2007 Chaos, What/Who Wins in 2008?

This is really going to be the year of storage. Cause you can make, send, grab all the content you want. But if you've got nowhere to store it you are so S******ed!!!! Google, Yahoo and hundreds of "new, fresh" services offer the solution...store it in our cloud! It ain't a cloud folks...it's storage! And it's my content...my stuff! Think your stuff belongs with them? Maybe. We'll see.

CES 2008 - News Report

Hundreds of product announcements from CES 2008.

Challenges in cleaning your new flat-screen TV

Using the wrong cleaning solutions or methods can permanently damage your screen. Here are the reasons why cleaning your screen properly makes a big difference on the picture quality and ultimately the longevity of your viewing investment.

Classic Home Toys #14 - Atari's Next Wave: The Atari 5200

The 5200 console became yet another obsolete home video game system that was obsolete almost from the day it was released. Although a financial failure, the 5200 would earn its rightful place as a classic home toys and find a niche in the annals of video game history. A downturn in the video game market and stiff competition from Coleco and Mattel forced Atari to abandon the 5200 in the hopes of achieving success with a new line of game systems.

Consumer Technology: Key Trends and Outlook for 2008

The Parks Associates analyst team has consolidated its insights on some of the next significant areas to watch within the digital lifestyles space. This paper examines some of the latest developments and activity across a wide array of products, services, and categories. Many of our research efforts in 2008 - both industry reports and primary consumer research - will be focused on these areas.

Content Insider #93 - Mobile Technology -- Everything You Want But a Reliable 3-Min Call

Like your cell service? Want to try a new one? Not much choice right now as you jump from one walled garden to the next. But there are signs on the horizon that things will be improve and we can do what the ROW does...pick & choose your phone based on features YOU like...pick & choose your service provider based on features like...performance/price. Gee what a revolutionary concept.

Content Insider #94 - Creating, Storing Information, Memories Is Easy…Finding It? Dam!

Who's worried about the writers' guild strike? There's more out there than you can shake a stick at...darned stuff is everywhere ! Music...there! Video...there! Movies...there!!! School/market research...there! We know you grab it all. Big problem? Finding the D*** stuff after you've got it -- even your own stuff !!! We need software that keeps track of it all. Then we'll quit making copies...duplicates...copies of copies...

Home Connectivity and Green Energy

Renewable energy will be a significant component of our future energy picture -- distributed generation from PVs to wind turbines and storage systems for electricity and cooling. These systems will increasingly be installed in our homes, together with smart electricity meters. While these can provide useful functions on their own, their true potential will only be realized when all of these devices are connected with each other along with other devices and appliances such as white goods and lifestyle, security and entertainment systems

HomePlug Command & Control (HPCC): A Green Energy Enabler

In simple terms, HPCC creates a command and control network in the home using the existing power lines as a means of communication (PLC). This not only offers the advantages discussed here to utility providers but also allows consumers the ability to control their home, remotely. HPCC's energy efficient applications, such as networking thermostats in homes and demand control, remote management of high power appliances, etc. ensure a more environmentally friendly future. HPCC also provides a consumer the option to allow the utility companies a measure of control to lower your thermostat for you. The result is a more efficient use of resources as well as consumer friendly incentives such as low tariff periods, competitive pricing, more accurate billing, etc.

How to Get Your WiFi Signal Where You Want It

Keep the WAP as centered as possible in the living spaces where remote/portable devices will be located. Keep the antennas vertical! You want the signal to spread horizontally. Also, mount the WAP above eye level. There is just less stuff higher up to absorb the RF. If you put the WAP down low, the signal has to pass through furniture, people, dogs, etc. Keep it away from AC ductwork. This means not mounting it too high.

How to use lighting to increase the value of an HT system

With the addition of some accessory lighting, you can improve the picture quality, see your equipment without turning on annoying room lights and enjoy your system more. In fact, it might look so good you will submit it to the next CEDIA contest and take first place! We've all seen the addition of soft, reflective lighting behind the TV, but why? Beyond the cool effect, is some visual science that says ambient light improves viewing by reducing contrast and eyestrain. Studies show that ambient light helped reduce difficulty in focusing and eye strain. A small amount of soft room lighting, ideally splashed on the wall behind/around the video screen, also goes a long way to improving the picture quality.

Integrating the Old with the New

"Absolutely not." Those were the first words my husband, Blake, uttered when I showed him my "find"; a two-story, ninety-eight year-old house in Sanders Beach. "But Honey, look," I coaxed. "It has the original wainscoting, and check out the columns and the coffered ceilings!" Blake shook his head and pointed at the kitchen cabinets, which, along with the "Harvest Gold" stove, dated from the MacArthur era. Then he turned my attention to a large section of the ceiling that had rotted away to dust. I waved off his concerns. "We can fix all this. Just think how beautiful it could be."

ISE 2008 News Report

Hundreds of product announcements from the Integrated Systems Europe tradeshow.

KEF Five-Two Series Home Theater Speakers

I fired up one of my favorite CD's (which I have listened to hundreds of times). These speakers took the music to another level altogether. I was blown away at how they added an unbelievable depth of sound. I expected a slight tinniness at a high volume but there was nothing of the sort to be heard. All in all I would definitely recommend these speakers to those of you like me who feel intimidated by most speaker technology out there. With these you get all the sound of a complete surround sound system in two very attractive towers. And setup is a breeze.

Moving Beyond the Cineplex: Impactful Home Theater through Tactile Technology

Tactile technology promises to deliver personalised, realistic impact through aesthetically pleasing (hidden) design, and straightforward integration without jeopardising our family's hearing. When choosing between types of tactile device, customers should select products based on discerning need-to-performance analysis. Frequency range, flatness of frequency response and efficiency are all important considerations. Other factors include uniformity of motion, power requirements, gain and level control, interoperability with control systems, and cost.

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