Peerless-AV® Launches ADA-Compliant Vertical Lift Carts for Education and Corporate Settings

In lieu of purchasing multiple displays for multiple rooms, schools and businesses can now order one display and create a mobile solution that is used in numerous classrooms and conference rooms upon need, saving time and money.

In lieu of purchasing multiple displays for multiple rooms, schools and businesses can now order one display and create a mobile solution that is used in numerous classrooms and conference rooms upon need, saving time and money. The carts’ highly mobile solution uses 4″ lockable casters, corner bumpers to prevent damage to walls and doors, integrated handles to help maneuver the cart, and an extension cord wrap for fast deployment.

Key benefits of the new carts include:

Height adjustment up to 15.75″ (400mm) with the touch of a finger Intuitive and zero maintenance design Lockable rear enclosure for storage of a PC, power supply, and cabling Capacity to add an external Wi-Fi antenna Compliance with ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Section 308 Accommodation for displays ranging from 90.2 to 209 lbs. UL rating for safety assurance, passing tip, load and drag testing

For huddle rooms or conference rooms dedicated to collaboration, Peerless-AV also offers a line of vertical lift wall mounts (SF684VL2, SF684VL3).

For additional information about Peerless-AV and its vertical lift solutions, please visit https://www.peerless-av.com, http://www.facebook.com/PeerlessAV, and twitter.com/PeerlessAV.

About Peerless-AV

Peerless-AV, a Peerless Industries, Inc. company, is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of audiovisual solutions. From its award-winning mounts and wireless audio systems to indoor/outdoor kiosks and the industry’s first fully sealed outdoor displays, Peerless-AV has aimed to fulfill both integrators’ needs for ease of installation and service, and end-users’ dreams in residential and commercial applications for the last 75 years.

Based in Aurora, IL, Peerless-AV manufactures over 3,600 products that serve original equipment manufacturers, commercial integrators and consumer retailers in 22 vertical markets through direct sales representatives and authorized distribution. For more information, visit www.peerless-av.com.

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The best cheap soundbar deals in June 2017

Soundbars make a lot of sense. On their own, most TVs simply don’t have the capacity to output stunning video and exceptional audio. Unless you’re buying a top-of-the-line OLED from LG, you’re probably only getting the former without the latter.

Soundbars make a lot of sense. On their own, most TVs simply don’t have the capacity to output stunning video and exceptional audio. Unless you’re buying a top-of-the-line OLED from LG, you’re probably only getting the former without the latter.

But there’s still hope. You can buy an awesome-sounding soundbar on the cheap and you’ll never have to listen to awful audio ever again.

Trying to find the best soundbar deals, however, can be tedious. It’s a world filled with random series of numbers (take, for example, the Vizio SB-3830-D0 38-inch soundbar) and crazy differences in price. It’s overwhelming for most, and inconvenient for everyone. But that’s why you have us.

We’ve found tons of cheap soundbars you need to check out ASAP.

On a less restricted budget? Check out our guide to the best soundbars overall.What’s the best soundbar deal?

This answer is going to be different for everyone. Some people are fine with a standard soundbar – no subwoofer, no streaming capabilities. Others might want the sub, but no streaming. Others might want all of the above, plus two satellite speakers. It’s a your-miles-may-vary situation.

That said, we can give you some good ideas of what to look for and where to find those great deals when they pop up.

For most folks, you really just want the basic package: a soundbar with a digital audio cable input that should connect to most modern TVs. You can get a bit tricky with HDMI passthroughs, RCA inputs and 3.5mm jacks, but sometimes basic is better. Of course, we also recommend looking for soundbars with a subwoofer included, that way you’ll get the full audio range from your favorite TV shows and movies, not just the highs and the mids.

There’s plenty of soundbars to pick from, and more coming out every week, so without further ado here are the best soundbar deals we’ve found this month.

Samsung’s HW-J355 is one of the best-selling soundbars, and for good reason. Not only does it offer good sound quality from its four combined-120W tweeters, but also comes with a wired subwoofer to add some meat to the sound. It’s a bit on the trim side at 37.13 x 2.28 x 2.56 inches, but it only weighs 3.5 lbs. The accompanying subwoofer is wired, so that might be one hang-up, and you won’t find a ton of ports here. On the plus side, though, it comes with 3D Sound Plus, which tries to simulate a surround sound effect using some clever sonic tricks. If you don’t mind something basic, this is your guy.

Read the review:Samsung HW-J355

Don’t want to be tied to a subwoofer? We don’t blame you. If you want the same robust quality of sound without the extra black box, check out the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System. The bar measures in at a fair 2.6 x 21.6 x 3.4 inches (H x W x D) and 3.73 lbs, making it easy to wall-mount. As far as inputs and outputs are concerned it takes optical audio, coaxial audio and 3.5mm auxiliary. It comes with a remote control, which we appreciate, and has built-in Bluetooth.

If you’re looking for a soundbar that strikes the balance between feature set, performance and price, LG’s SH7B is it. That said, it might cost a bit more than you were looking to spend. Thankfully it’s very often on sale. This soundbar measures in at 41.73 x 2.09 x 3.35 inches, making it perfect for 49-inch and up TVs. The soundbar excels in the movie department – lasers, explosions and crushing bodily impacts in football hit home with impactful blasts of sound – but it’s probably not the best soundbar for the music lover out there.

