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THE BLOCK 2016 – Smart Home Automation

THE BLOCK 2016 – Smart Home Automation

Smart Homes or Homes of the Future are now mainstream I guess! Smart Home Automation is here and truly alive in Melbourne with the unveiling of some very cool new technology on the 2016 series of The Block. Voice control, facial recognition, switch glass and a whole range of new connected devices being rolled out by […]

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Solar Power should ALWAYS be the last piece of the puzzle: The 3 things you must do before considering renewable energy in your home or business.

Solar Power should ALWAYS be the last piece of the puzzle: The 3 things you must do before considering renewable energy in your home or business.

Renewable energy is a big thing. The International Trade Administration (US) is quoted as saying that renewables are “one of the most vibrant, fast-changing, and transformative sectors of the global economy. Global clean energy investment, including renewable energy, totaled more than $329 billion in 2015”. That’s a lot of money, particularly for an industry that is […]

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‘Smart’ Light Bulbs: A Gimmick Or Are They Actually Useful?

‘Smart’ Light Bulbs: A Gimmick Or Are They Actually Useful?

If you follow the smart device market, or more specifically the smart home market, you definitely won’t know what ALL the products coming through are, but what you will know is that there seem to be truckloads of new ones every week. We have well and truly entered the world of the Internet of Things […]

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Smart Home Products and Apps that are so good…You don’t use them. Here’s 6 of the Best!

Smart Home Products and Apps that are so good…You don’t use them. Here’s 6 of the Best!

So what the heck am I talking about? Could this be true? In what kind of world is something so good it’s not useful? I didn’t say that. I said “so good you don’t USE them.” Nothing to do with being useful. In fact, is there anything more useful than something that does it all for […]

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Are ‘Smart’ Devices Making You Feel Silly? Here’s Why…

Are ‘Smart’ Devices Making You Feel Silly? Here’s Why…

I get it, I see it, I hear the concerns. The whole world is going “smart,” right? You’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got a smart TV and you’ve probably got a couple of relatively smart appliances. I mean that Thermomix you paid $2,000 for is “smart,” isn’t it? That’s what the 20-something salesperson said to you […]

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So a ‘Glitch’ is now just normal right? My top 4 tips for avoiding problems with new technology.

So a ‘Glitch’ is now just normal right? My top 4 tips for avoiding problems with new technology.

Who hasn’t had to deal with a glitch in just the past 24 hours? Wi-Fi that’s stopped working, software that’s frozen, an app that needs to be shut down and reopened, or perhaps your favourite Netflix show is pausing and pixelating from time to time. Oh well… A ‘glitch’ is by definition an irregularity or […]

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Home design in 2016 – Here’s why 99% of homes designed today are not as functionally simple as they could be

Home design in 2016 – Here’s why 99% of homes designed today are not as functionally simple as they could be

There’s always something new right? A carrot dangling out in front of us tempting us to pull out our credit card so we keep up with the Jones’. Maybe something shiny and new or maybe something conservative and useful. In any case many of us have a keen eye for what is we want or […]

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