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The Pros and Cons of Harmony

on Monday, 24 November 2014. Posted in Home Automation Products


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Harmony, now owned by Logitech, is upping their game with the new Home Hub. This system brings together your audio, TV, DVD, DVR, Blu-ray, lighting, and thermostat functions together with one small device. The hub is packed with infrared transmitters that allow your smart phones to control your home theater products with a few simple clicks...

Important Features Of A Home Automation System

on Friday, 19 September 2014. Posted in Home Automation Industry

There’s no doubt that it may seem difficult on where to start on your first home automation system. With so many companies and products on the market, how do you know which products would be best for you? There are a few things to consider when thinking about your home and current lifestyle to integrate home automation into your routine...

How is Kaleidescape staying in the game after the lawsuit?

on Tuesday, 02 September 2014. Posted in Home Automation Industry

Last month, I wrote an article expanding the news that Kaleidescape came to terms on their lawsuit with the DVD Copy Control Association stating that after November 28, 2014, all Kaleidescape systems sold would only be able to play your favorite DVDs discs but they cannot be copied to newly bought systems. As for Blu-ray Discs, they can continue to be copied to the system but require a copy of the disc to reside in the Kaleidescape Disc Vault for playback options.  All systems bought before this date are “grand-fathered” in and will continue to be able to copy discs to the system. With these new changes to their system in the future, Kaleidescape is trying to find ways to stay relevant in this industry....

Is Apple Changing the Home Automation Game?

on Friday, 25 July 2014. Posted in Home Automation Industry

For a couple years now, there have been rumors and buzz about Apple entering the home automation game. Back in May, an article was released that at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple would introduce a system to meet your smart home needs that included lighting, security systems, and appliance control...