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Don’t be a slave to life: automate everything. We’ll show you how to convert your ordinary home into a home of the future.

How to Set Up a Projection-Based Home Theater, Step by Step

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How to Set Up a Projection-Based Home Theater, Step by Step

Watch movies on the big screen, at home, with the perfect home cinema set up for any budget. Nothing beats the big screen experience for movies or gaming, but home theater is an expensive hobby to get into. This is the guide you’re looking for, so get out your shopping list and tape measure as I walk you through every aspect of planning your own home theater, from layout to choosing curtains and the most important part of the set, the projector itself.

02-09-2013
How to Set Up a Projection-Based Home Theater, Step by Step
5 Options to Consider For Your Next Media Center

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5 Options to Consider For Your Next Media Center

I’ve spent the last 5 years of my life searching for it and countless thousands of dollars in the process. I’m talking of course about the holy grail – the ultimate media center. Truth be told, I still haven’t found it. There is no one solution that suits all my needs, that can do everything and do it with panaché – but some of these 5 hardware options certainly come close.

31-07-2013
5 Options to Consider For Your Next Media Center
How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3

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How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3

Although I’ve had the pleasure of using an Apple TV these past few months, I was immediately sold on the Roku 3. You can read more about the product (and whet your appetite) in Danny’s Roku 3 review. For me, it was the combination of on-demand media and easy access to my own extensive media library that made Roku’s case, not to mention an attractive price tag. In fact, I mostly use the Roku 3 as a top-up box for my Plex media center.

03-06-2013
How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale Review and Giveaway

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Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale Review and Giveaway

Whether your goal is to maintain a healthy weight or lose those extra pounds, keeping track of your weight changes is an essential part of the process. Any obstacle to doing so will eventually halt your efforts. With the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, you needn’t waste those extra moments – it’ll sync your stats and store them for you. Now all you need to do is concentrate on actually exercising. We’re giving away a Fitbit Aria, so read on to find out more about it, then join the contest!

02-05-2013
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale Review and Giveaway
Control Appliances From An Arduino: The Start Of Home Automation

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Control Appliances From An Arduino: The Start Of Home Automation

Last time, I showed you a few ways of making your Arduino projects speech controlled via SiriProxy, OS X’s built-in speakable items, and some Automator scripting, or even a dedicated voice recognition hardware chip. I left you with a quick demo of me turning on my lights, but didn’t explain how I achieved that on the hardware side. Let’s look today at how you can control high power devices – like your kettle, or some floor lamps.

15-02-2013
Control Appliances From An Arduino: The Start Of Home Automation
11 Gifts To Make Your Home More High Tech This Holiday Season

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11 Gifts To Make Your Home More High Tech This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for merriment, coming together with your nearest and dearest, eating too much and the sending and receiving of gifts. Ruthless consumerism is all well and good, but if you play it smart and ditch the boring perfumes and costly consumables you might want to consider upgrading the tech in your home. These are the gifts that last all year round, most of which will serve you well for many years to come.

10-12-2012
11 Gifts To Make Your Home More High Tech This Holiday Season
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