The only thing better than controlling your Ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat with your iPhone is... controlling it with your Apple Watch!
The Ecobee3 can be controlled by the on-device touch-screen, the ecobee3 iPhone app, and now also with the Apple Watch. I have to admit, even though it's limited, it's also absolutely amazing. The idea that I can monitor and control the climate in my house from the kitchen table, from bed, from the back porch, or from far away is something straight out of science fiction.
What's better than controlling your Ecobee3 with the touch screen? Controlling it with your iPhone!
Once we set up and installed the Ecobee3 wifi thermostat, the next step was to set it up on our iPhone. To do that, we downloaded the Ecobee3 app and then registered a new user using the code provided by the thermostat. We set up our account name and password, and then we were good to go.
Ecobee3 is a wifi thermostat that's not owned by a data-collection giant, and has extra sensors for extra functionality.
Our friends at Android Central recently took a deeper look at Google's Nest, so we thought we'd do the same thing with the Ecobee3, which as thermostats go, might be even smarter. And we're starting with a hands-on install!
Video games are great. I love them. I podcast about them. But when it comes to my children, my husband and I have a strict system to help them maintain balance and learn moderation.
How your child or children react to playing video games can vary. It's an intense experience and while some will do just fine and exhibit minimal behavioral changes, others will present with diminished focus, rudeness, or a loss of emotional control. The latter is something I saw in my own children, and something I knew I had to help them learn to overcome.
Our iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks can serve as magnificent distractions. They're mobile, so we can have them with us anywhere, and they're instantly accessible, so we can use them any time. That's the challenge we all face every day.
Georgia Dow is a therapist specializing in stress, anxiety, phobias, and procrastination. She's also an avid fan of technology who believes the hardware, software, and services we use every day can help us live better lives. In the debut of our new experts column, Georgia applies her experience to the topic of procrastination and how our gadgets can be transformed from distractions to powerful aids for getting things done.
Thanks to all our tech, Reddit, YouTube, and Candy Crush Soda — Oh, sweet, sweet Candy Crush Soda — are always right there, only a click or tap away... Yet our tech can also help us conquer procrastination and get things done. All it takes is the right strategy and the right apps!
I'm not just going to write about my favorite things for the holidays — I'm going to show them to you. That's right, for my 2014 gift guide, I'm doing a video. So, sit back, relax, grab a holiday beverage, and enjoy my picks for the geeks in your life! Then check out the links below!
Yes, I opted for the new iPhone 6 Plus because I've always wanted a bigger screen. A much bigger screen. And now I have it. For gaming, for watching videos, for surfing the web, it's just so much better that I'm willing to sacrifice the ability to easily type one handed. And yes, my Home screen is still pretty much default — I'm lazy! — so I'm including some of my favorite apps from my second screen as well. And yes, I still don't update applications very often. I don't like change. I don't like learning new interfaces, and I don't like that I can't go back to a older version of an app if anything goes wrong. It's my iPhone after all, and I get to use and abuse it just the way I want!
One of the biggest questions surrounding Apple's new, big and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — aside from whether or not they'd fit in your skinny jean pockets — is whether or not you can still use them in the traditional one-handed manner. iPhones have always been prized by typers and swipers on the go. Those with feet to pavement and other hands to the coffee cup. Yet with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens, and casings to match, how well do the new iPhones hold up to that legacy?
Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today and many of you either waited in line or waited by the door for the delivery person. The lines were long, the trucks were slow, and the computers... well, they went down in some places for a while! So, how was your experience?
So I gleefully helped Rene do his #ALSIceBucketChallenge just over a week ago and, of course, he turned around and challenged me. Well, it might have taken me entirely too long to respond, but you can see me finally going through with it above. Needless to say, the ice decided to make me pay for the delay by drawing some blood, but it's all well and good in the name of charity. Now that I'm done, I'm challenging my co-hosts Brianna Wu from Isometric and Guy English from Vector, as well as John Siracusa of ATP because that would just be an amazing thing to see. So, watch the video, and then go and donate to ALSA.org.
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Apple has just updated the iPod touch lineup to bring colors and a camera down to $199 and 32GB and 64GB down to $249 and $299 respectively. So now the perfect entry-level iOS device for kids, schools, travelers, developers, and anyone else who wants something small and unencumbered by phone parts is more affordable, and more attractive, than ever. So, to celebrate, iMore is giving one away! (Technically an Apple Store gift certificate!)
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The Intrepid Bag Co.'s Lillium Purse is really cool. It's a side satchel purse designed for the iPad mini. It's gorgeous leather on the outside and soft suede inside to protect against scratches. There are two pockets, one for your iPad mini, and one for anything else, including an iPhone or chargers.