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Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

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Steve Cooper is an applications software developer with over 30 years of experience. His specialty is database programming using C, C++ and SQL. His other business endeavors include building custom home media solutions. He particularly enjoys building solutions for smaller budgets and family-friendly rooms.

His interests include reading, music & movies, guitar and woodworking. He's a golfer with interests in sports that include Baseball (SF Giants), Football (SF 49ers), Hockey (San Jose Sharks), IndyCar racing (Tony Kanaan), NASCAR racing (Matt Kenseth) and NHRA drag racing (John Force).

steve@nextstepae.com


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The Frame televisions announced by Samsung

The Frame televisions announced by Samsung

On Friday, Jun 16, 2017, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced that its new The Frame televisions would be available as of Sunday, June 18, 2017. The Frame products are new 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) smart televisions that transform into an art or photo...

Logitech Circle 2 Security Camera Introduced

Logitech Circle 2 Security Camera Introduced

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, The Logitech Circle 2 was announced. The Circle 2 is a security camera appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. The latest update to Logitech’s Logi Circle cam, the Circle 2 features a waterproof design. Also announced were optional...

Yamaha YAS-207 Sound Bar Introduced

Yamaha YAS-207 Sound Bar Introduced

On Monday, June 5, 2017, the Yamaha YAS-207 sound bar was unveiled. The new sound bar is the first to incorporate DTS Virtual:X®. Building DTS Virtual:X into the YAS-207 gives Yamaha a way to offer immersive sound in a sound bar and subwoofer combination without...

Peerless-AV UltraView UHD Outdoor TVs Announced

Peerless-AV UltraView UHD Outdoor TVs Announced

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Peerless-AV® announced their new line of all-season outdoor Televisions. Building off of the first iteration of UltraView™ Outdoor TVs, the new generation of Peerless-AV UltraView UHD Outdoor TVs were created as a solution intended for...

New SANUS Swiveling TV Base Launched

New SANUS Swiveling TV Base Launched

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 SANUS® announced the availability of its new SANUS Swiveling TV Base model WSTV1. This new TV mount is a table-top model that isn’t mounted to the wall. The Swiveling TV Base is designed to be compatible with the Sonos® PLAYBASE™ home theater...

Amazon Echo Can Now Lock Kwikset SmartCode Locks

Amazon Echo Can Now Lock Kwikset SmartCode Locks

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Kwikset® announced that their Kwikset SmartCode™ 910, 912, 914 and 916 smart locks can now be locked using Amazon Echo devices and the Samsung SmartThings™ hub and skill or the Wink hub and skill. Owners can also query the skill to...

VIZIO E-Series Displays Get HDR10 Firmware Update

VIZIO E-Series Displays Get HDR10 Firmware Update

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, Vizio, Inc. announced a firmware update for select VIZIO SmartCast™ E-Series™ Ultra HD Home Theater Displays. The new firmware update enables HDR10 compatibility with existing HDR Blu-ray players from Samsung (UHD-K8500) and Philips...

Kodi Playlist Folders

Kodi Playlist Folders

[Note, This article orignally appeared on February 15, 2016 and was edited on January 16, 2017] This article is a quick discussion of the locations that Kodi uses for the folders that are used for its Basic and Smart playlist files. Throughout the article, you'll want...

Lutron Caséta Now Controls Hunter Ceiling Fans

Lutron Caséta Now Controls Hunter Ceiling Fans

On Friday, December 9, 2016, Lutron Electronics announced that its Lutron Caséta Wireless system is now compatible with the new Wi-Fi® and Apple® HomeKit™-enabled Hunter Symphony and Signal ceiling fans – The first Apple HomeKit-enabled ceiling fans on the market....

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