Monday, August 28, 2017

Answer the door anywhere with the NuTone Knock video doorbell

A door chime company that has been around at least 80 years still has the magic in home comfort and convenience as they announce the Nutone Knock, which is their new video doorbell.

The NuTone Knock, made by Broan, LLC, and NuTone, allows homeowners to see and speak to visitors in high resolution from anywhere on a smartphone or tablet. Using motion sensors, night vision and alarm functions, the device fosters peace of mind in knowing your home is safe and secure.

"Homeowners have been asking for a multi-function doorbell system that combines the best intercom technology with security," said Jessica Lindquist, Global Category Director, Home Comfort & Convenience, for NuTone.

According to the company, the NuTone Knock is easy to install and has exceptional Wi-Fi reception along with built-in voltage detection to tap into your existing doorbell wiring. The weather resistant features allows it to withstand dust, water, and temperatures between minus 22 degrees to 122 degrees.

Some of the other features include:

• Two-way audio and HD video from your door to any smart phone or tablet around the world, or from the safety of your own home
• Night vision camera allows you to see who is at your door in crystal clear high definition in any low light condition
• Quiet hours option silences the door chime during nap time, family time or movie night
• 180-degree high definition camera lens

The NuTone Knock will be available this fall for $249 at Amazon.com, Build.com or from a local retailer in your area.

The Ring Video Doorbell is another popular option and also offers video, two-way audio and motion sensors, which allows you to see and speak to visitors from anywhere on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. In addition to being able to be hardwired, the Ring also comes with a rechargeable battery pack. The Ring is available now for $199.

With these remote home monitoring device, you’ll always know when someone is at the door.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

UAG expands rugged cases line to Microsoft Surface laptop



For adventure seekers, Urban Armor Gear has introduced a new rugged case for the Microsoft Surface laptop that is built to military drop-test standards.

Widely known as the maker of various rugged cases for the latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices, UAG strives to offer protection for thrill-seekers out on the trails with their mobile gear.

"Laptops hold so much valuable information, and we are delighted to introduce a case that is designed to offer ultimate protection for Microsoft Surface devices," said Michael McVerry, Senior Marketing Manager at UAG.



Their latest case for the Surface laptop will cost around $80 for a dual-lock screen closure, tactile grips, and of course, a Surface Pen Holder. Your color choice is limited to Ice, which seems to be a popular choice for their cases for other devices.

I recently reviewed the case for the iPhone 7 and found it to be well constructed and lightweight. My iPhone was well protected and I would also consider a UAG case for the Surface laptop if one appears under the Christmas Tree.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Vizio brings Amazon Video, more apps to SmartCast TV platform



Find the TV remote, because Vizio Inc. is hoping to grab your attention with Amazon Video on their SmartCast TV platform.

With just a few taps of the remote, SmartCast TV users can access content from Amazon Video, along with other favorite apps such as Crackle, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Netflix, Pluto TV, Vudu and XUMO1 on the big screen.

The new features are available now to all 2017 VIZIO SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD Displays, with plans to add additional series such as 2017 VIZIO SmartCast E-Series Ultra HD Displays later this summer.

Amazon Video allows consumers to buy or rent thousands of movies, while also granting unlimited access to thousands of titles, such as the Amazon Original Series and Movies such as Transparent, The Grand Tour and Manchester by the Sea and kids series Tumble Leaf. For new Prime customers, there is free 30-day trial to try out Prime Video.

"With the recent launch of SmartCast TV, one of the things we're most excited about is providing consumers with added entertainment options," said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "Amazon Video brings an array of content options to the screen, all accessible on the traditional remote via the Amazon Video button. We're glad to continue to bring in-demand content and solutions to our customers."

The addition of Amazon Video to VIZIO SmartCast TV gives consumers access to even more content options with features including select 4K Ultra HD titles on compatible displays featuring VIZIO SmartCast TV. Because the app is accessible directly from the display, Amazon Prime members can now easily access movies and TV episodes without the need for a separate streaming device.

To get started, you'll need the new 2017 remote featuring the V-button, which has a one-button access to the VIZIO SmartCast TV user interface, along with shortcut keys to top apps, including Amazon Video.

If you already have an eligible Vizo model TV and meet certain conditions, you can receive the new SmartCast remote free or for a nominal fee.