Read the review:LG SH7B

The M4 soundbar is easy to love. It might not be the most glamorous to look at, stubbornly only supports 2.1 channels of sound, and has never heard of Wi-Fi, but if there’s a better sounding soundbar on the market for less than £400/$400, we haven’t heard it. If you’re looking for hard numbers, the Q4 measures in at 1000 x 90 x 142mm (W x H x D) and weighs 4.9 kg. There’s no subwoofer here or shot at simulated surround sound, but that’s because Q Acoustics has very deliberately kept things simple by not attempting to ‘muddy the waters’ by trying to apply (often ugly) psycho-acoustic processing.

Read the review:Q Acoustics M4 Sound Bar

Not content with dominating the TV world, Samsung now seems to have its sights set on becoming the number one brand for home entertainment audio, too. To that end, the Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Soundbar is one of our favorite pieces of AV equipment made this year – which is why we gave it our coveted Editor’s Choice award when it came out in April.

Simply said, Samsung has rewritten the rulebook with the HW-MS650. No other one-body soundbar has combined so much raw power with so much clarity, scale and, especially, bass, or excelled so consistently with both films and music. It’s the sort of performance that only genuine audio innovation can deliver.

If you can afford it, this is the soundbar you need in your living room.

Read the review: Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Soundbar

Just when you think you really know a company, it goes and releases something completely out of left-field. Take Razer: historically, it’s been a peddler of pointers and the king of keyboards. Then they release the Razer Leviathan, a really smart soundbar that costs less than most TVs. Razer’s audio monster might not have the most power-per-inch at only 30 watts, but we really liked how low it could go with the accompanying subwoofer. Plus, while other speakers on this list might not even attempt surround sound, Razer gives it the ol’ college try and actually does a decent job with it. It might not be as good as a true 7.1 system, but try finding one of those for under $199/£159.

Read the review:Razer Leviathan

One of the best deals on high-end soundbars comes in the form of Sony’s HT-NT5. This 6.1 soundbar offers 400 watts of power and, for the audiophiles out there, supports 24-bit/96KHz Hi-Res Audio. The main bar is 42.51 x 2.28 x 5.00 inches (W x H x D) while the accompanying wireless subwoofer sits at a portly 7.48 × 15.0 × 15.2 inches. As far as inputs and outputs are concerned, it has Analog Audio In, Bluetooth Reception, Bluetooth Transmission, Ethernet, USB, three HDMI-Ins and one HDMI-Out. Beyond traditional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the HT-NT5 also supports multi-room listening through Sony’s SongPal app, and works with Google Home.

Read the review: Sony HT-NT5

With four HDMI inputs and 4K passthrough, myriad other connections and Bluetooth streaming, it’s tempting to call the Arcam Solo Bar as much of a home cinema hub as a soundbar. It also adds Bluetooth aptX for good measure, rendering your streamed tunes listenable at last. Well connected it may be, but this 1,000 x 130 x 110mm unit offers more than one-cable nirvana, with its two speakers offering a lot more meat than the average flat TV. Want more welly? Just add Arcam’s wireless Solo Sub. Want it for a steal? We’ve got you covered.

Belkin WeMo Dimmer review – CNET

The WeMo Dimmer is the latest gadget in Belkin’s likable lineup of smart plugs and switches. At $80, it’s essentially a fancier version of the original Belkin WeMo Light Switch that adds in a few new features — namely, the ability to dim your lights up and down as you see fit.

The WeMo Dimmer is the latest gadget in Belkin’s likable lineup of smart plugs and switches. At $80, it’s essentially a fancier version of the original Belkin WeMo Light Switch that adds in a few new features — namely, the ability to dim your lights up and down as you see fit.

Like other WeMo gadgets, the WeMo Dimmer uses Wi-Fi to connect directly with your home network, which means you won’t need to plug a special hub into your router. For some, that’ll make it a more appealing option than Z-Wave switches from names like GE, or even Lutron’s very strong Caseta switches. At $80, it’s also very likely to be less expensive than the soon-to-be-released iDevices Dimmer Switch (the non-dimmable version of that switch already sells for $100). And, with new support for Apple HomeKit coming soon, it can claim compatibility with just about all of the major smart home platforms, as well as the top three voice controllers: Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.

All of that positions the WeMo Dimmer pretty nicely here, and after testing it out in the CNET Smart Home, I’m convinced that there are plenty of reasons for WeMo loyalists and smart home newbies alike to give Belkin’s new smart switch a shot.


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Light as bright as you like with Belkin’s WeMo Dimmer

Lots of little things

The WeMo Dimmer is the best-looking WeMo gadget to date, with a premium feel unlike the bargain-bin basic design of the switches that came before it. Much of this is thanks to the new touch-sensitive dimming controls. Along with the on/off button at the bottom of the switch, you can glide your finger up and down the groove in the center of the dimmer to adjust the brightness, with tiny LED lights illuminating as you go. It looks modern, and feels fancy.

