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Smart Home Innovation with the MyQ Garage Door Controller

We love our homes. Technology makes that even more so today. The MyQ Garage Door Controller is an easy way to start integrating smart technology into you home. These days there are many options for smart home devices. Most smart home tech helps save money and time, while making some of your day to day home owning easier.

What Is MyQ Garage?

Chamberlain MyQ Garage lets you open or close your garage door from a compatible smartphone or tablet. MyQ comes with a door sensor and a Wi-Fi hub. The MyQ app and your smartphone will allow you to know when your garage door is open, and gives you the ability to close it from anywhere.

Installation is easy. Just mount the wi-fi hub near the garage door opener and plug it into an outlet. The hub will then wirelessly communicate with your garage door opener over your homes Wi-Fi. Then mount the door sensor on your garage door. After those two are installed, just download the app, follow set up instructions, and you’re ready to rock!

MyQ

MyQ

Compatible Garage Door Openers

MyQ Garage works with most garage door openers manufactured after 1993. Your garage door opener must have safety-reversing sensors. Those can be found at the bottom of the track of the door. These sensors prevent the door from closing when there is something blocking the path of the door. If you’re unsure, just roll a basketball our your door while it’s closing. If it doesn’t reverse, you don’t have them. Very easy to check (and equally easy to install if you don’t have them).

Most garage door openers manufactured by the following brands are compatible: Chamberlain, Craftsman, Genie, LiftMaster, Linear, Overhead Door, Raynor, Stanley, Wayne Dalton.

Your MyQ also works very well with the Nest Learning Thermostat, but that is a post for another day!

Disclaimer: As a member of a great group of Verizon influencers, I occasionally receive cool products to test drive and share my honest thoughts on. No favorable comments were promised, nor was additional compensation is provided. All opinions are my own. 

Tile Can Help You Find Anything

Now, more than ever, our world is filled with technology that is competing for our attention. Couple that with the normal human interactions with family, friends, and co-workers and it’s amazing we can remember anything. We have all lost our keys before, or misplaced our wallet or phone. What if you never had to worry about that again? Thanks to the Tile Bluetooth Tracker, you don’t!

The Tile is a round-cornered square about 1.5 inch across and 0.2 inch thick, made of white plastic. A round opening in the top left corner lets you attach a keychain, lanyard, or similar tether. Tile is amazing. When you get one, all you have to do is download the app to your phone or tablet and it walks you through the easy setup instructions. Once set up, then you can ring lost items just like you’d call a phone. The app automatically records the last time and place it saw your item. This way if you left it somewhere you know where to look first.

It’s easy to put a Tile on your keyring, in a backpack, or inside your computer bag. Tile is less expensive than it’s competitors with an even lower price if you buy multiple Tiles. It also has the longest range, making it the most useful for finding your stuff. The alarm is absolutely loud enough to help you find your stuff. I was able to hear mine at the end of a thirty foot hallway at the office.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, then Verizon has what you need. They are normally $25 a piece, but right now you can buy a four pack for $69.99.

 

tile app

tile app

 

 

Disclaimer: As a member of a great group of Verizon influencers, I occasionally receive cool products to test drive and share my honest thoughts on. No additional compensation is provided, neither were any favorable comments promised. All opinions are my own. 

Top 5 Features of the Fitbit Charge HR

•Disclosure: As a member of a great group of Verizon influencers, I occasionally receive cool products to test drive and share my honest thoughts on. No additional compensation is provided, neither were any favorable comments promised. All opinions are my own. 

Top 5 Features of the Fitbit Charge HR

Fitness trackers are not new, but their abilities improve at the same rate technology does. I’ve been using the Fitbit Charge HR for three weeks now, and I really love it. It’s not my first Fitbit. I had one of the originals when they came out. It tracked my steps really well, but the band was bulky and uncomfortable. This new model is vastly improved, and below I’ll give the top 5 reasons why.

  1. Design

    The band on the Charge HR is softer and more flexible. It also has a metal/strap buckle clasp like a watch, instead of the plastic snaps the older models used. The top facing screen is clear and crisp. The button on the side is discreet and simple. Each click walks you through a visual prompt of all your data. It is easy to clean after exercise, and continues to look nice.

  2. Caller ID

    A feature often reserved smartwatches. Just enable bluetooth and the band buzzes when someone calls your smartphone.  Then the name or number of the caller appears on the screen. Although this certainly isn’t a game changer it is very handy. I’ve never been a fan of the smartwatch, but incorporating this into a fitness tracker is genius. Just a unexpecticed benefit that adds value.

  3. Sleep Monitoring

    Sleep tracking is now performed automatically by the Fitbit Charge HR, which means no more missed nights of sleep. The older version you had to start and stop you sleep cycle manually. That led to lots of lost data because I would forget to do that. This does help me get more sleep. You simply can’t argue with the facts it gives about how much you sleep. It appears to be very accurate.

  4. Heart Rate Monitoring

    This is a feature that has been available on my phone for a while, but I rarely use it. Heart rate monitoring is just as important to me as the activity track (if you’ll notice that isn’t one of the five listed here). Heart rate helps give a much clearer view of total fitness. I’ve tested the acurateness of it manually, and so far it tends to be very close.

  5. The App

    As cool as the actual product is, the software is way cooler. The app is rich and vibrant in color, while giving you information that is segmented in simple terms. There are plenty of metrics to sink your teeth into, and that’s without the additional food tracking, food plans and weight tracking options which require manual daily inputs (and let’s be honest, we don’t do like we should). All metrics can show historical data, and weekly totals. That can be very useful for ‘active minutes’. That is the amount of time spent in the day with your heart rate elevated. Upping this total means you’re getting fitter.

    Fitbit App

    Fitbit App

     

The Fitbit Charge HR and many other accessories are available from Verizon.