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John F. O'Hara
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Homelessness Declines Nationwide

April 9, 2015 1:00 am

According to a recent report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, homelessness dipped 2.3 percent in 2014, thanks to an ongoing decrease in unemployment and continued economic recovery. However, the number of low-income people living in doubled-up situations with family and friends is growing, and the number of people at risk for homelessness has yet to return to pre-recession levels.

The Alliance’s report, “The State of Homelessness in America 2015,” reveals that a total of 37 states and territories showed declines in overall homelessness. The nation is in the midst of a shift toward Housing First interventions like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing, with rapid re-housing capacity nearly doubling from 2012 to 2013 from about 20,000 to 38,000 beds.

The report indicates that the number of renter households who must pay more than 50 percent of their income toward housing remains at a historic high.

Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness

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Consumers Anticipate Mind-Controlled Household Devices

April 9, 2015 1:00 am

Smart home technology is advancing faster than ever, but humans would much rather rely on their own brain power to operate household devices. According to a recent survey by IEEE, an organization dedicated to technological innovation, respondents expect that by 2025, devices found in the home will be controlled by the human mind.

Many aspects of the home of the future will be programmed to read individuals’ directives from their brainwaves. Survey respondents consistently noted mind-controlled applications as the preferred means of completing tasks at home such as opening the front door (35 percent), using kitchen appliances, turning off the lights or playing videogames.

The expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices prefaces a shift away from mobile devices as the go-to technology. Less than one-third of respondents indicated plans to use their cell phones to control their front doors, kitchen appliances and lights.

More than one-fourth of respondents still want to cook manually in 10 years. Just 8 percent of respondents would like to control lights manually.

Source: IEEE

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