JIT Data: It's Not How Much Data You Have, It's Data When You Need It

There are people who refer to the post-storage era; but frankly, I can't figure out what in the heck they're talking about. It can't simply exist … somewhere.

Professional Installer's Guide to IP Networking, Part 3

In this segment we will focus on Ethernet Switches-the backbone of your local network. When selecting a switch or a combination of switches for your network, there are several issues to consider.

Professional Installer's Guide to IP Networking, Part 2

In this article we will focus on Routers, a key element that can make or break your installation.

36 million homes in Europe and North America will be smart by 2017

Berg Insight's definition of a smart home system requires that it has a smartphone app or a web portal as a user interface.

Largest Content Provider in Dubai Closes the Gap Between 4K Content Generation and Distribution

The 4K trends we're seeing are a clear significant push for 4K from the TV manufacturers; we need content for them and everyone else involved in the 4K industry.

An Uncertain Future for Quantum Computing?

Quantum computing is here to shake the existing mechanical, electrical and electronic systems. Modern electronics in particular will not be the same if quantum computing gains acceptance. There're voices of support as well as dissent. In this post, we'll analyze future trends in quantum computing. Keep reading!

Keep Those Components Cool!

Here are a few short white papers to help you avoid problems with overheating components in your home theater installations.

The iDock by iRoom

Whether it's App driven or Big Control, the majority of our customers are controlling automation systems in homes, offices and retail spaces.

The Importance of Field Based Cable Length Measurement for Cable Installers

Quick, accurate determination of cable length and line continuity testing using hand-held cable length instruments brings value to the cable installer, the contractor, and the customer during installation, trouble-shooting and routine maintenance cabling jobs.

New Product Focus

We are often asked to publish more stories about new products so here are a few that came across my desk over the last few weeks.

The HomeToys CES 2014 Tradeshow Report

For well over a decade HomeToys.com has been covering CES and sifting through all the news pages and product announcements to bring you a neatly compiled list of some of the new and interesting products we think are important to the Home Technology and AV Systems industry.

The CES of Everything: Weathering the Battle for Eyeballs, Mindshare, Heart

Buckets Full - Filling every nook and cranny to overflowing, companies large and small helped draw more than 150,000 people to Vegas for the annual "hope to gawd you like me" CES event.

The Xbox One Currently Does Not Support HDMI CEC

There was a lot of chatter on the industry blogs and podcasts right before Microsoft released the Xbox One regarding the support, or lack thereof, for HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC).

It's a Wrap!

The 2014 CES show was attended by 155,000 visitors, who spent $195 million to get a glimpse of what consumers can expect to see on the market.

It's that time of the year for CES

I can only touch on a few of the amazing products that will be featured at CES. There will be over 20,000 new products unveiled at the show. If you plan on attending, you had better have a pair of roller skates.

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