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Parental control applications and features are already available there in various digital devices at home but the question is does this feature ever let the parents know exactly how much time their children are spending on the internet on a daily basis? Or what your family members are doing on the web in your absence or whether your kids are accessing websites which they are not allowed to? The answer is NO, we do not have such precise control yet. However, if you are looking for some serious control over your home’s Wi-Fi network through which you can manage, monitor and control every single internet activity of your family while on-the-go, you can do it with the help of Skydog, a smartphone application which is required to be connected to your home network.

A Paloalto, California based network company has developed ‘Skydog’, a combination of smartphone application and a Wi-Fi router which uses cloud services to give real-time accessibility report of the internet.

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One can setup a network by replacing their existing Wi-Fi router with Skydog’s 802.11n wireless router and then signing up using Skydog account. As soon as you are done with this setup, you can monitor all the activities such as – what all devices are connected, who exactly is online in your home and which websites are being accessed and even the usage of current bandwidth. Skydog provides relatively detailed output which you can easily review on your desktop or on mobiles.

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The administrator can easily set priorities on various websites as per their choice. For example, if you want your kid to access Twitter for around an hour a day, Skydog allows you to set their accessing time limit. And if your child exceeds their time limit you will get a notification message from the system alerting you that your child has crossed his/her usage limit for the day and is still online.

In an interview Jeff Abramowitz, CEO and founder of PowerCloud describes that this application can also be used for positive purposes – “For example, Abramowitz said parents can see how much their child have engaged with a mathematic site. You can see the level of activity and then you know with confidence that your kid is putting forth the effort towards the right things.”

So readers, what is your opinion on Skydog parental control, is it worth considering or not?

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Smartphones, tablets and HDTV’s have come a long way in innovative terms. Going one by one, the first feature that anyone would look for in a Smartphone or Tablet is the design, OS version, Camera as well as the touch interface. Similarly for TV’s, one generally goes looking for designs, its Picture Quality as well as other grizzly features. Now there’s no denying that these aspects are truly important, but what every layman misses out on is the understanding of the actual “Smart” features of these devices.

One of the most important USP’s of any Smart Gadget is its connectivity features. While not required all the time, these features really bridge the gap for wireless data transfer. We do remember the good old days of Infrared and Bluetooth for sharing photos and music. That has been replaced by the new age NFC (Near Field Communication) which allows quicker media sharing through a simple tapping of two Smartphones. Even Wi Fi has become commonplace these days, with multiple laptops in a place accessing internet through a single secured wireless router. I remember this kid who used to sit for hours outside my apartment’s stairs every evening engrossed is his Android phone. This peculiar habit caught my attention and on inquiring I got to know that the sneaky fella was using my Wi Fi connection for free downloads..

But the number of connectivity features that have come into use in the space of a few years is the real talking point of this post. Any Smart TV owner having multiple electronic devices at home would be aware of DLNA i.e. Digital Living Network Alliance. This technology is a very convenient interface for sharing data between the various devices you have at home. For example, you can view video clips and pictures as well as listen to music on your phone on the big screen. Or even use your TV to access the movies on your lappy’s hard drive for HD viewing. It also allows you to save and record data you have on your Smartphone directly to your laptop wirelessly like a home cloud network. And the best part is that since DLNA is a universally certified and accepted medium, it can work between DLNA-enabled devices of different brands. Obviously you will need a hi-speed Wi Fi router to enjoy this service but would you really mind spending a little bit extra for so much convenience?

And popular brands like LG and Samsung have taken the feature seriously with the availability of SmartShare and AllShare applications present in their Smart TV’s respectively. This allows seamless data transfer and sharing between the various devices of their brand through Wi Fi routers. I mean I have been using the Wi Di feature in my LG Smart TV for viewing my photos on the big screen for as long as I can remember. Even the MHL (Mobile High Definition) port (although not wireless) in Smart TV’s is a boon for experiencing widescreen mobile gaming.

I have personally seen the glowing advantages of the connectivity options at my disposal and even though not a very important feature in everyone’s mind, it is bound to become indispensable in the years to come.

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