Top Must Have Automation Devices

The features to consider before settling on the device include its ability to function without internet connection if this then that (IFTT) and multiple network support.

5 Easy Updates for a Safer and Smarter Home in 2017

With nothing more than a few simple home updates and investments in smart technology, you'll make your home safer, smarter, and more personalized to your needs.

3 Home Audio Myths Totally Debunked

In order to accurately produce a wide variety of wavelengths simultaneously, you need speakers of different sizes.

How Far Should You Sit From Your TV?

We used research from the top video specialists (sources below) and put this together taking into account the variety of screen resolutions that exist.

No Status Quo: Innovation Comes in Large, Small Increments

The key is to learn and grow with each failure; or as Edison said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

5 Tips To Ease The Pain Of Buying A New Television In 2015

The Internet is full of amazing resources to help guide buyers to the best television within a specified budget. Your best bet is to arm yourself with research before heading to the store.

Smarten Up: Win More Home Buyers Through Effective Audio Branding

As a homebuilder, you have an opportunity to convey numerous positive sounding audio messages about your brand - from the quality of your work to the top-quality products that go into your work - throughout your showhome.

Surviving in the Home Automation Market

The home automation and control systems market can be a frightening place. Housing starts, devastated by the recession, are experiencing a tepid recovery. Control equipments' already limited profit margins are being further compromised by direct-to-consumer sales. Independent installers and systems integrators are wary of competition with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and others large players who are moving into home automation.

Smartphone Purchasing … It's for More than Just Coffee

Everyone is so sure that you're going to abandon your billfold/purse and eliminate the need for dirty, evil money that they're standing in line waiting for you.

SSD … More Stuff than You Can Afford to Carry

SSD is ideal when response time (low latency) and performance (IOPs - input/output operations per second) are more important than raw capacity.

The Lowball Audio Video Bid - Are You Really Getting the Best Deal?

"You get what you paid for". We've all heard that phrase, and that is because it is almost always true. Yet sometimes the tempt of the low price, even when our gut is telling us something is fishy, overrides reason and we wind up making a choice we later regret. DSI Entertainment Systems' Josh Christian explains why the cheapest price is rarely the best value.

Bigger, Better Pixels Make Video a Whole New Game

This week's Nvidia GPU Technology Conference gave us yet another peek into why the GPU (Graphic Processor Unit) still matters. Jen-Hsun Huang runs a high tempo aggressive team that is always pushing the envelope and his latest announcement was no exception bringing tears to our son's eyes because he so wanted one of the $1K units but no way! It may be all about gaming power but the pixel processing power took us right back to NAB and how their latest offerings and technology announcements is keeping pace with movie and broadcast producers demands for better quality video content and faster/more comprehensive encoding. And yes you still have to store it all somewhere!!

Content Insider # 217 - Protect Your Own

While it's impossible to avoid the cloud with all the web services that are out there, it's not a place we want to store anything we feel is important or private. Our new home cloud is a 16TB RAID that we hope will be enough storage and backup for a year or so.

2012 will be the year of Home Automation

I know what you're thinking: another "year of X" prediction that has as much chance of coming to fruition as I have of winning the lottery. (I'm still waiting for smell-o-vision.) So, why am I so keen to stake my reputation on this? One reason: the number of entry level systems appearing on the market. We'll be reviewing some of these over coming months, but for now we'll just list some of the major contenders. Mark Anderson is a long-time home theater enthusiast and lives on the bleeding edge of Home Automation. He will be covering everything related to Home Automation and AV. He is also a regular contributor to avystemsmag.com, where he covers commercial AV and automation.Please welcome Mark to the HomeToys team.

Is Windows Media Center Alive?

Windows Media Center is one of the best and most underrated products produced by Microsoft. As a cord-cutter, I use it as my TV guide, DVR and a whole lot more. In the last few months, I've attempted to find three key plug-ins. Not one exists. It seems developers interests lie elsewhere these days. So is this a nail in WMC's coffin. I hope not.

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