones are launched. But let’s remember the iPhone 5 was a premium device and it’s unlikely that Apple would bring this back, not when the iPhone 5s is an option.

The iPhone 5c in such a scenario is the best bet for being the new low-end device. Currently it’s retailing at Rs 37,000 in India for the 16 GB version, while the iPhone 4S is available at close to Rs 20,000. If Apple starts selling the iPhone 5c at the price for the iPhone 4S, that would be quite a killer deal, since essentially it has all the same specs as the iPhone 5, but not the build. This is what makes it the perfect replacement for the iPhone 4S.

Either way, the end of the iPhone 5c also shows that for Apple the plastic and cheap experiment is never going to work. Apple devices have always had an exclusivity around them, and clearly with the assumption that the iPhone 5c was the ‘cheaper’ solution to the iPhone 5, fans weren’t interested in upgrading. Instead they just stuck to their iPhone 5.

LG Display 18 inch flexible OLED Display

LG Display showcase the world largest flexible/foldable OLED-Display.


The Display has a size from about 18 inch
it is a full colour display which is foldable and rollable, you can roll it into a tube that´s a mere 3cm across.
This is only a protoype and has a 1200×810 pixel resolution which is based on a new polyamide film on the back of the backplane. With the new material instead of plastic, LG can realize more flexibility and the panel is thinner.

About this information we informed you already, LG plans a Ultra HD flexible and transparent rollable Television device with mor than 60 inches in 2017, says the Head of R&D In-Byung Kang.