Apple has two Airs in its family, and they're both closer in spirit than ever before. The 2013 MacBook Air is less expensive than 2012's, and has a better battery life. The new iPad Air is smaller, lighter, and has a processor that's inching closer to the potential of a laptop.
Here's the funny thing: the iPad Air starts at $499, but fully loaded up to the highest configuration, it comes to a little under $1,000 ($929, to be specific). The 11-inch MacBook Air -- which is the most diminutive Apple laptop -- starts at $… Read more
It was only a blog post, and Apple ended up not announcing a tablet keyboard (though CNET's Dan Farber makes the case for Apple to build one here.) But if Apple were to join the tablet keyboard game, it would be a soul crusher for the third party-vendors that already make keyboards for the iPad, right?
Maybe … Read more
The Belkin WeMo Light Switch comes with a switch, a faceplate, and four wire connectors. If you aren't familiar with electrical wiring, please enlist help from a handy friend before getting started. If you've installed a switch before, this shouldn't take more than 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish.
Step 1: Turn off power to your light switch at your circuit breaker. Use a voltage tester if you want to be absolutely sure that the power to that switch is turned off. This tester can cost as little as $10 at your local hardware store.… Read more
Belkin announced a new WeMo product last week that's similar to the existing WeMo Switch but with a pretty big twist. It's called the WeMo Insight Switch and it will set you back $10 more than Belkin's current WeMo Switch.
So what does the Insight Switch give you for your extra $10? The existing $49 WeMo Switch allows you to turn your electronics on and off and program them remotely via the WeMo app. For the most part, the WeMo Insight Switch does the same thing. You can turn your gadgets on and off and set schedules … Read more
When you talk about smart appliances, the first things that come to mind for most people are Wi-Fi-enabled washing machines or refrigerators with touch screens built into the door. But some of the smartest upgrades of all might actually lie in the world of home automation, where an explosion of new smart gadgets is offering homeowners entirely new levels of functionality for their day-to-day lives. Best of all, unlike that Internet-ready washer or touch-screen fridge, a home automation upgrade isn't likely to cost you thousands of dollars.
With more and more products rolling out each month, from both established … Read more
Belkin’s WeMo home automation products offer the ability to control your home electronics from anywhere, and the WeMo Switch + Motion might be the most attractive package of the bunch. If it has a plug, you can plug it into the WeMo -- a lamp, a coffeemaker, you name it. Once you do, you’ll be able to turn that device on and off from your phone.
Not to be confused with the WeMo Light Switch and its DIY-intensive installation, the WeMo Switch and its optional motion detector accessory are designed around plug-and-play simplicity, making them especially appealing to consumers … Read more
The Belkin WeMo Light Switch replaces most single wall-mounted on/off switches and lets you control your lights from anywhere with an Internet connection. The switch connects to your home WiFi network, which then passes on control of the switch to Belkin's free WeMo mobile app. So as long as your phone is connected to the Internet, you can monitor and modify the light settings in your home with minimal effort. If your Wi-Fi is disabled for some reason, you can still physically turn your lights on or off the old-fashioned way.
I thought 50 bucks for a light … Read more
Available today, the Belkin F7C030 WeMo Light Switch is another step forward into a well-lit future. The light switch allows users to control their home lighting from anywhere. The best part is that integrating the new light switch into the home requires nothing more than what users already have.
The light switch replaces the standard light switch found in the wall. DIYers can switch out the two easily. (Belkin produced a short YouTube video explaining how to install the WeMo Light Switch for those who are comfortable working with basic electrical wiring.) After the unit is installed, it can be … Read more
Sling on Monday asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to dismiss Belkin from its complaint filed in January.
Sling and Belkin declined to comment Friday.
Sling, a subsidiary of EchoStar, also has filed suit against other rivals, including Monsoon Multimedia. The company has accused its competitors of patent infringement related to technology used in its Slingbox, a device that allows users to watch and control their home television from anywhere. Belkin and Monsoon make products that compete with the Slingbox at lower … Read more