Smartphone Meets Smarter Light? Turning On Remote Controlled Lighting For The Home

GE Link Connected LED Wink app starter kit, photo courtesy of GESmart technology has moved beyond smartphones and personal electronics. Its future lies in household interconnectedness – smart homes that make Jetson-like living closer than ever. As our appliances, thermostats and other devices become electronically entwined, there are shining stars and bumps in the road that light our way along the path to connectivity. Enter remote controlled lighting.

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Green City Awards recognize innovative municipalities

Waste & Recycling News announced the winners of the 2012 Green City Awards in late March

As consumer demand for green products continues to rise, so too does their awareness of the various aspects of living a green lifestyle. Being green has taken on a broader meaning then simply recycling or for a city to designate “green space”.

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The Nest Learning Thermostat learns how to save energy from you

The Nest Learning Thermostat takes the guesswork out of programming

Programmable thermostats, while useful, can be incredibly complicated. So much so that around 90 percent of folks that have them don’t program them!

Created to be real energy savers, all the programmable thermostats on the market lost their Energy Star ratings in 2008 because, the EPA said, the devices tended to create consumer confusion and could lead to increased energy use, not savings.

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Free phone calls to and from Japan on netTalk

In the aftermath of the devastating double whammy in Japan of the earthquake and tsunami, communication is very difficult both in and outside the country.

netTALK.COM Inc. announced that it is offering free calls to and from Japan using the netTALK DUO starting March 15th at 12:00 PM EST until March 21st at 12:00 PM EST.

netTALK – a leader in Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) – will also allow individuals in Japan to use the netTALK Smartphone App to make free phone calls back to the United States and Canada over WiFi. This easily accessible phone app lets you make calls over 3G and WiFi without utilizing your cell phone minutes. The company stresses that this is for personal use only.

Another great example of people – and companies – pulling together to help others during times of crisis. Way to go, netTALK.