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24 May 2017

Smart TV Buyer’s Guide

Buying a new smart TV can be a confusing experience. With all of the technical specifications and unfamiliar features, how do you choose the right TV for you?

We’re here with this helpful guide to help you buy your first smart TV.

Remember that a smart TV can’t replicate the internet browsing experience of a tablet or a computer, and nearly any media streamer can turn a regular TV into somewhat of a smart TV.

With that being said, having the apps already installed saves you needing to buy yet another device.

Many TVs out there in homes already have smart functionality built in – even if the features aren’t being put to use by their owners –  so don’t use that as your sole benchmark for choosing a new TV. Instead, think about 4K resolution if you want a TV that will take you into the next generation of broadcasting.

A 120Hz refresh rate is also beneficial, though you can generally ignore things like contrast-ratio specifications. You’re better off testing actual TVs in person to see which style you prefer – even if you end up buying the television online.

And whichever model you choose, avoid curved TVs unless you’re specifically seeking out this feature. Reports indicate that the curve detracts from the image quality, rather than enhancing it.

So which smart TVs are worth further investigation?

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17 May 2017

The First Remote Control Platform For The IoT

SURE Universal Builds on Universal Remote Success With First OCF-Compliant Platform for Universal IoT Device Management

Tel Aviv, May 17, 2017 — SURE Universal Ltd., creators of next-generation control solutions for home electronics and appliances, has announced a groundbreaking extension of its top-rated SURE Universal remote control solution. The new SURE Universal Platform incorporates a smart software device server that can model all electronics inside the home, regardless of which enabling technology they use, and also includes cloud connectivity to control and monitor them from anywhere. Together with the SURE Universal remote application, the SURE Universal Platform comprises a complete software solution for smart appliance manufacturers and vendors.

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17 May 2017

Roku User Guide

Wondering how to set up your new Roku? This Roku user guide will walk you through the process and give tips to get the most out of your new media streamer.

The year is 2017, and “cutting the cord” (cancelling your cable service) has never been more popular.

But everybody still likes to sit down and enjoy their favorite show or movie, don’t they?

Luckily, there are several streaming devices available on the market, from the Apple TV to the Amazon Fire TV to the Roku, and more. Each device comes with their own pros and cons, and you can check out our recent media streaming buyer’s guide for more information.

But if you’ve already chosen the Roku for its wide range of channels and ease of use, you might wonder how you’ll set it up. While there are different models available, and even some televisions with built in Roku operating systems, they all follow the same basic procedure.

We’re here to walk you through that process. And we’ll share tips to get the best out of your new media streamer.

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09 May 2017

4 Top Media Streamers for Families

With so many options available, it is difficult to know which media streamer is best. Let’s take a look at the 4 top media streamers available today.

With the explosion of top quality TV shows made by streaming companies like Stranger Things, you may be wondering if there’s a better way of watching your favorite oldie but goodie TV shows.

I don’t know about you, but it’s just not that comfortable crowding around a laptop or smartphone screen to watch the next episode of Iron Fist on Netflix.

Many smart TVs let you stream media straight from the internet to your TV, but upgrading to a smart TV isn’t always the most cost-effective solution.

If you’ve already got a perfectly good high-definition TV, you can pick up an inexpensive media streamer to let you and your family watch YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, and more, on your existing TV.

But, which media streamer should you choose? Read on to find out the pros and cons of the top four most popular models.

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03 May 2017

10 IoT Terms and Phrases You Should Know

IoT is everywhere now, but do you understand it yet? It is time to get on board and learn these 10 must know IoT terms and phrases.

Any new form of technology brings with it unfamiliar phrases or terminology. But most new terms are easy to learn, and they’ll help you get the most out of your devices.

Smartphones brought us new terms such as apps, mobile data and retina display – as well as the word smartphone itself.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no different. And with a predicted 26 billion IoT devices in use by 2020, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the terms now.

Here’s our guide to 10 popular technology and IoT words that you’ll be hearing a lot more often in the future.

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26 Apr 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Tech Gifts for Graduates

Graduation is just around the corner – still unsure what to buy? These tech gifts for graduates will be a sure hit with the scholar in your life.

There are a lot of fantastic gadgets to choose from, and gifts are available to suit every budget.

We’ve compiled the following recommendations for gifts that are fun, useful, or just plain awesome.

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19 Apr 2017

Earth Day – How Smart Technology is Changing the World

In honor of Earth Day this year let’s take a look at how smart technology is changing the world for the better.

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day 2017.

So, what better way to celebrate than to look at the positive impact smart technology is having on day-to-day life?
Currently, most consumers will recognize smart technology when it’s found in the home – things like smart lighting and smart appliances.

But, smart technology is all around us, and it’s a market that’s only going to keep expanding.

In the workplace, for example, it can free up professional staff from routine tasks, letting them get on with the job they’re trained for. It also means resources can be diverted to where they’re most needed.

Let’s find out a few ways that smart technology is changing the world – for the better.

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12 Apr 2017

What is the First Step to Creating a Smart Home?

Creating a Smart Home can seem like a daunting task, but once you learn how to take the first step you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one for so long.

Talk has definitely turned towards smart home technology in recent months. Everything from refrigerators to lighting now seems to be connected to the internet.

And recently, it was speculated that nearly 30 million households in the US alone were predicted to add smart technology to their home over the next year.

But the thought of turning your existing home into a smart home can often sound a bit overwhelming. You might have heard horror stories about the potential security issues in various smart devices.

Or maybe you have thought about creating a smart home, but were confused by the number of protocols used by smart devices. From Bluetooth to WiFi to ClearConnect to ZigBee, do you really have to be a tech wiz to get this all going?

The answer is no. Smart home technology brings a lot of benefits, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Once you start using smart appliances, you’ll find they’re not all that different from the devices you’re used to.

A few weeks of freshly brewed coffee when you get out of bed, the perfect temperature in your home, and controlling your media center from your sofa will make you wonder how you lived without them.

Let’s find out what the first step is in creating a smart home.

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05 Apr 2017

Remotes 101 – How Do IR Remotes Actually Work?

Remotes: the mysterious devices that are always disappearing. Find out how they actually work and how you can simplify your life by getting rid of them.

If you’re below a certain age, you won’t remember the days of walking over to a device to turn it on and off. Record players needed users to flip an LP over to access the songs on the other side. And a button on the TV was the only way to change the channel.

The growth of consumer tech has also led to an explosion in the number of remote controls. Each one has its own bewildering array of buttons, many of which you may never use.

That’s if you can even find the remote. They have a tendency to fall between sofa cushions or become lost among magazines.

Research has found that TV watchers can spend over 4 and a half hours a week just looking for lost remotes.

But have you ever wondered how infrared (IR) remotes work?

Let’s find out what it is they do and how you can fix the problem of multiple controllers littering your home.

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29 Mar 2017

How to Stay Relevant in a Competitive Smart Home or App Market

With trends and technology constantly changing, there’s more pressure than ever to keep up and stay relevant in the competitive smart home and app markets.

If you believe Moore’s Law, computer processing speed doubles every two years.

But even if that level of progress is slowing down, technology is still moving at a fast pace every year.

With so many products and apps in the marketplace, it’s important to stay up to date, both with trends and technology. But what can you and your company do to make sure your offering is still current?

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