Backyard Movie Magic with Open Air Cinema

These new inflatable movie screens have theater-quality projection surfaces and are so easy to use it's a no-brainer. They take about 30 seconds to inflate-secure them with the tethers and you're good to go.

Blu-Ray DVD Part 4: To Java or Not to Java

Just as compact disc had conquered the domain of vinyl LP records and VHS had decimated its Betamax competition, Blu-Ray DVD was beginning to make great strides in the home electronics world. Although Blu-Ray has yet to completely replace standard definition DVD's, the format has gone from virtual obscurity to the most sought after home video format since VHS tapes first made their appearance. With the successive release of each new blockbuster movie onto Blu-ray , sales records are repeatedly made and then a few months later shattered.

Case Study: Omni Commercial Controller Powers Full Integration at Penal Institution

For 25 years, Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) has provided innovative, quality home automation products to professionals in the low-voltage market. These products offer security along with luxury and convenience, making HAI's system a good bet for anyone who wants both security and energy management.

Content Insider #144 - The Ancient Art of Computing

Your Hardware Selection Depends on "Their" Ecosystems Today, two things seem to define who you are…your significant other and your computing device. One is ( hopefully ) permanent, the other changing. Hint -- the device is the one that should change more frequently.  You can (and probably do) have several devices.  They don't seem to mind when you prefer one over the other or when another enters your life.  Try that in your personal relationship and it will go over like a lead balloon! We came to that epiphany when our son just had to have one of those new tablets for school and other stuff. "I found a cure for the plague of the 20th century, and now I've lost it! - Dr. Robert Campbell/Sean Connery, Medicine Man (1992) - Cinergi Pictures

Content Insider #146 - Games Get Real

Historically, two "fringe" markets drove technology advances.  One was - and still is - video gaming…if you can't figure out the second, tough! But video gaming isn't video gaming anymore.  Not like it used to be, dominated by hardcore pasty skinned dudes who had more luck with their keyboards than with gals.

Content Insider #147 - Security

If you pay a lot of attention to your online security, you're probably not reading this. If you pay no attention, you're probably ****ed! If you have a normal concern…how bad can it be? Take a minute and go to your favorite sites and search on the subject of online/onphone security.

Content Insider #148 - The iGen Gen X, Gen Y … Creating Havoc for Marketers

We're part of the Baby Boomer Generation--(there are two parts -- 1946 - 1964).   Then, there are the Gen Xers ('65 - '78).   Then Gen Y ('79 - '89).   Now, it's the  iGen (1990 - 2009).

Google TV - Searching for Success

Kurt Scherf studies developments in home networks, residential gateways, digital entertainment services, consumer electronics, and digital home technical support services. Kurt is the sole author or contributing author/analyst to more than 80 research reports and studies produced by Parks Associates since 1998.

Home Security and Interactive Services

Proprietary security panels will give way to IP centric gateways or controllers that run the security alarm manager as one of several or even many applications in the home or business.  

How the iPort is changing the face of Home Systems

No industry or brand has ever grown without extending its reach to more people. iPad is a bridge to a larger market. It is making more people aware of the choice for an automated home and at a fractional price for the interface.  That's important as it opens up more customers to the dealers.

Insider #145 - Content Overload

EMC and IDC recently validated what we all already knew.  We've streaked right past Moore's chip law and entered the brave new world of always on…always in touch…always creating…always accessing…always sharing.

Outdoor Speaker Installation and Performance

The demand for outdoor entertaining has become increasingly popular, and justifiably so because who doesn't want to enjoy their favorite music poolside on a hot summer day? But to truly get the same experience you get in the living room outdoors, it takes a bit more than toting a battery-powered iPod accessory out to the patio for your next cookout. To help you get a better understanding of outdoor audio, we turned to Stephanie Scola, marketing manager at KEF America, for a few tips.

Partnerships Provide Power!

Most audio/video integrators run very lean and have limited bandwidth in which to effectively manage their business… or in the very least, run their business as effectively as they'd like. Partnerships offer many ways to enhance your limited capabilities. This does not mean you have to share ownership and split equity. You can easily benefit from a partnership by simply tag teaming with another business. Learn 10 unique types of partnerships and how each one will help your business grow.

Pre-Wire Your New Home: Chapter 7: Proper Terminations

This is the sixth installment of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning.

Pre-Wire Your New Home: Chapter 8: Things To Avoid

This is the eighth chapter of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning.

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