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Voice Activated Virtual Assistants: What to Know and Why You Need One

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At this point, you have seen or at least heard of voice activated virtual assistants somewhere online or from a friend. These devices have been around since 2014 and have continued to rise in popularity and are quickly becoming a device that you will find in most homes. The major players in the voice activated virtual assistant space are Google’s Home Assistant and Amazon’s EchoEcho Dot and most recently, the Echo Plus, which has a built-in hub that seamlessly connects and controls ZigBee smart devices.

I will not be comparing the Amazon Echo Devices or Google Home Assistant and recommending one over the other. If you know you want to add one to your home and are trying to decide on a specific device, check out this article for some insight on which device is best for you.

This particular post is simply to further inform you of voice activated virtual assistants and how they function as well as some ways you can use virtual assistants in your day-to-day to make life a little easier.

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Topics: Connected Home, Around the Home

Q&A: Cafe String Lights

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Whether you call them outdoor string lights, party lights, bistro lights, globe lights, or specifically Enbrighten Cafe Lights (our personal favorite), it’s clear that cafe string lights are very trendy right now. They add a touch of magic to any space and you’d be hard pressed to find a patio (or reading nook, home theater, or garden) that couldn’t be improved by the glow of beautiful cafe string lights.

If you’ve been considering adding cafe lights to your space but still have questions, we have all the answers to your cafe lights questions in this Q&A session!

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, Q&A

Cut the Cord? Watch Your Favorite TV Shows With an HD Antenna

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With the average cost of cable over $100/month and up to $1,200 a year - it's no wonder people everywhere are making the decision to ditch their cable plan and cut the cord. But to many, cutting the cord seems terrifying. How can you watch your favorite shows without cable? Can one honestly live without it? The answer is simple: yes you can, and you can do it easily! Getting your TV fix without cable is easier now than it has ever been. You can still watch TV without cable and catch any, and all, of the best shows by using:

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Topics: How To, Cutting the Cord

Introducing the New EcoSurvivor.com

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We're excited to announce the launch of the newly designed microsite for our EcoSurvivor brand of products. You can check it out now at EcoSurvivor.com! Our team members have worked hard to create a completely new site that's visually engaging and easy to navigate, shop for products, and learn about our story and technology behind EcoSurvivor.

With a growing line of durable LED lighting products, portable power solutions, and audio accessories, we knew we needed a site that not only supported the expanding line of products but also helped support and educates people about the real purpose behind our brand and nonprofit partnerships with Water4 and Justin Wren.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Mobility, News, Power

Feature | Keeping Up With USB-C

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This post is originally published on lifehacker.com, read the full post here.

We hate to break it to you, but the traditional USB ports you’ve used to connect your cameras, controllers, and other gizmos for the past 20 years aren’t long for this world. The whole squad’s getting replaced by a few great alternatives, though they each come with their own pros and cons. If you’re thinking of upgrading your devices this year, here are the ports you’ll need to get familiar with to keep up with today’s tech.

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Topics: Mobility, News

How to Reduce Energy Bills–The Easy Way

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Energy bills can add up to outrageous costs. Fortunately, reducing your energy usage isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. By installing smart technology, turning off or dimming lights and cutting the cord, you can easily reduce your energy bills and save some green! 

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Style Finder Quiz: What Style of Cafe Lights Are Right for You?

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Accent lighting has the ability to make or break the look and feel of the entire atmosphere you're trying to achieve. Luckily, there's no right or wrong way to decorate with cafe string lights. However, if you're not sure what style of cafe lights you should use to brighten your outdoor or indoor space, start here with this fun Style Finder Quiz and find your ideal lighting!
Discover Your Style »

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

How to Enjoy Vacation and Not Worry About Your House

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Some people can’t relax and enjoy themselves while on vacation because they're too worried about their house. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, you should always make sure your house is completely secure when you leave for a vacation. However, once you’ve made it to your final destination, that's the time to leave your worries behind and enjoy yourself!

Whether your trip is a simple weekend getaway to the lake or a month-long tour of Europe, take these additional precautions so you can enjoy vacation and not worry about your house while your away.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Easy Home Upgrades That Anyone Can Handle

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Home improvement projects can be intimidating. You see this great idea on Pinterest. It’s going to change your whole world. You have every intention of getting started. But then you see how many tools and skills are needed to complete this project, so you decide to put it off. You tell yourself that maybe after you do more research on the topic, it won’t seem so difficult. Maybe...

Fret not! There are a number of easy home upgrades that literally anyone can handle, no professional needed!
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Topics: How To, Around the Home

The Extension Cord You Didn't Know You Needed

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Extension cords are not something you normally find yourself thinking about or even researching online. When you think about extension cords, usually what comes to mind are solid colors (usually in brown, black or white), light and flimsy or bulky heavy duty cords that all get tangled and get in the way. 

Well now it’s time to change the way you think about extension cords with Cordinate Designer Extension Cords.

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Topics: Around the Home, Power