We are saddened by the devastating events that took place yesterday in West, Texas when a fertilizer plant exploded and wreaked havoc on this small town.
We send all our thoughts and prayers to the community of West, Texas and we are sending our love and support for you in this difficult time.
It’s been a tough week in America and we continue to pray for those in Boston and for those in our in our home state of Texas who have been affected by the events in West, Texas.
Please take a moment to pray or think about the families and friends affected by these tragedies.
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From CNN- Disaster in Texas: How to Help
Tribute to Boston (Photo: Angela S. Morales)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the city of Boston during this tragic time.
We are keeping the victims and all those family and friends affected by the devastating act of terrorism that took place at The Boston Marathon in our prayers. As the city celebrated Patriots’ Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts, thousands participated in the traditional marathon held on this day and thousands more came out to show their support. The bombings that interrupted the marathon took the lives of at least three innocent people and caused injury to many more.
Although we do not know who or why, we join the rest of our nation in sending our support to Boston and hope they can find comfort in knowing that we are here.
May God bless and keep Boston.
We are staying connected at home and on the go more than ever. A surprising new statistic by the NPD Group states that the national average for homes with Internet-connected devices is a whopping 5.7 devices per household in the United States. This is an increase from just three months ago when the average was 5.3 devices per household. That’s a lot of connectivity and when you count the Internet-connected devices in your own household it may not be that surprising after all. I counted at least twelve in my household of just two adults and one toddler. How many do you have?
The firm defined Internet-connected devices as any of your devices with Internet capability and can include any of the following: computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, HDTVs, Blu-ray disc players, video game consoles, and streaming media set top boxes. Both smartphones and tablets saw a significant increase with increased usage in Internet connected households and are expected to continue to rise in the coming months.
Although computers won’t be leaving households anytime soon, smartphones and tablets per household are quickly outnumbering PCs. John Buffone, the direct of devices at NPD Connected Intelligence, explains “ When you look at the combined number of smartphones and tablets consumers own, for the first time ever it exceeded the installed base of computers.” Smartphones increased by about 9 million and tablets gained nearly 18 million in the last three months. Apple and Samsung brands remained at the top of their market for US consumers.
The increase in smartphones and tablets as consumers become more connected naturally also increases the number of connected devices in an Internet-connected household. Of course, this increase could have gotten a large boost from wish lists for Santa and holiday shopping sales, but numbers are expected to rise indefinitely. With the low cost of tablets and smartphones when compared to PCs, it’s much more affordable to own these devices per family member. Streaming is also on the rise, as seen in Netflix’s percentage of Internet usage from its subscribers. The increase in Internet-connected devices per household also means that the way we actually connect to the net via our ISP and hardware are becoming equally important for a successful connection and an enjoyable experience. Bombarding our home network with at least 5.7 or maybe 10.2 devices is not that far-fetched and our ability to control, monitor, and tailor our Internet usage to the specific needs of our family is becoming vital. It’s easy to let your network be taken over by a streaming-happy bandwidth hog and not so easy to control or prevent that from happening when you need full-throttle uninterrupted Internet the most. The HomeNet™ Intelligent Router delivers the tools that we need to wrangle our family’s devices and maximize our connectivity with exciting features that allow scheduling, prioritizing, monitoring, and the ability to set up user profiles per device for each of our family member’s needs. You can make the most of your connectivity and also make sure that you are really getting what you are paying your ISP for when it comes to connectivity and speed.
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Netflix dropped the ball on ISPs this week and launched a dedicated site, ispspeedindex.netflix.com, to exclusively report the average download bit-rate in locations all over the world where its streaming service is available.
A teenage girl sweetly offered to buy milkshakes for her parents. Chocolate for Dad and vanilla for mom. Sadly these milkshakes were spiked with sleep-inducingpharmaceuticals. Why on earth would a teenager drug their parents to make them fall asleep? To get more time on the Internet of course! True story. These are the stories that no matter how bizarre they sound make us question the reality we live in and what we can do to prevent them in our own lives. Continue reading
Nowadays, our children are engaging in the world of technology younger than ever. They have been born into a world of Internet enabled devices literally at their fingertips. Mom’s smartphone or Dad’s iPad are easily maneuvered by clumsy toddler hands with proficient accuracy. There are tons of apps geared toward a spectrum of age groups including toddlers, school age children, and teens. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are being used by kids (with or without their parent’s permission) despite privacy policies specifically stating users must be a certain age. It’s easy for kids to find themselves in dangerous situations amidst all this technology that is readily available and as parents it’s our job to help guide them and protect them. One of the things that we question as parents and struggle with is keeping our children safe on the Internet.
As we move into the next phase of launching the HomeNet Router and begin preparations to ship out pre-orders, I’m super excited and happy to share with you our HomeNet Router promotional video!
Today, at 9:30 AM on December 21st we honor and remember the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary school in a national moment of silence and prayer. We are asking our readers to join us and spend several minutes reflecting quietly or in prayer and take a five minute pause from all online activity.
I’m glad I picked up the phone last night. Usually the ringer on our house phone is turned off because we never use it anyways. When my son was an infant we made the habit of keeping the house phone’s ringer turned off so as not to wake our sleeping angel who was easily awakened by loud obnoxious noises such as the trilling of a phone. Besides, everyone that’s important knows to call our cellphones and it’s not like we were missing any significant calls. Our home phone had become the junk mail folder in our email—littered with spam and telemarketers.
Days of renting movies the traditional way, as in physically getting in your car and driving to a video store to rent a movie, sound ancient. It’s likely my son will never know what a video rental store is and that’s okay with me because it’s been replaced with on-demand streaming from providers such as Netflix. Even though video rental giant Block Buster maintains retail stores– they still exist, I know because I’m pretty sure I saw one recently, and I googled it just in case—they have also offered video streaming subscription for some time. The convenience that on demand video streaming provides and the easy accessibility due to low cost and equipment we already have has revolutionized our at home (or on the go) entertainment. It’s easier than ever to watch the latest releases without ever leaving your couch.