Artists, Music, Audiences Change - Labels Find it Tough

Seems like half the shows on TV are about rising musicians/singers.  But ask the MPAA (music folks) and their industry is breathing its last chest rattling breath.

Classic Home Toys #26

Only a couple of years after the adoption of the familiar orange and white icon for RSS feeds, social  networking sites such as Facebook, my Space, and Twitter began to grow in popularity.  In fact, many RSS software sites stopped updating their software around 2007 and although some sites still provide inks to the feed,   RSS is barely ever mentioned anymore.  Some sites still display the icon, but  no longer provide an updated feed.

Content Insider # 172 -- Marketing You Don't Manage

If you went to/read about SXSW (check Wikipedia) you saw that folks were doing everything for word of mouth (WOM) buzz.  They'll do it all the time, every time.  Big secret though?   Those folks don't
have one iota of control over WOM! Nope that belongs to the people we're feeding the messages to.  You know "them."   Problem is they can turn on you in a heartbeat and gawd it ain't pretty.  When that happens it's damage control and you try to save the vital parts...that's when you call the PR folks to blame...not us, them! It can be "managed if you know how to prepare, what to do, when to do it...and you have blind faith!!!!

Content Insider #170 - Usage Trends

If you were one of the fortunate few who got his/her iPad 2 lord it over the other folks who are waiting for ...something else.  Of course they and you also carry around your smartphone, notebook, other mobile devices.  They're too important not to be without...and the information they hold.  Good thing is all that data, content you're creating doesn't make the things weigh any more except when you have to get a few external hard drives to carry it all.  Who knew you just had to have 8-10 four drawer filing cabinets of stuff with you but...you do.  Could put all the content at home but that's getting pretty full.  Could put it in the cloud but that's a little scarey.  All storage people can say is thank you for creating, storing, sharing.

Content Insider #171 -- The Game Is On

We may have worked with Atari for over six years back in the real gaming system days but we never really had a long attention span -- long enough to play the games.  We knew people who slept under their desks and lived on Coke/Twinkies when it was crash n burn to get games out.  Folks still do but now they're talking serious money.  So serious we people buy virtual goods/stuff with real money.  Times have changed but the attraction of games hasn't.  The games are more realistic, more immersive and more valuable.  Serious men, women, boys, girls play them...serious men, women develop them...seriously there's a new breed of casual games !!!!

Digital to Analog Audio Conversion

Computers use a binary counting method that allows them to work with very large numbers - and the size of this number depends on how many bits they have.  In the case of most recordings, 16 bits are used to count.  In the case of the PS DAC, 32 bits are possible.  So all that happens is the analog music signal goes into a digital counting device and the musical energy is converted to numbers - bigger numbers for higher levels and smaller numbers for lower levels of music.

EHX 2011 Tradeshow Report

This year EHX took place from March 17 - 19 in Orlando Florida.  As usual EHX had exhibitors from a broad range of AV companies.  

HomeToys has reached out to companies from across the industry for a peek at some of the new products that will be showcased this year.  Below is a compilation of some great new products that should be an interest to you.

As usual HomeToys.com will be a great place to post your company news and keep up to date.

Home Security System Installation and considerations:

With 20 years in the Consumer Electronics space, David pioneered wireless LAN for home use in partnership with Linksys, rotating storage for portable electronics at Cornice, and is most recently a founder and chief marketing officer of BOCS Inc, the manufacturer of a new whole home A/V distribution system for retrofit applications

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How a Data Driven Process Can Help Streamline a System Integration Company

In today's challenging market, System Integrators have to wear multiple hats more than ever in order to complete projects that meet and exceed their client's expectations.  Many of the phases of a System Integration project tend to overlap and as the lines blur, productivity and profitability can depreciate.

If One Sub is Good, Are Two Better?

My colleagues and friends who have large vaulted-ceiling rooms all run dual subs. Taste plays a role as well. If you like your music or soundtracks really loud and deep, go for two subs. If you have a huge room and you want really loud sound and deep bass, then look at physically larger subwoofers with bigger amplifiers.

Interview - 3D Sound

3D sound is a unique audio technology developed by sonic emotion in Switzerland and sold on an audio chip. 3D sound technology provides consumer audio and home entertainment devices with the ability to create a virtual 3D soundfield in any listening area, immersing listeners in their favourite music, movies and games in previously unheard dimensions.

Interview - Video Mount Industry

Tony Pelura is director of marketing & business development for Video Mount Products (VMP). He is a 13-year industry veteran who started in the electronics industry as a sales rep, moving on to later become president of Maryland-based A/V distributor Centronics, Inc. Pelura received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/Marketing from Salisbury University in Maryland and his Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

Interview - Water and Freeze Damage Prevention System

Stella Szasz is a majority owner of FortrezZ LLC and President of C&S Electronics Inc. both companies located in South East Michigan. Ms. Szasz handles all day to day operations of both FortrezZ and C&S Electronics Inc. including production, operations, customer relations and business management. She attributes her personal and professional success to exceptional customer service skills, as she believes the key to a successful business comes from treating customers with respect and understanding.

Interview - What is ZigBee RF4CE?

Removing the clutter of multiple remote controls scattered around the coffee table is a silent desire of many consumers. But the real driving factor for acceptance of RF4CE is cable TV companies and service providers who want to expand their service into the home. Specifically, the remote control has become the key point of contact with the consumer, so what more can be done with it?

Interview - Wireless Home Automation Devices

As many of your readers probably know, the idea behind technologies like Zigbee and ZWave is to simplify the installation process for users and installers. For our Zigbee systems, devices are automatically recognized by the CUBE controller and can be added or removed in a matter of a few seconds. The Z-Wave products are similarly easy, but can be integrated into ecosystems of products under certified Z-Wave Alliance controllers.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.