Video: Take a tour of the future of home automation via Google Glass

Just turn the light on…and see.

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Revolv, a connected home startup that used to be known as Mobiplug, has shown off a video of one of its engineers using Google Glass(s GOOG) to control the connected devices in the Revolv offices. The video (below) is fun, but it got me thinking about how we plan to control and interface with connected devices in the home.

Revolv makes a hub that plugs into your router and will control a variety of connected devices via a smartphone app. Products such as the Philips Hue, certain Insteon light switches, Lockitron locks and the Sonos music player are currently supported in the first versions of the product.

As you can see from the video, John Kozura, a senior developer at Revolv, is wandering around pulling up connected devices in the Revolv app using a combo of taps and swipes to get to the desired device, and then voice commands…

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How To Lower Your Electric Bill : Cooking Out!

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Well, its hot outside, and getting hotter, with a relative humidity to match the sultry basins of the hot birdAmazon jungle. What once seemed like an eternal Minnesota winter is nothing but a distant memory now, something we paw for in the parched recesses of our minds. A thermal reality has settled in over the land, by and far, and our pavement is like that of cookie sheets. Cows have willingly tipped themselves over, for to mire in the green grass there beneath the dappled shade. Community swimming pools and beaches are froth with wee screaming children and ageing women.  Slurpee machines have run dry, and slip-n-slides have been deployed in red-carpet fashion, to usher in the summer heat. Even the tweety birds seek relief but from a small stream of cool water. Its hot out there folks. And what do think we’re going to do? Well light a fire of course!

20130710_190811_edit0Let it…

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Facebook Etiquette: Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

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In many ways, Facebook is the water cooler of the Internet age. We all gather around our computers to chat about the news of the day, share pictures of the kids or just talk about what was on television last night. But if you make a social snafu around the water cooler, it’s probably only witnessed by a few people—and it’s quickly forgotten. But social blunders on Facebook have a much wider audience, which can make them more difficult to recover from.

We’ve identified the most common sharing missteps, most of which you’ve probably seen in your own news feed—or even made yourself. Fortunately, your Facebook friends are (hopefully) forgiving, and with a bit of foresight, you can dodge any social snafus in the future.

1. Not keeping private conversations private

This can actually be one of two problems. The first being, if you wouldn’t say it loud and proud…

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