Steve Jobs: Amateur Ninja?

Steve Jobs is a visionary and a billionaire. But is he also a ninja on the side?  According to an extremely unreliable rumor that's been sweeping the Web this week, the Apple CEO was caught packing ninja throwing stars at a Japanese airport (you know, just in case he gets into a tussle while traveling abroad). The story, sparked by SPA!, a Japanese tabloid, is just about the most absurd thing one could imagine, and has been refuted by Apple. And yet... because of said absurdity, the story will not go gently into that good night. The original story — which, again, Apple has refuted  — claimed that Mr. Jobs was caught trying to sneak shurikens (metal throwing stars) onto a plane. After being nabbed by authorities, Jobs supposedly became upset and vowed never to visit the country again. Web searches on "steve jobs" are up 99% over the past 24 hours, and related lookups on "steve jobs ninja" and "steve jobs ninja stars" are both comically high.

Connected home applications and premium technical support are key service offerings to improve retention and increase revenues

Special Workshop at Connected Home World Summit features research and analysis on Broadband Services, 3D TV, Video Services, Connected CE

Crestron iPanel controller for iPad does twice as much for half the price

Crestron is a name synonymous with two things in the world of home automation: cost and quality. So it's always good to the see the company shed its proprietary nature and embrace an off-the-shelf consumer product. Take its new iPanel for example. Instead of dropping a few thousand dollars on a Crestron touch-panel that does just one thing, you can purchase this $500ish snap-on case with thirteen dedicated buttons for home, lights, guide, and info functions. In other words, for the half the price of a typical touchscreen Crestron touchscreen controller you also get a WiFi-connected iPad. Sounds like a winning combination to us. Look for the iPanel to get official at CEDIA next week.

Pro Control to Display Premiere Professional -Grade Remote Control Line at CEDIA EXPO 2010

Cost-Effective Remote Controls and Central Processors Combine Elegant Design and Power to Deliver Uncompromising Performance for Consumers

New ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers Redefine Designer Aesthetics and Superior Sound

Unique design and advanced technologies in new ceiling mount loudspeakers blend seamlessly into any décor and deliver outstanding, predictable audio performance

Panamax/Furman Awarded Patent for UPS IR Control Link

Inventor Gerald B. Hoopes Develops Learning IR Control Feature That Records, Learns, and Mimics IR Signals of AV Components' Remote Controls

Calrad Electronics gets in the Media streaming game with the new xLobby Cube

The xLobby Cube, which is available by Pre-Order now allows you to manage your complete DVD movie collection from a simple to use menu driven interface. Load movies using 3rd party DVD storage software. Playback all of your standard DVD movies and have it scaled up to 1080P with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. You are also able manage your music collection including CD's, downloaded MP3 files and access your iTunes libraries. The xLobby Cube offers iTunes & Hulu online content support. MSRP is $799 but a Pre-order sale through Sept 30, 2010 is offering the system for $699.

Amazon Selling 50" Samsung 3DTV and 2 pairs of 3D Glasses for $973

Think going 3D is too expensive? Think again. If you thought Samsung's 720p 3D Plasma TV was a great deal at $1000, Samsung just sweetened it further by throwing in 2 pairs of 3D glasses for nothing, plus free shipping to boot. If you head over to Amazon to check it out, you'll find that the price remains hidden until you get to the final checkout stage (annoying!), but when all said and done I ended up at a total of 973.34 for the Samsung PN50C490 3D TV, two pairs of Samsung SSG-2100AB 3D Glasses, and super-saver shipping. Sure, it's Samsung's ultra cheap 720p, which has some downsides you may want to think about. However, if you were thinking about taking the 3D plunge and wanted to spend as little as possible, this is the best deal yet. Source Explore3dTV.

SnapAV Announces Camden Cinema Seating Backed by Same -Day Shipping; a Comprehensive Program Based on Dealers' Expressed Needs

SnapAV's new cinema seating ships the same day it's ordered, even directly to the jobsite. has a configuration tool to build different seating arrangements including changing fabrics and power options.


New low profile designs offer near flush profiles and post-installation screen leveling and vertical adjustment.

Newly Formed Foundation to Help Disabled American Veterans By Providing Home Automation Assistance

A newly formed nonprofit organization, the Home Technology Specialists of America Foundation, will be donating automated access and electronic control systems to returning disabled American veterans.

Pegasys' TMPGEnc KARMA..Plus Updated to Include WebM Video Playback

Updated Video Library Organizer Features NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 400 Series CUDA™ Support and More



Kramer Introduces the VP -422 High -Performance Digital HDMI to PC Scaler

The VP-422 is a high-performance digital scaler for computer graphics video & HDTV video signals. The VP-422 scales HDMI signals to resolutions of up to WUXGA and 1080p, and also de-embeds the stereo audio to output unbalanced analog stereo signals.

Alteva to Showcase Hosted Voice Integrated with Microsoft Communications Services at Channel Partners Conference & Expo

Alteva, a Unified Communications (UC) solution provider headquartered in Philadelphia, today announced another affordable way to leverage Microsoft Communication Services integrated with Alteva's enterprise hosted VoIP service

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