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Thrive Home Builders Wins Department Of Energy’s Grand Award In Housing Innovation

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DENVER, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Denver-based Thrive Home Builders is now an 11-time Grand Award winner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Housing Innovation Awards. The award recognizes U.S. builders deemed experts in the field of high-performance, energy-efficient homebuilding and whose homes meet the rigorous technical requirements specified by the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready program.

Thrive received the Grand Award in the Multi-Family Home category for its Simms model, a 1,793-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home located within the three-story, solar-powered rowhome community of WestRidge in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The Simms plan is the largest of three floor plans at WestRidge, with homes priced from the low $400,000s.

This is Thrive’s 11th Grand Award in Housing Innovation over eight consecutive years. As the largest builder of Zero Energy Ready homes in the country, Thrive is known for its industry-leading, LEED Certified, Zero Energy Ready homes throughout metro

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Cyber Warriors Sound Warning On Working From Home

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Cyber warriors on NATO’s eastern edge are warning that the growing number of people working from home globally due to the pandemic is increasing vulnerability to cyber attacks.

The Baltic state of Estonia hosts two cyber facilities for the Western military alliance — set up following a series of cyber attacks from neighbour Russia more than a decade ago.

“Large scale use of remote work has attracted spies, thieves and thugs,” Jaak Tarien, head of NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), told AFP in an interview.

The increased amount of information travelling between institutional servers and home networks is creating new challenges for employers.

'Large scale use of remote work has attracted spies, thieves and thugs,' says Jaak Tarien, head of NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence ‘Large scale use of remote work has attracted spies, thieves and thugs,’ says Jaak Tarien, head of NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence Photo: AFP / Raigo Pajula

“Tackling these new challenges is complicated and requires a lot of resources as well as

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Working from home requires software-defined wide-area networks at home

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Managed service provider Masergy Communications Inc. today announced two new offerings in its software-defined wide-area network portfolio that make it easier for people to work remotely.

The new services fall under the umbrella brand of “SD-WAN Work From Anywhere solutions” and extend Masergy’s current managed service to the millions of people now working out of the office. This enables businesses to give workers the same level of network and security services as they would have in the office.

Here’s the rundown on the solutions:

  • SD-WAN Secure Home includes a lightweight SD-WAN device from Fortinet. This acts as the gateway between the home network and the corporate one and provides application optimization and security capabilities. The use of an appliance simplifies deployment since the information technology department or Masergy can pre-provision it, ship it to the home worker and have the worker up and running almost instantly. The Fortinet appliance also
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Wellness Home Design Tips For Weight Management During The Pandemic

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Hundreds of headlines blare daily warnings about the dreaded “Covid 19” pounds packed on during these long pandemic months. Americans are locked out of their local gyms and yoga studios, locked down in their homes, and locked away from friends and family members for support. What isn’t locked down are the refrigerator and pantry, and comfort food eating is on the rise. What impact is this having on your health, and what can you do about it?

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First, the good news: “Much like the myth of the ‘Freshman 15,’ which has been disproven through numerous studies, the ‘Covid 19’ phenomenon is more myth than reality,” declares Jennifer Lombardi, a certified eating disorder psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente’s Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program in Sacramento.  That doesn’t mean

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The best robot vacuum and smart home deals for Prime Day 2020

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iRobot Roomba i6+ – $599.99

iRobot Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

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If you want to invest in one of the most autonomous robot vacuums available, you can get the iRobot Roomba i6+ for $200 less for Prime Day, bringing the total to $599.99. Not only is that the lowest price ever, but it’s a great deal on a robot vacuum that also comes with a Clean Base, which is a garbage can of sorts that the vacuum automatically disposes dirt and debris into when it’s done cleaning. The i6+ also has Imprint Smart Mapping technology that remembers the rooms in your home for quicker, more efficient cleaning.

