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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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This Trick To Improving Home Audio Involves Zero Electronics

Submitted on: 04/22/14, 03:09 PM

Our ongoing investigation into how home audio is changing in 2014 has unearthed a surprising nugget of sonic wisdom, for those of us who are trying to take home audio just a little more seriously. Now that legitimate digital music services sound so good, fans no longer have to put up with dodgily-encoded MP3s from Napster and the like — and so it’s worth it, for many of us, to give our music the sonic respect it deserves, whether we want to spring for new player hardware or not.

The single most important thing you can do to improve your sound is to improve the physical mechanics of its reproduction — mainly, your headphones or speakers. It’s always worth paying more for either of these than you think you really should, because nothing else can make your tunes sound better (i.e. stirring, soul-restoring, inspirational, mind-blowing, empathetic, mournful, joyful, and everything else it can make us feel) than making the conversion of ones and zeros into vibrating air as clean as possible.

We asked renowned audiophile and author of The Audio Expert Ethan Winer for some advice to share with our readers on the best thing they can do to improve their audio quality in the home. According to him, the answer has nothing to do with electronics:

“The single best way to improve audio clarity is to add some acoustic treatment to the room,” said Winer. “Even one 2×4 foot acoustic absorber panel placed at the key place on each side wall will improve the clarity of music enormously. Most ‘average’ people have no idea about this, and most probably wouldn’t consider adding panels in their living room or bedroom anyway. But it’s the correct answer. Serious audiophiles and home theater owners do understand the importance of room acoustics, and some have extensive treatment.” Full Article:

Lightpad: The intelligent light switch that wants to control your home
Submitted on: 04/21/14, 05:53 AM
There are lots of companies trying to crack intelligent lighting in the home. Philips has its Hue lighting system with intelligent bulbs, while others like Belkin's WeMo system let you control everything via smart plugs. Plum, a relatively new and unhear

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 some

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

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Addonics 2.5" Flash Drive Family Replaces Hard Drives with Flash Media Including New M2 Standard
Submitted on: 04/24/14, 09:03 AM
Addonics Technologies has announced a family of 2.5" flash drive kits that allow users to easily replace 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drives in notebook PCs or other systems with the three most popular types of flash cards. All models have a MSRP of $24.95 and are operating system independent.

AT&T VP to Deliver Opening Keynote at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference
Submitted on: 04/24/14, 08:07 AM
Parks Associates finds AT&T leading U.S. industry in TV Everywhere initiatives

Epson Introduces Bright PowerLite 1930 for Meeting Rooms and Small Venues
Submitted on: 04/23/14, 01:00 PM
Projector Delivers Full Suite of Connectivity and Features for Under $1000

ViewSonic Wins Best New Solution and Most Innovative Solution Awards at ChannelPro Reseller Forum
Submitted on: 04/23/14, 12:56 PM
The PJD8653ws Interactive, Short-Throw Projector and VSD241 Smart Display Voted by Attendees as Most Innovative and Best Solution, Respectively

ViewSonic Shipping New 70-inch Interactive Display
Submitted on: 04/23/14, 12:55 PM
CDE7051-TL Targets Smart Classrooms, Corporate Boardrooms and Way-Finding Applications with Six-Point Touch Smart Display Board

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