Google Tracker 2015: Everything We Know Google Is Working On For The New Year | Ars Technica

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Well, a lot of this stuff is going to run on battery power, andWi-Fi is very battery hungry. No one wants to recharge their door locks every night, so less power-hungry wireless protocolswere created to allow for battery life measured in years rather than hours. The most oft-cited problem with smart homes is that no one has really picked a communication standard yet, so there are competing, incompatible wireless protocols out therethe “Blu-ray versus HD-DVD” or “VHS versus Betamax” problem of smart homes. Smart hubs like Revolv fixed this by including multipleantennas. Just like how your router probably has Wi-Fi antennas and Ethernet plugs, a good smart home hub can bridgemultiple, incompatible standards together. Revolv was the most comprehensive hub out thereit hadseven different wireless antennas. The other job of a smart home hub is to provide a user interface, usually in the form of an app.
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From January 6th-9th at CES 2015, Amped Wireless will also be displaying the TAP-EX2 along with other long range Wi-Fi products at its booth, located in South Hall 4, Booth #36533 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For press meeting requests please email: press(at)ampedwireless(dot)com or call Lacey Limbrick at 909-217-3229 x 152. The TAP-EX2 will be shipping to customers early 2015. It will be available at major brick and mortar retailers and other online retailers, as well as ampedwireless.com. About Amped Wireless Amped Wireless is an award-winning provider of long-range, wireless consumer and business communication products for the home and office.
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Not a bad way to pass along your green thumb. Dont bee beaten Angie, who lives in Evansville, Wis., was plagued by ground bees in her garden. She said she tried the bee bane recommended at her local hardware store twice to no avail. Then she hit upon the idea of using ammonia. After dark, she writes, our son poured it into the hole and capped it with a stone over plastic.
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The danger, he said (with a supporting Internet citation), is that the caustic lye in the cleaner will “attack the cobalt binder in the carbide and can lead to carbide failure (translates to tiny missiles of carbide at 100+ mph).” Well, it was the first I’d heard of such a peril, so I did a little web-surfing of my own. Let me tell you, the blade cleaning debate is a BIG DEAL online. Among the chemically enhanced methods touted for renovating blades: Simple Green, Formula 402, soap and water, kerosene, gasoline and the list goes on. There seems to be little agreement out there, so, in this at least, I think you’re on you own, gang. One thing: The oven cleaner danger seems to come from soaking carbide-tipped blades for as long as overnight.
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