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Broadband Access
08/18/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Broadband allows for learning opportunities by making available educational materials and course instruction, which previously could only be delivered in a classroom setting.

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08/18/14, Brandon Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
2014 was a big year for the Internet of Things (IoT) and there has been big growth in events focusing on this topic. As well shows like ISC that cover Security are seeing big changes as IoT and Wireless devices have expanded and changed this market.

On Controls - Automation in the Cloud
08/18/14, Itai Ben-Gal, iRule
Using our cloud-based tools and templates, our dealers can recall each template created for packages they use often so that the programming time for these replicated systems is reduced to minutes. This is far more efficient than starting the programming process from scratch each time a system is installed.

The Evolution of the AV Industry
08/18/14, Cynthia Menna, AVAD LLC
There has been a strong shift to commercial projects, which has vastly evolved our customers' businesses. This change has allowed them the flexibility to balance their business and explore new technologies.

Video Storage: Meeting Today’s Cinematography Ballooning Needs
08/18/14, THE Insider
While most of the attention at this year’s FMS (Flash Memory Summit) in Santa Clara, CA focused on the enterprise, one of the most eye-opening sessions in the 3-day event was the M&E (Media & Entertainment) panel.

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Icontrol Networks Powers SmartHome Ventures' PEQ Home Automation System

Submitted on: 08/29/14, 05:33 AM

Icontrol Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation, today announced that SmartHome Ventures has chosen Icontrol to power the newly-launched PEQ (pronounced "peek") home automation system, available now at www.mypeq.com, and at select Best Buy store locations and on BestBuy.com beginning August 31st. With this announcement, the best-in-class Icontrol smart home platform is now available for consumers to purchase and use right out of the box. 

"Our goal is to give consumers as many options as possible, whether they prefer a professionally-installed and monitored solution, a self-installed package they can purchase and build upon, or an all-in-one device," said Jim Johnson, executive vice president and general manager at Icontrol. "We are excited to provide another option for consumers who want to take advantage of the ease and convenience of a connected home." 

All PEQ-compatible devices have been certified through the Icontrol OpenHome™ Developer Program, the first community for application and device makers to partner on a common platform. This means PEQ customers will have access to a growing number of connected home devices, and developers can market their innovations to an even larger market of connected home customers. Icontrol software currently manages more than 22 million sensors and devices, representing the most widely used connected home platform in the industry. 

Demand For Wireless High Resolution Home Theater Audio Sparks Growth in Wireless Speaker and Audio Association
Submitted on: 08/27/14, 05:32 AM
The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA®) Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing, high resolution, wireless, multi-channel audio products to the home theater market, continues its fast growth with the addition of six new members.  

Microsoft invests in these 10 smart-home startups
Submitted on: 08/25/14, 07:04 AM
Microsoft is betting on the future of the smart home, and it's hoping to discover that future within its own ranks.   Earlier this summer, the company announced plans to launch a start-up accelerator focused specifically on home

ADT refines its 'recipes' on smart home automation
Submitted on: 08/21/14, 02:23 PM
For most of its brief existence, the modern smart home has offered a frustratingly fragmented user experience. A maze of competing, proprietary ecosystems has forced consumers to pick a "side" (be it Staples Connect, Lowes Iris, Quirky Wink, or Belkin WeMo)

Best Buy Jumps Into Home Automation With Startup Peq
Submitted on: 08/20/14, 06:06 AM
Electronics retailer Best Buy is entering the crowded home automation market through a deal with startup Smart Home Ventures, which designed its offering around ease of use. Called Peq (pronounced “peak”), the service costs $9.99 a month for an u

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CAYIN Debuts Next-Generation Digital Signage
Submitted on: 09/01/14, 11:43 PM
Integrating the latest digital trends, CAYIN launches the next-generation digital signage players, embedded with the completely renewed and upgraded SMP-NEO system software.

VidaBox Releases new 'Drop-n-Rip' Features: Autoupdate Missing Metadata + Import of ISO, MKV, & more
Submitted on: 09/01/14, 09:53 PM
New 'Drop-n-Rip' software release automates missing metadata updates for disc archivals made when internet access was unavailable, upon restoring internet connectivity. Digitized video - such as ISOs, MKVs, MP4s, M4Vs, & AVIs - can now be imported into a LiivNAS & auto-tagged with covers & metadata

CYBERPOWERPC Updates Product Line with Intel X99 Chipset and Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition
Submitted on: 08/29/14, 08:37 AM
CyberPower Inc., www.cyberpowerpc.com, a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced the immediate availability of custom desktop computers featuring Intel X99 chipset motherboards and new Intel Core i7 Processors.

StrandVision Signage Offers Quick and Easy Way to Add "People" Pages
Submitted on: 08/29/14, 07:52 AM
Simple to add and update employee, associate, member and visitor recognition pages with photos…

Parks Associates: Fitbit Leads Fitness Tracker Brand Adoption
Submitted on: 08/29/14, 07:15 AM
Wearables and Digital Health Executives Will Discuss Mobile Health Solutions and Apps at Connected Health Summit: Engaging the Consumer

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

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Sep 10 - 13 2014, Denver CO

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Nov 19 - 20 2014, New York, NY

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Jan 04 - 05 2015, Las Vegas, NV

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Jan 06 - 09 2015, Las Vegas, NV

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