Lenovo Reveals 2014 PC, Laptop Lines

Lenovo Reveals 2014 PC, Laptop Lines

By Greg Tarr On Apr 16 2014 - 1:21pm

Lenovo’s Flex 2 line of “convertible-like” laptops offers a 300-degree flipping
Lenovo’s Flex 2 line of “convertible-like” laptops offers a 300-degree flipping clamshell design allowing “laptop” or “stand” operating configurations.


Raleigh, N.C. – Lenovo introduced a new range of laptops and desktops to its PC portfolio Wednesday, including the aluminum-bodied A540 all-in-one (AIO), general computing B50 and G50 laptops, and the entertainment-focused Z50 laptop.

The company also added two models to its Flex family of dual-mode “convertible-like” laptops under the Flex 2 series, featuring 14- and 15.6-inch screen sizes.

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Suit: Sony Violates Trademark In Promoting Smart Watch

Suit: Sony Violates Trademark In Promoting Smart Watch

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 9 2014 - 9:15am




Deerfield Beach, Fla. — Oko International, the manufacturer of Android-brand watches and smart watches, is suing Sony over the Japanese company’s use of the word Android in combination with the words watch and smart watch in promoting a smart watch.

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Samsung Launches Smart Home Service

Samsung Launches Smart Home Service

By Alan Wolf On Apr 8 2014 - 4:26pm

Samsung is kicking off its Smart Home ecosystem this month in the U.S. and Korea
Samsung is kicking off its Smart Home ecosystem this month in the U.S. and Korea.


Seoul, South Korea – Samsung will begin rolling out a proprietary connected-home platform in the U.S. and Korea this month.

Its Smart Home Service, first announced at 2014 International CES, will allow users to operate select Samsung home products including smart TVs, majaps, cameras, smartphones and wearable devices through a single application, which connects the devices through a wireless home network.

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Prodea Systems Enters Home-Automation Fray

Prodea Systems Enters Home-Automation Fray

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 8 2014 - 9:10am

Prodea’s Residential Operating System (ROS) integrates control of home systems,
Prodea’s Residential Operating System (ROS) integrates control of home systems, networked A/V content, and third-party streaming and download services in one hub controlled via a tablet, smartphone or TV UI.


New York — Family-owned Prodea Systems has developed a white-label mass-market home-automation system that, unlike competing systems, integrates control of home systems, networked A/V content, and third-party streaming and download services in one hub.

The systems, content and services are controlled from a single app running on iOS and Android devices or from a computer.

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Lutron Brings App Control To Less Costly Lighting Systems

Lutron Brings App Control To Less Costly Lighting Systems

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 4 2014 - 1:00pm

Lutron’s SmartBridge Pro and app enable smartphone control of Caseta wireless di
Lutron’s SmartBridge Pro and app enable smartphone control of Caseta wireless dimmers and Serena battery-operated shades.


Coopersburg, Pa. – Lutron is bringing app control to its more affordable Caseta series of wireless lighting dimmers and Serena series of remote-control battery-operated shades.

The company already offers app control of its more sophisticated home-automation systems.

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Home-Automation Start-Up Revolv Expands Retail Distribution

Home-Automation Start-Up Revolv Expands Retail Distribution

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 2 2014 - 9:27am

Revolv’s $299 hub enables control of multiple home devices via a single iOS app,
Revolv’s $299 hub enables control of multiple home devices via a single iOS app, with an Android app to come. It also lets users program automated scenes triggered by sensors, time of day, or cellphone proximity to the house.


Boulder, Colo. – Home-automation start-up Revolv, which began selling a $299 home-automation hub through its website and Amazon last November, is expanding its retail distribution.

Revolv, which began selling its hub through the Smarthome catalog and Smarthome.com in March, will launch sales through Build.com in April and began last week to test sales through 72 Home Depot stores, head of sales Michael Dee told TWICE. Test sales through Home Depot’s website start next week.

Revolv has also talked to CE buying groups.

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SureCall Readies FCC-Certified Cellular-Signal Boosters

SureCall Readies FCC-Certified Cellular-Signal Boosters

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 31 2014 - 4:38pm

SureCall’s FCC-certified TriFlex 2G/3G/4G indoor cellular-signal booster.
SureCall’s FCC-certified TriFlex 2G/3G/4G indoor cellular-signal booster.


Fremont, Calif. — More cellular-signal boosters are coming to market with certification that they meet the new standards required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prevent cellular-network disruption.

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FCC Rules To Speed Up Wi-Fi Networks

FCC Rules To Speed Up Wi-Fi Networks

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 31 2014 - 3:31pm




Washington — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules that will accelerate Wi-Fi speeds in homes and in outdoor and indoor Wi-Fi hot spots.

The new rules, which apply to the 5GHz band and not to the 2.4GHz band, will also increase overall Wi-Fi-network capacity and reduce congestion at hot spots, the FCC said.

The new rules remove the current restriction on indoor-only use of 5.15-5.25GHz Wi-Fi networks and increase the permissible power available to Wi-Fi networks in the band, which represents 100MHz of spectrum.

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Insteon Expands Best Buy Presence

Insteon Expands Best Buy Presence

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 27 2014 - 3:01pm




Irvine, Calif. — Mass-market home-automation supplier Insteon will expand its Best Buy presence by rolling out its product to another 170 Best Buy stores by July 11.

The expansion will put Insteon products into 280 Best Buy stores. Insteon’s line is already available at BestBuy.com.

The products going into the stores are the "most popular Insteon SKUs, including Insteon starter kits with network hub and a "handful" of other products, all controllable from smartphones and tablets, an Insteon spokesperon said. ,

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D-Link Ships DAP-1520 Wi-Fi Extender

D-Link Ships DAP-1520 Wi-Fi Extender

By Greg Tarr On Mar 25 2014 - 2:12pm

The D-Link DAP-1520 ($69.99) Wi-Fi extender offers 802.11ac compatibility.
The D-Link DAP-1520 ($69.99) Wi-Fi extender offers 802.11ac compatibility.


Fountain Valley, Calif. — D-Link released Tuesday its DAP-1520 dual-band Wi-Fi range extender, delivering wireless speeds of up to 750Mbps.

The latest addition is said to be ideal for bringing dual-band 802.11ac wireless coverage to hard-to-reach areas in the home, including basements, upstairs bedrooms and outdoor areas.

The DAP-1520 ($69.99 suggested retail) works with an existing router and is ideal for ensuring high-bandwidth Internet connections for activities like HD video streaming and online gaming.

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