Belkin did a nice job with those indicator lights, too — they’re great for checking the approximate brightness level at a glance, but they aren’t bright enough on their own to be annoying. When you turn the switch off, a single light will remain lit to show you where you left the brightness. Turn the switch back on, and the lights will return to that same level. You can also use the dimmer’s touch slider to adjust that preset dimming point while the switch is off — another thoughtful touch.

Still, the touch-centric design might take some getting used to. While the groove and the LED indicator lights definitely help, fumbling around for touch-sensitive dimming controls in a dark room will never be as comfortable as flipping a switch. To that end, I wish that the on/off button was a bit more pronounced.

Before you begin using the WeMo Dimmer, you’ve got to install the thing. Belkin made the setup about as easy as hard-wiring a light switch can get. The Dimmer’s four wires — line, load, ground and neutral — are clearly labeled on the back of the switch, and the in-the-box instructions are a lot of help, too.

However, one of the clearly illustrated caveats in those instructions reveals what is arguably the WeMo Dimmer’s biggest flaw: It doesn’t work in three-way switch setups, where you’ve got more than one light switch wired to the same light or bank of lights. Multi-switch setups like that are fairly common in today’s homes, and while competitors like Lutron, iDevices and GE all offer smart switches that work with them, WeMo doesn’t. That’s a big, puzzling misstep.

I asked Belkin’s team about it, and a representative told me that they’re “actively looking for a way to support three-way switches,” but added that they have no details to offer at this time.

New features galore

Since the arrival of the original WeMo Light Switch back in 2013, users have been clamoring for a version that can dim the lights. Belkin could have released exactly that with no other changes and people probably would have been happy. Instead, Belkin has released a dimmer packed with additional features. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new:

Rotimatic review – CNET

Making a roti is so simple, it’s complicated. On paper, the steps to create this Indian flatbread seem easy: You combine flour, water and oil, roll out flat discs of the dough and cook them briefly over direct heat.

Making a roti is so simple, it’s complicated. On paper, the steps to create this Indian flatbread seem easy: You combine flour, water and oil, roll out flat discs of the dough and cook them briefly over direct heat. In reality, it takes years of practice, patience and guidance to make perfect batches of this unleavened bread.

Enter the Rotimatic, a $1,000 countertop machine, available in the US and Singapore, that automates roti making. You add flour, water and oil to the machine, and it churns out a roti in about two and a half minutes.

The Rotimatic lives up to its promise to make roti easy, but it has too many problems for an appliance that will set you back a grand. It’s a big, bulky machine that takes up a lot of counter space. It doesn’t do anything with the built-in Wi-Fi — it’s just sitting there waiting for the manufacturers to beef up the corresponding app into something worthwhile. And the texture and thickness of the Rotimatic’s roti pale in comparison to homemade versions of the flatbread.

If roti is a staple of your diet, skip the Rotimatic. Spring for some frozen roti if you’re short on time and money.

First, a roti primer

As I mentioned earlier, roti is a type of unleavened flatbread made of flour and water (oil is optional, depending on who you talk to) that’s eaten alongside a main dish. Variations of the bread (sometimes referred to by other names such as “chapati,”) are found in India, Southeast Asia and the West Indies.

To learn more about roti, I talked to Floyd Carboz, the chef/owner of Paowalla, an Indian restaurant in New York City, and culinary director of The Bombay Canteen, an Indian café and bar in Mumbai. Carboz, who also won the third season of Top Chef Masters, said the perfect roti should be made of whole-wheat flour. It should also be “round, soft, light, delicate enough to tear, but not have enough fat in it that it breaks.” A good roti should also puff up as it cooks, Carboz said. However, roti preferences can vary depending on the region you’re in.

How the Rotimatic works

A Singapore-based company called Zimplistic began taking orders for the Rotimatic in 2014. According to the company, Zimplistic has received more than $115 million worth of preorders. It started to ship out Rotimatics earlier this year (right now, it’s only available in the US and Singapore).

Rotimatic is what happens when you take the concept of a bread machine and apply it to flatbread. Here’s how it works:

Sony Xperia XZ Premium breaks cover in India

Sony Mobiles India today unveiled the most awaited Sony flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium in India. The smartphone was announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress 2017, being the first smartphone to come with a 4K HDR display.

Sony Mobiles India today unveiled the most awaited Sony flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium in India. The smartphone was announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress 2017, being the first smartphone to come with a 4K HDR display. The smartphone features Sony’s Motion Eye Camera which is capable of shooting slow motion videos up to 960 frames per second.

The smartphone is priced at Rs 59,990 and will be available for purchase at Sony Center, select retail outlets and Amazon.in from June 12 onwards. It will will available in two cooler variants— Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black.

You can pre-book the smartphone between June 2 and June 11. Those who pre-book the Xperia XZ Premium will get a Sony SRS-XB20 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker worth Rs 8,990 for free. Moreover, Sony is giving a 3-month subscription for Sony LIV worth Rs 359 for free.

