Tigerpaw Goes on Telecom Tour

Tigerpaw Software, Inc., developer of the most comprehensive business building software for technology providers has launched a new initiative to reach out to more than 1,000 telecommunications vendors across North America.

Yitran to Feature First 1Mbps OFDM PLC Modem Based on Prime, G3, G.hnem and IEEE 1901.2 at Distributech 2011

Yitran Communications, a leading and award winning fabless semiconductor company, will feature its new line of Powerline Communications (PLC) integrated circuits at Distributech in San Diego, February 1-3, Booth 218.

Gizmodo, Why 3D Will Never Ever Work

So why will 3D content never take off? It's not the silly glasses or the lack of content. It's not even that we all kinda hate it. According to Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch: it's evolution, baby. Murch, writing to renowned film critic (and prominent 3D antagonist) Roger Ebert, says that 3D's primary failure is our own eyeballs. Specifically, how millions of years of human development have taught them to focus: The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the "convergence/focus" issue. A couple of the other issues - darkness and "smallness" - are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen - say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what. But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focussed and converged at the same point.

TiVo refocusing on Web video and on-demand services

TiVo, the pioneering digital video recorder, is beloved by couch potatoes for offering a simple way to record television shows for watching later. But the company's hot-and-cold relationships with cable providers is complicating the fate of TiVo's digital recording and video-on-demand services. TiVo's subscriber base peaked in 2006 and has been declining since, according to TV by the Numbers, an industry news blog. TiVo's response to this slump has been two-pronged. For one, the company has scrambled to sign deals with TV service providers. TiVo announced one such milestone agreement with UK cable giant Virgin Media, in which TiVo will be the platform developer.

GE demonstrates home technologies at International Builders Show

Universal Remotes: Not Remotely Possible

THE universal remote control is one of the modern world's great ideas, right up there with the automatic dishwasher, Wi-Fi and flush toilets. The theory behind this gadget is simple and sublime: In an increasingly automated and connected world, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could manage all our blinking machines from a single super controller? I wish I could tell you that there is a better way. But after testing many different universal remotes - cheap remotes, expensive remotes, smartphone remotes, and a few about which the less said, the better - I don't have much good news to report. Sure, some universal remotes are more useful than others, and one of them is almost pretty good, but in general these devices remain more appealing in theory than in practice. That's because they all suffer from an inherent, usually fatal flaw: universal remotes cannot possibly offer enough buttons to mimic all functions of all devices, so they usually have to make compromises, cutting out buttons here and there. The trouble is, some of those buttons are important.

App Downloads top 2 million on Samsung TV's

Samsung is seeing significant growth in app downloads on its line of HDTVs. The company announced this week that 2 million apps have been downloaded from its sets since its marketplace launched last year. The news comes less than two months after Samsung announced that 1 million apps had been downloaded from its service. The feat is all the more impressive when one considers it took 268 days to hit the 1 million mark. YouTube and Hulu Plus are among the most commonly downloaded apps, according to Samsung. They are joined by ESPN's Next Level, AccuWeather, and Google Maps. The company's marketplace also offers Blockbuster, Twitter, Pandora, and several other applications. When it announced 1 million downloads late last year, Samsung said that more than half of its 2010 line of HDTVs featured the ability to access apps. Samsung said at the time that it believed retailers would sell 6.5 million sets featuring apps by the end of 2010. And it expected that figure to jump to 20 million by 2012.

DEVELOPMENTS IN ADJACENT SECTORS OPEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOME AUTOMATION TO REACH A WIDER AUDIENCE

Home automation systems are becoming increasingly simpler for both end users and installers, driving the market forward and acquiring a wider audience. Technology advances also help create innovative and affordable systems that reach a more extensive customer base. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, European Home Automation Markets, finds that the market earned revenues of 164.3 million in 2010 and estimates this to reach 228.7 million in 2015, at a compound annual growth rate of 5.1 per cent. 'Home automation has witnessed major changes over the recent years; the most significant has been the introduction of tablet computers which are having a major impact on the home automation market, particularly the luxury segment,' states Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Hammam Ahmed. 'So far the market has satisfactorily addressed the new developments and is set to benefit from these advances in a manner that will promote home automation and make it available to a wider customer base.'

Developments in Adjacent Sectors Open Opportunities for Home Automation to Reach a Wider Audience

Home automation systems are becoming increasingly simpler for both end users and installers, driving the market forward and acquiring a wider audience.

Greensound Technology

Greensound Technology unveils the world's first wireless, high-fidelity glass speakers using patented "Greensound" innovation.

Parks Associates to present new consumer research at Smart Energy Summit Workshop, including panel discussion with Austin Energy, TXU, Motorola Mobility, and Ingersoll Rand

IBM, Grid Net, U.S. Department of Commerce to keynote three-day Summit next week in Austin

Women in CE Honor Five Outstanding Women at the 2011 Legacy Awards Reception During International CES

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Addressed the Crowd on How to Continue Fueling the Growth of the CE Business

DVI over Cat5 Solutions From Tripp Lite

Extend DVI signals up to 200 feet with Cat5 Solutions from Tripp Lite

Niles to Showcase new DS Directed Soundfield Ceiling -Mount Loudspeakers at ISE 2011

Designed to complement high end interior design, new easy to install ceiling mount loudspeakers offer unobtrusive aesthetics and superior sound performance

D -TOOLS SI5.5 SP3 UPGRADE NOW AVAILABLE

Latest Service Pack of award-winning software makes it easier than ever to design, estimate, and document integration of low voltage systems

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