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USB-C: Say Hello to a Smarter Connection with USB Type-C Cables

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Every time we turn around, there is a new phone, tablet or innovative technology coming out with brand new benefits outdoing the last. USB Type-C™ (or just USB-C) is one of those exciting new developments. Motorola and Samsung have recently debuted new devices with USB-C and other leading manufacturers like Google, LG, Apple and Dell have also built their latest and greatest devices with USB-C since last year.

The main benefits of USB-C include speed, power and ease-of-use. With USB-C, we will have much faster data transfer speeds, faster charging and a lot more power! We can finally decrease the amount of time we spend tethered to an outlet. USB-C can help reduce the number of cables needed as well. For example, the same cable used to charge a phone can also be used to supply power to a laptop as long as both devices have a USB-C port.

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Topics: Around the Home, Mobility, News

5 tips to help parents get bedtime battles under control

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The bedtime struggle is real. Nothing is more frustrating than your toddler fighting bed time especially when as adults we have come to cherish those rare and precious moments of dreamland! Thankfully, we've rounded up some tips and suggestions for mastering the “tuck-in" to help parents get bedtime battles under control.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Tips for easy home improvement projects

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Our homes are one of the most important things we own, and where we spend so much of our time, so it's no surprise many homeowners take on several remodeling projects throughout their life. The only downside is home projects can be extremely costly and difficult to tackle on your own.

Luckily not all home improvements have to carry such an expensive price tag. Through careful planning, creative ideas and the clever use of electronic accessories, you can make a bunch of fun and affordable upgrades with these easy home improvement projects.

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Topics: Connected Home, How To, Around the Home

Cut the Cord with GE HDTV Antennas

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Recent reports continue finding that more and more people are cutting the cord and moving towards more affordable, flexible alternatives to cable like OTA antennas and subscription-based services. Everyone is growing increasingly tired of their cable providers and the constant increase in price month after month. Now you can ditch your cable for cheaper alternatives like streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Hulu. It’s incredibly easy and cost-effective when paired with a GE HDTV antenna to watch your favorite TV shows and prime time sports in HD for FREE!

Picking out the right antenna can be daunting at first, but we have some helpful tips and tools to help you find what you need. For example, using this free tool on our website you can enter your zip code to see which HD antennas are best suited for your area along with a list of the free channels they have access to.

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Topics: Cutting the Cord

Say Goodbye to the Boogie-Man with New 3D Motion Night Lights

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We're incredibly excited to introduce a new wave of night lights to the scene! The new 3D Motion Effect Night Lights will be sure to replace the old standard night lights your children currently have. They will bring life to any room with falling snow, flying pizzas and moving spider webs around our favorite Disney, Nickelodeon and Marvel characters. The great thing about these night lights is that they maintain a vivid and colorful image even when they’re off.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, News

5 ways to childproof your home

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In the modern home, there are now numerous electronics, gadgets and electrical wires that children can get a hold of. Whether you are expecting, new parents or seasoned-parents, there are plenty of easy ways to childproof your home and improve your family's overall safety by making sure children cannot easily access certain electronics and areas in the home that could be dangerous. 

Here are five ways to increase the safety through childproofing your home:

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Topics: Around the Home, Safety & Security

Best movies for a low-key Valentine's Day

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We all try to make extravagant plans for Valentine's Day, but for whatever reason, they seem to fall through more often than not. If that's the case this year, or if you and your special someone are thinking of a more relaxing kind of date night, queue up these classic romantic movies for a low-key Valentine's Day. 

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How to Have the Best Super Bowl Party

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The Super Bowl only comes once a year (February 7th this year) and provides the perfect excuse to get your football-loving family and friends together to watch the game on your big screen TV.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Jasco brings the latest in home automation and charging technology to CES 2016

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This past week Jasco's home was in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, presented by the Consumer Technology Association. Returning for its biggest year ever, CES 2016 broke records across the board with over 2.4 million square feet of tech and gadgets unveiled to the world. 

Running since 1967, CES remains an event that celebrates the latest in high-tech gadgets and electronic wizardry. For CES 2016, celebrities, TV personalities, radio hosts and professional athletes from Ryan Seacrest to Shaquille O'Neal were on hand to lead panel discussions on how technology is changing and improving the way we live, work and play. However, the real stars of CES were all the technological advances soon to be shaping our lives in years to come. Visitors had the opportunity to interact with new gadgets centered around home automation, virtual reality, drones, 3D printing, home security, mobile technology, power gear,  wearables and much more. 

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Topics: Connected Home, News, CES

New Year's resolution No. 1: Cutting the Cord

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The final month of 2015 is a time for everyone look back on the previous year, but at the same time, look forward.

The last year was actually relatively huge for cord cutters and the streaming industry. HBO and Showtime released standalone streaming services that cord cutters could access without cable credentials. Netflix continued it's run of releasing critically acclaimed series, from new season of "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards," to entirely new one's, like Marvel's "Daredevil" and "Beast of No Nation."

On the hardware side, Apple, Google, Roku and Amazon all released upgrades to their highly praised streaming devices. Add this to the news that sports giant ESPN has lost 7 million subscribers in the last two years, and the writing is on the wall: cord cutting is gaining momentum.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home, News

Stocking stuffers for the tech-savvy family

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Let's face it: The holidays can be a stressful time. As much as we enjoy the company of friends and family, there's a lot of planning that goes into this season. From decorating, to traveling to finding the perfect gifts, sometimes we have so much to do during the holidays, it can be difficult to actually take a moment and enjoy them.

