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All In One Video Device

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All In One Video Device

At HTE, we’re in the business of simplifying, it's an essential philosophy governing to all of our designs and processes.  Keeping in line with this philosophy, we are always looking for and testing products that make tasks easier, and that is exactly what TiVo Roamio does. Now with the new TiVo Bolt, you can do it all in 4K!

Early adapters of the company's pioneering technology back in the late ‘90s, may associate the term TiVo with DVR, but the company’s Roamio line is much more than a recorder- it’s the functionality of all your video sources in one.

How It Works

Simply connect the box to your cable and internet and set up your services. TiVo Roamio replaces the following:

  • Cable Box and DVR
  • Sling Box
  • Streaming Devices: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire

 

Which Services Do You Need?

  • Cable Service
  • Internet Service
  • TiVo Service
  • Application Subscriptions: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, etc.

 

Advantages

  • Eliminates technical issues caused by your cable provider's equipment (which you're currently renting).
  • For those without distributed video, a single box provides the functionality of multiple devices, reducing clutter.
  • Finding content is drastically simplified with OnePass.
  • In many cases, using a TiVo Roamio with TiVo Minis will cost less than equipment rentals andstreaming device purchases. 
 

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Tips and Tech to Help You Keep Your Resolution

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Tips and Tech to Help You Keep Your Resolution

Keeping a resolution can be hard, and while we like cool apps, sometimes it takes a little more to make a positive lifestyle change. Here are our tips and tech suggestions (yes, we did include an app or two) to help keep you on track while partaking in the most common resolutions such as eating healthy, working out, and getting organized.  

Let’s get it out of the way now… Calorie Counters, Activity Trackers, and Weight Loss Apps are great teach you already know about that will help you stay on track.

 

Eating Healthy

  • Don’t shop on an empty stomach
  • Make a list with apps such as Out of Milk to prevent impulse junk food purchases
  • Using an app such as AnyList, allows everybody in the family to share their requests with the person who does the grocery shopping
  • You could skip the store all together and order your groceries online
  •  Preparing food on a Smart Scale that ties into a tracking app keeps you from underestimating the amount you’re consuming daily
  • Use your tablet to look up healthy recipes or cooking videos, so you don’t get bored with your food
  • When eating out use apps like Food Tripping, InBloom, Clean Plates, or HealthyOut to find a restaurant that aligns with your dietary needs

 

Working Out

  • Your headphones should be like your sneakers: comfortable, reliable, and  fit your workout needs
  • If you don’t like exercising, make it fun by trying a dance class, playing a sport, or using technology such  as Xbox Kinect and an ultra-short throw projector to turn your workout into a game
  • If you are a serious exercise buff, Athos workout apparel uses electromyography (EMG) technology to record muscle and breathing activity to ensure you are preforming movements correctly
  • If you have an indoor pool, marine speakers and waterproof televisions can help make your time more entertaining
  • If a full pool isn’t in your budget, but you’re limited due to joint impact, you might want to look into an endless pool

 

Getting Organized

  • Pick one of these 100 apps to help with lists and reminders
  • If you get hundreds of emails a day, try an app such as Acompli, to get your inbox under control
  • Try reviewing your emails once a night to keep them from piling up
  • Commit to a cloud and stick with it so there is no question as to where that document is stored
  • If you’re always losing or forgetting items try using Tile or Trackr
  • Use sensors and home automation to take care of smaller tasks such as making sure the lights are off and doors are locked while you focus on more important tasks

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'Tis the Season for Scenes

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'Tis the Season for Scenes

It’s that time of the year again, your home is decorated and prepared for holiday gatherings. With the new Savant app you can create, capture, and edit a “Holiday Scene” with your smart device in a few minutes.  While Control 4 doesn’t allow for the same level of user customization, the latest upgrade does allow you to adjust and save your lighting preference.

With Savant's new app, simply create or capture a scene for one or multiple rooms in your home.  Choose which services you would like to include in the scene (ie: lights, music, electric fireplace) and save the values.  

When guests arrive, tap the holiday scene that you've created.  The lights will dim, music will play softly in the background, your fireplace will roar, and depending on your design you may even be able to power your season decorations, such as Christmas trees with the app. 

Learn How to Add Scenes in Savant :    (Web)   |   (PDF)

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