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Smartphone Cases That Do MORE; they can light you, power up, & hold essentials

By Erin L / March 10, 2015 / 2 Comments

Do you hate trying to stuff your wallet into a pocket already crammed with your phone?  Why not amalgamate?  Cool new cases now allow you to lighten the load, take great selfies, and even juice-up on the go! This month on CTV’s Tech Talk, we looked at some awesome case options: Speck Cases From hard…

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Home Automation with WeMo! Review

By Erin L / February 14, 2015 / 5 Comments

Home automation used to be the stuff of mansions, tycoons and futuristic films and cartoons.  No more.  Now it’s easy and relatively inexpensive to adopt easy home automation features into your house. What can you do with home automation ? From controlling your thermostat, door locks, light bulbs, light switches, sockets or plugs and even…

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Smart Home gadgets you NEED now

By Erin L / January 20, 2015 / Comments Off on Smart Home gadgets you NEED now

There’s so much we can do to get our homes running smarter.  There’s any number of products that will do things for you automatically, or examples where once inaccessible technology can now be yours at home. Everything from automating your lights, to remotely locking your doors, checking the weather on demand, or even testing your…

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What do Smart Light Bulbs Do? And do you really need one?

By Erin L / December 31, 2014 / 2 Comments

Our homes are getting smarter every year; dishwashers can now figure out what’s wrong, and assist in getting it fixed. Refrigerators can tell you when you’re low on butter or creamer.  Now light bulbs are getting smart too! LED light bulbs (most of today’s ‘smart’ bulbs are LED) are becoming more common because they’re extraordinarily…

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Review: LIFX Smart Light Bulbs

By Erin L / November 10, 2014 / 6 Comments

LIFX makes smart light bulbs that don’t need a hub to operate. But how well do they work and what can they do in your home? read the review.

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Review: Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat Just Doesn’t Stand Up to the Test

By Erin L / October 10, 2014 / Comments Off on Review: Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat Just Doesn’t Stand Up to the Test

If you’re still running a retro thermostat with only basic controls, you’re missing out on an opportunity to save money each year by controlling the efficiency of your furnace; turning it down when you’re away, or asleep, or at work, and only keeping at at temperature when you’re home actually using it. I’ve tried a…

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4 Ways to Connect Your Home & Make Life Better

By Erin L / May 9, 2014 / Comments Off on 4 Ways to Connect Your Home & Make Life Better

It doesn’t take much to kick your home’s connectivity into high gear. You probably already have WiFi, so what about taking things to the next level? A high-powered router, or a camera to keep watch on the kids, the dog; security can be great additions.  But even small add-ons like a set of wireless speakers can…

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Which baby Monitor Should you Get? Lorex and D-Link Compared

By Erin L / February 28, 2014 / Comments Off on Which baby Monitor Should you Get? Lorex and D-Link Compared

Which baby Monitor Should you Get? Lorex and D-Link Compared Click the link for full article. Baby monitors used to use 2-way radio technology to allow you to listen for cries at the other end of the house.  Today; it’s all about video.  While you can still find the old audio-only monitors for about $30-40…

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The Dishwasher that self-diagnoses its problems

By Erin L / February 10, 2014 / 2 Comments

Click for full article: The Dishwasher that self-diagnoses its problems Our old dishwasher is on its last legs, and I’m excited! I’ve been educating myself about what’s new in dishwasher technology, and I’m pleased to find: LOTS.  So when my current “box-with-sprinker-head-inside” dishwasher finally gives up the ghost, I’m ready to swoop in with a…

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New Apple TV? Some great tips, tricks, shortcuts and hacks.

By Erin L / January 8, 2014 / Comments Off on New Apple TV? Some great tips, tricks, shortcuts and hacks.

New Apple TV? Some great tips, tricks, shortcuts and hacks.   If you found an Apple TV under your Christmas tree, congratulations! You’ve entered the 21st century!  I won’t bother with the “How to Set Up Your Apple TV tips here, because if you haven’t gotten that far by now, you’re probably not ready yet…

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