Fire TV vs Roku 4 vs Apple TV 4 – Battle of the Set Top Boxes

Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably heard of streaming services such as Netflix.  More folks than ever are using the power of the Internet to watch movies & television on-demand.  But how do you get the content onto your television?  The answer is typically a set top box (STB). Today we’ll take a look at the three flagship STB devices from Amazon, Apple, and Roku.

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QUICK LOOK: Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Apple HomeKit

Schlage as a brand has been around almost a century, offering interior and exterior door knobs, handles, and deadbolts.  And when it comes to home automation, they have been offering compatible products to consumers for some time.  As such, it should come as no surprise they are one of the first in their industry to bring to market an Apple HomeKit compatible deadbolt.  Let’s check out their new Schlage Sense device in this quick-look blog post!

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How to harness IFTTT-like event Triggers with Apple HomeKit in iOS 9

To make the most out of your smart home experience you need the perfect blend of hardware and software.  Up until recently, the software you would use with HomeKit devices was limited by Apple’s iOS 8 short-comings.  Thankfully Cupertino fixed most of that with the recent release of iOS 9, but no developer has taken the time to harness all this potential power.  Now, thanks to a new app called Home by Mattias Hochgatterer, we can finally build the smart home of our dreams!

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Apple Watch Stands – 2015 Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you have an Apple Watch Sport with a silicone band, or the premium Apple Watch with a leather or metallic band, chances are good you’ve found a need to top off the battery every night while you sleep.  If you’re buying a new Apple Watch for someone special this holiday season, or for yourself, don’t forget to pick up an Apple Watch Stand.  Here is our 2015 Holiday Shopping Guide to some of the best Apple Watch Stand options on the market right now.

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REVIEW: Nest Learning Thermostat -VERSUS- HomeKit-enabled Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat

Over fifteen years ago I purchased a cheap programmable 5+2 day thermostat at my local hardware store.  And for nearly a decade that unit provided me ample performance, until one day it stopped working and needed replaced.  At that time, a few years ago, there was only one option for tech geeks like myself who wanted a WiFi smart home thermostat.  But nowadays we have many options, which is why today I’m provided my review of the two of the top sellers in this segment:  the Nest Learning Thermostat and the ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor (Apple HomeKit Enabled).

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