Professional Installer’s Guide to IP Networking, Part 2
02/27/14, Martin Boulter, Luxul
In this article we will focus on Routers, a key element that can make or break your installation.
36 million homes in Europe and North America will be smart by 2017
02/27/14, Lars Kurkinen, Berg Insight
Berg Insight’s definition of a smart home system requires that it has a smartphone app or a web portal as a user interface.
The Potential of Holographic Displays
02/27/14, Len Calderone for, HomeToys
The future of holography is very promising with the next generation of holographic images that will be startling in their realism. Using these astonishing images, we will see holographic displays expanding into many different technologies.
Professional Installer’s Guide to IP Networking,
02/13/14, Martin Boulter, Luxul
This is the first in a 4 part series. In this segment we will discuss the basic components of an IP network and the functions of those components in the first segment. In segments 2-4, we will take a closer look at Routers, Switches and Wireless Networking.
An Uncertain Future for Quantum Computing?
02/13/14, Amy Baker
Quantum computing is here to shake the existing mechanical, electrical and electronic systems. Modern electronics in particular will not be the same if quantum computing gains acceptance. There’re voices of support as well as dissent. In this post, we’ll analyze future trends in quantum computing. Keep reading!
Content is Definitely King since Google Changed Search Algorithms
02/13/14, Paul DiComo and Al Ballard, CE Marketing Pros
The bottom line is that Google has reduced the importance of links to a site and has promoted the importance of the site’s content.
Beyond The Cable: 4K Sets the Stage for Tomorrow’s Entertainment Opportunities
01/31/14, Aaron Taylor, NanoTech Entertainment
With cable companies losing their grip on the TV set viewing public and the growing use of streaming media solutions for 4K UHD TV sets and content owners the blowback has all but disappeared.
Google Bought Nest to Catch Up in the Contextual O/S Race
01/31/14, Therese Sullivan, Building Context
The fledgling home automation market is only a qualifying event for Google vs. Apple.
Keep Those Components Cool!
01/31/14, Contributed by, Cool Componenets
Here are a few short white papers to help you avoid problems with overheating components in your home theater installations.
The Importance of Field Based Cable Length Measurement for Cable Installers
01/31/14, Sean O’Flaherty, Klein Tools
Quick, accurate determination of cable length and line continuity testing using hand-held cable length instruments brings value to the cable installer, the contractor, and the customer during installation, trouble-shooting and routine maintenance cabling jobs.
New Product Focus
01/31/14, Bob Hetherington, HomeToys featuring AVSystemsMag
We are often asked to publish more stories about new products so here are a few that came across my desk over the last few weeks.
Largest Content Provider in Dubai Closes the Gap Between 4K Content Generation and Distribution
02/27/14, Alex “LX” Rudis, NanoTech Entertainment
The 4K trends we’re seeing are a clear significant push for 4K from the TV manufacturers; we need content for them and everyone else involved in the 4K industry.
Home Theater Furniture and Mounts by Sanus
02/13/14, Lauren Theobald, SANUS
As TVs continue to get bigger, and wall-mounting easier, the trend seems to be heading towards wall-mounting. However, with the combinations of AV furniture and mounts that we offer, a consumer could have their TV wall-mounted, but utilize a Cadenza or Trillium piece of furniture to store AV gear beneath.
The iDock by iRoom
01/31/14, Chris Lehnen, iRoom USA
Whether it’s App driven or Big Control, the majority of our customers are controlling automation systems in homes, offices and retail spaces.
The Digital Signage Industry and Expo 2014
01/21/14, Christopher F. Gibbs for, DSE 2014
This year’s exhibit floor will have 40 new companies and 38 companies from outside the USA showcasing solutions (some of them for the first time).
The HomeToys CES 2014 Tradeshow Report
01/15/14, Brandon Hetherington, HomeToys
For well over a decade HomeToys.com has been covering CES and sifting through all the news pages and product announcements to bring you a neatly compiled list of some of the new and interesting products we think are important to the Home Technology and AV Systems industry.
It’s a Wrap!
01/15/14, Len Calderone for, HomeToys
The 2014 CES show was attended by 155,000 visitors, who spent $195 million to get a glimpse of what consumers can expect to see on the market.
The CES of Everything: Weathering the Battle for Eyeballs, Mindshare, Heart
01/17/14, THE Insider
Buckets Full – Filling every nook and cranny to overflowing, companies large and small helped draw more than 150,000 people to Vegas for the annual “hope to gawd you like me” CES event.
CES 2014 News Report
12/01/13, Prepared by, HomeToys
News and Product Announcement from the show.
The Xbox One Currently Does Not Support HDMI CEC
01/15/14, Derek R. Flickinger
There was a lot of chatter on the industry blogs and podcasts right before Microsoft released the Xbox One regarding the support, or lack thereof, for HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC).
Rise, Fall: Designing, Picking the Next Winner is No Easy Task
01/15/14, THE Insider
It’s true that with many of the companies and products, much of the problem can be laid at the feet of management. They become overconfident that whatever they offer, consumers will snap them up.