Review: miniStack MAX Completes Our Mac mini HTPC

Jan 5, 2014 by

NewerTech's miniStack MAX adds missing external media and storage capabilities to your Mac mini or any computer and is the perfect companion for a Mac mini-based home theater PC.

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Hang Out with the DMZ at CES 2014

Jan 5, 2014 by

Join Josh Pollard, Richard Gunther, and Corey Lyons from The Digital Media Zone and David McCabe from the Home Server Show and Surface Geeks immediately after the show floor closes on Wednesday evening.

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Off to Our Favorite Consumer Electronics Show

Jan 4, 2014 by

As in years past, the DMZ is preparing to cover the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, The International CES 2014. We'll be sharing some of the more innovative wares through posts, photos, podcasts, and videos over the coming week. Join us for the fun!

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Home: On #015 – iSpeculate, with Ken Ray

Dec 23, 2013 by

On this episode of Home: On, Richard is joined by Ken Ray to look at a new crowd-funded light controller and yet another cross-platform home control standard—all before they dive into some discussion about whether Apple might or should make a move into the home automation space.

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Staples Aims to Make Home Automation Easy

Dec 16, 2013 by

Staples' move into the home automation space is an impressive push that has us scratching our heads wondering, "where's Best Buy?"

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Home: On #014 – Smart Gifts, with Josh Pollard

Dec 13, 2013 by

Staples intends to make the connected home easy, SmartLabs introduces a new door sensor, and Josh Pollard joins Richard to run through their favorite gift ideas for the home automation hobbyist.

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Home: On #013 – A Blank Slate, with Richard Green

Nov 27, 2013 by

Richard talks about some anticipated product releases—the Kevo lock, the Revolv smart home solution, and updates to the Nest app in advance of the upcoming Nest Protect. We also speak with past DMZ contributor, Richard Green, who’s planning out the home control for a brand new house he’s building. It’s the perfect blank slate, but that offers some challenges of its own!

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Amazon Rolls Out New, Original Programming

Nov 16, 2013 by

Amazon introduces two new adult comedy series and a new premier schedule along with them. Alpha House premiered with three front-loaded episodes on November 15, and Betas follows next Friday, November 22. Weekly episodes will follow.

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Philips’ StoryLight Syncs Ambient Lighting to Content

Nov 6, 2013 by

Philips has announced a number of new products in its hue product line, including track and downlight bulbs and a new addition to the Friends of hue line, the Disney StoryLight—available now at an Apple Store near you.

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Home: On #012 – Green Tech, with Taylor Maher

Nov 6, 2013 by

On this episode of Home: On, Richard is joined by Taylor Maher to review the latest news in home automation and discuss some smart home tech that can help you save energy and money.

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Transcoding HDHomeRun Available for Pre-order

Oct 25, 2013 by

Newegg now has SiliconDust's long-awaited transcoding network tuner available for pre-order. The new device will deliver ATSC and clear QAM video to tablets, game consoles, and other UPnP devices around your home.

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Home: On #011 – App Proliferation, with Lisa Montgomery

Oct 23, 2013 by

On this episode of Home: On, Lisa Montgomery, the Executive Editor of Electronic House magazine, joins Richard to discuss the merits and challenges of single-focus apps v. integrated control for home automation.

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