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A Look at the Rise of Smart Home Technology

Time travel, flying cars, smart homes – these sound like topics out of a 1960’s science fiction book. While the first two may not be possible, the latter is coming to fruition in major ways. Over the past decade, technologically advanced houses, or smart homes, have gone from a futuristic idea to reality. Smart Homes more »

Qi wireless charging gets a big boost from Ikea

Although wireless induction charging for mobile devices has been around for a while, it hasn’t really caught on. At least as fast as proponents for the technology may prefer. The wireless charging pads merely replace the need to plug a cable into a smartphone or tablet, but at the cost of charging at a lower more »

TechnologyTell Review: Nyrius Aries Home+ HD transmitter

You had been struck with this vision to create the perfect home theater layout for some time before. As the new HDTV is being unpacked, you’re moving furniture, clearing wall space for a mounting bracket, and relocating power strips. “Ah, it’s going to be perfect”, you think, since you’ve never liked watching TV in the more »

TechnologyTell Review: Lutron Caseta Dimmers, Smart Bridge

Wireless LED bulbs are currently a big hit with consumers, drawing much attention with energy efficiency and app connectivity. The ‘smart’ home is definitely the next frontier when it comes to developing new and (hopefully) useful technology. But upgrading a bulb isn’t the only way to gain remotely-operated lights. Lutron happens to have a couple more »

Totally wireless, Flicks delivers home audio, video anywhere

If you’ve ever used a projector for entertainment purposes, you probably know how terrible the built-in speakers are. I keep a compact speaker alongside my projector, since the difference in audio is like night and day. But that’s just for quick/mobile convenience. If I’m setting up the projector for plush movie-viewing, I’m reaching for the more »

TechnologyTell Review: Celluon PicoPro laser projector

Ahhh, projectors. The ones we have now are so much better than those of yesteryear. They’re more portable, more affordable, and more powerful. What’s not to like? Most all of us have experienced mobile music via connected smartphones, streaming services, and Bluetooth wireless headphones. But how about mobile movies? I’m so seriously, you guys. You more »

Samsung SmartTV listens in, records private conversations

It goes to show that in this day and age it behooves consumers to be thoroughly familiar with all aspects and features of the tech they own. You never know just how “smart” some smart devices can be. If you own a Samsung SmartTV (or two or three), you might want to go and disable more »

TechnologyTell Review: Cree Connected LED bulb

I’m a big fan of Cree. I love their stuff, although it’s mostly been related to top-notch flashlights. And while I had been aware of the company’s emergence into the home-lighting market, I just recently decided to check out what they’ve got going on. So how does Cree’s latest version of their A19-shaped LED bulb more »

Research shows Nest saves 10 to 15 percent on energy bills

Long before Nest was ever conceived and born, people worldwide have had simple, functioning thermostats. For decades these devices served well enough to control the heating and cooling of homes and buildings. Eventually, as technology grew and continued to permeate all aspects of modern lives, thermostats went digital and then smart. When it comes to more »

TechnologyTell Review: Definitive Technology W9 speaker

So I just finished listening to and reviewing the Definitive Technology W7 speaker. Why stop there, right?? At a little more than two times the size of the W7, the W9 delivers some serious decibels at the cost of size and weight. But considering the huge sound output, it’s still an easily-moved speaker. Design & more »

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More smarthome lawsuits: Allure Energy vs. Honeywell

Innovation and production of gadgets and technology for the home has been steadily marching forward. If you consider my experience at CES 2015 like a temperature-taking thermometer, then the connected smart home is poised to heat up like summertime asphalt. Even the home LED lighting market has gotten so aggressive, leading Samsung to call it more »

TechnologyTell Review: Oco Wi-Fi cloud camera

At CES 2015, there was no shortage of home monitoring and surveillance cameras. Now that there are so many models from different brands available, it may seem that they’re mostly the same. In terms of hardware, it could be true. However, when you get down to it, it’s the software and interface that can make more »