Protect your smartphone from virtual burglars (1/18/2017)
Beware of malicious software (malware). Year-to-year, malware on Android devices rose 21% last year. On iPhones and other Apple devices, it rose 31%.
Why do buyers want smart homes? Safety and comfort (1/10/2017)
A survey found that few homeowners added technology to “keep up with the Joneses.” Most wanted safety and comfort, though 68% also hoped to save money.
$25,000 prize offered for fighting zombie botnets (1/6/2017)
How can we protect our smart home products – DVRs, coffee makers, nanny cams, etc. – from hacking? If you have the answer, the FTC will give you a $25,000.
New technology could limit drones’ flight paths (1/5/2017)
Is a listing within five miles of an airport? If so, drones might eventually have geofence software that makes it impossible to operate them within a no-fly zone.
Smart routers may protect easy-to-hack smart homes (1/4/2017)
In Oct., hackers easily hijacked low-security appliances, such as DVRs, but a new type of router – a home’s Internet gatekeeper – may offer some protection.
Orlando firm lands patent for custom text messages (12/20/2016)
Under the category “Why hasn’t someone invented this already?”, a tech firm has patented a system for sending personalized mass text messages to a customer list.
Fake email notices deliver malware, misery (12/12/2016)
Don’t fall for scammers’ latest trick: an email that says a package can’t be delivered. Clicking can allow them to steal credit card info or infect your computer.
Apple admits to iPhone battery problem (12/12/2016)
Does your iPhone mysteriously shut down when power drops to 30%? Apple says some 6s models need a fix, though others think some other models do too.
Realtors need to understand smart home technology (12/1/2016)
According to NAR’s first-ever smart-home report, 15% of Realtors say buyers are already asking specific questions about smart-home home technology.
Keeping up with tech: 3 online trends in 2017 (11/16/2016)
From augmented reality to live video streaming, real estate agents will find fresh ways to reach customers with new high-tech marketing tools.
With websites, milliseconds matter to business (11/15/2016)
Video viewing drops 39% if it takes time to buffer, and Amazon found that each additional 100 milliseconds it takes a webpage to load creates a 1% loss of sales.
4 common tech habits put your business at risk (11/11/2016)
Free Wi-Fi is great until it allows hackers to access your data – which it could. Many times, the tradeoff between convenience and security leads to bad decisions.
Phone app aims to cut agents out of the sale process (11/8/2016)
Reali, an app that’s in only one city so far, will “cut out the middleman” (a.k.a. real estate agents) by allowing clients to complete all real estate tasks online.
Mobile devices officially overtake computers (11/4/2016)
Most global citizens (51.3%) now access the Internet from phones and pads, though mobile use in the U.S. (42%) has not yet passed that midway point yet.
Why do tech-savvy millennials still use a Realtor? (11/1/2016)
Contrary to predictions, a Realtor’s role hasn’t faded as it did in businesses such as travel. The reason? Young adults seek wisdom to offset a lack of experience.
Protecting a home network shouldn’t be hard (10/26/2016)
The cyber attack last week that took down Netflix and other sites came largely from home network devices – routers, DVRs, etc. – that criminals hacked.
An Apple smart home? It may be the next trend (10/24/2016)
As iPhone sales slow, Apple is inching its way into the smart home market by teaming up with builders and connecting newly constructed houses to the Internet.
Smart homes could soon read visitors’ emotions (9/22/2016)
Do potential buyers like your home? Ask the house. A new device from MIT uses wireless signals to read bodies and, based on the data, determine moods.
You’re always the expert if you know how to Google (8/30/2016)
Agents who can expertly search Google – who know search secrets for getting fast-and-correct answers – look like tech geniuses and real estate experts.
RPR listing data accessible using SentriLock app (8/16/2016)
A new partnership between SentriLock and Realtors Property Resource gives Realtors direct access to RPR property data through SentriLock’s SentriSmart app.
Emerging tech trends could ‘wow’ buyers (8/8/2016)
Early tech-adopter agents often gain an edge by offering tools that are not yet commonplace, such as virtual reality home showings and live streaming.