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Virtually: Tellywood Focuses on Immersive Content

SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) 2015 Symposium attendees are eternally optimistic that tomorrow’s releases will be richer, better and there will be more

ZigBee home automation design kits use RPi-based gateway

Eric Brown for  Silicon Labs unveiled reference designs for home automation and lighting networks, based on its ZigBee SoC and middleware plus a Raspberry Pi-based gateway. Silicon Labs, which bills itself as the ZigBee market share leader, has integ

Dojo Is Designed To Protect Your Smart Home From Itself

Natasha Lomas for TechCrunch:  Israeli startup Dojo-Labs is launching out of stealth today after more than a year working on its connected home security device. No, not another Wi-Fi spy camera trying to engender a sense of&n

Autonomous Web Hosting

Hosting needs to be redefined - in a way that people can host on their own servers from home and redefines the Internet a place of freedom, independence and autonomy once again.

The Brazilian Home Automation Market

One thing to consider that differentiates our market from some other parts of the world is that the average Brazilian customer is definitely not the “Do-it-Yourself” type and is willing to have someone design and install the system.

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Smart home solutions helped to drive double-digit growth in home security over past two years

A new Parks Associates report finds smart home offerings have helped revitalize the residential security industry, as the number of households with monitored security rose over 15% in the past two calendar years. The New Face of Home Security - 2015 Edition reports approximately 21 million U.S. homes have professionally monitored security, with another 1.5 million with monitoring in a second home. 
"By the end of 2015, nearly six million professionally monitored homes will also have smart home control as part of their security system," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "Smart home is firmly entrenched as part the U.S. security industry, thanks to both push and pull factors. Companies such as Vivint, AT&T, and ADT have been aggressive in offering smart home features with their systems, while security owners are open to new technologies. Security households are 150% more likely than non-security households to state that they keep up with technological innovations and like to own the latest devices."   Full Press Release.

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Parks Associates: 50% of key consumer segment intends to purchase a smart home device in the next 12 months and Parks Associates to examine IoT support strategies that help manage the customer experience

Christie Boxer 30 Added to Multiple Award-Winning Lineup

High Brightness 2K model continues the standard set by Christie Boxer 4K30

Christie displays visualization and simulation solutions at I/ITSEC 2015

Wide range of scalable solutions include compact laser phosphor spherical trainer and 120Hz three-channel simulator featuring AccuFrame Pro

Grace Digital Launches Voice Enhanced TV Speaker with aptX Low Latency Bluetooth Technology

The Grace's GDI-BTTV100 utilizes aptx LL (low latency).

Yamaha MusicCast Network Receiver

Hi-Fi Meets Wi-Fi in Expanded Universe of Content

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