As the Internet and TV converge in living rooms, lots of folks, including the New York Times, have been drooling over the idea of smartphones as next-gen remotes. On the surface, this seems like a cool idea. After all, smart mobile devices have touch screens, keyboards, and all sorts of other bells and whistles that should equal an enhanced, enjoyable smart-TV experience. Once you scratch the surface, however, you soon realize what a terrible and impractical idea an app-enabled smartphone remote really is. Here, then, are nine reasons your smart device is a lousy TV remote. 9. It’s still a phone 8. Battery life 7. A phone is a personal device 6. It will still get lost in the couch. Click here to read the full article by Jeremy Toeman of Cnet Crave.
Sequoia are pleased to announce the latest product family from Telit GE/L-865, the smallest GSM/GPRS modules in the market.
Digital Signage made easy with 121View's new DSP device - 121E embeds the most critical features of a feature-rich digital signage system into a light, compact and low-power box that is easy to install and operate.
Eight-Year Extended Warranty Coverage on Commercial Lighting Installations Offers Unmatched Safeguards for Building Operators; New Certification Program Provides a Global Network of Authorized Field Support and Integration Specialists
Parks Associates reports mobile carriers must focus on data services as smartphone sales exceed 215 million units in 2010
Voice revenues continue to decline worldwide; data to account for almost 50% of mobile ARPU by 2014
The 8/16-Port Dual Rail LCD KVM Switch CL5808/CL5816 combines innovative space-saving and advanced functions for centralized server room management
Media Decor adds a new artist to its portfolio. Elizabeth Carmel is known for her unique, expressive landscapes, and waterscapes.
There’s now even more evidence that subscribers are cutting the cord and opting out of paying for cable: By adding up subscriber losses from four of the top five cable companies, we found that more than half a million users have ditched their cable companies. The carnage began last week when Comcast announced it had lost 275,000 basic cable subscribers, but it has continued as Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and Cablevision have all reported major subscriber losses of their own. No. 2 cable provider Time Warner Cable announced today that it shed 155,000 cable subscribers during the third quarter, which included 46,000 digital video subs. Yesterday, Charter Communications reported that it lost 63,800 basic cable subscribers during the previous quarter. And Cablevision said this morning that it shed 24,500 subscribers during the same period, including about 5,000 digital video subscribers. Add that all together and you have more than 500,000 customers that left their cable providers last quarter, and that’s just data from four of the top five cable companies that have reported earnings. (No. 3 cable provider Cox Communications is privately held and therefore doesn’t have to announce its subscriber losses for all the world to see.) No doubt even more subscribers have left some of the smaller, non-public local and regional cable providers over the past few months.
The Wi-Fi Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced an agreement Tuesday to collaborate on applications that allow smart energy grids to interoperate with "connected" homes. The two alliances are part of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, a forum that coordinates smart grid standards. They plan to collaborate on wireless and wired network applications for what the forum calls its Smart Energy 2 Applications Profile. The Wi-Fi Alliance believes that working with HomePlug will help mesh Wi-Fi equipment and devices connected to home powerline networks. The collaboration is focused on helping bring about "a great user experience with smart home technology," Edgar Figueroa, the Wi-Fi Alliance CEO, said in a statement.
The essential components required by Corn's Digital to launch a digital menu board solution include simply a TV with VGA port with a Ceres-88 player...This article covers everything you need to know about launching digital menu board solution...
Hulu users would wait a lot longer to catch up on their favorite shows, if Dish Network VP of Online Content Development and Strategy Bruce Eisen had his way. “If I can watch Glee tomorrow morning and I don’t have to pay a pay TV service –- I think that’s bad,” Eisen said during a panel about cord cutting at the Streaming Media West conference this morning. The model of sites like Hulu that make catchup content available immediately isn’t benefiting the industry, he said, adding that broadcasters should instead reserve catchup episodes for authenticated TV Everywhere services, and only make them available freely after 30 days. “If people decide that they don’t have to pay for pay TV, then one of the pillars (of the TV industry) starts crumbling,” he said.
VidaBox ThinClientV2 Media Extender Provides Faster Performance for 1080p Blu -ray & DVD Playback, Replaces ThinClientHD
VidaBox, LLC debuts the ThinClientV2, a low-cost Blu-ray & DVD media extender which replaces the ThinClientHD. Preserving the original design's mini form factor, it offers significantly better Blu-ray playback performance at a similar price point.
AMD and iZ3D Cooperate to Expand Stereoscopic 3D on the AMD Graphics Platform
Atlona Technologies Soon to Release New Professional 10 -input Video Scaler/ Processor/Switcher with HDMI Output, the AT -LINE -PRO4
Atlona Technologies, a manufacturer of AV signal processing equipment and technology, is soon to release their Professional 10-input Video Scaler / Processor / Switcher with HDMI Output, the AT-LINE-PRO4
With many experts predicting that consumer electronics will emerge as one of the hottest gift categories in an otherwise hum-drum holiday, Walmart, Target and Best Buy are already sweetening the shopping options. Walmart is planning "The Amazing Walmart Electronics Event," kicking off Nov. 6, with low prices on a full line of Vizio HDTVs, including a 26-inch model for $198, a Compaq laptop for $288, and a $50 gift card for the Sony PlayStation 3 Move Bundle. And Target says it will begin offering the iPhone -- expected to be one of the season's most coveted gifts -- in some 850 stores that include Target Mobile centers beginning Nov. 7, and is cutting prices on iPod touch and offering two-for-one video games. Best Buy is rolling out its new line of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and Beatbox portable speakers, and offering "Free Phone Friday" specials. That's because while an estimated 32% of shoppers plan to make a consumer electronics purchase this season, reports the Consumer Electronics Association, they're also expected to be exceedingly price-wary.
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