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Frid a y, Ja n u a ry 1 0 , 2 0 1 4 C o n su m e r Ele c tro n ic D a ily N e ws VANILLA ICE BRINGS ROCK STAR TRANSFORMATIONS TO DIY NETWORK By Caroline Mullen, Scripps Networks Interactive After his hit song "Ice Ice Baby" topped the charts in 1990, Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice) found a new passion, aside from his music, for flipping and renovating homes. The real estate entrepreneur and remodeling expert signed on with Scripps Networks Interactive's DIY Network to host The Vanilla Ice Project as well as the popular Ice My House specials in which he showcased his home design and renovation chops. His next DIY Network series took him out of his element and into Amish country. Vanilla Ice Goes Amish premiered in October 2013, and ended its first season run as the No. 1 regularly scheduled primetime series on DIY Network. The '90s pop icon turned home renovator shares his favorite home technologies. Here's his Top 10 list. 1. Crestron Smart Home Everything in the home is automated with this system. Lights, thermostat, swimming pool, sprinklers, sound system, electric drapes, televisions and much more are controlled at your fingertips. 2. Digital Watchdog: Smart Alarm and Cameras See your home from anywhere in the world. Even open and close your garage doors, and watch live feeds of all your home security cameras right on your smart phone. 3. Kichler LED Landscape Lighting These lights will not only save you money, but they will never burn out. They give you twice the brightness! 4. Dado Electric Sliding Pocket Door A little pricey, but one of the coolest WD EXPANDS MY CLOUD FAMILY WITH HIGH-PERFORMACE EX4 WD, a Western Digital® company and a world leader in storage solutions, is expanding its recently introduced My Cloud® family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution. It's a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data. Rapid content and device growth requires a new storage paradigm, one that gives users complete control over their digital lives. Using the My Cloud drive, users can share files, stream media and access content anywhere with no monthly fees and feel secure in the knowledge that their cloud resides in their own homes under their exclusive control. "The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive," said Jim Welsh, Executive Vice President and General Manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Our single-drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customization capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for." Featuring the category leading WD Red™ line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, My Cloud EX4 customers enjoy ultimate reliability from the trusted name in storage. WD Red drives are powered by NASware™ 2.0 technology, which improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red SE-KURE CONTROLS: DETERRING THEFT FOR OVER 48 YEARS An interview with Roger Leyden, President and Founder of Se-Kure Controls. CEDN: Why does Se-Kure Controls exhibit at the CES? RJL: For over 48 years, Se-Kure Controls has manufactured products and systems to prevent the theft of displayed merchandise in retail stores. CES gathers both manufacturers and retailers of the innovative electronics that will be displayed in the coming year. We get the dual benefit of seeing the newest items introduced by those manufacturers and the opportunity to engage the retailers that will benefit from protection systems when those products reach the store displays. We have been exhibiting at CES for 32 years. CEDN: Given the wide selection of CE products that are on the market, and the number and diversity of retailers selling them, how does Se-Kure Controls provide systems that work in multiple situations? RJL: Se-Kure manufactures the widest variety of anti-shoplifting systems in the industry. We build state-of-the-art products in three U.S. plants. We do our own plastic injection molding, metal fabrication and electronics. Our team of engineers routinely modifies existing products or creates custom products to answer a retailer's specific loss prevention needs. Controlling the manufacturing process from start to finish allows us to respond to our customer's requirements in a shorter period of time than our com- things in electric door operations. It's like James Bond meets the Jetsons. 5. Delta Multi Showerheads You can have up to a dozen showerheads hitting you from all over. There are body spray heads, rain heads, handhelds, etc. Turn your shower into a spa! 6. Kohler Automated Toilet You would never think to upgrade a toilet like this! It has a heated electronic openand-close seat, automatic flush and cleaning, and it even plays music from your smart phone. How cool is that? Visiting the john could be a whole new experience! 7. Delta One Touch Faucets Never get faucets dirty again! Tap it with any part of your body, and it comes on and turns off. These are very convenient and clean. 8. High Speed Convection Cooktop This cooktop can be twice as efficient as hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customize their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8TB, 12TB or 16TB model. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud EX4 allows customers to easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays. Additionally, customers can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand their storage capacity. My Cloud EX4 arms users with multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and JBOD modes for even more 15 gas or any other source, and it is twice as fast. It will boil a pot of water in less than one minute. 9. Motion Activated Light Switches No more flicking light switches up and down or clicking them! Now you don't even have to touch them. Wave your hand four inches from the sensor, and never dirty up those old wall switches again. Bring your house into the future like the Jetsons. Super cool! 10. Automatic Garage Door Openers Who knew there are garage doors that will close automatically? Even if you forget! To learn more about Van Winkle's shows and home technology ideas, visit www.diynetwork.com. For more information, visit booth CP-13 at the Consumer Electronics Show. Visit online at www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com, call 865-560-3853 or email lhall@scrippsnetworks.com. options to manage data. Customers can also use their My Cloud EX4 to back up all of their computers and devices with WD SmartWare™ Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple® Time Machine® backup software. The My Cloud EX4 can also backup itself, either to another My Cloud EX4 in a different location, or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. To ensure 24/7 data protection and reliability, the My Cloud EX4 includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports. My Cloud EX4 also serves as a home's digital entertainment hub for movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA®/UPnP® certified multimedia device. Customers can also customize their NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud EX4 dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps. Visit WD at booth CP-4. For more information, go to www.wd.com. petition while insuring quality and managing costs. We either work with the retailer directly or with their preferred fixture manufacturer to assure that the system functions properly within their fixture. expanded our product line to address those power and lock down requests. With the recent introduction of smart watches, we have also added a stand specifically designed to display and protect them. RJL: The transition to a mobile society has been a challenge. As mobile devices evolved, they became smaller. Their size and cost make them attractive to thieves. Se-Kure Controls has had to develop systems that both protect and power today's mobile phones and tablets. Those systems must be compact, visually attractive and functional. Depending upon the retailer's experience at a particular location, they may want that displayed product to be fully functional, but physically locked down to prevent theft. As a result, we dramatically RJL: As the industry develops more new and innovative products, those products will be coveted by shoplifters around the globe. Se-Kure Controls goal is to always design and manufacture elegant and reliable protection systems that are easy to maintain at the store level. While I can't anticipate what those new CE products will be, I do know that we will continue to serve our retail partners to protect their investment. CEDN: How have changes in the consumer electronics market impacted your business? CEDN: How do you see the future for Se-Kure Controls and the CE industry? For more information, visit booth 14435 at CES or go online to www.se-kure.com.

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