The Xperia XZ Premium was launched alongside the Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra. It is the most high-end model of the lot and boasts of some amazing on paper specifications. Prior to the XZ Premium, Sony launched the Xperia XZs in India in April at Rs 49,990.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium specifications

The XZ Premium is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 64Gb internal storage with microSD card support up to 256GB. The dual-SIM smartphone runs the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

It has a 5.5-inch 4K HDR TRILUMINOS display with Dynamic Contrast Enhancer. Moreover it has IP68/65 certification making it splash and dust resistant.

On the camera front boasts of a 19MP Motion Eye camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, 1/ 2.3” Exmor RS sensor, Triple image sensing technology, Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, 960 fps Super slow motion videos, Anti-distortion shutter, Low-light photo: ISO 12800 /4000 (Video), SteadyShot with 5-axis stablization and 4K recording.

On the front is has a 13MP camera with 22mm wide angle lens, f/2.0 aperture and 5-axis stabilisation.

One of the main highlights of the smartphone is its seamless design that features a ‘Glass Loop Surface’ that wraps around the entire smartphone. Similar to the Xperia Z5 Premium, the XZ Premium also comes with a stunning reflective mirror finish on the back.

For connectivity, it offers A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS), WiFi Miracast, Bluetooth 5.0, DLNA Certified, Google Cast, NFC, USB 3.1 and Type-C.

To power up the smartphone it has a 3230mAh with Sony’s own Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

Sony XZ Premium brings 4K HDR to the mobile: everything you need to knowSony Xperia XZ Premium review

Kaspersky Security Cloud: Brand-New Solution Includes First Technology to Adapt to People’s Digital Lives

Kaspersky Security Cloud is the first security-as-a-service solution with a tailored approach for the individual and for family needs. Thanks to its patented adaptive technology, the service uniquely configures itself to its user’s behavior, regardless of the device he or she is operating.

Kaspersky Security Cloud is the first security-as-a-service solution with a tailored approach for the individual and for family needs. Thanks to its patented adaptive technology, the service uniquely configures itself to its user’s behavior, regardless of the device he or she is operating. In addition to adaptive cross-platform scenarios, the service applies Kaspersky Lab’s award-winning protection against malicious programs and websites, as well as against risks to privacy and online payments[1], utilises VPN for the encryption of Internet traffic, password manager for creating and storing strong passwords, and protects children.

Kaspersky Security Cloud’s groundbreaking protection methods originate from its unique ability to act as a user’s companion, offering useful advice. It protects a user not only from cybercriminal activities, but also from the user’s risky choices, which can lead to undesirable consequences, and suggests protection scenarios and recommendations to suit different situations.

For example, the service will notify the owner about reported password leaks that affect the services they use, and advise them to change a compromised password as soon as possible. It will give a warning if a newly created password is not strong enough, and help to create a stronger one. It will point out weak settings on a protected device and give recommendations on how to strengthen them. The service can also see when an unknown device connects to a user’s home network and, if it is owned by another family member, will suggest protecting it as well, or, if it is a stranger’s device, will give instructions on how to prevent it, and other unknown devices, from connecting to the home network. It will advise updating apps on a device if they contain known vulnerabilities and switch on traffic encryption if the Wi-Fi a device is connected to is not secure. Numerous other adaptive scenarios like these will be added over time to reflect user needs and the changing digital landscape.

Kaspersky Security Cloud is provided on a subscription basis. It is tied to the user’s account on the My Kaspersky portal from where it is easy and convenient to manage the solution’s configuration. A subscription for a single user includes one account, and protection for up to five devices. A family subscription includes twenty accounts to share across the family, protection for 20 devices, and adaptive children protection.

“With Kaspersky Security Cloud, we have aspired to develop aservicefor the user that ensuresthe right level of protection at the right time,”saysHarvey Lee, Head ofConsumer Portfolio Management & StrategicProgramsat Kaspersky Lab.”Today,a user’s digital life is much more than just a device connected to the Internet;it is a whole world in itself, as individual asthe user’s realpersonal life.That means the security solutionhas to adaptto this individuality,without a userhaving tomakea tradeoff betweentheirsecurity and convenience.Our approach of providing aservice that adapts to theuser’s behavior and context,is how we see the future of security technologies evolving.”

Kaspersky Security Cloud is currently only available to residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The service is due to be released in Germany, Austria and the USA by the end of the year. Release dates for other countries will be announced separately.

Click here for more information about the first adaptive protection* in Kaspersky Security Cloud.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialised security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them.

Learn more atwww.kaspersky.co.uk

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[1]Protection against malicious programs and websites, as well as against risks to privacy and online payments, work on computers and Android devices.

*Adaptive security technology is based on the patent US7584508B1 “Adaptive security for information devices” granted to Kaspersky Lab ZAO on 01.09.2009.

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The best BT broadband and Infinity deals in June 2017

BT is one of the first names you think of when choosing a broadband provider and its range of packages is varied. If you want BT internet, you can narrow down the best deals above – enter your postcode and we’ll do the rest.

BT is one of the first names you think of when choosing a broadband provider and its range of packages is varied. If you want BT internet, you can narrow down the best deals above – enter your postcode and we’ll do the rest.

We’ve found all of the cheapest prices currently on offer for standard speed internet and BT Infinity fibre broadband – just pop in your postcode and we’ll do the rest. And if you want more than just broadband, we’ll show you the best phone and television deals, too. Down the page, we’ll answer some commonly asked questions about BT internet.

