Tag - Smart
I'm back again with another Crowdfunding Critic, this time with a topic very near and dear to my heart: "smart" products. I've tested more smart devices than I can count at this point, and now there's a company out there that is ready to make all my efforts worth it: the Klug Home, a device of "context."
Remember how we had covered our Battle of the Bulbs earlier, and how we had said that we didn't like the Ilumi for the $90 price tag, and the fact that it didn't continue working? Well, it turns out that Ilumi has created an all-new smartbulb, called the Ilumi A19, and we got our hands on one to check out.
Everyone has them: the oft dubbed "dumb" electronics. Whether it's your window air conditioner, your favorite floor lamp, or your beloved Christmas lights, these tend to be trusty companions that work on the rapidly archaic notion of physically turning them on and off via an inconveniently placed light switch or button, a power strip hidden behind a decade of AV equipment, or God forbid: plugging and unplugging them directly from the outlet. Instead of getting rid your "dumb" electronics for an updated "smart" version, why not just update your outlet? That's what Nyrius did with their crowd-funded Smart Outlet.
Smartbulbs are kind of weird, right? On one hand, the disco-ball loving teenager in us thinks they're "really spiffy," where as the responsible, bill-paying adult in us thinks that dropping anywhere from $40 to $100 on a light bulb is entirely ludicrous. Even if you take into account that LED bulbs use a tenth of the electricity of incandescent bulbs, as well as the fact that they should last you for upwards of 15-20 years when used daily, a $100 bulb is still a $100 bulb. So, are they worth it?
LED bulbs are in vogue these days, cited as being cheap to run, long lasting, bright, and less annoying than compact fluorescent lights. We couldn't imagine life without them at this point. Smart LEDs are starting to become more popular, and while we weren't sold at first, we're coming around to them. Today, we check out another contender in the smartbulb arena, A21 Ilumi Smartbulb, a feature-heavy Bluetooth lightbulb that works with your iPhone.
In the classes I often teach on OS X and iOS devices and how to utilize them, a great deal of confusion comes up about the concept of Smart Folders -- or, as they are known in iPhoto and Photos (and elsewhere) Smart Albums; or as they are known in Mail, Smart Mailboxes; or as they are known in iTunes, Smart Playlists. They certainly sound smart, so what does that say about us that we often can't figure them out? How are they different from regular folders, albums, mailboxes, and playlists? Read this edition of Pointers to find out.
LG has admitted that its smart televisions are sending data related to TV shows and content watched to its servers. The electronics producer will be releasing a future firmware update for the televisions, one that fixes an issue where user data got fed back to LG, even if the television's owner did not allow it in the device's options menu.
LG has signed a deal with broadcaster BSkyB to add Now TV to its range of smart televisions in the United Kingdom. The agreement will bring the Sky-backed streaming service to Internet-connected LG HDTVs in August, with Now TV content being exclusive to the manufacturer's smart TV range for a minimum of 12 months.
Storage manufacturer SanDisk is acquiring enterprise solid state drive developer Smart Storage Systems. The "definitive agreement" to purchase the company sees SanDisk paying approximately $307 million in cash and "equity-based incentive awards" to Silver Lake Partners, with the boardroom-approved deal expected to be completed in August.
The European Commission have launched an investigation into regulating smart appliances in the future. Due to the vast amount of personal data at stake, the EC requested views on the “Internet of Things” (IoT) concerning privacy, safety, security, ethics, governance, and standards from the general public for the next three months.
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PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]