Looking for a New TV Experience - Try The Internet

The Internet is positively the new television.  So much so, that we are using our computer and Internet ready boxes more for entertainment than anything else.   And we can get this entertainment just about anywhere that we have broadband service.  While reality TV is taking over the cable and satellite systems, we can branch out and find the shows that we really want to watch, when we want to watch them.

Making Sense of Internet Radios

Unlike a PC, these devices deliver the content you desire while blending with your dcor.  Because they are always on, you get fresh content, eliminating searching or booting up.  All of the radios supply apps and most programs at no charge.  Radio, as we have known it, has morphed into something exciting, where we no longer have to tune-into a program at a certain time, or be forced to listen to music that is lackluster. We, the listeners, now control the media.

For more information about Pandora and Internet Radio read "Hey! I'm a Radio Station"

People, Work, Play and Content Are On the Move

Increasingly, people are bringing in their own devices - notebooks, smartphones, and tablets to work. 

As more business apps are available, the tablet will be used for even more "office activities" … yeah, right!

The challenge for IT people will be ensuring that they have adequate security in place, which is still  an issue with the iPhone your boss told them to support. 

IT managers are quoting Count De Monet, "It is said that the people are revolting."

When the pain level drops, IT will add business/enterprise applications for the tablets.  Don't worry, you'll still leave the office with your notebook, smartphone, tablet…knowledge warriors have to be prepared for anything.

Project Showcase - Come Fly with Crestron

Crestron DigitalMedia 8GTM Provides Ultimate Entertainment Experience at Virgin Airlines Lounge in Heathrow Airport.

The DigitalMedia system, complete with the latest 8G technology, required each display device to have a dedicated cable to supply HD video, device control and Ethernet. This presented some logistical challenges as within Clubhouse there are no access hatches in the ceiling - a feature designed to preserve the sleek, seamless look of the interior.  Avensys ran all the cabling around the perimeter of the area where some ceiling grids were removable, while other cables ran under the floor.

Protecting Projectors from Vibration Sources

As most causes of vibration are equipment such as an HVAC Unit attached to a Building's Steel Framework, installing the Projector on the same Steelwork results in vibrations between 0-30,000 Hertz being transmitted directly to the Projector.

The solution for an Installer in these cases is to eliminate these unwanted effects by attacking the problem at the Projector. The absorbing grommets used in the Nigel B Design's Mounts absorb these vibrations by lowering the frequency levels below the excitation or disturbing influences that occur and in combination with the Isolation Mounting Elements, result in a cure.

Review - Square Connect SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App

The SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App is an excellent solution for turning your Apple iOS device into a universal remote control that is better than most Logitech Harmony remotes and rivals the capabilities of a Philips Pronto. Now that other z-wave options like the Logitech Harmony 890, the Monster Central remotes and the UEI Nevo have all been discontinued the SQ Remote is an excellent way to protect the investment you've made into home automation - or get started at an affordable price.

Don't forget that this review covers the home automation capabilities of the Square Connect SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App but if you want to learn more about the A/V control capability and the SQ Remote itself please click here to read Remote Shoppe's first review.

Tellywood Works to Reach You Any, Every Way They Can

NAB is still sorta about TV and movies...but with a difference.

The difference is huge.   They're trying to figure out how to hook you up with their content, stuff, rather than letting the other guy suck you in.  So they're playing all the angles smartphone, tablet, notebook.  Heck even the TV and theater.

Seems as though you've given up work, exercise, just about everything to watch content anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

They haven't figured out exactly how to make money on it all yet but they do like what Netflix has done over the past year.  Maybe they'll try their own channels of distribution shortly...maybe.

"You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." - Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), Sunset Blvd., Paramount (1950)

The iPad® as a Dedicated Controller:

The iPad's true potential as a controller lies in accessing home systems when away from the house. With a WiFi connection and an app from the control system manufacturer, users can check in on their security systems, turn the lights off if they left them on, or adjust the temperature before they get home from work, all from pretty much anywhere in the world. This provides an amazing added value and convenience to any control system, while providing the "wow" factor that consumers are looking for.

Tributaries® Launches AC Power Extension Bar

Tributaries announces their latest AC protection product -a new and innovative UL® approved power extension bar, the Tributaries® T10X.

Louisa's House & Electronics Wins First Powerline Control Systems Project of the Month Contest

Powerline Control Systems, Inc. has announced that it has awarded Louisa's Movie House & Electronics of Durango, Colo. as the Project of the Month winner for May.

Pegasys Inc. Introduces MPEG - 2 Encoder Plug -In for Grass Valley's EDIUS 5 or EDIUS 6

Plug-in Allows EDIUS Users to Output Video with the High Quality TMPGEnc MPEG-1/2 Encoder

'Austerity gadgets' top poll as UK consumers rate their favourite appliances, toys and gizmos

'Austerity gadgets' top poll as UK consumers rate their favourite appliances, toys and gizmos

Vizio's Vudu Button Highlights Race to the Remote Control

Consumer electronics manufacturer Vizio is adding a Vudu button to remote controls for its connected TVs and Blu-ray players, adding one-click access to the video-on-demand service. The button provides easier navigation to an increasingly popular streaming service, but it also highlights the struggle video publishers face when they want to reach viewers on connected devices and differentiate their services in a rapidly growing ecosystem of TV apps. Nearly a dozen new Vizio models will come with a remote control that features the Vudu button. Like the Netflix button announced earlier this year, clicking on the Vudu button will instantly launch the video streaming service. That will give users instant access to more than 20,000 titles for rental or purchase from the Vudu store.

New Smartec STM -260W CCTV monitor with SXGA resolution and wide viewing angles

New Smartec STM-260W 26" CCTV monitor is designed to operate in the multi-channel video surveillance systems.

VidaBox Debuts New iPad2 Frames with Very Affordable Pricing

VidaBox announces their new iPad2 compatible frames & wall mounts. Seamlessly integrating iPad2s as a touch interface for automation & control systems, they work w. VidaBox iPower & iPCX kits to form a complete mounting & charging solution.

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