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Review: Nest Learning Thermostat

- April 22nd, 2014

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We can use Home Automation devices to monitor our homes, keep us secure and turn our lights on and off. So why not use technology to help monitor and control the energy used to heat and cool our homes? The Nest Learning Thermostat can do just that – on its own- via the web and also through an app. Nest isn’t totally new, but the latest version, the 2nd generation model, is certainly much improved and you don’t have to be a geek to make the most of it. Great news if you’re a resident of Alberta, you may have an opportunity to get one free from Direct Energy.

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Piper: Security Camera and Home Automation in a smart little bundle

- April 11th, 2014

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More homes are not only getting more secure, they’re also getting much smarter, thanks to the availability of affordable and easy to set up security and home automation systems like Canadian-invented Piper.

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Dyson DC62 Animal cordless vacuum sucks like a corded one

- March 31st, 2014

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At first glance the Dyson DC62 Animal doesn’t look like much of a vacuum; in fact, it looks more like a metal detector than a vacuum cleaner. The first thing that came to mind was how such a small handheld unit, especially a cordless one, could do the job of a full sized vacuum. Fortunately for me, for today anyway, I live in a very dry area, almost back on to a transit station and have a significant amount of carpeting in my home, so there’s never any shortage of testing material – dust, sand and other sediment – that needed to be sucked up.

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CES 2014: Scanadu Scout world’s first Medical Tricorder is The Real McCoy

- January 10th, 2014

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When you hear the word Tricorder, there’s only one thing that comes to mind – Star Trek. The beeping sounds are accompanied by a visual of Dr. Leonard McCoy, aka “Bones” hovering over a patient with what looks like a school kid’s grade 5 electronics project.

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