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How Modern Technology Is Improving Traditional Home Security

Your home is your castle. While you want security and safety, you also don’t want to turn your castle into a fortress.

Home security systems are a great way to protect your house against fires, break-ins and even more mundane matters such as lights and faucets being needlessly left on.

With cable companies increasingly getting into the home security business, homeowners have more security systems options than ever before.

But home security is a lot different today from what it was even 10 years ago. Technology has created some amazing advances in home security, and it’s important to familiarize yourself with these before you make any purchases.

Typically, all security companies offer motion alarms for your doors and windows. Those are monitored by the company, which then contacts the proper authorities in the area when those alarms get triggered.

Most companies also offer a wide variety of additional features; how much security you want is entirely up to your budget and wishes. Consider the following options.

Cloud storage

You’ve probably heard about cloud storage in other capacities. It’s a method of storing data off-site. When it comes to home security, cloud storage is useful for recording images from security cameras.

Even if something at your home goes wrong — a wire gets cut or unplugged — video is still captured and stored, usually at the security company’s facility.

Your connection to your security firm is a very important aspect of home security, since the company is going to be calling the police when it becomes necessary. So you want to ensure you always have a reliable connection.

Additionally, you want a company that operates 24 hours a day. You also want representatives who are trained in security, first and foremost. This is certainly a topic you want to bring up when you’re considering buying a security system from your cable company.

Remote access

Until recently, there has been a serious problem with home security systems: When you weren’t home, you had no control over them! Today, however, remote security access is a major new industry feature which fixes that problem.

With remote security, you control your system through your phone, tablet, or laptop. And you can do more than just turn the alarm on and off. The possibilities include real-life views of your house through your security cameras, the ability to operate your lights and water, the capability of locking and unlocking doors, and much more.

While you still want a quality security company running everything, these remote access options give homeowners a whole new level of control.

Done well, home security can be unobtrusive and easy to use. So if you have a family, you might want to look into your security options; it can bring peace of mind to your entire household.

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The Star Wars R2-D2 Novelty Phone Is the Coolest Landline You Will Ever Own

Star Wars R2-D2 Novelty PhoneWe all know and love the resourceful astromech droid, R2-D2, who appeared in all six of the Star Wars films. As shown throughout the movies, this loveable robot character possesses many talents, such as being a starships mechanic and fighter pilot’s assistant. He has served Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker; and now, R2-D2 can serve you by becoming the coolest home telephone you will ever own.

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Gimme Tunes Shoe Speakers“Turn up the music”, “pump up the jam”, or “play some rocking beats”, are just some of the many phrases we use to express our love for great tunes. Let’s face it; our favorite songs just don’t sound the same unless the volume is turned all the way up causing us to sing at the top of our lungs. Many of us love to blast our stereos and CD players, but like most dated music devices, they have big clunky speakers that are hard on the eyes; and although most gadgets today are small giving us the convenience we love, it makes it much more difficult for us to “pump up the volume.”

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MakerBot 3D Photo Booth Makes a Souvenir You Are Sure To Remember

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We have all used a photo booth at one time or another while at a shopping mall alone or with family and friends. Once one is spotted, there is something that draws us in, whether it is for the simple reason of capturing fun moments or the possibility of making silly faces to be sealed in a keepsake photograph; we end up squeezing into the photo box, pulling over the curtain, sitting on the tiny stool, and allowing our picture to be taken.

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5 Amazing Creations Built By 3D Printers

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Inkjet printers have been around since the 1950’s and have been useful to us by reproducing our digital images, and documents. With the use of black or colored ink, printers have taken our written work from the computer; put it onto paper and into our hands. With today’s technological advancements, printers have branched out from only printing paper, to creating 3D replicas of everyday objects.

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This is Your Chance to Win a Google Nexus 7 Tablet

This is Your Chance to Win a Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Who doesn’t love a free gadget? Especially when you can enter a contest easily, socially and you have good chance at winning. We love gadgets, and the Google Nexus 7 is a tablet worth entering a contest to attempt winning. Sure, there are a lot of contests and gimmicks out there to try and grab attention, whereas this particular contest by Digitizd is having you socially share to enter yourself in the draw.

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Top 5 Augmented Reality Games

Fans of science fiction have been longing for realistic, full immersion, virtual worlds since the early 1980s when the potential implications of slipping away—either by choice or by force—into a virtually concocted universe both captivated and horrified audiences of movies such as Lawnmower Man and later The Matrix. Unfortunately, despite the immense effort and research devoted to making virtual reality technologies accessible to mass audiences in the 1990s, and despite the substantial developments in at-home gaming and hand-held devices over the last two decades, no clear path to the fulfillment of the virtual reality dream has been forged. Until recently, that is, with the advent of something called Augmented Reality (http://gravityjack.com).

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Technology Designed With Users In Mind

It wasn’t too long ago when people had to adjust to complex technology tools and had to learn how they functioned; now, it’s the other way around. In today’s digital world, technology studies the needs and wants of people and its gadgets are designed around the user’s experience.

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