In-the-Trenches Tradeshow Tactics

Just keep in mind that the Las Vegas Convention Center is filled with exhibitors who recognize opportunity when they see it - and when it sees them. You're in the right place at the right time - so do it up right.

Insider #68 - Web 2.0 - Thunder…Lightning…Rain

Ok, there's a lot of Web 2.0 noise - thunder and lightning. But which locations - photo/video sites, music sites, social sites, podcasts, blogs - will be blessed with an abundance of rain (user and advertiser payments)?

Insider #69 - Shrinking Storage…Keeping Data Safe, Close At Hand

"Distrust and caution are the parents of security," - Benjamin Franklin

Insider #71 - Content Battles…Galadriel Holds Middle Earth

"So I imagine this is just a …ceremonial possession? I mean they don't actually expect me to do any fighting…Do they?" - Pippin, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Insider #72 - Video Gaming

Short Game, Long Game, No Game…Gone in 60 Sec.

Keyless Entry Systems More Than Just a Convenience

He used to fumble for the keys, then use his hands to find the keyhole and spend ages inserting the key, he now only waves a tag in front of the door or the gate and the doors are unlocked.

Mobile TV in Europe: Who Needs a Standard

Operators will rightly choose the technology that presents them with the strongest business case, and this choice will vary from market to market. They cannot (and should not) be expected to forego current savings in exchange for the promise of cheaper equipment further down the road.

NextFest 2006: The Future of Home Toys

Next Fest 2006 was a none-of-a-kind show and the expo is a good example of the shape of home toys to come.

PLC - Web Server

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) with an Ethernet module acts as an HTTP Server (web content provider), which responds to requests from HTTP Clients (web browsers).

Power How-To

Dear Home Theater Sketch Pad Expert, I was wondering if you had any ideas on how I might get a better picture on my plasma flat-panel HDTV. I spent a ton of money on this thing and so far I don't think it looks much better than my old one. I thought I was getting something state-of-the-art, but now I'm not so sure. Please help.

The Digital Home - Something's Gotta Give

"Can I email it to ya when I figure it out?" Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson), Something's Gotta Give (2003)

VoIP FAQ

The following answers to commonly asked questions can help you get started understanding what VoIP is and why it can save you money and add flexibility to your life.

When Size Matters

The huge capacity that was once only offered by magnetic hard drives is now possible for solid-state disks at a price point that can fight head-on in the market.

Why Use an Acoustically Transparent Screen?

With virtually no loss of sound quality, it allows a center channel speaker to be positioned directly behind the screen, the optimal location for full range audio performance.

Wireless Smoke Alarms "The New Generation"

Adding wireless smoke alarms as a new system or adding them to expand upon an already existing interconnected fire alarm system will ensure the highest level of protection available today.

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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!