BT broadband packages compared – which is the best for me?

All BT broadband deals now feature unlimited data allowances. So the main choice you’ll face with BT is what speed to go for. Standard ADSL broadband gives speeds of up to 17Mb which will probably give you a max download speed of around 2MB per second. Upgrade to BT Infinity – the company’s fibre optic offering – and you can choose between 52Mb and a super fast 76Mb.

After that, you can pay more to add home phone options and a TV subscription – although you may find some package bargains around Black Friday time. The latter includes a YouView box and access to the BT TV package of your choice – more on which below.

BT Unlimited Broadband
BT’s most affordable broadband offer gives up to 17Mb speed – that’s just over 2MB per second. That should still be plenty fast enough to let you browse the web, stream music and watch interruption-free catch-up TV. But it may struggle to cope with larger households all using the internet at once. BT Unlimited Broadband includes:

Up to 17Mb speedBT Home Hub 4 router100GB of BT cloud storageBT Virus Protect for two devices£9.99 upfront fee

BT Unlimited Infinity 1
If fibre broadband is available where you live and you have a few extra pounds to spare a month, we’d recommend cranking up the speed to BT’s least expensive Infinity deal. At 52Mb (roughly 6.5MB/s), it’s got the legs to seamlessly deliver HD video and fast downloads, even when there are a few of you using it. BT Unlimited Infinity 1 includes:

Up to 52Mb speedBT Smart Hub100GB of BT cloud storageBT Virus Protect for two devices£69.99 upfront fee

BT Unlimited Infinity 2
If you demand extremely fast downloads and stream 4K films and TV, then BT’s fastest broadband (76Mb) is well worth considering – especially if you’ve got a bustling household all trying to log in at once. It’s pricey, but BT sweetens the deal with some added extras. BT Unlimited Infinity 2 includes:

Up to 76Mb speedBT Smart Hub500GB of BT cloud storageBT Virus Protect for 15 devices£29.99 upfront fee

What BT router will I get?

BT throws in a router for free (although you’ll have to pay for the delivery). The quality of router you receive will depend on the package you choose.

BT Home Hub Go for standard BT Unlimited Broadband and you’ll get the basic Home Hub 4. You’ve probably seen it sneakily peering at you from around corners in the homes of umpteen friends and families, although its dimensions are sleek enough that you should be able to stow it somewhere subtle without too much trouble. As well as wi-fi, you can also connect to it via an ethernet cable. It’s perfectly functional, but doesn’t have the same strength as the…

BT Smart Hub Pay £65 extra or upgrade to BT Infinity and you’ll receive the more powerful Smart Hub. BT claims that it gives out the UK’s most powerful wi-fi signal among the routers sent out by other major providers. Handy if you live in a big house or like to use your phone or laptop out in the garden.

Alternatively, you can stick with your existing router. But unless you’ve shelled out a lot for your current model, you’re probably better off swallowing the delivery charge and using the BT Home Hub or Smart Hub. That way, if anything goes wrong, you’ll be able to use their tech support.

How long will the contract be?

Take BT broadband, and you’ll be tied into a 12 month contract. After that, your monthly cost will go up by around a tenner. To encourage you to hang around, you can’t use your BT router with any other broadband provider so you’ll need to pay for a new one when you move on.

Are there any BT broadband AND TV deals?

There are three TV packages that you can add to your BT internet package, but you’ll need to sign up for 12 months:

Starter Until 31st July, BT is chucking in its Starter TV package – which includes 80 channels and BT Sport for free, together with BT’s entry-level YouView box. But that’s all set to change from 1st August when it’ll go up to £3.50 per month.

Entertainment Plus You can splash out an extra £8 a month for BT’s Entertainment Plus package. This includes 110 channels and a YouView+ box to record up to 300 hours.

Total Entertainment If you’re totally addicted to films and box sets, then it may be worth spending £15 a month on Total Entertainment. This is a must if you have a 4K TV, as BT throws in its YouView+ Ultra HD box. It can record 600 hours of video to help you keep abreast of the 141 channels it gives you access to.

To see how BT’s all-inclusive packages compare to the rest, check out our best broadband and TV deals page.

What about BT Sport?

It’s good news for football fans – whatever broadband deal you choose, you’ll get BT Sport absolutely free until 31st July. That will get you to the end of the domestic season and Champions League. From August 1st, BT Sport is included with the Starter and Total Entertainment BT TV packages. If you want Entertainment Plus and BT Sport, then the price rises to £11.50 per month.

Can I make calls from a landline?

You can indeed. No matter which BT broadband package you opt for, you get a landline phone number with unlimited weekend calls to other UK landlines. If you prefer nattering in the evening, an extra £3.80 a month adds unlimited landline calls between 7pm and 7am. While £8.99 per month lets you make as many landline calls as you want at any time of the day. You’ll be covered by free BT Call Protect as well, which will help to halt nuisance calls.

Can I add BT Mobile?

To goad you into bringing all your devices over to BT, it’s offering £5 a month off your monthly mobile phone tariff. BT Mobile has deals on all the biggest and newest handsets, including iPhones and Samsung Galaxys.

