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How to Keep Your Internet-Connected Home Safe and Secure

By Fosiva News | July 12, 2016

“From smart thermostats like the Nest to always-on security cameras, every year we add more appliances and gadgets to our homes that connect to the internet. Some offer great features like remote monitoring, others use data to help you optimize your home and save money. Even so, anything connected to the internet is at risk…

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Troy Mertz and Village of Gilberts wins award for Fosiva

By Ed Ellingham | July 5, 2016

Kane County Leader Summit 2016 At the 2016 Kane County Leaders Summit Fosiva was highly acknowledged for their innovation in Fiber to the Home in The Conservancy of Gilberts, IL.  The Summit was really focused on the future of Kane County in the digital age, with a large part focused on Fiber Optics.  On the…

Compare Internet Service Providers using Upload Speed

By Ed Ellingham | June 28, 2016

Here’s a great article from USA Today about comparing Internet Service Providers by Upload speed.  Most ISPs give you a much faster Download speed, but a really slow upload speed.  If you like to share photos, videos, or even do cloud backup this can really create a poor experience for you.  Although this article doesn’t…

9 Secret Google Search Tricks (via Gizmodo)

By Fosiva News | June 22, 2016

“Google is your portal to everything out there on the World Wide Web…but also your portal to more and more of your personal stuff, from the location of your phone to the location of your Amazon delivery. If you’re signed into the Google search page, and you use other Google services, here are nine search…

NVIDIA’s Shield is now an all-in-one Plex box (via Engadget)

By Fosiva News | June 15, 2016

Everybody loves Plex, but it’s always been a stumbling point for novice users that it still needs a dedicated, always-on PC to run the show. Thanks to the power of NVIDIA’s Shield TV, that’s no longer the case, and Plex has revealed that the device can act as a dedicated, standalone Plex server. Rather than…

Here’s how you can get Amazon Prim on your Android TV

By Ed Ellingham | June 8, 2016

“Few set top boxes support every service you want, but when you’ve got one that runs Android there’s usually a workaround. One of the most frustrating omissions from Android TV’s app catalog is Amazon Prime Video, but you can change that with just a few simple steps and no rooting required. Amazon usually puts its…

All the Roku Secret Commands and Menus In One Graphic (Lifehacker)

By Fosiva News | June 1, 2016

“Reader Gardner passed along this infographic he made that lists off all of the quick ways to get into the Roku’s many secret menus—menus that let you calibrate the image, tweak network settings, even access developer options. Get ready, we’re about to void your warranty.” – Lifehacker Read More… Source:  Lifehacker

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Google Chromebooks are on the rise

By Ed Ellingham | May 23, 2016

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Google Chromebooks and Chrome OS, it’s a platform developed by Google that offers a simple to use and affordable alternative to traditional computers.  The key to the usefulness of Chrome OS is that it offloads all of it’s apps on to the Internet, requiring less horse power…

HDHomeRun is ready to make your Android TV a DVR

By Fosiva News | May 20, 2016

When SiliconDust announced its DIY DVR project a year ago, recording your shows meant building a PC dedicated to the task, or hooking up network storage. Now it’s testing out HDHomeRun Record for Android TV, which lets you create an entire DVR with just one of its TV tuner devices and an Android box. Unfortunately,…

YouTube will offer classic NFL games as part of a new deal (Engadget)

By Fosiva News | May 18, 2016

The National Football League and YouTube have expanded a deal that allows the site to play previews, highlights and recaps. In 2016, YouTube will not only carry more content and expand its search options, but also show entire classic games. “Three of the most memorable games for each of the 32 clubs in the NFL…

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