Kaleidescape Cinema One – All your Favorite Movies, Only Better

by Julie

There is nothing like a good movie. For me, watching a truly great film is like a miniature vacation. Our culture is certainly focused on visual media and it should be no surprise to anyone that the forms of entertainment that we indulge in the most, are movies and TV. Oh how the world loves a television… and a disc player, Roku, cable, Tivo, and Netflix.. and just about anything …

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Valta adds some virtual automation to your home

by Chris

Have you ever been out and about, and realized that you left the lights, or maybe even something a little dangerous like an iron, on? If there’s no one else home, and you’re more than a few minutes from home, you’re going to be stuck waiting until later to take care of it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pull out your phone, and with a few taps, …

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Insteon Hub – Control Home, with your Phone

by Julie

Every time I leave home I worry about a multitude of things. If I’m gone for say, a vacation, I worry about the house looking empty to potential thieves. If I’m gone for the day, I wonder about the cat, the temperature and whether or not I left the porch light on, or worse, that I turned it off and won’t be home till after dark. There are probably some …

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Remotely Control Your Home

by Alison

Did your grandparents have a light timer in their living room? I think many did. Back when burglaries were fewer and farther between it made sense. Unfortunately crime is on the rise. (I’ll resist going on a political tangent) Burglars are much smarter. So we the home owners/dwellers must better prepare our domiciles. House sitters have become a popular option. Or maybe your neighbor stops by to turn lights off …

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Who Is At the Door? Check Your Phone.

by Alison

Crowdfunding has to be one of the biggest buzz words of the last year. Kickstarter and Indiegogo really put a different spin on how to create a product. Unfortunately, many good products don’t achieve funding goals. A new type of crowdfunding site began to emerge to help move these unfunded projects along, give inventors more infrastructure and feedback while also protecting buyers. Christie Street does just that and took on …

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Control Your Lumens via Phone with Phillips Hue

by Alison

Philips, a global leader in lighting solutions, launched Hue at the end of last year which proves to give a whole new take on lighting automation. Usually when we think of home automation we envision complicated computer systems built into the wall. But in reality, with the growth of smartphones and tablets, wi-fi and home networking are enabling more remote control of everyday items. Philips Hue looks to provide personal …

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More than 50 Shades of Gray…and Blue…and Red…

by Alison

As we report on Coolest Gadgets, smartphones and tablets are doing everything these days. Aside from making calls and accessing the Internet they get us to our destinations, play our music, monitor our portfolios and even lock or unlock our houses. In fact more and more devices and apps that help us control our home seem to be springing onto the market. Let’s add another one to the list compliments …

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Forget Your Keys!

by Alison

The evolution of the smartphone as more than a phone is underway. They are slowly taking over tasks in our daily lives. Think about it. Things like music players, portable DVD players, cameras, GPS, flashlights, calculators and dictation devices go by the wayside. NFC and Passbook technologies mean no more need to carry a wallet. Next will be, yep, your keys.

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