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Living in supported smart technology homes is liberating for young people with disability who would otherwise be trapped in unsuitable nursing homes. Fred Kroh/Summer Foundation

To get young people out of nursing homes, we need to back up the NDIS with housing – here’s how

Thousands of young people with disability who end up in nursing homes lead lives of isolation and boredom. Better and smarter housing finance and support options are at last being developed.
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Your devices’ latest feature? They can spy on your every move

Bad guys or law enforcement could hack into our networked gadgets to spy on everything we do – and it's not clear how a laptop's video camera or an Amazon Echo fits within wiretapping laws.
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Smart homes: consumers favor home security over efficiency

The message from the yearly CES consumer electronics extravaganza was clear: the list of gadgets that can be connected to the “internet of things” is growing rapidly. These smart-home technologies have…
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Google’s smart-home strategy starts with smoke alarms

Google is set to pay £1.9 billion (US$3.2 billion) for Nest, a manufacturer of “smart” thermostats and smoke alarms. Though Nest is still relatively unknown, the buzz around smart homes – where all manner…

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