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Review: Belkin's Netcam is the Wifi camera that will also work with other WeMo smart home products

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2013 09:29 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2014 10:53 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The hardest thing about the Belkin Netcam HD is getting the package open… and even that isn’t that hard. There are three round stickers–you know the type, the ones that are impossible to get a pair of scissors or a knife under? Well, after five minutes of solid picking I managed to get the package open, and that was the end of my difficulties with this product. From there on in I had a chance to get set up with the Belkin Netcam HD… so if you want to know more about it, read on!

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How to use Powerline tech to extend your network

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2013 05:33 PM - last edited on ‎06-27-2013 09:47 AM by Administrator

dlink-DHP-540-desk-lg.jpgIf you’re looking to increase your Wi-Fi signal, have issues with wifi dead-spots, or just want to make your home network more robust, you’ll want to read on and learn a bit about Powerline technology. Its not something that too many of you are likely to know about already but would probably benefit from down the road. Powerline technology helps you get some of the benefit of a wired home network without having to drill holes and lay cable throughout your house. It makes your existing home power lines function effectively like a local area network (LAN) would.  

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How to Connect the PS3 to your Home Theatre

by Blogger on ‎02-16-2013 11:56 AM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 11:33 AM by Retired Administrator

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Probably one of the best ways to enjoy your favourite game console is via a home theatre system. If you're blessed enough to have an amazing setup already, but haven't hooked up your Xbox 360 or PS3, what are you waiting for?!

Today, I'll be talking to you about hooking up the PS3 to your home theatre system and how it can be done in a pinch! Depending on your TV and sound system/receiver you're using, there are a number of ways you can connect the console to your home theatre and enjoy it to its fullest.  

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netTALK Duo close up.jpgLandline phone numbers might seem like something from another era, and in many ways, they are, but if you’ve ever liked the idea of being able to port an existing number to a VoIP service like NetTalk, you now have that option. The company announced that it would enable number porting for landlines over to a NetTalk Duo device, regardless of which company the landline is with, and which version of the Duo you have.

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Continuing on our journey to understanding the often mysterious world of advanced home networking, lets take a look at QoS. Last time we checked out Port Forwarding; what is is and how it can help you.  It was something that, even if you didn’t know what it was, had likely heard about when trying to troubleshoot your networking issues. QoS is even more obscure though. Chances are you’ve never even heard about it and have no idea what it means. Thats such a shame. Its something that you’ll wonder how you ever did without it once you know how to take advantage of it.

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If you’re a Sirius or XM satellite radio subscriber, you may already know what’s coming, but even if you don’t, or even if you’re thinking about signing up, new features and service expansion might sweeten the deal. The new features bring in Internet connectivity into the mix, and make it more possible than ever to listen to content you may have missed.

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3rd Gen Apple TV vs. The Boxee Box

by Blogger on ‎08-20-2012 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎07-22-2013 01:37 PM by Administrator

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Welcome to the arena of online media: Apple TV vs. The Boxee Box. In the battle for market dominance, two competitors have arisen to duke it out. Today, we’ll be taking a detailed look at the well-established Apple TV – with a great track record, a history of reliability, and a long-standing infrastructure of popular Apple services... it’s going to be tough to beat. It’s up against a strong competitor. Sleek, stylish, and infinitely compatible, we have the Boxee Box – an exciting media device that’s powered by an ingenious open-source programming language. May the best tech win!

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Review: netTalk Duo WiFi VoiP solution

by Blogger ‎07-31-2012 07:07 PM - edited ‎07-31-2012 07:23 PM

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Offering a free Canadian phone number and 12-months free service, the netTALK Duo WiFi improves on the netTALK Duo by adding WiFi connectivity which gives users more latitude in how and where they can install the device. netTALK Duo WIFi also brings better security with Call Blocking and Call ID Blocking features.

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Review: Belkin WeMo Switch and Switch + Motion

by Blogger ‎07-31-2012 11:43 AM - edited ‎07-31-2012 11:43 AM

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Home automation controlled from a smartphone or tablet isn’t a novel concept now, but the way it’s implemented certainly varies. You have expensive systems that cover a lot of the home and can be controlled from within, but what if you had a less expensive way to control only the lights and appliances you really wanted to, even if you weren’t home? Belkin’s WeMo looks to be the beginning of such a strategy, especially since it’s designed to work with your iPhone or iPad.

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Sony Internet Player with Google TV

by Blogger on ‎07-06-2012 11:04 AM

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Sony is stepping big into the Internet player space with their new device powered by Google TV. From the pre-release material we’ve been given (we’re getting demo units later in the month—I’m calling dibs now) this looks like it could be a worthy competitor to Apple TV.

 

Let’s dig into it shall we?

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Google and Apple may be competing more heavily with each other, given that Google Maps won’t be standard on iOS devices anymore, and the recently announced Nexus 7 tablet will try to take on the iPad. But there’s still some crossover between the two, much like the Chrome browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. How does it fare against Safari?

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So what's the deal with WiFi AC?

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2012 10:15 AM - last edited on ‎08-02-2013 02:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It seems like just last year that 802.11n networking started proliferating in consumer level products. It's a fairly fast, secure, and reliable standard and a big jump from 802.11g.  Dual-band routers, wireless encryption, and high speed data streaming has become much more common these days. Now theres something new on the WiFi horizon; the fifth generation wireless networking standard, dubbed 802.11ac. 

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Why Did Modems Sound Like That?

by Blogger on ‎06-05-2012 11:26 AM

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There are a good few of us here on the Tech Blog who remember the days of the dialup modem. Heck, my dad bought a 2400 baud modem for our Apple IIe (I don’t think he ever got much use out of it though) back in the day. And if you remember the days of dialup you remember the sounds that your modem made when connecting to your ISP.

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Welcome to the cloud.

by Blogger ‎06-03-2012 08:03 AM - edited ‎06-03-2012 08:04 AM

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You may have heard about cloud computing before though even if you haven’t it's something you’re probably already using without even realizing it. It's a growing trend in the computer scene so you can expect to hear about it a lot more. With June being Backup Awareness Month, it's a good time to take a look at this term and what it means for you and your backup needs.

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TuneIn Radio screen.jpgWhether you’re going on a road trip through areas with 3G coverage, or you tend to commute a lot on a daily basis, the right apps on your smartphone can help you tap into a world full of radio stations playing all the music you can imagine. The best thing about them is that they’re pretty cheap (sometimes even free) to download and don’t require any subscription costs to keep the music playing.

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