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.

The Potential of Holographic Displays

The future of holography is very promising with the next generation of holographic images that will be startling in their realism. Using these astonishing images, we will see holographic displays expanding into many different technologies.

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.

Professional Installer's Guide to IP Networking, Part I

This is the first in a 4 part series. In this segment we will discuss the basic components of an IP network and the functions of those components in the first segment. In segments 2-4, we will take a closer look at Routers, Switches and Wireless Networking.

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!

Content is Definitely King since Google Changed Search Algorithms

The bottom line is that Google has reduced the importance of links to a site and has promoted the importance of the site's content.

Home Theater Furniture and Mounts by Sanus

As TVs continue to get bigger, and wall-mounting easier, the trend seems to be heading towards wall-mounting. However, with the combinations of AV furniture and mounts that we offer, a consumer could have their TV wall-mounted, but utilize a Cadenza or Trillium piece of furniture to store AV gear beneath.

Beyond The Cable: 4K Sets the Stage for Tomorrow's Entertainment Opportunities

With cable companies losing their grip on the TV set viewing public and the growing use of streaming media solutions for 4K UHD TV sets and content owners the blowback has all but disappeared.

Google Bought Nest to Catch Up in the Contextual O/S Race

The fledgling home automation market is only a qualifying event for Google vs. Apple.

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 Digital Signage Industry and Expo 2014

This year's exhibit floor will have 40 new companies and 38 companies from outside the USA showcasing solutions (some of them for the first time).

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