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How to talk to Philips Hue & Google Home

By Erin L / August 2, 2017 / 1 Comment

Do you need special words or phrases to get Google Home working with your Philips Hue coloured smart lights? No! Here’s our handy list of commands.

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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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The Nanoleaf Aurora smart light is really amazing

By Erin L / November 15, 2016 / 2 Comments

First we had fire, then electricity. Tesla, Faraday, and Franklin pioneered the technology behind electricity, and then Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. The way we light our homes really hasn’t changed much since that auspicious day in 1879. The lightbulb is round, it screws into a fixture, which requires a tradesman to install; electricity is…

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Why is my tech broken? Why do my devices crash? Why is technology unreliable? How can I fix it?

By Erin L / May 27, 2016 / Comments Off on Why is my tech broken? Why do my devices crash? Why is technology unreliable? How can I fix it?

I’ve tested a LOT of technology, gadgets and devices as a tech writer, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that most gadgets will require regular maintenance to keep working well. Just like your car, the fluids need to be topped up, and when you hear a rattle you need to take it to a…

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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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