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15 Feb 2017

IoT: What Exactly is the Internet of Things?

IoT is everywhere lately, but what exactly is the Internet of Things?

Have you seen or heard the phrase, the Internet of Things – or IoT for short – lately?

If you’re like many people, you have no clue with IoT means, let alone how it has probably already impacted your life and how it will impact your future.

But, what exactly does the term mean, and how does it affect you?

The Internet of Things collectively refers to Internet-connected smart devices.

Right now, the IoT space is growing at a rapid pace. According to Gartner, it will grow to 26 billion devices by 2020 – and this doesn’t include things like laptops, 2-in-1’s, mobile phones and tablets. This is a 30-fold increase from 2009.

IoT is a big industry, and it’s only getting bigger. Let’s find out exactly what IoT is and some of the ways it can improve your life.

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18 Jan 2017

Takeaways from CES 2017

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… Now that CES 2017 is over we take a look at some of the big trends to come out of Sin City at this year’s show.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where companies go to show off their latest and greatest, and with new innovations in IoT communications, big data, robotics, and other areas finally trickling down to products that are actually for sale, it appears the future, the one we’ve been hearing about for years now, in which robots actually do productive work and the Internet of Things really takes off – is nearly upon us.

How useful that future will be and how much of an impact these products will have on daily life is yet to be determined. The thing about CES is that it’s so big, some 4,000 companies presented tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of products, so it’s difficult to isolate the “top trends.” Everything from advanced robots to ostensibly old-fashioned desktop PCs were on display, and there are advances in each of the those areas that outdo anything that came before. Still, there were some trends that were more exciting and popular than others. Here are some of the ones that we picked up on:

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11 Jan 2017

New Smart Tech Trends to Look Out For in 2017

What new and innovative ideas can we expect to see in 2017? Take a look at 5 new tech trends that are on the horizon this year!

 

We recently recapped the tech trends for 2016. One thing is for sure; the smart home industry has been steadily growing with new advancements and devices.

Our SURE Universal Remote app works alongside many of your smart home devices. From your lights to your air conditioner to even your media streamer and TV, making use of the SURE Universal is the first step to an easy-to-control smart home.

Where is smart home technology headed, how is the Internet of Things (IoT) involved and what do we have in store for this year? Let’s check out what the new tech trends are for 2017.

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21 Dec 2016

What to Look for at CES 2017

CES 2017 is just around the corner. What big news can we expect out of Sin City at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show?

The world of things is getting smarter, and some of the smartest things in the world are set to be automobiles. Self-driving, intelligent vehicles, laden with sensors and cameras, are on the radar of the world’s top car manufacturers, and vehicles are becoming a major driver of technology development. While it isn’t a specific theme of the event, the big news at CES 2017 is likely to be smart car technology. In a sense, smart cars are a platform upon which many allied technologies – AI, IoT, vision technology, sensor technology, and robot technology – are being developed. Like the space program in previous generations, technologies that are being developed for smart cars will eventually seep down into other consumer products, with the tech showing up in many possibly unexpected places.

For proof of this, one needs to look no further than the 2017 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It’s a Las Vegas extravaganza that brings hundreds of thousands of people from over 150 countries around the world, and 33,000 companies out to Sin City to see the latest and greatest in consumer products.

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13 Dec 2016

What Is OCF and Why Is It Important?

Lack of interoperability is a major obstacle to adopting IoT. Can OCF solve this and connect billions of devices with their new standardization of protocols?

With the holidays fast approaching, you’ve probably been bombarded with ads for smart home devices, right?

Smart TVs, self-automated vacuums, or even smart plates that can help you manage your diet, are filling shelves at malls and big box stores. While a lot of people welcome these new technological advances, many are still not totally on board with smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

One reason people aren’t adopting these devices is because of how difficult it is to get different devices to communicate with each other, making their IoT dreams fall short of reality. In an ideal world, your IoT life would look something like this:

You head out to work for the day. Your smart home knows nobody is in the house, so your smart thermostat turns down the heat to save energy.

Your iRobot gets to work so you come home to a nice, tidy house, and minutes before you pull into the driveway, your smartphone alerts your home that you’re near. Your smart lighting turns on to welcome you, and your smart pet feeder gets Max’s dinner all served up!

For such a story to become real, devices must be able to work together, and there must be common connectivity between the individual devices. Luckily, there is a movement happening right now to accomplish just that. A group of 170 companies (including many tech giants) are working together to enable standardization, certification, easy discovery and easy connectivity between IoT devices, which will radically change how we use smart devices and home appliances in the future.

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25 Oct 2016

5 Easy Ways to Create a Smart Home

Think creating a Smart Home is hard? Think again! These 5 easy ways will turn your house into a Smart Home in no time at all.

Do you have a “smart” home?

Maybe you haven’t gone all the way yet, but have you tried out a smart light switch, or possibly a smart outlet that you can turn off and on with your phone?

Right now, smart home automation is on the up and up, and with technology on the forefront of home safety and comfort, more and more devices are becoming equipped with smart technology than ever before.

Let’s face it: having a smart home is…well, smart. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a perfectly warm (or cool) house after a long day at work – at just the temperature you like it?

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19 Jul 2016

The Top Tech Gifts for the “Geek” in Your Life

Don’t know what to buy for the special “geek” in your life? We’ve picked out 5 tech gifts all under $50 that are sure to impress.

Oh no!

Next week is your brother’s birthday and you have no clue what he would like. You thought a rock climbing class would be something he’d enjoy when it was his birthday last year, but he never actually made it to any of the lessons.

You know that he loves technology. He never steps away from his smartphone and he always hangs out in the electronics aisle looking at all the new tech gear.

But, you’ve been avoiding these types of gifts because you have no clue what tech toy to choose.

If you’re unsure what to buy, here are some top gifts to give to the “geek” in your life whether it’s your brother, friend, co-worker, or just about anyone.

Oh, did we mention they are all under $50?

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05 Apr 2016

Five Best Movie Trilogies and Series to Binge Watch

We Found the Best Movie Trilogies to Help You Relax!

Had a tough week at work?

Is the boss breathing down your neck and you can’t seem to escape all the gossip happening in your department?

When this happens, I’m sure all you’re thinking is, when is it time to go home?

And sometimes all you want to do is get in your comfy chair, grab your SURE Universal remote and start binge watching.

You deserve it, right?

Working long hours and having little time to yourself, you decide to take the weekend and have fun watching some oldie but good movies.

But, these aren’t just any movies. These are trilogies or movie series. Packed with action, fighting, drama and suspense, these top binge watching movies will help you forget about the hectic week you just had.

Grab your popcorn and favorite drink, and let’s get ready to watch some of the best movie trilogies.

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02 Feb 2016

Are Your Smart Home Apps and Devices Cool Or Frustrating?

3 Ways Smart Home Apps Lag Behind Their Hardware

You’re excited because you just got home and want to try out the new smart home device you just bought. This might be a smart lock or smart LED lights or even a smart plug.

With new smart home trends on the rise, you’ve made the decision to purchase these devices as a way to be more environmentally conscious and to be a leader in the IoT space.

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26 Jan 2016

3 Important Tips You Must Know Before Buying a Smart TV

Are you envious of your neighbor’s brand new Samsung Smart TV? You know, the one that glows through the window every night and makes his living room look like a movie theater?

Everywhere you look you see better and newer TVs than ever before. There are 4K TVs, 3D TVs, and the new thing – curved screens.

With so many choices, how do you know which is the right fit for your lifestyle and family needs?

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