Mark of Excellence Call for Entries Opens Today!

The Consumer Electronics Association today opened entries for the 2009 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by CEA's TechHome Division to honor outstanding achievement in custom home electronics products, services and installation.

Denon Announces Feature Pack Upgrade For Advanced A/V Receivers

-- Upgrade Includes Several Major Convenience Features; Will Be Available at Denon Website Beginning October 1st --

Denon Packs Premium Features in New Line of A/V Receivers

-- Ten New Models Now Available, Including Two More in the Custom Integration "CI" Line; All Feature Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume, HDMI 1.3a Capability and More -

Denon to Demonstrate Its Commitment to CI Channel With Advanced Products and Training Programs at CEDIA

-- Special Presentations at Denon Booth hroughout the Show--

AES-IntelliNet Proven to Work through Wild Fires and Hurricanes When Others Failed

When a tornado, hurricane or wild fire blows through town, AES-IntelliNet alarm signals always get through when others cannot. AES-IntelliNet's longrange radio mesh alarm communications system allows no single point of failure. It self heals and re-routes itself intuitively. Tthere are no phone lines, wires or towers needed or involved with its communications.

CEDIA 2008 - HomeToys Special Show News Report

Hundreds of product announcements from CEDIA 2008.

Classic Home Toys Installment #18 XRCD Lives On

Yet another advanced compact disc recording format which made a valiant attempt at deposing both conventionally recorded compact discs as well as Sony's SACDs was the format, xrcd. Although SACD seems to have a slight edge on xrcd, this relatively obscure format continues to sell.

Content Insider # 110 - Shrinking Computing

Bright Idea - Just so no one missed the fact that Intel's Craig Barrett was talking about another bright idea that the company's engineering teams had developed the events folks put him in front of a light bulb. It didn't work because we could barely see the itty-bitty device he held in his hand at the opening of IDF this year. Source -- Intel

Content Insider #107 - GPU vs CPU There's a World Between eMail, Games

Work or Play - Everyone expects their monitor to instantly refresh. They demand that the graphics to be lightning fast as well as ultra-realistic. Of course that also needs to be wrapped in a low-cost, environmentally kindly system. When all of this doesn't come together we're a little concerned.

Content Insider #108 - The Perfect Storm

Look At That Stuff - Storage folks made it through last year - just barely - delivering enough capacity that just met everyone's/everything's needs. But man if you look out on the horizon - and beyond - it looks hairy. Even having people working round the clock the content tsunami will just keep boring down on us.

Content Insider #109 - We're All Still Talking, Viewing

Flood of Content - The 2008 Olympics sent a flood of video content to the US and around the globe threatening to drown everything in its path. But the Internet infrastructure was able to support the huge online viewing audience easily.

e-Health Opportunities for Global Service Providers a Parks Associates white paper

An aging population with rising incidence of chronic conditions is a threat to the global healthcare system. Each month, the world's elderly population increases by 795,000. In countries such as Japan, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain, the elderly outnumber the children. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) unfortunately come with age and can lead to deteriorating quality-of-life standards. These chronic diseases are not only major causes of death but also among the most costly to treat and cure.

Find Success with Targeted Online Marketing Campaigns

Whether or not you have a marketing staff, you can still promote your business intelligently, efficiently and cost-effectively. Your goal is to successfully communicate your exact message over all the other clutter in the marketplace.

Getting Serious About Energy Management

This TIP is a little different. it's not a how-to tip, it's a "get you thinking" tip. It's about a technology opportunity that has been a personal interest of mine for a long time: solar energy generation at the home. This stuff has become very interesting lately and worth your time to take a look.

Getting VoIPed on a Home Network

I get most of my ideas for tips from what you don't know much about. In each of my home network courses, I always spend a little time on how to provide VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone service to the customer via the home network. If you'reinstalling home networks, VoIP is a no-brainer. It turns out that most of you don't knowor understand the service and what an advantage it can be for the customer. It isn't something you'll make a lot of money on the hardware or the VoIP service*, so you haveto charge for it as a design service.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!