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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

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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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 Nov 2016

7 Best Holiday Movies You Can Watch on Netflix

There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by watching the 7 best holiday movies that you can stream right now on Netflix!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, and do you know what that means?

Christmas is only a month away, yikes! Yup, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. And if you’re anything like us here at Tekoia, we think there’s no better way than to get your fill of holiday movies.

With streaming services like Netflix being so popular these days, it’s now easier than ever to watch movies on demand. We’ve rounded up the best of the best holiday classics – and a few newer movies – for the entire family.

So, pour yourself a glass of eggnog, grab a cozy blanket and your SURE Universal TV Remote – and sit down to enjoy the show.

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20 Sep 2016

4 Must-Watch TV Shows For The Upcoming Fall 2016 Season

The anticipation is over – Fall is here and we’ve rounded up the best must-watch TV shows this season just for you!

The kids are back in school; there are no hiccups at work, and you can focus on some great new TV shows for the fall.

Sure, you have your favorite returning shows like The Walking Dead or Blindspot to look forward to, but maybe you’ve heard a lot about some new must-watch TV shows coming out this September.

From small screen reboots to remakes of past TV hits to movie actresses playing a recurring role on TV, the shows this season are sure to impress.

Make sure to grab your SURE Universal remote and check out these four highly anticipated shows for the fall of 2016.

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01 Aug 2016

4 Great Fitness Apps That Are All About Fun

We found 4 great fitness apps That will make your routine so much fun that you could find yourself wanting to work out two or even three times a day!

The year 2016 is over half gone by and if you’re like most people, all those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions you made are falling by the wayside.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you vowed to get healthier this year and lose the extra pounds you’ve been carrying around, then there’s still time.

There are many fun and exciting ways to get in shape, but for many of us, the lack of motivation is what’s stopping us from truly succeeding.

And when 80% of us fail to reach the goals we set in the New Year, when it comes getting fit and staying fit, there seems to be a huge problem.

What options do we have?

Well, with your smartphone and a few carefully chosen apps, you’ll hopefully have no problem getting the motivation to stay fit.

That’s right – there are tons of apps out there that can make fitness fun again. And you don’t have to endure endless sets of leg lifts or spend hours jogging on the treadmill – all the while wishing you were actually sitting at home watching a movie with your trusty SURE Universal remote at your side.

Our pick of these top 4 fitness apps will make your routine so much fun that you could find yourself wanting to work out two or even three times a day!

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25 Jul 2016

Top 4 Travel Apps for Your Summer Getaway

If you think being on vacation means putting everything on credit, think again. Check out these four travel apps for your next travel destination.

Even with summer in full swing now, it’s still not too late to take that last minute vacation you were thinking about.

With your road trip out of the way, maybe you’re thinking of going to a far away destination before you have to head back to the daily grind of work.

Whether you head up north for some majestic hikes and rich foods, or down south for some fun in the sun and great clubbing, there are a few essentials everyone should pack.

On the technical side of things, though, we’ve put together a list of handy apps that you might want to have on your phone when you’re out enjoying a brand new city.

Check out these top four travel apps to have when you travel to your next destination.

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12 Jul 2016

4 Unique Ways to Never Lose Your Remote Again

Going crazy always searching for the remote? Never lose your remote again with these 4 new and unique ways to keep track of it.

It’s happened again.

You’ve lost the TV remote and haven’t a clue where it could be. You’ve searched the couch cushions, the toy box, even the kitchen fridge, but no such luck.

This is the third time this week and you’re fed up. And it doesn’t help that you have a toddler and a dog running around taking things and hiding them.

You spend the next twenty minutes tearing your house apart until you finally find the remote, and vow never to lose it again.

Yet, that promise never sticks.

Until now. If you live in a family where the TV remote gets lost all the time, here at Tekoia we’ve found four unique ways so you never lose the remote again.

Pay special attention to number four; it’s the handiest and most unique option available right now.

So, let’s get to it.

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21 Jun 2016

5 Bad Habits You Are Probably Committing With Your Smartphone

It’s time to brush up on your smartphone etiquette and see if you are guilty of any of these bad habits.

Everyone nowadays has a mobile phone. From tweens to grandparents, staying connected at all hours of the day is important in this modern age of technology.

And who doesn’t like the sleek designs top smartphone makers like HTC, Samsung or Apple are coming out with? We want these new phones, and we want them now.

Having our smartphone always near us has made us infatuated with these little devices, and we can’t seem to put them down. From cool apps like the SURE Universal to checking your social media profile, your phone holds a lot of important stuff.

And if you’re a Millennial – between the ages of 18-34 – you probably spend an average of 14.5 hours per week on your mobile device.

But, do you know you could actually be annoying people with some of your bad habits? If you use your phone in public – and who doesn’t – chances are you’re committing at least one of these five annoying smartphone faux pas.

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14 Jun 2016

5 Clever Android Features You May Not Have Tried Yet

Check out these 5 clever Android features you may not have tried yet.

Do you have an Android smartphone?

If you’re not an Android user and you’ve either been thinking about becoming one, or making the switch from iOS, you’re not alone. Up to 45% of iPhone users think that the Android platform is more advanced than their iPhone.

With a wide selection of different apps and a different mobile experience that’s far more customizable, Android comes out on top in many areas.

Nowadays your smartphone acts as your laptop, watch, camera and stereo, all in one. But here at Tekoia we found five additional things many Android phones can do that you may not realize – or that you may not have even considered!

Let’s check them out.

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