Insider #151 - Social Media - Great Place for Business, Friends, Bad Guys

Gawd…glad the Web and social nets weren't around during our college frat years. 

Insider #152 - The Family NAS

Housewide Storage -- Better Safe than Sorry But…

Invisible In-Wall Speakers

Stealth Acoustics has released the LinearResponsetm (LR) Series of invisible in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. The new models include the LR3, LR6, LR8 and SLR8. They maintain the same basic model alignments of the previous FX and AX lines, only with dramatically enhanced sonic performance.

Is Your Home Theater Setup Ruining Your Movie Experience?

It's always exciting for audio/video enthusiasts and novices alike when their new speakers, big flat-screen TV, A/V receiver and other components arrive at the front door, ready to be unboxed and set up for the first movie viewing and home theater experience.

Logitech Revue vs. Netgear Roku

As I alluded to in my last article entitled "3 Reasons why Home Technology Integration is about to Ignite", Streaming Media is the number one reason that I predict a drastic shift spanning the next few years. 

Pre-Wire Your New Home: Chapter 9: Whole-Home Video

This is the ninth and final chapter of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning.

Roll On Projection Screens

Screen Goo is a line of specially formatted  acrylic paint products designed specifically for video projection applications. It allows anyone to transform a wide variety of paintable substrates into high performance front, rear and 3D projection screens.

Secrets of Amplifier and Speaker Power Requirements Revealed

As audio/video hobbyists, most of us grew up thinking that if we have an amplifier with 50 watts of rated output power into 8-ohm speakers, and that combination produces reasonably clean and loud music, then by doubling the amplifier power to 100 watts per channel, the system would then play twice as loud. Many readers likely still believe that. Not so.

The Future of Home Control and Automation

We all just want simple, convenient, reliable access to our equipment - and no one wants a dozen remotes on their coffee table. With a home control system, you can consolidate all those remotes and reduce wall clutter too.

To Internet Or Not To Internet

The bottom line? While the Internet is an amazingly useful tool, it is not appropriate for every application - in spite of the efforts being made to tout it as such. Basic understanding of the limitations involved will help educated consumers make purchasing decisions that reflect their needs regardless of current techo-fashion trends or external market pressures.

Wall Mounting: A Solution to LCD/LED TV Viewing Angle Issues

Despite major advances in technology, viewing angle remains a serious challenge for LCD and LED TVs. This paper will examine research on LCD viewing angle issues and show how full-motion and tilting wall mounts can alleviate this issue and help consumers get the most out of their television investment.

DIRECTCONNECT® COMMENTS ON NEW AUSTIN, TEXAS LOCATION.

Electronic Custom Distributors, Inc., a consumer electronics wholesaler selling the finest brands of electronics to installing dealers nationwide, just made it easier.

Major Broadcasters Band Together And File A Lawsuit Against Online Video Startup Ivi.

The major broadcasters usually can’t agree on much, but they’ve agreed to band together and file a lawsuit against Ivi , claiming that the online video startup is infringing copyrights. The suit, filed in the Southern District of New York yesterday, aims to shut down Ivi’s video service, which retransmits over-the-air broadcast signals online .  Ivi’s system works by relaying live TV feeds from more than 40 broadcasters — including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and Telemundo — to online viewers. It claims to be operating under a legal loophole which says that cable and satellite companies can legally retransmit over-the-air broadcast content as long as they pay semi-annual fees to the U.S. Copyright Office. The startup says it has already applied to pay those fees, which are later distributed to rights holders.  It should come as little surprise that the broadcasters disagree with Ivi’s reading of the law, and have pressured it with cease and desist letters, calling for the startup to take down the online video service. That prompted Ivi to file a preemptive lawsuit against certain broadcasters last week.

D -Tools System Integrator™ Software Selected by Majority of 2010 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Award Winners

D-Tools congratulates over 85% of the CEDIA Lifestyle Awards presented to registered users of D-Tools design, estimation, engineering, and management software

DirectConnect® comments on earning 2010 Custom Retailer EXC!TE Award at CEDIA 2010

DirectConnect® received the Custom Retailer EXC!TE Award at CEDIA in Atlanta, Georgia, for its new Professional Series Rack DCRACK29U / SKU# 19929.

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection