Smart Thermostats Getting Smarter

The bar has been raised. Again.

But this time it’s the new kid on the block— and the bar was raised a lot. Thermostat newcomer Ecobee has been catching up to the venerable Nest over the last few years. But they recently upended the game with their latest offering, the Ecobee4.

Clones of the popular Nest abound. But most, like this Honeywell Lyric, don’t offer the features or value of the original. Not so with the smart offerings from Ecobee!

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Wi-Fi Hot Tomato

Shopping for a router?
I suggest you start your quest at an unlikely place. It’s called Advanced Tomato and it’s the home of a wonderful open source firmware for routers. There are a number of open source firmware options available– DD-WRT, is probably the best known. Tomato is another, and Advanced Tomato is a sleek interface that improves the look and feel beyond OEM standards. Continue reading

Tips for Cordcutters

Cordcutters have never had it easier. A great selection of antennas and over the air (OTA) resources are available to help you watch all your favorite TV shows without paying for satellite or cable. Digital television means you have access to free HD programming from an ever-growing list of broadcasters. All you really need is an antenna. Once you’ve assembled the necessary hardware consult the web to learn how and where to find the stations you want to watch.

Antennas
ClearStream Eclipse    Amplified Sure Grip Indoor HDTV AntennaIn general antennas fall  under indoor or outdoor. While some antennas are marketed as indoor/outdoor, that just basically means they’re outdoor units that are small enough to bring inside or stuff into an attic. Flat antennas are very popular, easy to hang and work best when positioned near a window. Online tools (keep reading) can help you determine what style of indoor antenna is best suited for your location.  Continue reading

Chromebooks Go Pro

Samsung goes upscale with Google’s entry-level computers.

In recent years we’ve seen the Chromebook grow from sideline oddity to the second best selling computer in America. In an age where phones and tablets are packed with more computing power than the Apollo missions, the conventional desktop and laptop computer markets are lagging. The only computers to clock rising sales lately?

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Amazon Goes Big: Kindle Oasis

Amazon attempts to reimagine their venerable e-reader.

The upcoming Kindle Oasis begins shipping April 27th with a retail price of $289.99. If that sounds expensive for a 6″ tablet that only displays e-books… well, you’re right. Amazon hopes you’ll find the new Oasis to be the perfect companion for their Kindle Unlimited plan.

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