Aug 16 2017

News - Ikea is entering home automation market with Zigbee devices

I love what Ikea did for the lightbulb market, so if they can replicate that success with a line of Zigbee devices. I'm all for it, as long as they are HAC agnostic, and will play nice with any Zigbee compatible network.

Aug 16 2017

News - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt gets Android compatibility

Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

I'm more of a total solution guy when it comes to home automation (think HAC + Z-Wave/Zigbee devices), but totally get that there's room in the market for the less committed. That's where the smartphone hosted smart devices like this Schlage Android lock come in. Isn't hard on the eyes either, or wallet. MSRP is $229.

Aug 09 2017

News - Nuvyyo Tablo OTA DVR Reviewed @ HTR

We haven't paid for cable in a few years, but it would be hard to go without access to OTA TV. Personally, I've been using the SiliconDust DVR but obviously that's not for everyone. If you've been looking for an OTA DVR, might want to check out this review.

Jul 27 2017

News - Yale announces slim smartlock

I just added a couple Yale Z-Wave locks to my house. They look great, and have the functionality I wanted. Unfortunately, they aren't nearly as slick looking as these new deadbolts. 

Jul 18 2017

News - Olloclip rolls out limited-edition Filmer's Kit "curated essentials for mobile videography, photography and live streaming" kit

 

 

 

If you are looking at complete mobile photographer kits Olloclip announced a limited-edition Filmer's Kit for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. The kit case includes multiple lens sets, a Core Lens set and Active Lens set, and an articulating mobile video grip.


Jun 30 2017

News - DIY - Smart Home Network walkthrough @ instructables

I don't think this would have much SAF, but it looks like a fun project to setup and have a play with.

Jun 30 2017

News - Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite review at SNB

For most users I think Ubiquiti USG would be a better choice than the EdgeRouter Lite, but there' no denying that it has a bit more capability - provided you're comfortable on the cmdline.

Jun 29 2017

News - Plex adds adaptive bitrate streaming

If you have a Plex Pass and a willness to live on the cutting edge you too can try out their new adaptive bitrate streaming feature. It is still in "preview release" so don't be surprised if there are some BETA type issues. Happy streaming Smile!

Jun 28 2017

News - Buy an NVIDIA SHIELD, get Plex Pass for free

If you've been considering picking up a SHIELD, this week is a good time to get it done. If you swing by a Best Buy before July 1 and grab one, you get six months of Plex Pass for free.

FWIW, I'm still a huge SHIELD fan. It has the all-too-rare distinction of a product that keeps getting better. Now that it has Amazon Video and all these great Plex features, it really is a no brainer if you want a streamer that rocks.

Jun 28 2017

News - JVC DLA-X970R D-ILA projector reviewed @ HTR

1080p projectors accepting 4K inputs and doing some fancy downscaling are becoming more common. Here we have a reasonably pricey ($10K) JVC reviewed at Home Theater Review. Frankly, I'm a bit confused though. If it were me, there are a few native 4K projectors within stretch (or saving) distance...

Jun 27 2017

News - Epson announces Home Cinema 4000 HDR "4K Enhancement Technology" projector

If you really want a 4K projector, but can't quite stomach the current prices. The Epson 4000 might be just the thing. It's a 1080p projector that supports HDR10 (sadly not Dolby Vison) and 4K input, then downscales to the native resolution. Which should provide a superior image than standard 1080p sources. The best part is of course the price - $2,200.

Jun 26 2017

News - Intel Skylake/Kaby Lake HyperThreading flaw discovered

Hot Hardware is reporting the discovery of a critical flaw in Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake when HyperThreading is enabled. Head over there for the details, but for the TLDR crowd - make sure to check for a BIOS update from your motherboard vendor.

Jun 18 2017

News - STREAMZ Android powered wireless headphones on Kickstarter


I get a lot of Kickstarter pitches in the MissingRemote inbox, but it's not that often that I see one that looks interesting. STREAMZ is one of those. Combining an Android powered Wi-Fi streamer in the headset alongside Bluetooth and wired connectivity it can provide a complete music solution. Music can be stored locally (it supports up to 256GB SDXC), streamed from Google Drive, or from Pandora or Spotify. Although, as a Google Play Music subscriber it would be even more interesting if it supported that service. Besides the general risk associated with Kickstarter campaigns, there will be some associated with the platform's development. If the company makes it, hopefully they will be committed to updates both from a security and feature perspective.

Jun 07 2017

News - Yamaha intros YAS-207, first soundbar with DTS Virtual:X

Yamaha is known, and lauded, for it's "sound projectors", but they also make the more pedestrian "sound bar". Just adding the $300 YAS-207 to the collection. With a wireless subwoofer, HDMI inputs, and being first to support the DTS Virtual:X 3D audio format being the main selling points.

Jun 01 2017

News - Plex adds Live TV

If you have a Plex Pass you can now watch your OTA content live, anywhere you have Internet. You will, of course, need some local tuners, but it's not just HDHR devices now. There are actually quite a few, and you can even use some of the USB ones with the NVIDIA SHIELD!

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