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Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - September, October, November
07/14/14, Brandon Hetherington, HomeToys.com
As Summer kicks into full gear we can sit back and enjoy a bit of a break from the Tradeshow schedule. August will see a bit of a lull but by that time CEDIA preparations are in full swing.

InfoComm 2014 is in the Books
07/14/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
There were a lot of new, fresh and thought-provoking products at the show, which hopefully will help us stay ahead of the curve and make our work easier.

Developer Popularity for Raspberry Pi vs. Arduino
07/14/14, Contributed by, Vozag.com
Raspberry Pi began catching up to Arduino in Q4 of 2012 and stayed fairly close to each other after that.

Advantages of Using Lifts and Mounts for Your Touchscreen Monitor
07/14/14, Ken Woollard, Ultralift Australia
Choosing the right TV mount or lift for your flat screen TV should not be difficult once you have weighed the pros and cons of each type of mount.

News releases from InfoComm 2014
07/01/14, HomeToys.com News team, HomeToys.com
This year HomeToys.com's Special InfoComm 2014 Newspage posted over 140 news releases. Here are some highlights.

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Microsoft’s Cortana Learns Some Home-Automation Tricks

Submitted on: 07/21/14, 06:10 AM

Cortana, Microsoft’s vocal virtual assistant, is gaining the ability to control smart-home products like lights and thermostats.
 
Home-automation company Insteon, based in Irvine, California, is working on a Windows Phone 8.1 app slated for release later this year that aims to make it easier to do things such as turn on the lights or boost the temperature by issuing commands via Cortana like, “Insteon, turn off all the lights” or “Insteon, adjust living room thermostat temperature down.”
 
Cortana, which was announced in April and is built into Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 (which began rolling out to Windows Phone 8 users on Tuesday), can answer spoken queries like “What’s the traffic like on my way to work?” and respond to commands like “Change my 10 a.m. meeting to 11” or “Remind me to feed the cat when I get home” (see “Say Hello to Microsoft’s Answer to Siri”).
 
In many respects, it’s very similar to Google Now and Apple’s Siri, but unlike these competitors, Microsoft is allowing third-party developers to create apps that can be controlled using Cortana—a move that could inspire app developers to dream up new uses for the voice interface.

 

Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million
Submitted on: 07/17/14, 06:05 AM
Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source.

Introducing Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home
Submitted on: 07/15/14, 03:05 PM
Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies today announced that they've joined forces to form the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) and develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of

Meet the smart hubs competing to control your home
Submitted on: 07/14/14, 06:18 AM
From CNet. Perhaps the most overwhelming thing about the smart home revolution is the fact that so many of these new gadgets come with their own separate apps and control hubs. If you buy more

Core Brands Debuts Next-Generation Niles Auriel Audio Controller That Simplifies Whole Home Audio
Submitted on: 07/10/14, 03:15 PM
Powered by the new Niles Auriel software and app, the MRC-6430 is the first-in-its-class multi-room audio chassis that integrates multi-room audio and home theater control in a way that is both simple for the installer to set up and easy for the homeowner to enjoy.&nbs

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Vaddio GroupSTATION Enhances Client Experience and Delivers More Revenue to its Operations
Submitted on: 07/21/14, 03:27 PM
Leading co-working space uses Vaddio GroupSTATION to enhance the client experience and deliver more revenue to its operations

Raspberry Pi Brings IoT (Internet of Things) to a Home Theater Soundbar; Enables Remote Control from Phones/Tablets, Joins Wi-Fi Network, Streams Music and Internet Radio
Submitted on: 07/21/14, 03:04 PM
Right-Ear/Left-Ear Technologies releases more details on One Bar, its debut home theater soundbar that actually "talks" differently to each ear for dramatic 3D virtual sound performance.

Marantz Completes This Year's Classic Stereo Line-Up With Versatile PM7005 Integrated Amplifier With USB-DAC
Submitted on: 07/21/14, 03:02 PM
Marantz®, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, is proud to introduce a new stereo star: the PM7005, a versatile Integrated Stereo Amplifier packed with superior-quality components, best-in-class materials, and the very latest in circuit design.

RFaxis Ramps Up Production of RFX1010 Broadband Sub-GHz CMOS RFeIC to Support IEEE 802.11ah and ZigBee Alliance 920IP Initiatives
Submitted on: 07/21/14, 02:59 PM
Company Now Offers Complete Portfolio of Ultra-Low-Cost RF Front-End Solutions Ranging from 600MHz to 6GHz for the Internet of Things

Klipsch Introduces First Soundbar Under the Legendary Reference Name
Submitted on: 07/21/14, 02:43 PM
The Reference Unity strategy is a global initiative that will align the majority of its product offerings under the legendary Klipsch Reference series.

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Upcoming AV and Automation Industry Events and Conferences

CONNECTED HEALTH SUMMIT: ENGAGING CONSUMERS
Sep 04 - 05 2014, San Diego, CA

CEDIA EXPO 2014
Sep 10 - 13 2014, Denver CO

ISC EAST
Nov 19 - 20 2014, New York, NY

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Jan 04 - 05 2015, Las Vegas, NV

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Apr 14 - 16 2015, Las Vegas, NV

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