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IFTTT: Ready for the Internet of Things

The “Internet of Things” isn’t a new term — in fact, it was first coined by Kevin Ashton back in 1999 — but it’s one that is starting to be used much more frequently. It’s an idea whose time has come. More objects now include the ability to connect to other devices using the Internet, and that trend shows no signs of slowing up. The Nest home thermostat, for example, connects to your home Wi-Fi network and can be controlled over the Web. Projects like the Lockitron also use Wi-Fi and enable you to unlock your front door from another continent. We’re even starting to see refrigerators with Internet connectivity.

But as our household objects become more connected, a hodgepodge of smartphone apps and Web-based controls won’t do. We’ll need a customizable, easy-to-use back-end for our “Internet of things” that lets us automate them and connect them to the online services we already use. Thankfully, one such service already exists, and it’s called IFTTT — If This, Then That.

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Review: V-Moda Remix Remote Headphones

V-Moda is a company known for their superior sound quality mixed in with elegant and stand-out design, with the Remix Remote headphones being no exception. V-Moda’s Remix line of in-ear headphones were very popular for their durability as well as their performance, but customers complained about the lack of remote and volume control on the cable. V-Moda answered by releasing the Remix Remote, the difference is simply the addition of the in-line remote and volume control. The sound quality and build quality is the same quality that customers loved when buying the Remix headphones.

Build quality wise, these are very solid ‘phones. The drivers are enclosed in metal, but are not extremely heavy like some metal enclosed in-ears. They fit very snuggly in the ear and do not fall out easily. With that combination of weight and fit, these headphones are ideal for the athlete or anyone looking to use headphones in the gym or on a run. To add to the physical activity aspect is the included around-ear bands. The bands will route the headphones around the ears to secure the fit and if the buds do fall out they will just hang from the ears rather than falling to the ground. The cable has a nice soft touch texture to it and is a decent size and length.

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How To: Turn Your iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch Into A TV Remote

Wouldn’t it be neat if you could turn your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (I’m just going to say i(Product) to save me from having to type all of the device names again from here on out) into a fully customizable universal remote?  Well, it’s actually a reality.  Thanks to the company behind the L5 Remote.  The L5 remote is an accessory which can be purchased for your i(Product) for $50.  Once you have the L5, simply connect it to your i(Product) via the 30-pin connecter, and download the free app from the App Store.

After you have the app installed and your L5 connected, you’ll want to configure the app to recognize all (or just the ones you want) the buttons on your regular remote.  Configuring the remote is fairly straight-forward as well.  Simply select the type of button it is on your i(Product), name it (if necessary), line up the remote with the L5 adapter connected to your i(Product), and press the button on the remote until it’s recognized in the L5 app.  If you watch the video above, you will see exactly how to do this.

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