What is BT cloud storage?

If you find yourself running out of storage space on your phone, tablet or laptop or want to back up your files, BT has its own cloud storage solution. With BT Unlimited Broadband and Infinity 1, you’ll get 100GB – that’s enough room for around 25,000 songs, 140 films or 100,000 photos. It’s 500GB if you go for Infinity 2, which should be sufficient to store the music and photo collections of you and your family.

What is BT Virus Protect?

All BT broadband packages include BT’s internet security tool, BT Virus Protect. As well as promising to vanquish viruses, it features BT Web Protect to flag phishing scams, BT Parental Controls to help you limit the websites your children can see and True Key for easy management of your passwords. As well as your main computer, you can apply BT Virus Protect to one other laptop, phone or tablet if you go for Broadband Unlimited or Infinity 1. While Infinity 2 lets you protect up to 15 devices. We still think you should get dedicated internet security however – check out our pick of the best antivirus software.

What’s a BT wi-fi hotspot?

BT has dotted five million wi-fi hotspots around the UK and 18 million around the globe. As a BT Broadband customer, you’ll have access to every one of them. So if you’re on your laptop in a cafe or checking maps on your phone and see that BT Wi-fi is available, you can jump on for free.

Are there any other perks to getting BT broadband?

As well as the discounted mobile tariffs and cut price BT Sport, BT is luring in new customers with a BT Reward Card. This online exclusive means you can claim a prepaid Mastercard cash card if you sign up to BT Broadband. It’ll have £75 on it to spend anywhere that accepts Mastercard if you go for Broadband Unlimited, and £125 with one of the Infinity packages.

Is BT broadband any good?

BT relies a lot on its enduring reputation as the most recognisable name in telecommunications, and it remains the most widely used broadband provider in the UK. But that doesn’t necessarily equate to quality. Although it can offer competitive prices and bespoke internet, phone and TV packages, it often sits at the bottom of the list when it comes to customer satisfaction surveys.

How to use the BT broadband checker?

Much like our postcode checker above, BT has its own broadband checker. Pop in your address and phone number and it will let you know what speeds you can expect with BT internet and whether its Infinity broadband is available in your area. If fibre isn’t yet available, you can sign up to BT’s mailing list so that they’ll give you a shout when the cables have been installed.

How do I contact the BT broadband helpline?

If you need help with your broadband or set-up, BT doesn’t exactly make it easy for you to speak to them on the phone. It seems to prefer for you to go through its online support. But if you’re determined to speak to a human, there is a 24/7 number available. Dial 0800-111-4567 if you’re using a landline in the UK, 0330-123-4567 from your mobile or +44179-359-6931 if you’re out of the country.

The best Sky broadband deals in June 2017

Sky used to be known best for its TV service, but now its just as synonymous with home internet. Sky broadband is one of the most popular providers in the UK.

Sky used to be known best for its TV service, but now its just as synonymous with home internet. Sky broadband is one of the most popular providers in the UK. Whether you want broadband only, or a package of Sky TV and broadband, we’ll help you find your way to the best deal.

Our postcode checker above will tell you whether the faster Sky Fibre is available in your area. Right now is a great time to buy, with some Black Friday-esque savings. And keep scrolling down the page to discover more information about Sky broadband.

Sky broadband plans compared – what broadband speed can I get with Sky?

Even before you start thinking about whether you want to add Sky TV or mobile to your internet package, you’ll need to decide what speed and data usage best suits your household.

Sky Broadband Unlimited

If you simply want basic broadband for checking your emails and using the web, then Sky’s entry-level Broadband Unlimited deal is one of the cheapest on the market. With download speeds of up to 17Mb (that’s around 2.1MB per second) it may struggle a little with streaming, especially if there are lots of devices trying to use it at once. Sky Broadband Unlimited includes:

Up to 17Mb speedSky Hub routerUnlimited data usageSky Broadband Shield and McAfee security trial£9.95 set-up fee

Sky Fibre

For just a few pounds a month more than Sky Unlimited Broadband (plus a chunkier set-up fee), you can potentially more than double your speeds by going for Sky Fibre – that’s assuming fibre optic broadband is available on your road. But be warned…you’re limited to use only 25GB of data per month. So you’ll have to be careful to ration the amount of box sets you stream and music you download. Sky Fibre includes:

Up to 38Mb speedSky Hub router25GB per month data limitSky Broadband Shield and McAfee security trial£48.95 set-up fee

Sky Fibre Unlimited

The name’s a bit of a giveaway. Take the Sky Fibre package and make the data usage unlimited. It’s quite a big jump in price and you’ll be tied into an 18 month contract, but if you’ve got a data hungry household that are all simultaneously downloading, streaming and browsing, you’ll be glad of the extra speed. Sky Fibre Unlimited includes:

Up to 38Mb speedSky Hub routerUnlimited data usageSky Broadband Shield and McAfee security trial£48.95 set-up fee

Sky Fibre Max

This is the daddy of the Sky broadband family. The provider cranks up the speed to up to 76Mb, which could give download speeds of roughly 9.5MB per second. Rapid. Plus it throws in the more powerful Sky Q Hub instead of the regular router. Sky Fibre Max includes:

Up to 76Mb speedSky Q Hub routerUnlimited data usageSky Broadband Shield and McAfee security trial£48.95 set-up fee

Can I add any Sky TV packages deals?

