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Celebrate World Water Day with Jasco and Water4

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World Water Day is March 22. It's a day to celebrate life-saving water and more importantly, a day to take action and help those without it. 

At Jasco, we believe everyone deserves access to life-sustaining water. Yet every day millions of men, women, and children walk miles in search of clean water. Often times, all they find is dirty water from contaminated ponds and watering holes. They spend hours carrying it back to their families to drink. With it, they bring sickness that often results in death. In fact, over 650 million people do not have access to clean water, and every day over 2,000 children under the age of 5 die from causes related to contaminated water. 

Earlier this year, we kicked off a partnership with our EcoSurvivor brand and our giving partners – Water4 and Fight for the Forgotten – to help their mission of ending the world water crisis and provide clean, safe drinking water to all people. Water4 believes that we can end the global water crisis in our lifetime. We want to help make that happen and hope you do too! Together, we can save lives and end the water crisis for all.

Jasco recently invited Bellator MMA Fighter, Justin Wren, and the COO at Water4 for an exclusive World Water Day interview. Click the video thumbnail or link below to watch the inspiring interview.

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Topics: How To, News

TECH NEWS: YouTube Announces YouTube TV for Cord Cutters

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Google just announced they're joining the “skinny bundle” TV war with YouTube TV, a paid subscription service that streams a slew of premium broadcast and cable networks to your mobile device, tablet, computer, and anything with Chromecast.

Just $35 a month gets you six accounts and access to live TV from more than 40 providers including the big broadcast networks, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. Subscriptions include cloud DVR with unlimited storage, AI-powered search and personalization, and access to YouTube Red programming. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki calls it the evolution of television, and a bid to “give the younger generation the content that they love with the flexibility they expect.”

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Topics: Around the Home, News, Cutting the Cord

Just Released: The First Z-Wave In-Wall Smart Motion Switch & Dimmer

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We are excited to announce we recently released the first Z-Wave enabled in-wall lighting controls with integrated motion-sensing technology. The highly anticipated GE branded Smart Motion Switch and Smart Motion Dimmer are now available online at EZzwave.com

With intelligent motion-sensing technology, the Smart Motion Dimmer or Switch can detect any movement in a room up to 45-feet away. With an 180º detection zone, the motion sensor is great for large or small rooms and features three different operation modes to choose from:

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Topics: Connected Home, Safety & Security, News, CES

Get the Best of Both Worlds with a 2-in-1 Lightning & Micro USB Cable

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There are over 63 million iPhone users in the United States, and all of them have one problem in common: Apple’s proprietary Lightning charging cable (standard on all Apple devices since late 2012) is incompatible with virtually all other USB-powered devices.

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Topics: Mobility, News, Power

Eco Survivor at CES 2017: Innovating to End the Water Crisis

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We recently announced our partnership with non-profit, Water4, and Bellator MMA Fighter, Justin Wren, for our Eco Survivor outdoor tech accessories brand. Together, we've teamed up to help people in need of clean water by donating a portion of every Eco Survivor purchase to Water4 and their sustainable life-saving water projects.

To kick off the partnership, Jasco had the privilege of hosting Justin as a special guest and speaker at our booth during CES 2017. Justin discussed his Fight for the Forgotten initiative with Water4 and spoke about his personal journey from being a professional cage fighter to now fighting to help others.
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Topics: News, CES

Weekend DIY Projects For a Smart(er) Home with Z-Wave

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Whether you've dabbled in home automation or consider yourself a "DIY weekend warrior" when it comes to home technology, some smart home projects may seem like an intimidating task at first. Not to mention the number of devices that can be integrated into a smart home is growing at an accelerated rate. However, choosing the best smart devices for your home and lifestyle may be easier than you think. Not all smart home products are overly complex gadgets. There are several options for adding products that are quick and easy to install and require little to no wiring.

First, consider your needs. Do you want to add smart technology throughout your entire home, or add smart devices one room at a time? Second, choose the types of products that would make your life easier. Think about the activities that take place in different rooms on a daily basis. Which of these would be more enjoyable or easier with the help of smart home products?

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

Meet the New Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart Bulb by Jasco

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LED Smart Bulbs are one of the easiest ways to automate your home and our new Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart bulb offers a new way to interact with your smart home and save energy. Adding to a comprehensive ecosystem of indoor and outdoor dimmers, switches, sensors and Z-Wave smart controls, the Enbrighten Smart Bulb is fully dimmable and easy to install anywhere in the home without any wiring or complicated set up required. Breathe new life into your Z-Wave smart home by upgrading to Enbrighten LED Smart Bulbs.

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Topics: Connected Home, Around the Home, News

Introducing New GE Z-Wave Motion Sensors and Smart Switches

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Whether you’d like to adjust your home’s lighting for convenience, security, or to simply save more money, we're making it easier to keep your home safer, smarter and more secure. We are excited to announce the availability of three new products joining the largest line of Z-Wave connected lighting controls. Starting today, our new GE Z-Wave Plus Smart Door Sensor, Portable Smart Motion Sensor and 40 Amp Outdoor Smart Switch are now available online and in stores at major retailers. 

