If you have never tried downloading torrents then good for you, torrent publishers and users are facing continuous scrutiny and punishment for copy write infringement. Every time you download a torrent your internet service provider (or ISP) keeps a record of it and makes it available to just about anyone who asks for it. Scary, isn’t it?
There are several ways to ensure you are protected and invisible to your ISP and anyone else. One of my favorites is a site that will download your torrent for you, TorrentSafe.com is simple to use and free (although they do limit your free use). All you have to do is provide the torrent.
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Back in December when the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) announced they would subsume UPnP, one of the industry’s more mature and longstanding connected home discovery protocols, I wrote that it was a sign the industry recognized they had a fragmentation problem and had decided to do something about it.
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IT SEEMS EVERYTHING at CES is connected to the Internet. Not just the obvious stuff like TVs and speakers and washing machines, either. Little things. Light bulbs. Fans. The sorts of things you might grab on a whim at Home Depot or Best Buy or one-click at Amazon because, hey, that might be neat. If a clear trend has emerged from CES, it’s this: The next great wave of devices is packed with chips and transmitters and sensors that enable everything to communicate with everything else.
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Devices like Nest Cam and Canary can keep an eye on your home while you’re away, but all you really need to set up your own home security system is an old phone or tablet you’re not using, an internet connection, and the right app. Here’s how to get started and what you should know.
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We’re living in an age where fridges connect to the internet and cutlery is Bluetooth enabled otherwise you may as well be eating your dinner with twigs.
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The smart home is all about better in-home experiences — the comfort of smart climate control, for instance, or the peace of mind you’ll get with a good smart security system. But what can can the connected living space bring to the table as far as entertainment is concerned?
That’s what we want to find out.
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Now smart home devices can even help us stay one step ahead of nature. The latest is a clothes peg named Peggy from Omo that can detect rain.
The Omo Peggy clips onto a clothesline like any other peg, albeit larger, and uses light, temperature and humidity sensors to detect weather. Since it is Wi-Fi connected it can alert a connected smartphone to when rain is coming so washing need never get caught out again.
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Cree, a market leader in LED lighting, announced preliminary estimates of financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended March 27, 2016. Revenue for the quarter is estimated to be approximately US $367 million, with earnings estimated to be ($0.01) loss to $0.01 per diluted share on a GAAP basis, and $0.13 to $0.15 per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis. These preliminary financial results are subject to completion of the Company’s customary quarterly closing and review procedures.
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Five tips for choosing the right light bulb
The light bulb market has gone through enormous change since traditional incandescent bulbs were removed from the market and replaced with energy-saving bulbs. Below, we walk you through what you need to know to buy the best bulb for your needs.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choice of size, type and brightness, head to our reviews section where our independent lab tests reveal our full light bulb test results.
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Incandescent era, RIP. Like it or not, it’s time to move on. Traditional incandescent lightbulbs are gone—not banned, precisely, but phased out because the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), passed in 2007, requires them to be about 25 percent more efficient. That’s impossible to achieve without decreasing their luminous flux (brightness), so, instead, manufacturers have shifted to more energy-efficient technologies, such as compact fluorescents (CFLs), halogens, and LEDs.
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