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Graphene – The New Magical Material
04/14/14, Len Calderone for, HomeToys
Graphene may possibly be the future replacement for silicone. It’s a two-dimensional material that measures just one atom thick and has a breaking strength 300 times greater than steel.

Power Of Choice: Breaking Content Barriers Can Be Good, Then Again…
04/14/14, THE Insider
The beginning of the end for cable’s linear, scheduled TV approach comes when the Internet players have too many subscribers for the content rights holders to ignore.

Synching Mobile & Desktop Devices
04/14/14, Yossi Fishler, Andy
Andy is an Android Operating System that runs on your computer - essentially making your Android device and all of your apps available on your PC or Mac!

Brands That Communicate Win
04/14/14, Paul DiComo and Al Ballard, CE-Marketing Pros
To combat this onslaught of mediocrity, we all need to remind our customers how much enjoyment quality AV gear can provide.

Video Consistency: Entertainment Flexibility … Viewing Becomes Personal
04/14/14, THE Insider
The good thing is, every network/station is getting their shows up to 4K as quickly as possible to capture even more eyeballs (ad dollars), so when you get your UHD TV set, you’ll have plenty of content.

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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

Top 10 Ways to Turn Your Retired Gadgetry into the Technology of the Future

Submitted on: 04/17/14, 12:32 PM

With the rapid progression of technology each year, it's easy to accumulate a pile of obsolete gadgets that you just can't bear to get rid of. So don't! Here are our top 10 ways you can take the retired gadgets you've already got and turn them into something that has a solid place in the future.

Full Artice with Instructions and video on LifeHacker:

1. Turn an Old Computer Into an Internet PVR, Downloader, and NAS
2. Automate Your Home with an Old Router
3. Turn an Old Computer into an XBMC Home Theater PC
4. Build a Cellphone-Powered Robot
5. Make a Touchscreen Tablet Out of an Old Netbook
6. Turn an Old Projector into a Book Scanner
7. Use an Old PC Fan to Create a Battery-Charging Wind Turbine
8. Create a Home Security System with a Webcam
9. Create a Wireless Internet Radio from an Old Router
10. Turn an Old Mobile Device into a Dedicated VOIP Handset

Google Glass targeted as symbol by anti-tech crowd
Submitted on: 04/15/14, 03:11 PM
(CNN) - Glass, Google's high-profile entry into the world of wearable tech, may help launch a revolution if it's released later this year as expected. But test models already on the street have begun playing a more unlikely role -- as symbols in a simmering fig

Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into one slick package
Submitted on: 04/14/14, 07:48 AM
Webcams were one of the forerunners of the current Internet of Things boom, allowing smartphone-toting geeks to keep an eye on the office or homestead while out and about. Piper (starting at US$239), powered by iControl Networks, is targeted at the homeowner

ISC West Largest Security Trade Show of the Year
Submitted on: 04/10/14, 03:12 PM
SC West 2014, produced by ISC Events and sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), attracted record attendance this year with more than 26,000 industry professionals attending the three-day exposition, whi

Prodea Systems Enters Home-Automation Fray
Submitted on: 04/08/14, 01:38 PM
 Family-owned Prodea Systems has developed a white-label mass-market home-automation system that, unlike competing systems, integrates control of home systems, networked A/V content, and third-party streaming and download services in one hub. The system

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Today's AV and Automation Industry Headlines

Belkin Upgrades WeMo App with New Features for the WeMo Light Switch
Submitted on: 04/17/14, 02:41 PM
Available for both Android and iOS

LG Electronics Expands 'Second Screen' TV Ecosystem With Open-Source, Multi-Platform 'Connect SDK'
Submitted on: 04/17/14, 02:39 PM
Enables Mobile Application Developers to Integrate With LG Smart TVs and Other Popular Television Devices

ecobee Becomes First Thermostat Company to Receive OpenADR 2.0b Certification
Submitted on: 04/17/14, 02:36 PM
New certification provides homeowners and businesses with improved energy savings.

NorthStar Announces New Monitored Smoke Detector Hardware
Submitted on: 04/17/14, 02:35 PM
NorthStar now offers the Encore Products "Firefighter" hardware that turns any existing smoke detector into a monitored smoke detector.

Onkyo Premieres "Emotion Delivered" Audio Concept in 2014 Mid-Range A/V Receivers
Submitted on: 04/17/14, 02:33 PM
Onkyo introduces two new THX Certified Network A/V receivers supporting the latest HDMI specification for 4k/60Hz and HDCP 2.2. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies provide ultimate wireless connectivity.

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