Direct Marketing Gets You Noticed

In today's cluttered marketing environment, it can be difficult to effectively deliver your message. By using door hangers as a direct marketing tool, you can differentiate your brand and reach your customer successfully.

Free Agency… Changing the Employer/Employee Relationship

The factory dominated the 19th Century. Everything evolved around it. People spent their lives working for the man. Today less than 15% of the U.S. employees work in production or manufacturing. The 20th Century was dominated by the office. According to the department of labor by the end of last year at least 44% of the employees were gathering, processing, retrieving and analyzing information...in the office.

HDTV Antenna Guide

This primer will help you to choose the correct HDTV Antenna for your particular situation, along with installation tips. Just remember that every situation is different, so there's not a single antenna that will work for everyone, as many variables are involved. Do your homework and research which antenna will work best for your particular situation. Once you have your antenna properly installed and are receiving free over-the-air high-definition television broadcasts, you will feel that it was worth all the time an energy you invested.

Hometoys Interview - 3DTV Technology

David Wertheimer is the CEO and Executive Director of the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (USC). David was previously the president of Paramount Digital Entertainment and has been immersed in producing content, developing new technologies, and managing organizations (ranging from start-ups to divisions within publicly traded companies) for over 15 years. David was appointed in early 2007 to head the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC-USC), bringing his expertise to bear on the technological and sociological implications of providing content to consumers who desire it at any time and any place. Wertheimer was named one of five entertainment executives to watch by USA Today and one of three individuals leading the next generation of convergence by the Hollywood Reporter.

Hometoys Interview - Crestron's Vision for 2010

What is your product focus for 2010? We now live in a digital world and Crestron is focused on transmitting, distributing, controlling and displaying digital HD content in the home. We will continue to integrate popular formats and devices, such as Apple iPod® and iPhone®, and provide intelligent "green" solutions.

HomeToys Interview - Structured Wiring in 2010

Grant W. Sullivan is currently the Marketing Manager for Leviton Mfg. Co. He is a 19-year veteran of marketing residential systems with expertise in structured wiring and home automation technologies. Formally trained in broadcast sales and management, he's shared his marketing skills with Leviton Manufacturing, the Z-Wave Alliance, X10 (USA), and Nintendo.

Pre-Wire Your New Home: Plan For The Future Chapter 3: The Absolute Minimum - and Why

This is the second installment of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning. A new section will be published every few weeks.

Pre-Wire Your New Home: Plan For The Future Chapters 1 And 2

This is the first installment of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning. A new section will be published every few weeks.

RuralHomeSoft™ - Home Management Software

So! You want to: * Use smart weather based irrigation for your gardens and lawn, keep track of water usage and respect municipal watering restrictions * Set up your own weather station for temperature, humidity and rainfall * Log current and forecasted weather from your local online weather station * Monitor your geothermal heat pump or other HVAC system's cycles, performance and power usage * Keep your cold cellar at a constant temperature in the winter * Keep the humidity in your basement constant in the summer, and * Get comprehensive daily email reports

SUCCESSFUL 2010 CES SETS OPTIMISTIC TONE FOR INDUSTRY

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $165 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships.CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.

The Future of "Green" Technology From the CES Showroom Floor, the Consumer Electronics Associati

As consumers become more and more environmentally conscious, the electronics industry is following suit. This year, CES, the world's largest technology tradeshow, will feature groundbreaking technologies to keep consumers informed, entertained and connected, while minimizing impact to the environment. Today's cutting edge electronics products are more energy efficient, easier to recycle and are made with environmentally friendly materials. Jennifer Bemisderfer (BE mis der fer), a senior spokesperson for the Consumer Electronics Association and expert on "green" trends in the consumer electronics category is live from the "Sustainable Planet" exhibit at CES and will share with your viewers some of the hottest eco-friendly items coming out of this year's CES, including tools for energy monitoring and management, solar chargers, mobile phones, TVs, notebook computers and more.

Philip's Living Colors Wallpaper Replacement

Philip's is releasing its second generation Living Colors color changing LED lamp. The latest LivingColors lamp produces 16 million colors through a combination of 7 LEDs—an overall quality of light that's 50% brighter than version one. By using the touch-sensitive color wheel and intuitive remote control, you can increase and decrease the color saturation, brighten or dim the light, and turn on and off the lamp and color loop feature. Also, the remote control will remember the last setting used and automatically returns to that setting when the lamp is turned back on. Because the LivingColors remote is controlled by radio frequency, you can change the color effect from anywhere in the room without pointing the remote directly at the lamp. You can also connect up to six LivingColors lamps to the same remote control. The second generation Living Colors lamp isn't available yet but the first generation lamp and its mini counterpart are available now on Amazon here and here .

Technology & Home Decor Integration Galleries

Each week Unplggd showcase a home or apartment focussing on how the owner integrated the latest home technology creatively with the homes existing decor principles. We have all seen plenty of home theatre tours from inside a 4000 square foot east coast McMansion where the owner has space for a dedicated theatre room but rarely do you find example of how to incorporate a projector inside your 700 foot early modern loft or your newly purchased American Craftsman home. Each Unplggd tour has around a dozen photos mainly focusing on the living and bedroom or wherever else modern technology mixes with home decor.

Simple Wireless Audio Solution From Aperion

The Aperion HAL Send unit transmits high quality uncompressed audio up to 100 feet  – this means you can stream music from your computer, your home theater, your MP3 player or any other audio source to almost any speaker system in your home. The unit has both a USB digital and stereo mini analog input. The basic kit comes with one receiver but you can purchase two additional HAL Receivers so you can stream a single audio source to up to three listening zones. Available at the end of the month for $149.00 with additional recievers costing $70.00.

Intel WiDi HD Wireless Display Technology

At CES last week Intel announced that future Intel Core i5 and i3 laptops will be capable of streaming your desktop to any HDTV wirelessly using Intel's built-in technology WiDi technology . The television requires a small adapter that will either come bundle with the laptop or sold separately. Toshiba new Satellite E205 laptop with be the first to have WiDi and Netgear is currently the only company with an actual retail receiver but according to AnandTech the demo they saw at CES was easy to use and worked surprising well.

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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!