Control4 Releases Smart Home OS3

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Read John Sciacca’s review of Control4’s new OS3 system here! Heres’ the 411 on the upgrade to OS 3! With new features, a fresh interface, and more than a thousand enhancements, homeowners can now personalize and organize favorite rooms, devices, and scenes, swipe-and-tap for easy navigation, customize wallpapers to their liking, and enjoy an enriched entertainment experience. OS 3 EMPOWERS …

Tariff Increases Expected to Impact some products

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A letter from Control4 CEO Thursday, May 16, 2019: Subject: Changes Induced by Increased and Expected Future Import Tariffs Dear Valued Dealer in the United States; On Friday May 10, 2019 the U.S. Department of Commerce and the US Trade Representative announced an unexpected and immediate increase of the Section 301 Import Tariffs for certain goods manufactured in China from a …

5G & WIFI-6 & more…

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You may have heard of 5G. It’s been in the news a bit over the last year. It’s like 4G, but faster. It’s up to 50% faster over existing cell infrastructure, but that’s not where this baby is going to make hay. Dedicated 5G networks use a different radio technology than 4G, and that promises a 2,000% speed increase. Since …

New, Fun & Different Outdoors

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First, a solid home network and great WiFi coverage is more essential than ever. As we transition to an app and streaming media society, we depend on staying connected for convenient control and media enjoyment. Holy is perfect for church, but you don’t want holes in your network. That means music and video dropouts, or missing the app download you …

What happens if your stuff stops working

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We are in a new era in the way things work together…. or sometimes don’t! Your mobile apps talk to your music system, car, thermostats, and even your refrigerator these days. Nearly everything that uses power has an operating system now, not just your computer. WiFi is pervasive and connects to seemingly everything. While that’s brought unbridled convenience and opportunity, …

Amazon Alexa

Alexa – The Ultimate User Interface

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Where things are more difficult is the stuff you’d really like your little listener to do for you: EVERYTHING! Oh, and that’s without you having to name off every, single thing you’d like to change; just one quick “Alexa, I’m leaving.” And she obligingly turns off the lights, lowers the shades, kills the music, arms the security alarm to “away”, …

Dumb Home Turned Smart

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Here’s the article as it appears on Digital Trends website. Twenty years ago, new home builders saw an opportunity to add value to a property by installing in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, routing miles of speaker wires, and installing volume dials in every room. Before the days of Sonos and LCD TVs, it was a novelty to be able to listen …

Video Surveillance Straight Out of James Bond

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Surveillance has been important to us when it comes to keeping our families and abodes safe from all manner of disasters, from human to natural. Nothing beats keeping an eye on things, especially from a distance. Recently, the trend in surveillance cameras has been toward the image clarity of HD, but that’s just the beginning. Now, there’s a real surveillance …