A Year Without Cable TV

A little over a year ago, I went cold turkey with Cable. I had literally everything that one of the big providers could offer (as my sister-in-law worked there, and we owned a two-flat with her). In this article, I'll share my experiences and the current state of play with TV in my house. Mark Anderson is a long-time home theater enthusiast and lives on the bleeding edge of Home Automation. He will be covering everything related to Home Automation and AV. He is also a regular contributor to avystemsmag.com, where he covers commercial AV and automation.Please welcome Mark to the HomeToys team.

NFC coming to a smart phone near you

NFC stands for Near Field Communication. So, what does this mean? If you attend a trade show and meet someone, whom you would like to exchange business cards, you both can touch your NFC smart phones to the other's show badge and the information is exchanged. You no longer have to carry a pocket full of business cards, or have to sort cards after the show.

Z-Wave Announces 600th Certified Product

The Z-Wave Alliance, the consortium behind the world's largest ecosystem of interoperable wireless control solutions, today announced that it has certified its 600th product. This major milestone solidifies its position as the leading consortium dedicated to Home Control and Smart Energy development. The 600th Z-Wave product is a Whole House Energy Meter designed to provide timely and accurate consumption data.

Six months ago, saw the 500th certified Z-Wave product: a goal that took almost 6 years to reach. Today, the announcement of a 600th product indicates rapid growth in Z-Wave. What are the primary factors for the growth? Read Mark's take on this here.

Z-Wave Announces 600th Certified Product -- RCS Technology EM52 Whole House Energy Meter

Major Milestone Reaffirms Z-Wave as the Largest Interoperable Ecosystem for Wireless Home Control and Smart Energy

SurgeX Announces Exclusive Distribution Rights of Certified Cyber Solutions

The agreement positions SurgeX to provide greater security integration with advanced power management, smart energy management, secure remote diagnostics, and monitoring.

proAV recognised as Cisco Authorised Digital Media System (DMS) Partner

proAV, one of the UK's leading audio visual systems integrators has been officially recognised as a Cisco Authorised Digital Media System (DMS) Partner, having demonstrated a proven sales and support capability to clients with integrated digital media solutions.

Digital View Extends LCD Controller Range to Offer Wide Temperature Support

Harsh environment LCD controllers support display systems from -40° to +80°C operating temperatures

Scala Presents Digital Signage Checklist for DSE 2012 Attendees

Checklist Reviews Essential Criteria to Use When Evaluating Digital Signage Systems

Adobe Announces Integrated Video Publishing, Advertising and Analytics Platform

Project "Primetime", the Industry's First Integrated Video Content and Ad Service Across Devices, Promises to Accelerate Advertising Revenue

WOW! Launches ARRIS Whole Home Solution

ARRIS Group, Inc. announced today that top 20 cable provider WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone has launched the ARRIS Whole Home Solution

DSE 2012 to Present a Record 42 FREE On-Floor Workshops

FREE On-Floor Workshop Program on March 6-9, 2012, in Las Vegas

ELAN® HOME SYSTEMS DEBUTS ENHANCED ONLINE TECH FORUM TO ACCELERATE PEER-TO-PEER COMMUNICATION AND RESOURCE SHARING

Significantly enhanced service is password protected and designed to allow dealers to showcase projects to one another, obtain real-time answers to questions, search through a database of productinformation and receive feedback from ELAN technical support team members.

Spotlight on Ultraviolet

Spotlight on Ultraviolet Ultraviolet promises to be the digital movie locker in the cloud. Momentum seems to be gathering with a few major players (Samsung, Amazon and Paramount) signing up recently. I decided to take it for a spin and see if the reality matched the PR hype.

2012 will be the year of Home Automation

I know what you're thinking: another "year of X" prediction that has as much chance of coming to fruition as I have of winning the lottery. (I'm still waiting for smell-o-vision.) So, why am I so keen to stake my reputation on this? One reason: the number of entry level systems appearing on the market. We'll be reviewing some of these over coming months, but for now we'll just list some of the major contenders. Mark Anderson is a long-time home theater enthusiast and lives on the bleeding edge of Home Automation. He will be covering everything related to Home Automation and AV. He is also a regular contributor to avystemsmag.com, where he covers commercial AV and automation.Please welcome Mark to the HomeToys team.

Is Windows Media Center Alive?

Windows Media Center is one of the best and most underrated products produced by Microsoft. As a cord-cutter, I use it as my TV guide, DVR and a whole lot more. In the last few months, I've attempted to find three key plug-ins. Not one exists. It seems developers interests lie elsewhere these days. So is this a nail in WMC's coffin. I hope not.

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