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Airmega 150 air purifier


I am a big fan of the Coway Air Purifiers. I have a large Coway at the office and last year with COVID issues, I moved to a new location — and I’m currently quite close to the freeway. I decided I wanted another Coway Air Purifier at home and got the Coway Airmega 150 to try out.

The Coway Airmega 150

The Coway Airmega 150 is a true HEPA Purifier with air quality monitoring and auto mode. It contains a filter change indicator and comes in several colors (dove white is beautiful and goes with anything).

Coway Airmega 150 uses a three-stage filtration system. The filter is washable (oh yeah! I like that). The filter captures and reduces up to 99.97% of 0.3-micron particles in the air — this includes clearing out pollen and pollution. Living by a freeway let me know, even more, how important these features are.

Yesterday I had two clients meet at my home, who didn’t want to meet at the office because of COVID-19 (which I understand). But I don’t have people come to my home because of COVID. But, I thought of what I loving call “My Airmega” and hoped it would “protect” me.

Airmega 150 – 3 colors

Features and Functionality

The air purifier is really straightforward. The purifier can be delivered to your door — you unpack it and plug it in. Simple. You can purchase your Airmega 150 — on Amazon as well as the Coway Company.

While the clients were at my home, one of them asked why the red light was on the filter? I looked out of my top-floor balcony window at the freeway. Smog! I had not felt the ol’ asthma kick in — why? Because of this Airmega!

I’ve watched the air quality for several weeks now and was able to explain that the pollution sensor will let you know — in real-time how clean or dirty your indoor air is — every minute of every day.

Several hours in the morning and later in the evening the filter dot shows red. I appreciate the quality of that sensor — and know that my “auto” setting is working just right. Earlier during COVID — it didn’t glow red — and the smog wasn’t kicking up and the freeway was not so noisy. But people are beginning to emerge again and it’s apparent in my air purifier system.

You can leave your fan on all the time or you can set it on auto to detect when it will turn on the fan. If you have the system on auto, if no pollution is detected for at least thirty minutes, the fan will automatically stop.

What I Like and What Could Be Better

The size of this purifier is perfect for me and for almost any room. I’ve tried other purifiers that work well for large rooms. This purifier can clear 214 square foot rooms (so like a 15 ft. X 15 ft. room). My ceilings are high (12 feet) and the Airmega still keeps the air clean.

I like that the Airmega 150 has a really clean, sleek look that looks modern and not clunky.

Where to Buy

The Coway Airmega 150 costs about $150. You can buy it from their website as well as retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, and more.

In the Box

Packaged just right — the Coway Airmega is the only thing that comes in the box. Everything is self-explanatory.

Overall Thoughts

Having allergies (especially when it brings on asthma) is no fun. If you want to enjoy cleaner air in your home or office — the Coway Airmega air purifier will help minimize your issues. This air purifier is a good value (I’ve looked and tried out many filters) the design is great and it has great reliability.

Remember that taking care of your health is especially important at this time of COVID-19 and that keeping your air purer can be an overarching help to your health — especially if you live by the freeway as I do!

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Deanna Ritchie

Deanna Ritchie

Managing Editor at ReadWrite

Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development.

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Fintech Kennek raises $12.5M seed round to digitize lending

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London-based fintech startup Kennek has raised $12.5 million in seed funding to expand its lending operating system.

According to an Oct. 10 tech.eu report, the round was led by HV Capital and included participation from Dutch Founders Fund, AlbionVC, FFVC, Plug & Play Ventures, and Syndicate One. Kennek offers software-as-a-service tools to help non-bank lenders streamline their operations using open banking, open finance, and payments.

The platform aims to automate time-consuming manual tasks and consolidate fragmented data to simplify lending. Xavier De Pauw, founder of Kennek said:

“Until kennek, lenders had to devote countless hours to menial operational tasks and deal with jumbled and hard-coded data – which makes every other part of lending a headache. As former lenders ourselves, we lived and breathed these frustrations, and built kennek to make them a thing of the past.”

The company said the latest funding round was oversubscribed and closed quickly despite the challenging fundraising environment. The new capital will be used to expand Kennek’s engineering team and strengthen its market position in the UK while exploring expansion into other European markets. Barbod Namini, Partner at lead investor HV Capital, commented on the investment:

“Kennek has developed an ambitious and genuinely unique proposition which we think can be the foundation of the entire alternative lending space. […] It is a complicated market and a solution that brings together all information and stakeholders onto a single platform is highly compelling for both lenders & the ecosystem as a whole.”

The fintech lending space has grown rapidly in recent years, but many lenders still rely on legacy systems and manual processes that limit efficiency and scalability. Kennek aims to leverage open banking and data integration to provide lenders with a more streamlined, automated lending experience.

