Apps & Software

Aug. 13, 2014: Home Automation App Offers Support for Nest Thermostat

Enables Users to Quickly Set Up Automated Actions for the Home

Revolv Inc., a home automation app developed to unify control of smart home devices from a single app, has announced its new support for Android and official integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat™. In addition, the company released an updated version of its iOS app.


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Tech-savvy HVAC Contractors Ditch the Paper

New-age System Affords Contractors Greater Professionalism, Business Opportunities

For some, the paperless decision has led to an increase in professionalism, a grander customer perception, and further opportunity to “stack” up the profits.


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Trane Receives Manufacturing Leadership Award

Honor Recognizes Advancements in Tech Support Video Collaboration

Frost & Sullivan presented Trane, an Ingersoll Rand brand, with the prestigious Manufacturing Leadership Award in recognition of its work with Seattle-based ResolutionTube.


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More HVAC Contractors Creating Mobile Apps

Price, Return on Investment Make Mobile Applications Advantageous to Contractors

As contractors begin the process of a cost analysis, many are finding that mobile apps can be introduced without a significant investment.


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App Zone: July 28, 2014

Mobile Applications for the HVACR Professional

As technology continues to advance, more and more industry mobile applications are becoming available for smartphones and tablets. Here are a few of the latest. 


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Contractors Services + Software: Tools to Make Contractors More Efficient

Mypointnow.com’s VenturePro Stands Above the Rest

The NEWS honors the 2014 Dealer Design Award winners in the Contractor Services and Software category.


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July 17, 2014: Trimble Demonstrates New Concept Apps for Google’s Project Tango Program

Company Showcases Advanced 3D Modeling and Visualization Capabilities

Trimble announced that it showcased two concept apps running on the latest tablet platform of Google’s Project Tango program, an initiative to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion. 


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The Flat Rate Debate

Contractors Discuss Which Pricing Strategies Work for Them

There are pros and cons to both pricing strategies, which is why many contractors have determined a combination of the two makes the most sense.


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Net Results: Mason Mechanical

The NEWS and Ben Landers, president and CEO of Blue Corona, examine high-quality HVAC contractor websites and discern what makes them so successful.


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Integrated Environmental Solutions: Title 24 Compliance Tool

The IES Virtual Environment software is officially approved for commercial building compliance with the new California Building Regulations, Title 24. 


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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