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Topics: Connected Home, Safety & Security, News

MISSING – 3.5mm Auxiliary Cable Jack

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If you haven't heard the big news, major cell makers like Apple and Motorola are eliminating the 3.5mm auxiliary cable jack from their newly released phones, which include the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Where is it going? Why is it going away? And, most importantly, what does that mean for headphones and the way you will listen to music or any audio for that matter?

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Topics: Mobility, News

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

Cafe Lights Inspiring Ideas: Perfect Patios and Backyard Bliss

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Whether it's a quiet moment relaxing on the patio or a backyard get-together with friends and family, there is something about the soft glow of cafe lights that transforms the entire atmosphere of any occasion. The decorating possibilities are endless when it comes to hanging outdoor string lights on decks and patios. With a variety of sizes and options for lighting designs, cafe lights are the perfect way to quickly re-energize and enhance backyard areas to match your personal style and complement your space.

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

Space Nebula and Northern Lights Jump out of Sky and onto Your Ceiling

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Night lights in our home matter. They are important. Night lights are often an integral part of getting into the evening groove. From a kid’s bedtime routine, to the quality of actual light to promote healthy sleeping patterns – all is essential. But it doesn’t have to be boring! Getting to bed can be fun and entertaining for everyone.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, News

Cafe Lights Inspiring Ideas: Decorating Indoor Spaces

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Are you on the search for fun and unique  ways to use  string lights around your home? We recently partnered with some incredibly talented bloggers to help inspire you with unique ideas and clever ways to hang Enbrighten Cafe String Lights — from enchanting patios and backyard upgrades to creative indoor decor ideas, to outdoor entertaining tips and more! Get inspired with these DIY projects and be sure to share your own cafe lights inspiration with us too on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Decorating Indoor Spaces with Cafe Lights

When it comes to commercial-grade LED cafe string lights, most people naturally think of using them outdoors. While café lights are a great way to improve outdoor areas like your porch, patio or backyard, you can add just as much charm and ambiance to create an inviting space inside your home. Here are some creative ideas for using cafe lights indoors.

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

Cafe String Lighting Cost and Performance for Business Owners

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Look around any entertainment or dining district and you are sure to find no shortage of Edison-style string lights hanging from restaurants, bars, pubs, and outdoor areas.

It’s clear that string lights are having a cultural moment right now, but these faux retro beauties carry many hidden costs and it's important to consider cafe string lighting cost and performance for business owners. Most notably, they hog energy. A standard 48’ incandescent string light with 24 11W vintage-style bulbs draws a whopping 264 watts per strand. At the national average electricity cost of $0.11 per kilowatt hour, the annual energy costs to run just one set after sundown can exceed $125 – or one- to-two times the entire cost of the product.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Safety & Security, News

A Universal Remote That Actually Makes Your Living Room Look Better

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Do you have more than one remote sitting on your coffee table? Do you have a remote for your TV, one for your DVD player, one for your steaming media device and one from your service provider such as cable or satellite? If this is you, listen up! Jasco has a new line of GE Designer Series Universal Remotes that consolidate and simplify your life. This is a needed solution if you are a remote hoarder or if you gained remotes as you added devices to your home entertainment center. You can even stream on popular streaming media boxes like Roku® and Apple TV.

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Topics: Around the Home, News

CE Week 2016: GE Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Switch Wins Best in Show Award

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Last week, we headed to the Big Apple for the annual CE Week event, the mid-year tech industry gathering where the trends that are driving adoption of today’s innovative technologies and new products are examined and debuted. 

During CE Week 2016, countless products made their public debut and were showed off to the gathered press and public. Jasco’s Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Switch was among the select few—10 to be exact—that were chosen as official CE Week Best in Show Winners. Evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges, the industry experts and editors of the leading CE trade publication, Dealerscope, deemed the Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Switch to be one of the products that possess the biggest “wow” factor at the show.

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Topics: Connected Home, News

Why We Love Enbrighten Cafe String Lights (And You Will, Too!)

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Whether it's a quiet moment inside or a vibrant patio evening with friends and family, there is something about the soft glow of string lights that transforms the entire atmosphere of any occasion. And nothing adds instant ambiance and festive flair quite like our new line of Enbrighten® LED Cafe String Lights.

Why You'll Love Enbrighten Cafe String Lights

These cafe string lights are the perfect  answer to every outdoor entertaining enthusiast who loves modern design. Add ambiance to the patio or style inside your home for the perfect atmosphere that will have people feeling welcomed and relaxed under the warm glow of Enbrighten Cafe Lights

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, News

Q & A: Surge Protection

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Buying a surge protector is something everyone who uses electronics should do. A surge protector will keep your expensive electronics safe from any damage that can come as a result of a surge in the amount of electricity coming out of the outlets. Because these devices serve such an important function, you need to make sure that you're purchasing the right one for you. With this Q & A session you will learn everything you need to know about choosing the right surge protector to help keep your devices safe. 

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Topics: Around the Home, News, Power, Q&A

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

Q & A: Universal Remotes

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Do you have a remote for every device in your home entertainment system? Why not simplify your life with one remote? With GE Universal Remotes, you can! Universal remotes may seem tricky, but here at Jasco we know remotes and sell millions every year. Reading this Q & A session will simplify any and everything remote-related.
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Topics: How To, Around the Home, News, Q&A