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Technology: Content Insider #537 - Road Show

Content Insider #537 - Road Show

Small Screen Viewing is Becoming a Very, Very Big Deal

Watching really good (and really bad) video content on your smartphone is becoming a big deal...even when the big screen is right in front of you. How big? T-Mobile did a deal with Netflix and people who measure speed said they had the fastest net in town. So AT&T said Ok we'll offer our new customers HBO and the new Ma Bell is waiting for you to call. Verizon is thinking about it. But as telcos know it isn't about unlimited data plans, it's how well they can throttle (manage) what you're viewing. The alternative? Head for the mobile internet. Turn it on and tune in. Free entertainment is a beautiful thing. Stealing content...not so much!

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Feature: 10 Z-Waves Devices Every Smart Home Should Have Installed

10 Z-Waves Devices Every Smart Home Should Have Installed

Today's homes are becoming more connected thanks to advances in smart technology. With smart devices and the wireless connectivity of Z-Wave, users can have complete control over home security, comfort, and entertainment from anywhere. These ten Z-Wave smart devices are great additions to a fully integrated smart home.

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Feature: Reasons People Use Free Wi-Fi - and Why You Shouldn't!

Reasons People Use Free Wi-Fi - and Why You Shouldn't!

This month, cybersecurity company Symantec released the results of its second Wi-Fi Risk Report, which digs into the reasons why consumers, both in America and across the world, use free or public Wi-Fi. While experts have espoused the dangers of accessing public Wi-Fi for years, if Symantec's survey is any indication, the message seems to have fallen on deaf ears. In this post, we'll go over the highlights of Symantec's research, discuss the dangers of using public Wi-Fi and detail some alternatives.

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Video:  Saving Energy & Money with Home Depot

Saving Energy & Money with Home Depot

With temperatures and humidity soaring, keep the hot air out and the cold air in with five do-it-yourself projects for your home. · Saving energy means saving money—as much as 20% on your utility bill, and possibly more. · Let’s walk through each projects from windows to lighting. Whether you are looking to stay cool or cut down on cooling costs, here are some go-to energy saving tips. · First, test how efficient your home is by taking our Home Efficiency Audit. Go to to check it out STEP ONE: Windows: Updating your windows can be an investment, but a smart investment that saves you energy and gives your home a fresh look. Thanks to advances in technology, windows not only enhance the look of the home, but also keep the home cooler (warmer in the winter). It can also reduce outside noise if you consider double or triple pane windows. ENERGY STAR qualified windows can help reduce your energy bill and save you from to $150 to $500 a year. American Craftsman Vinyl Window are a great option here in Little Rock. They are durable, energy efficient and attractive for many years to come. These windows have a lifetime warranty and easy to clean vinyl. The Low-E insulating glass lowers energy costs and helps homes stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter by reflecting sunlight away from the home in hot weather and heat back into the home in cold weather. Home Depot Services Once you decide on new windows, find easy and certified help on the install from The Home Depot. Schedule a free in-home consultation, and The Home Depot will send an authorized service provider to your home. These professionals are local, licensed and insured with The Home Depot performing background checks on all providers. Once confirmed, the service provider will come to your house and perform an inspection. This is a worthwhile investment that will help identify and fix small issues saving you energy and money. The Home Depot offers wood and vinyl replacement along with new window installation. STEP TWO: Programmable Smart Thermostats: Upgrading your outdated thermostat to one that is programmable can save more than $200 a year. Smart programmable thermostats like the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat are designed for ease of use and energy savings. This thermostat offers free smartphone app, smart response technology for the precise temperature and pre-programmed energy savings schedule. It also lets you know when your filter needs to be changed with auto alerts. It works with the Wink home automation network, keeping you fully connected. DEMO ONE: Show back of thermostat and talk through the installation process. Have product out of packaging – have all the tools needed to show how to install and just talk through what to have and how long it should take. Begin by turning off the power for your heating and air-conditioning system at the main service panel. Thread the low-voltage wires through the base of the new thermostat and mount the thermostat base on the wall using the screws included with the thermostat. Connect the low-voltage wires to the appropriate screw terminals on the thermostat base. Install the battery or batteries in the thermostat body (if applicable), and attach the body to the thermostat base. Restore power to your heating/cooling system, then program the thermostat according to the manufacturer's instructions. STEP THREE: Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans can complement any decor, increase comfort by cooling the room, and help save money on your energy bill. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Fans like the Hunter WhisperWind has a motor that delivers ultra-powerful air movement with whisper-quiet performance so you get the cooling power you want without the noise. The latest ceiling fans make installation quicker and easier. The Hampton Bay Rockport Ceiling Fan, for example, is exclusive to The Home Depot and includes three unique technologies: Quickinstall Blades, Slide on Mounting Bracket and AccuArm. QuickInstall Blades: This quick blade installation technology is patented and exclusive to Home Depot only, there are no other quick connect blades like it on the market today Slide on Mounting Bracket: Allows bracket to hold onto ceiling while wires connected, making a two person job a one-person job. AccuArm: Allows for true alignment without dealing with screws. To choose the right size fan, measure the room (length of the longest wall in the room) Less than 12 feet – use a fan 36 inches or less 12 to 15 feet – use 40 to 48 inches More than 15 feet – use 52 inches or more DEMO TWO: Bring a tape measure to show measuring a blade when talking about it, measure one of the fans mentioned above blade, so have out of packaging. Then show the quick install blade on Hampton Bay, click in while talking about above. STEP FOUR: LED LIGHT BULBS: Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LEDs. Replacing standard lightbulbs with energy efficient LEDs will bring you immediate savings on your electricity bill and can be done in minutes. LEDs use 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs get hot—that’s why you can’t touch them when they’re on—LED technology does not produce heat and conserve energy. This Eco Smart LED is exclusive technology to The Home Depot and lasts longer than a decade, so you don’t have to worry about changing bulbs. Eco Smart is brighter than competitors (800 lumens versus 750) so you need less bulbs to brighten space. This bulb has an estimated annual energy cost of only $1.08/bulb (about 80% less than incandescent) saving money on your energy bills. REBATES: A lot of these bulbs and other products apply towards energy efficiency rebates, you can go on to see what does just type in rebate finder DEMO THREE: Bring a small lamp and screw in an ECO Smart LED bulb. Turn on the lamp and, during the segment, have the host touch it to show how it doesn’t get hot. STEP FIVE: SEAL THE GAPS WITH CAULK: Sealing air leaks around your home with caulking and insulation can save 10 – 20% on power bills. Caulk, like DAP, can seal the cracks and openings to the outside to keep the cool air in and warm air out. Consider using a weather-resistant foam sealant, like Great Stuff, if sealing in a visible place. It resists moisture and can be sanded, painted and stained for a more appealing look.

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