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As the year winds down, the gift-giving season is upon us. Along with the holiday season comes another year-end best-of list. So, if you’re looking to get a new TV for yourself, or as a gift for your loved ones, the models on this list are the least likely to be re-gifted. Sony A8G 65" Class HDR 4K...
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Ah, Google. From its humble beginnings as an Internet search engine to its monumental metamorphosis into one of the biggest names in tech, Google’s impact on our lives cannot be understated. And lately, that impact has grown, thanks to a slate of new products. Whether you need a laptop, smartphone, or anything in...
2 months ago
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Summer is over, and that means students have returned to the classroom and, perhaps, the dorm room. Aside from the basic school supply list, you should also start upgrading your tech for the upcoming academic year, and adding a smart speaker with a virtual assistant is a good way to go. With a smart speaker in your home, you can have questions answered, control smart home gadgets, play music,...
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With the fall semester upon us, many college students will spend the next few months living in a dormitory. Whether you’re a freshman experiencing dorm life for the first time, or a returning student with a few semesters of dormitory living under your belt, you can certainly do a lot to improve your living quarters. The proliferation of home automaton devices is making smart homes ubiquitous....
Choosing the Right Sonos for the Choosy Dad
5 months ago
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If you’re shopping for Sonos speakers for the picky dad in your life this Father’s Day, it can seem like a daunting task. After all, there are individual speakers, speaker sets, outdoor and in-wall/ceiling speakers, and dedicated home theater speakers to choose from. To help you choose the right speaker or set of...
9 months ago
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Choosing the right cameras is only a small part of putting your surveillance system together. At least as important, in the long term, is deciding how you’ll record and store your video. The best solution will depend on your needs and how you anticipate them changing. While large deployments at government institutions or campuses will usually depend on server-based solutions, we’ll be focusing on...
11 months ago
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Products featuring smart assistants continued to sell at a blistering pace in 2018, further cementing their roles in our everyday lives and all but guaranteeing a future where interacting with a hyper-intelligent digital ghost is the norm. But, despite this continued surge in ownership, smart assistants remain an unknown quantity for many—What are they? What can they do? How do I get one? To help...
11 months ago
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Remember when Google was associated only with how you navigated the Web? It wasn’t too long ago that the software giant decided to enter the hardware game, catching the attention of nearly everyone. When the king of search makes a move, heads turn. Google’s hardware release was modest for a company of its size, releasing a slow drip of Internet-connected devices over the past few years. While...
11 months ago
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Security surveillance for the home seems ubiquitous in 2018. It’s par for the course for many homeowners. With the steady influx of consumer-grade security cameras, video doorbells, and alarm systems, there certainly won’t be a shortage of devices designed for securing your home in the foreseeable future. Much like surveillance for the home, home automation continues to grow by leaps and bounds....
1 year ago
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With the end of 2018 fast approaching, the holiday season is right around the corner. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about making your home smarter, but never got around to it. Have no worries—this is the perfect time to jump into smart home automation. With holiday lights, visiting guests, parties, and all the festivities that come during this time of year, your smart devices will be put through...
1 year ago
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More than in most other applications, surveillance video devices need to be specially suited to their environment. Unlike a camera used for other purposes, surveillance gear rarely allows you to make changes to the environment you’re recording, so it must be able to work in the conditions in which it’s installed. Most installations won’t allow you to add or remove light sources to accommodate the...
by Cris Silvestri and John Craig
1 year ago
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We are so past baby monitors these days. There used to be a time when a good baby monitor with two-way audio (what was the baby going to do, we wondered—tell us why they're gassy at 2:00 in the morning?) was expensive, difficult to set up, and easily interfered with. These days, with advances made in home surveillance, you can probably hook yourself up with an indoor security camera and just as...
1 year ago
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When your job has you traveling from place to place, through airports, checking into and out of hotels, it’s important to keep your luggage as compact and lightweight as possible. For on-the-go presenters, this luggage will typically include a projector. So, for these people on the front lines of their business, courting clients, striking deals, and logging miles, I’ve decided to compile a short...
1 year ago
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When choosing a home theater receiver, there are several factors to consider. After all, this device will serve as the controller and centerpiece of your stereo or multi-channel system. While there are plenty of options available, it's important that your new receiver matches your needs and is compatible with your source components, whether they be smartphones, streaming devices, Blu-ray players...
1 year ago
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With the “Big Game” over and the promise of warmer temperatures on the horizon, we now turn our attention to the great outdoors. It’s time to start thinking about what we’re doing with our outdoor entertainment areas. Maybe it’s not quite time to clean the pool, but we can consider our poolside electronics setup. And what better place to start than with an...
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