According to the National Retail Federation, online shopping has also changed the way Americans prepare for the holiday season. E-commerce events like Cyber Monday bring in billions of dollars in sales each year. A NRF survey estimated almost half of holiday shopping will be done online in 2015, with the average consumer purchasing 46 percent of their gifts on the web, up from 44 percent last year. 

Luckily, online shopping can offer a quick and low stress way to purchase thoughtful gifts for your friends and family while skipping the chaos of department stores. You can also find a lot of last-minute online sales and deals still going on just days before Christmas. Make your holiday shopping much easier this year by taking advantage of online sales and ordering these stocking stuffers for the whole family.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, Mobility, News

Increased popularity of cord cutting this holiday season

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A recent announcement by Nielsen shows just how much has changed in home entertainment in recent years. The consumer research company is planning to overhaul its metrics to better measure viewership across platforms. Though Nielsen's existing criteria are only 9 years old, a lot has changed during that time.

When Nielsen rolled out its current metrics in 2006, iPhones, tablets and connected streaming devices like Roku did not exist. Networks were beginning to offer some streaming content on their websites, but Hulu was still a year away from launching and Netflix only offered its snail mail DVD option.

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Topics: Connected Home, How To, News

How to prepare for Thanksgiving

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Families and friends everywhere are gearing up for the start of the holiday season. In addition, retail stores and online dealers are stocking up and preparing for the upcoming - and hectic - shopping season.

Whether you're a homeowner or renter, there are numerous ways to prepare for these next few months. Hosting weekend parties or weekday get-togethers can be spontaneous or thoroughly planned, but either way, there are some important items you'll need to host a successful gathering.

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Topics: Connected Home, How To, Around the Home

What's draining my phone's battery?

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As a smartphone owner, you likely keep close watch of your device's battery percentage. Nothing is worse than having to worry about whether you can take a breathtaking photograph, or continue to play music throughout your house using Bluetooth and an audio receiver.

There are a few factors that determine how often you have to charge the phone. These can range from patterns of usage and age of the hardware to the applications used on the device. Luckily, there are a few workarounds and fixes you can take to ensure your phone lasts a majority of the day.

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Topics: Mobility, News

Products for a fall home project

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While the kids are back in the classroom, parents should utilize the time to start and finish one fall home improvement project before the craziness of the holidays officially takes over. You don't have to hire contractors for a large scale project, such as building an addition. Instead, you may find it beneficial to install some projects to boost up your home's comfort and relaxation levels. Take advantage of the weather before it gets too cold, especially if you've been wanting to make some upgrades to your outdoor patio.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, Safety & Security

Easy ways to upgrade your cubicle

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In today’s world your cubicle isn’t only a place that you work, it’s where you spend 90 percent of your day. Your cubicle is a 3 walled, tiny, gray home for most workers. Spending all day tackling to-dos, answering emails, and making calls can get tiring when you are in an uncreative environment.

Making your cubicle feel more comfortable and homey can boost productivity. With these easy tips to upgrade your cubicle, you can transform into a productive, creative and comfortable place to spend your day.

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Topics: How To, Power

Turn any lamp into a smart lamp with Bluetooth Smart Controls

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In a previous DIY post we walked you through the steps for building your own bottle lamp (see here if you missed the How-to post). If you’re ready to take your lamp to the next level – keep reading! It is so easy to turn ANY lamp into a smart lamp with GE branded Bluetooth Smart Controls. With no wires or bulbs to change, there’s no reason not to do it. Now, if you are worried because when you hear Smart you think of confusing terms like networks and hubs and gateways – don’t worry! This doesn’t require any of that. This is super easy.

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Topics: Connected Home, LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, News

Prepare for darker, longer nights with a connected home

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As we enter into autumn and winter, we face shorter days, longer nights and the end of daylight saving time. Coming home from work or dinner with friends, we're often dealing with decreased visibility and a greater risk of accidents. This could make for a minor inconvenience like knocking over your favorite lamp or a greater danger, such as failing to notice an intruder.

Automating household lighting adds security and comfort in the darker months and can keep you, your family and your favorite items safer. Here's a few simple ways to prepare your home for fall.

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Topics: Connected Home, How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security

Home security tips for Halloween

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Halloween is a night known for treats but also tricks. While the holiday is associated with costumes, scary movies, jack-o'-lanterns and sweet treats, it's also a night known for mischief ranging from vandalism to robbery. 

While fright is a part of the Halloween tradition, fear of crime doesn't need to be. Taking smart precautions and installing home electrical security features can help protect you and your family from Halloween mayhem.

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Topics: Safety & Security

Replacing and recycling your old electronics

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Electronics don't last a lifetime. As much as you may love your current phone or computer, there will come a time when the battery will simply not hold a charge anymore and the device can't be used without keeping it plugged in all day. Accessories may wear out, whether it's from general wear and tear or accidents. Whatever the case, you'll be faced with the decision of how to discard some of your old electronic accessories.

Depending on the age and quality of your electronics, you have a few options for getting them off your hands in safe, secure and environmentally-friendly way.

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Topics: News