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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

Leave Your Worries Behind With These Road Trip Essentials

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It’s the end of summer, the weather is nice, and you need a break from the usual. It’s the perfect time to take a road trip, especially with fall right around the corner. Whether it's a couple of hours or a 12+ hour trip, here are some ways to make sure you have a great and comfortable road ahead of you.

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Topics: How To, Safety & Security, Mobility

Problems Every Parent Faces - Solved by Technology

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It’s hard work being a parent, especially with a busy school schedule, work schedule and not to mention the countless after school activities and week night practices. Luckily, there are an array of technological advances that can help make our lives much easier. Technology isn’t just a way to bring your home into the twenty-first century, it can also help you parent more effectively so you have more time to spend with your kids. Below are some common problems every parent faces-solved by technology. These are simple and easy solutions that any parent can use to fix small, everyday, problems.

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Topics: Smart Home, How To, Around the Home, Mobility

3 Tips for Your Fourth of July Celebration

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With the summer well under way, the kids out of school, and the warm weather it’s a perfect time to get everyone together and what better way than with a Fourth of July celebration! All you really need is a backyard, some food, drinks, and good company to have a good time but here are 3 tips for your Fourth of July celebration that you may not have considered. These aren’t necessities but they can definitely add to the overall experience for you and your guests.

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

Introducing the New Enbrighten LED Lantern With USB Charging

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Spring is just around the corner and now is the time many start planning camping trips with their family and friends. Jasco has created the perfect camping and hiking companion, the new GE Enbrighten® USB Lantern. Great for charging your phone on the go, this USB Lantern provides a 1.0Amp charging rate that can supply battery life for any smartphone, eReader or digital camera.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, Safety & Security, Mobility, News, Power

What you need to know before purchasing a USB charger

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USB-powered devices go with us everywhere and it's important to stay connected. However, not all chargers or cables are created equal. What should you consider when choosing the best USB charging solutions? What's all this talk about amps, volts and rapid charging? Keep reading, and let us help you make sense of it all. 

Charging rate

For starters, not all electronic devices can be charged at the same rate. Different wall chargers have different output rates, measured in amps. Chargers with higher charging rates will power your device up quicker. For example, we recommend at least a 1 amp charger for an iPhone, 1.6 amps for Android and 2.4 amps for an iPad. When choosing a mutli-port charger for multiple devices, the total output must match or be higher than what each device requires to charge at the fullest rate. To find this out, add up the required amps for all the devices you'll be charging. 

For example: Android + iPad = 3+ amp charger. 

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Topics: How To, Mobility, Power

Highlights and snapshots from CES 2016

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Jasco had another incredible year at CES! During the past week, we announced a handful of new, innovative products that we're excited to launch in 2016. For those of you who couldn't make it to Vegas this year, here are some snapshots from the show floor and a full recap of CES 2016 in case you missed anything.

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Topics: Smart Home, Safety & Security, Mobility, News, Power, CES

7 Things You Need to See at CES 2016

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With so many things to see at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), make sure to visit the Jasco booth in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and see why millions choose GE and Jasco for their connected home and mobile solutions. 

Jasco is located at Booth 9005 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Look for Jasco's booth  as you enter the C1 entrance from the Grand Central Lobby.  

Join us and make a difference in the world by stopping in at our Water4 exhibit. Plus you won't want to miss these top 7 things to see the Jasco Booth (#9005, Central Hall).

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Topics: Smart Home, LED Lighting, Mobility, News, Power, CES

Must-haves for flying during the holidays

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The holidays are one of the busiest traveling seasons of the year. With flights to and from different cities, stay entertained and sane with these traveling must-haves.

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Topics: Mobility

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