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How to Reset Your WeMo, LIFX, Philips, Osram/Lightify Light Bulbs

By Erin L / March 3, 2017 / 3 Comments

I ran into a wee problem with one of my WeMo LED smart light bulbs.  It was easily cleared up with a reset, but it took me some surfing to find out how to do it. That got me thinking, you might someday need to know how to do this yourself, and possibly for other…

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How to reset Fitbit Blaze & wipe data

By Erin L / January 28, 2017 / Comments Off on How to reset Fitbit Blaze & wipe data

I recently tried to reset my Fitbit Blaze fitness and activity tracker and was surprised at how difficult it was.  Turns out the Blaze actually has no easy way to wipe your data so you can start fresh with it, if you wanted to give it to a family member or friend.

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How to stream with an old TV (even without an HDMI plug!) Try Roku Express+

By Erin L / December 19, 2016 / Comments Off on How to stream with an old TV (even without an HDMI plug!) Try Roku Express+

Is there a TV sitting in your basement that is basically obsolete? Wondering how you can stream today’s shows on that old TV? When HDMI ports emerged years ago, allowing reliable strong digital connections from peripherals to TVs, many sets fell out of use as the popularity of HDMI-connected gaming consoles and streaming devices grew.…

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6 smart light hacks for Christmas holiday decor

By Erin L / November 24, 2016 / 2 Comments

There are two types of people when it comes to lighting up the house for the holidays; the gung-ho Clark Griswold types, and those for whom the thought of climbing a ladder in the cold inspires dread. If you’re in the latter camp, know there are easier ways to make your home festive thanks to…

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What is IFTTT and what can it do for you?

By Erin L / November 11, 2016 / 2 Comments

Have you heard about IFTTT technology and wondered how it works and what you can do with it? It’s actually very easy to automate your home. Here’s how.

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New Philips Hue lights & accessories review & how-to

By Erin L / November 5, 2016 / 4 Comments

As the days grow shorter, it’s a perfect opportunity to take a look around your home and assess whether your lighting can use an upgrade. Philips has recently announced several new products and accessories in its smart lighting kit lineup called Hue. I recently had a chance to test out some samples of these new…

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Easy Halloween hacks; decorate with smart lights

By Erin L / October 1, 2016 / Comments Off on Easy Halloween hacks; decorate with smart lights

Halloween is around the corner, and there’s an easy way to get your home ready. Coloured light bulbs can easily transform your home into a spooky space; whether you want orange to light up your front window pumpkin, or some darker lighting scenes to create a creepier vibe.

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Jewelry Fix: What to do if Your Sterling Silver is Turning Black, Grey, White!

By Erin L / October 4, 2015 / 61 Comments

Silver will naturally turn colours or ‘tarnish’ over time. But here’s how to clean is safely and easily.

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Installing and using the smartphone-controlled Osram Lightify Flex LED kit

By Erin L / August 3, 2015 / Comments Off on Installing and using the smartphone-controlled Osram Lightify Flex LED kit

I’ve been looking for an easy under-counter lighting solution that can brighten up my dark kitchen, without requiring a degree in electrical engineering.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Osram Lightify Flex system was to install. Even better is the option to control the lights using my iPhone, and being able to change…

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Travel Gadgets & 5 Top Travel Tips

By Erin L / June 8, 2015 / 1 Comment

We all look forward to travel in the busy summer season.  With the number of travellers climbing, and delays inevitable, it’s a good idea to bring along some tech to keep you sane, entertained and connected while on vacation, whether it’s a plane trip or a road trip.  This week on CTV Morning Live I…

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