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FirstRand takes a leaf from Amazon's book to capture consumers

FirstRand Ltd is emulating Amazon.com Inc with a digital offering that will span everything from insurance, car license renewals to locating plumbing services as the South African bank chases new revenue sources.

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Hackers target real estate deals, with devastating impact

James and Candace Butcher were ready to finalise the purchase of their dream retirement home, and at closing time wired US$272,000 (RM1.12mil) from their bank following instructions they received by email. Within hours, the money had vanished.

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Amazon rolls out model ‘smart’ homes for US shoppers to try out Alexa

Amazon.com Inc said it has set up model “smart” homes across the United States for shoppers to experience what it's like for voice aide Alexa to dim the lights, turn on the TV or order more laundry detergent.

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Meet the US startups fighting Bay Area’s soaring housing costs

An emerging group of local entrepreneurs is taking up arms against the sky-high cost of living in the Bay Area, hoping to end once and for all the housing crisis crippling the region.

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British Columbia government paves way for Uber – finally

One of the strongest holdouts against car-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft Inc may finally be giving in.

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Foreign investors add Indian online property portals to shopping cart

Indian businessman Navin Bhartia's Internet habits make him a dream customer for billionaire foreign media moguls like Rupert Murdoch.

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US website offers morbid glimpse into home's history

Home buyers, ghost hunters and the morbidly curious have flocked to a US website designed to reveal whether a dwelling they feel may be haunted actually harbors a deadly past.

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Home automation in Asia Pacific region set for huge growth

A combination of widespread tablet and smartphone use, increasing high-tech confidence and growing concern among younger home owners about environmental impact and energy consumption are all set to push connected homes and smart devices into the mainstream by the decade’s end.