When you sign up for Sky broadband, the sales pitch for Sky TV quickly follows. Each comes with a Sky Q box, which lets you record up to 1TB worth of programming – that’s around 500 hours – and you can choose from the following bundles:

Original Sky’s most affordable TV bundle throws in more than 270 channels, including Sky Atlantic, Sky 1 and Sky Living.

Variety If there are kids in the household, an extra tenner bags thousands of on-demand episodes of children’s TV. It takes the channel count to over the 300 mark, with documentary stations like Discovery and National Geographic, as well as two Eurosport channels.

Box Sets If you spend your evenings binging on box sets, Sky’s priciest starter bundle gives you immediate access to more than 350. That’s on top of the 350 channels you’ll get.

Once you’ve chosen your starter bundle, you can begin adding more bespoke services. If you want Sky Sports, you’ll be looking at almost an extra £30, while the suite of Sky Cinema channels is around £20.

What Sky Hub router will I get?

Depending on what Sky broadband plan you go for, you’ll be sent one of two different routers (a £9.95 delivery charge will be added to your upfront costs):

Sky Hub The standard wireless Sky Hub router should be good enough to provide a sufficient signal to the household. But it may not quite have the oomph to support a strong signal to every corner of larger houses.

Sky Q Hub It may be a little bit chunkier than the ordinary Sky Hub, but that translates into a more powerful router. If you’re desperate for fast downloads, it connect to 5GHz channels and it has the capacity to connect 64 laptops, tablets, phones and other devices. If you’re hankering for the Sky Q Hub but aren’t intending to go for Sky Fibre Max, you can pay extra to upgrade.

How long will my Sky broadband contract last?

If you go for Sky’s most affordable Broadband Unlimited plan, you’ll get a one year contract. But with all of the Fibre packages, you’ll be tied into an 18 month commitment to Sky – but at least you’ll know what you’ll be paying for longer.

Sky Talk – do I get a Sky phone line?

The price you pay for Sky Broadband also includes Sky Line Rental, which lets you retain your existing home phone number.

You can pay an extra premium for a Sky Talk allowance – for example, Sky Talk Evenings and Weekends allows unlimited calls during those windows (evenings are defined as 7pm-7am), Sky Talk Anytime Extra for as many calls as you wish to UK landlines at any time and Sky Talk International Extra if you have friends or family living overseas.

Do I get Sky email?

If you want it, you’ll be assigned with a Sky Yahoo! Mail account. You can access this email account on any computer, smartphone or tablet – not just your home PC or laptop.

What is Sky WiFi?

As a Sky broadband customer, you’ll get access to unlimited usage of Sky’s wi-fi hotspots that are dotted around the UK. You can connect up to six devices to the thousands of hotspot locations, which include popular coffee and restaurant chains.

What is Sky Broadband Shield?

Access to Sky Broadband Shield is included with every internet plan and adds a layer of security to your online life at home. As well as seeking out malware and phishing scam attempts, the Shield includes parental controls so you can make sure your children aren’t landing on websites they shouldn’t.

For even greater protection, a subscription to Sky broadband also includes a free trial to McAfee Internet Security Suite. But it’s well worth checking out our pick of the best antivirus software on the market before you commit to that.

Sky broadband help and the Switch Squad

There’s a multitude of online guides, help and support on the Sky website, but you can call Sky Help as well to discuss your broadband on 0330-041-4376.

If you’re having difficulty switching to Sky broadband, the company has a dedicated so-called Switch Squad to get you transferred over from your current broadband provider.

To transfer to Sky Broadband now, you can order online at the Sky Shop.

How These Electrical Equipment Stocks are Faring? — Emerson Electric, Ballard Power Systems, Atkore, and Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises

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Emerson Electric

On Wednesday, shares in St. Louis, Missouri headquartered Emerson Electric Co. recorded a trading volume of 4.07 million shares, which was above their three months average volume of 3.51 million shares.

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Emerson Electric

On Wednesday, shares in St. Louis, Missouri headquartered Emerson Electric Co. recorded a trading volume of 4.07 million shares, which was above their three months average volume of 3.51 million shares. The stock ended at $59.12, rising 0.29% from the last trading session. The Company’s shares have gained 6.04% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 200-day moving average by 4.59%. Furthermore, shares of Emerson Electric, which designs and manufactures products, and delivers services to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 49.72.

On May 22nd, 2017, Emerson Electric announced the next evolution of its nationally recognized smart thermostat. The new Sensi™ Touch Wi-Fi® Thermostat combines proven smarthome technology with a color touchscreen display and a sleek, minimalist appearance that will be at home in any modern living space. The Sensi thermostats will also build upon the brand’s legacy of connecting precise temperature control and convenience to ensure the highest level of home comfort. Access our complete research report on EMR for free at:

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Ballard Power Systems

Burnaby, Canada headquartered Ballard Power Systems Inc.’s stock finished yesterday’s session 1.47% higher at $2.77 with a total trading volume of 625,564 shares. The Company’s shares have gained 38.50% over the previous three months and 67.88% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 3.91% and 27.99%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Ballard Power Systems, which engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and service of proton exchange membrane fuel cells worldwide, have an RSI of 53.75.