The seed funding will allow the London-based startup to continue developing its platform and expanding its team to meet demand from non-bank lenders looking to digitize operations. Kennek’s focus on the UK and Europe also comes amid rising adoption of open banking and open finance in the regions.

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Fortune 500’s race for generative AI breakthroughs

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As excitement around generative AI grows, Fortune 500 companies, including Goldman Sachs, are carefully examining the possible applications of this technology. A recent survey of U.S. executives indicated that 60% believe generative AI will substantially impact their businesses in the long term. However, they anticipate a one to two-year timeframe before implementing their initial solutions. This optimism stems from the potential of generative AI to revolutionize various aspects of businesses, from enhancing customer experiences to optimizing internal processes. In the short term, companies will likely focus on pilot projects and experimentation, gradually integrating generative AI into their operations as they witness its positive influence on efficiency and profitability.

Goldman Sachs’ Cautious Approach to Implementing Generative AI

In a recent interview, Goldman Sachs CIO Marco Argenti revealed that the firm has not yet implemented any generative AI use cases. Instead, the company focuses on experimentation and setting high standards before adopting the technology. Argenti recognized the desire for outcomes in areas like developer and operational efficiency but emphasized ensuring precision before putting experimental AI use cases into production.

According to Argenti, striking the right balance between driving innovation and maintaining accuracy is crucial for successfully integrating generative AI within the firm. Goldman Sachs intends to continue exploring this emerging technology’s potential benefits and applications while diligently assessing risks to ensure it meets the company’s stringent quality standards.

One possible application for Goldman Sachs is in software development, where the company has observed a 20-40% productivity increase during its trials. The goal is for 1,000 developers to utilize generative AI tools by year’s end. However, Argenti emphasized that a well-defined expectation of return on investment is necessary before fully integrating generative AI into production.

To achieve this, the company plans to implement a systematic and strategic approach to adopting generative AI, ensuring that it complements and enhances the skills of its developers. Additionally, Goldman Sachs intends to evaluate the long-term impact of generative AI on their software development processes and the overall quality of the applications being developed.

Goldman Sachs’ approach to AI implementation goes beyond merely executing models. The firm has created a platform encompassing technical, legal, and compliance assessments to filter out improper content and keep track of all interactions. This comprehensive system ensures seamless integration of artificial intelligence in operations while adhering to regulatory standards and maintaining client confidentiality. Moreover, the platform continuously improves and adapts its algorithms, allowing Goldman Sachs to stay at the forefront of technology and offer its clients the most efficient and secure services.

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UK seizes web3 opportunity simplifying crypto regulations

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As Web3 companies increasingly consider leaving the United States due to regulatory ambiguity, the United Kingdom must simplify its cryptocurrency regulations to attract these businesses. The conservative think tank Policy Exchange recently released a report detailing ten suggestions for improving Web3 regulation in the country. Among the recommendations are reducing liability for token holders in decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and encouraging the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to adopt alternative Know Your Customer (KYC) methodologies, such as digital identities and blockchain analytics tools. These suggestions aim to position the UK as a hub for Web3 innovation and attract blockchain-based businesses looking for a more conducive regulatory environment.

Streamlining Cryptocurrency Regulations for Innovation

To make it easier for emerging Web3 companies to navigate existing legal frameworks and contribute to the UK’s digital economy growth, the government must streamline cryptocurrency regulations and adopt forward-looking approaches. By making the regulatory landscape clear and straightforward, the UK can create an environment that fosters innovation, growth, and competitiveness in the global fintech industry.

The Policy Exchange report also recommends not weakening self-hosted wallets or treating proof-of-stake (PoS) services as financial services. This approach aims to protect the fundamental principles of decentralization and user autonomy while strongly emphasizing security and regulatory compliance. By doing so, the UK can nurture an environment that encourages innovation and the continued growth of blockchain technology.

Despite recent strict measures by UK authorities, such as His Majesty’s Treasury and the FCA, toward the digital assets sector, the proposed changes in the Policy Exchange report strive to make the UK a more attractive location for Web3 enterprises. By adopting these suggestions, the UK can demonstrate its commitment to fostering innovation in the rapidly evolving blockchain and cryptocurrency industries while ensuring a robust and transparent regulatory environment.

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding cryptocurrency regulations in various countries has prompted Web3 companies to explore alternative jurisdictions with more precise legal frameworks. As the United States grapples with regulatory ambiguity, the United Kingdom can position itself as a hub for Web3 innovation by simplifying and streamlining its cryptocurrency regulations.

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