What Is a Smart Home Hub and Do You Need One?

If you've recently embraced smart home technology to simplify your life, you may still be a bit confused about certain aspects.

You may know that products like smart light bulbs and smart outlets can operate independently through an app on your mobile device. But if you have multiple devices from different manufacturers, you’ll have to switch between multiple apps. That’s a hassle that doesn’t save you time and can complicate your smart home experience.

What’s more, some smart devices can’t be controlled directly through an app and require something called a smart home “hub” to communicate with your mobile device. Read further to learn more about a smart home hub and if you need one...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Author: Julie Foster - MarCom/Number of views (11444)/Comments (0)/
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7 Ways Home Automation Can Help You Save Time & Stress Less

Your alarm clock goes off and your bedroom lights slowly rise to a warm glow. Downstairs, your smart coffee pot is already brewing your first cup. This isn’t the home of the future, per se. This is an example of a smart home that can exist today.

Let’s look at seven ways the Internet of Things (IoT) can improve your life, save time, and reduce stress.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Author: Julie Foster - MarCom/Number of views (6458)/Comments (0)/
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Tech Predictions for 2018

A few big, long-expected trends emerged in 2017; namely, the ubiquity of machine learning in the ecommerce shopping experience and the increasingly widespread use of voice-controlled home automation devices. These highly personalized experiences leverage the power of big data, a trend that’s expected to continue in a wide variety of new applications, gadgets, software, and cloud-based technology in the upcoming year.

Read more for what to watch for.

Thursday, January 11, 2018/Author: Julie Foster - MarCom/Number of views (4695)/Comments (0)/
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How to Control Web Cookies and Boost Online Privacy

Privacy experts have been talking about web cookies—and how managing them can help boost your online privacy—for a decade or so. But how much do you really know about web cookies and how they affect your online privacy? Are they more trouble than they’re worth? Do they offer anything valuable?

Don’t jump in and start deleting every cookie in your web browser history just yet. First, let’s dig a little deeper into what web cookies are, what they do, and what you need to know about them. 

What are web cookies and what do they do?

Monday, December 18, 2017/Author: Julie Foster - MarCom/Number of views (5745)/Comments (0)/
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Top Weight Loss Apps for Your New Year’s Resolution

The start of a new year always brings a laundry-list of resolutions: “This year I’ll be more organized, stay on top of laundry, cook more meals, work out every day, etc.” But by the end of January, most of us lose interest in our new habits and go back to our last-year ways. If weight loss is one of your goals for 2018, you don’t have to go it alone – your smartphone can help! There are dozens of weight loss apps to help you track calories, log workouts, and stay motivated, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites. 

Find out what they are!

Monday, December 18, 2017/Author: Julie Foster - MarCom/Number of views (3719)/Comments (0)/
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