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A few days ago, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and face of Facebook announced an ambitious New Year’s resolution: to write the code for a virtual assistant (VA). The artificial intelligence (AI) creation would combine the existing “Internet of Things” technology with voice control and artificial intelligence. He and his wife could control devices at home and visualize data using virtual-reality technology. The VA would serve business and personal needs.
The “Internet of Things” for your home –
While your budget may not compare to the Zuckerbergs, you should not ignore practical improvements you could make to your home. While the attributes of smart technology are fluid we can categorize three ways: Security and Safety, Wireless Connectivity, and Cloud Entertainment. The two watchwords for all three areas are digital and cloud. more…
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What Sold in 2015? Almost everything!
If you thought inventory couldn’t go lower, think again.
In its January 6, 2016, release, the NWMLS quoted a member as saying: “The lack of inventory makes buyers twitch when a new listing hits the market.” No wonder, because area-wide there was a supply for just under 1.8 months. In King County, inventory dropped to less than one month (0.84). This is also referred to as the absorption rate, meaning that there would be no King County homes left to buy in less than a month if no new homes came on the market. more…
Even if it doesn’t put Bothell on the map quite yet, you should put a visit to this place on your calendar. I’m talking about the new McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell. Driving by the place on NE Bothell Way, you would think it is still a school. Above the main entrance, it only says W. A. Anderson, 18607A. However, I wasn’t fooled and turned into the mega-church-size parking lot.
I wandered first somewhat aimlessly across the vast parking lot wondering what was inside of the many buildings on the grounds. Soon, I discovered that not finding entrances easily must be part of the master plan. A cottage like building caught my eye as a possible visitor information center. Instead, what I found was a cozy ski-lodge-like bar with a few tables. Outside, the court yard’s winding walkways connected several gazebos with tables and working fire pits. more…
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