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Gadget Guy: iOS 7 Review

By Tyler Reed

I’ve been beta testing iOS 7 on my iPhone 5 since it was first announced in June. It has been great to be a beta tester, and overall, I’ve been very impressed with the new operating system. There are a few things I think Apple still needs to tweak or improve upon—like the background color of folders on the home screen—but for the most part, this is the best version of iOS ever released and it is certainly a dramatic change from the previous iterations. I’ve already adjusted to the new iOS. My wife is still on iOS 6 and whenever I need to use her iPhone for something it definitely feels like taking a step backwards.

Home Automation Meets Alien Invasion

By Crystal Watts

How would your smart home measure up against an alien invasion? Ever wonder what an extra-terrestrial looks like in a bathing suit? These questions and more are answered in this awesome home automation comic from our Home Smart Home magazine. Click on the Mars Attacks! image below to see how smart home technology impresses even the most “worldly” of visitors.   

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Control4 Smart Lighting Is Now Better Than Ever

By Tyler Reed

Lighting is such an important aspect of a home, yet it often goes unnoticed. Lighting enhances aesthetic appeal while also managing energy consumption and providing comfort. A well-lit kitchen provides us with an opportunity to gather and share stories over a meal. Lighting in the theater room lets us enjoy a cinema-like experience from the comfort of our couch. And a brightly lit exterior enhances the look and feel of a home while also providing added security.

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Control4 Delivers the Lighting Control Solution of the Future…Today!

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Let’s face it: the upgrade cycle for electronics is a vicious, never-ending saga of self-flagellation. We consumers who like to stay on the cutting edge of tech are almost stuck with a sick sort of Stockholm Syndrome: We know next year’s new smartphone is probably going to sport the feature we really wanted last year; we know next year’s TVs are going to be packed with some new enticing net-connected feature. Do we buy a new receiver now, or wait until the brand we want adds Spotify or AirPlay or gapless FLAC playback down the road at a price we can afford? And don’t even get me started on the perpetual upgrade game when it comes to computers.

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Control4 Launches a New Website Experience!

By Tyler Reed

Last week, Control4 launched a complete overhaul of the www.control4.com website. This endeavor was several months in the making and the finished product is designed to deliver an exciting and visually stunning experience to those interested in automation.

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Making a Scene

By Lisa Harmer

When I first got my Control4 system, the guys kept asking me what kind of “scenes” I wanted. Blank stare. I had no idea what they were talking about. Five years later, scenes are my best friend. A “scene” in Control4-world is a combination of controlled events that are activated at the touch of a button, or if you choose to automate them you can set them to trigger based on a time of day or some other event, like a garage door opening.

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GEEKING OUT: Converting Music for Digital Playback

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With the announcement of the Control4 Wireless Music Bridge, people living the home automation lifestyle saw their music-listening options broaden considerably. An entire universe of streaming music, talk, sports, podcasts and audio books is now available directly through your smart home audio system. But what if you just want to listen to <i>your</i> music? Whether you’re putting your music on a network drive or on a mobile device, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds when it comes to picking the right format for digital audio files.

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The Benefits of Control4 Lighting and New Advanced Lighting Features

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My wife and I have lived with the benefits of distributed audio and video in our home for years and now we can't imagine living without it. It's just one of those things that becomes a part of your family routine and adds to the enjoyment of being at hom

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Selling a Control4 Home: Transitioning Your System to a New Owner

By Lisa Harmer

Because of the housing market upswing, my husband and I made the decision to sell our home and upgrade to something a little bigger, a little newer, in a neighborhood closer to the mountains where our kids can start school this fall. A young, newlywed cou

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Buying a Control4 Home: Transitioning a Previously-Owned System

By Lisa Harmer

According to ABC News, the housing market is "roaring back to life." That's been evident here in Salt Lake. Once dormant construction sites are bustling and frames are flying up almost overnight. "For Sale" signs are popping up everywhere you turn, and "S

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Speech-Enable Your Home and Expect the Unexpected!

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If you've heard about VoicePod - the new device from HouseLogix that adds voice recognition to Control4 - it's easy to imagine situations in your home where having completely "hands-free" voice control of lights, temperatures, and security could be handy.

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Mothers in Control

By Crystal Watts

As a full-time working mother, I'm always up for anything that helps to make life just a smidge easier. Truth is, I only have one child, a very helpful husband, live pretty close to work and the babysitter is a stone's-throw away. So I really have it pret

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Control4 Lighting Control Is Now Better Than Ever!

By Susan Cashen

Today, we issued a press release announcing our next generation, amazingly fantastic new lighting solutions. The product family represents one of the most significant product rollouts in our company's history. Consumers are getting their smarts-on with re

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May the Fourth Be With You: Celebrating Star Wars Day

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I was seven years old in early 1977 when the first Star Wars movie came out. Back then it was just "Star Wars," of course, but today fanboys around the world know the movie as "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." When you think about it, I'm a member of th

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Saved By The Charge

By Lisa Harmer

Like most parents, I'm used to changing my fair share of batteries. We buy Costco-sized packages of all shapes and sizes of batteries and go through them at an alarming rate. The amount of time and money I spend changing batteries is almost as unnerving a

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TuneIn to Internet Radio Variety

By Glenn Clapp

This post comes to us from Glenn Clapp, Director of Embedded Software for Control4.

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Amp Up Your Energy IQ for Earth Day!

By Crystal Watts

Did you know it's better to leave your faucet in the cold position? That a desktop computer uses quite a bit more energy than a laptop?

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Protect Your Cheese!

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A few years ago, a woman in Florida was sitting at work and decided to check in on her house using a camera she had recently installed. She just happened to check in at the exact time two men were walking around her house, helping themselves to her CDs, N

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Control4 Just Got a Whole Lot Simpler and Sexier Than Ever Before.

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This editorial is written by Dennis Burger, Editor in Chief at HomeTechTell and contributing writer at Residential Systems.

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7 Reasons Why Home Automation is Made FOR the Technically Challenged.

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This post comes from Control4 dealer Harry Saini of Digital Smart Homes in Vancouver, BC.

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Control4 Announces New MindPod® Controller

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Revolutionary "Game Changer" Product to Be Released in Late 2014

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Keycaps Your Way. Don't Worry, We Don't Judge.

By Crystal Watts

The best thing about Control4 is that you can customize your home to fit your lifestyle. The best thing about Control4 Keypads is that you can activate that customization instantly with the simple push of a button. But the best thing about Control4 Keycap

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Staging Your Home for Sale... Control4-Style

By Lisa Harmer

With the housing market on the upswing, we finally decided that it was time to sell our home and move into a bigger place. I had been looking for a new home long enough to know that "staging" a home for sale is critical. With so many people shopping onlin

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Sports Bar Spotlight for March Madness!

By Tyler Reed

For a sports fan, today is truly one of the best days of the year. The third Thursday in March represents so much more than just another springtime Thursday, it's the beginning of March MADNESS! One of the most entertaining sporting events of the year beg

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Printable March Madness Brackets!

By Crystal Watts

Selection Sunday has revealed the seeds; now get ready for all the madness with our printable brackets. Make your picks and cross your fingers.

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