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The Shortest Throw

Florida Home is One of First U.S. Installations of Sony’s VPLGTZ1 Ultra Short Throw Projector Download the PDF When Randy Rock first contemplated moving full-time with his wife Lydia to their winter residence in Boynton Beach, FL, he faced a tech-lover’s dilemma. How could he replicate the experience of his sophisticated and painstakingly built home theater back in North Bellmore, …

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The Ultimate in Energy Monitoring

Montauk, N.Y., home system will notify owner when “green” building investment pays for itself. ELECTRONIC LIFESTYLES® Fall 2010 Download the PDF here By Holly Keller One of the great challenges of integrating environmentally friendly elements into new homes is justifying the initial investment. Reducing environmental impact is a perk in and of itself, but can sometimes be costly up-front. How …

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Outdoor Living

After the winter we had, we all cannot wait to start planning our outdoor barbeques and parties!  Is your backyard and entertainment space ready to host?  Maybe not even for hosting, but even just for your own enjoyment. Consider bringing your outdoor living space up to the 21st century.  You can do so with some minor updates, or by really …

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App Security

So you decided you wanted to control your home, and monitor it remotely from your smart phone.  Great!  Technology is a wonderful convenience when used properly. But just how secure are the devices you are using, and who else might be tapping into your personal home security? Not to single out any one particular company, but Google recently purchased Nest …

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Super Bowl is Coming!

The holidays are over, and we are all slowly recouping and getting back to our normal routines.  But wait, Super Bowl is around the corner, and if you are hosting, you need to be prepared! We have all had bad dips, the wings that should not have been made, soggy chips, or maybe even a bad batch of guacamole!  But …

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Curved TV’s

480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K – all of these numbers, and now you have to wonder if you want a TV to be curved or not curved!  More to consider, and is it right for you? I have a pretty strong opinion on this. Yes it is the newest thing, and everyone is talking about it, but do you …

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Using Apps For Your Home Technology

By now you either have a smartphone, and you are a pro with it, or maybe you are still not sure if you need anything more than a phone that actually makes phone calls.  Technology is evolving, and if you don’t want to be left behind you probably should have one.  If nothing else you can at least play Candy …

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To 4K, or not to 4K?

By now you have probably heard the term 4K.  But what exactly does it all mean?  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, now 4K. Wow that is a lot of numbers, and all represent the most commonly used resolutions in TV’s. When we speak about High Definition TV (also known as HDTV), all of the above with the exception of the …

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Do you need a Smart TV?

By now you have heard the term “Smart TV”, but what exactly does that mean, and do you really need one?  Just like a “Smart Phone” it is loaded with application possibilities – also known as “apps”. Your Smart TV is your portal to the internet.  From here you can download not just games, but useful apps as well.  Years …

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Technology Ready for the Holidays

Before we all know it, we will be getting ready for that time of year again.  Is it your turn to host?  If so, it is time to start thinking about if your rooms need to be painted, new furniture to buy, do you have enough room for everybody.  In addition to the obvious, you should also be concerned about …