Buy Roomba i6+ at Amazon – $599.99

iRobot Roomba 981 – $399.99

iRobot Roomba 981 robot vacuum

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If you can do without a Clean Base, the Roomba 981 robot vacuum is on sale for $399.99, which is $200 off its normal price. This bot has improved power-lifting suction and its dual multi-surface

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10 Genius Home Gadgets on Sale for Less Than $50 This Prime Day

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Are you feeling that in the air? The feeling of good deals surrounding you? Welcome to Amazon Prime Day 2020. 

Some of this year’s best deals include incredible price cuts on comfortable bras, beauty tools, and clothing. And while those are great, some of the most life-changing finds are tucked away in the thousands of pages that make up this huge event. But don’t worry: We scoured the sale and found clever things that will absolutely make your day. We’re talking about shiatsu massagers that you can use while working from home, sleek and advanced water filters that’ll outlast your current models, and reusable storage bags that you can utilize as a eco-friendly alternative to plastic ones. 

RELATED: Amazon Launched a Bunch of Hidden Prime Day Deals That Will Help You Beat the Rush

The best thing about these items—aside from the incredible use you’ll get out of them—is

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All of These Smart Home Gadgets Are on Sale During Amazon Prime Day

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When it comes to online shopping, especially during a major sales event like Amazon Prime Day, having a strategy is key. If you know what you’re looking for going into the sale, the better primed (pardon the pun) you’ll be to save big. And one category that Amazon is always sure to deliver major discounts in is smart home devices.

During this year’s two-day event, Amazon is offering all kinds of markdowns on high tech products that will transport your home into the future. The savings include Alexa-enabled devices, like Amazon’s Third Generation Echo Dot, and home security essentials, like Blink’s mini smart home security camera. You can also save on smart home upgrades like this modern outlet shelf designed to seamlessly display a smart speaker.

Of course, in true Amazon fashion, these deals won’t last long so you’ll have to act fast in order to take advantage of

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Singapore tightens security requirements for new home routers

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Come April 13 next year, home routers will have to meet new security requirements before they can be put up for sale in Singapore. These include unique login credentials and default automatic downloads of security patches. 

The new mandate is aimed at improving the security of these devices, which are popular targets amongst malicious hackers who are looking to breach home networks, according to industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Stipulated as being part of the country’s Technical Specifications for Residential Gateways, the enhanced security requirements were finalised following an earlier consultation exercise that sought feedback from the public and industry. 

While these mandates are set to come into effect from 13 April 2021, home routers previously approved by IMDA will be allowed to remain on sale until October 12 next year.

Users of existing home routers will not need to change their current routers, but they are encouraged

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How the architecture of new home security vision systems affects choice of memory technology

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A camera or a computer: How the architecture of new home security vision systems affects choice of memory technology

A long-forecast surge in the number of products based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies is beginning to reach mainstream consumer markets.

It is true that research and development teams have found that, in some applications such as autonomous driving, the innate skill and judgement of a human is difficult, or perhaps even impossible, for a machine to learn. But while in some areas the hype around AI has run ahead of the reality, with less fanfare a number of real products based on ML capabilities are beginning to gain widespread interest from consumers. For instance, intelligent vision-based security and home monitoring systems have great potential: analyst firm Strategy Analytics forecasts growth in the home security camera market of more than 50% in the years between 2019 and

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Fright Lights and Robot Ghosts? The Best Gadgets To Make Your Home ‘Spooktacular’ for Halloween

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The frightening reality is that Halloween will be a little different this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic far from over. But it’s not entirely canceled! While we’re advised to stay away from indoor parties, door-to-door trick-or-treating, and walking through haunted houses, there are still a whole host of fun ways to get in the spirit.

And it all begins at home. Get ready to trick out your place into a Halloween masterpiece with some of the same smart devices you rely on to make your life easier.

With the tap of a finger, you can transform your home into a spooky haunted house—or scare the pants off your neighbors. Cue evil laughter here!


Ready to get started? Here’s how to use the latest apps and tech to transform your home into the spookiest, most festive place on the block.

1. Spooky indoor lighting

Lighting sets the mood for any celebration,

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