On May 04th, 2017, research firm ROTH Capital downgraded the Company’s stock rating from ‘Buy’ to ‘Neutral’.

On May 17th, 2017, Ballard Power Systems announced that its FCveloCity®-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell engine will power a hybrid class 8 drayage truck built by Kenworth Truck Company, a market-leading builder of heavy and medium duty trucks. The drayage truck is planned to haul shipping containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to area warehouses and intermodal facilities during a two-year demonstration program. The complimentary research report on BLDP can be downloaded at:

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Atkore

At the close of trading on Wednesday, shares in Harvey, Illinois headquartered Atkore International Group saw a decline of 1.74%, ending the day at $20.86. The stock recorded a trading volume of 313,160 shares. The Company’s shares are trading 7.19% below their 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Atkore, which manufactures and distributes electrical raceway products in the US and internationally, have an RSI of 26.15.

On May 26th, 2017, Atkore announced that John P. Williamson, CEO, and James A. Mallak, CFO, are scheduled to speak at the Deutsche Bank’s 8th Annual Global Industrials and Materials Summit in Chicago on Wednesday, June 07th, 2017, from 3:50 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. ET. Register for free on Stock-Callers.com and get access to the latest PDF format report on ATKR at:

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Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc.’s shares ended the day 0.95% higher at $10.65 with a total trading volume of 412,592 shares. The stock has gained 12.34% in the last month and 3.10% over the previous three months. The Company’s shares are trading 10.13% above their 50-day moving average. Additionally, shares of the Company, which provides fossil and renewable power generation and environmental equipment for the power and industrial markets worldwide, have an RSI of 55.93.

On May 23rd, 2017, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises announced that, effective July 01st, 2017, its Industrial Steam Generation group will transition from the Power segment to the Industrial segment. In addition, effective immediately, Leslie Kass has been named Senior Vice President, Industrial, to lead the segment. Download your free research report on BW at:

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Give Dad the Gift of Speed: Top 5 Reasons Dad Needs D-Link® Home Networking Gear this Father’s Day

“There’s nothing more frustrating than buffering when trying to stream your favorite content – whether in the living room, basement or man cave,” said Oscar Reyes, vice president of marketing, D-Link.

“There’s nothing more frustrating than buffering when trying to stream your favorite content – whether in the living room, basement or man cave,” said Oscar Reyes, vice president of marketing, D-Link. “Taking steps to upgrade your home network ensures a flawless home entertainment experience, and offers the support households need to handle multiple devices without interruption. With D-Link’s new MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router and Range Extender, the gift of a reliable home network allows Dad to take advantage of the latest developments in networking technology.”

In preparation for Father’s Day, here are five reasons to give the gift of upgraded home networking gear:

Ultimate Entertainment: The DIR-878 Router provides premium performance for devices that require high bandwidth, including video streaming and online gaming. With four high-performance antennas delivering maximum range, Wi-Fi coverage is improved throughout large homes and even backyards, allowing Dad to enjoy ultimate high-speed entertainment. Multi-Tasking Made Possible: With so many tech gifts on the shelves, Dad needs a home network that delivers extremely fast speeds. MU-MIMO allows several devices to receive high-bandwidth Wi-Fi signals at the same time, so Dad can stream favorite shows in HD while the kids enjoy lag-free gaming. No Dead Spots, No Interruptions: Find the optimal position in your home with the DAP-1720 Extender’s intuitive Smart Signal Indicator to eliminate dead spots. Additionally, with the DIR-878’s Quality of Service (QoS) traffic prioritization, track network traffic and decide which devices deserve higher priority, whether it’s a work laptop or a gaming console. Small Solutions with Big Coverage: Both the DIR-878 and the DAP-1720 offer Dad compact solutions for big networking needs. The portable extender only requires a single plug, conserving space for your other devices. Instantaneous Speed with Simple Setup: The DIR-878 and DAP-1720 are easy to use, with simple Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), so Dad can install his network with the push of a button. Both devices include QRS Mobile app support for effortless setup and configuration, leaving Dad with more time to indulge in lag-free entertainment throughout his home.

Availability and Pricing
D-Link’s home networking solutions are now available throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail outlets in the United States. Detailed specifications are available online and retail pricing is as follows:

AC1900 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-878) – $119.99
AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1720) – $79.99

More about D-Link Home Networking Solutions
D-Link offers a diverse range of Wi-Fi solutions at competitive price levels, allowing consumers to select the best home networking solution for their needs, including models offering ultimate Wi-Fi performance, remote access and management, advanced AC smartbeam, fast connections and more coverage. For more information, visit http://shop.us.dlink.com/routers.

About D-Link
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit us.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dlinkusa), Twitter (www.twitter.com/dlink) and D-Link’s Blog (http://blog.dlink.com/).

1 Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE 802.11ac specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors may adversely affect wireless signal range.

2http://www.pewinternet.org/chart/home-broadband-use/ (1/11/2017)

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