Can your smart home be used against you in court?

Brian Heater for TechCrunch:  On a November, 2015 morning in Bentonville, Arkansas, first responders discovered a corpse floating in a hot tub. The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. He’d gone to bed at 1 AM, while Collins and another friend stayed up drinking. This past December, The Information reported that authorities had subpoenaed Amazon over the case. The police were considering Bates a suspect in what they suspected was a murder after signs of a struggle were found at the scene. They hoped his Echo might hold some insights into what happened the night before. Amazon initially pushed back against the request, citing First Amendment protections, but ultimately conceded when Bates agreed to allow the information to be handed over to police. While Amazon’s fight has been rendered moot, this case lays groundwork for some tough and important conversations to come, raising a slew of fascinating questions around the technologies.   Cont'd...

Sound Advancement in Mobile Devices

When it comes to music we care a great deal more about sound quality than mobile phone manufacturers do, but with the advent of Hi-Res Audio (HRA), which is now on the cusp of taking the mobile world by storm, we are hearing audio capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from high quality music sources.

Quantum Dots will Power Display Products to the Next Level

Quantum dot technology is now fueling a range of LCD displays, offering a WCG that can be larger than that offered by OLED displays and other LCD technologies. When coupled with HDR, quantum dot displays offer some of the best picture performance on the market.

Visual Resolution of Display Screens

The paper explains and illustrates the meaning of luminance modulation of visual display screens as basis for the perception of presented visual information and as basis for objective visual performance evaluation and rating of display screens.

A Jedi's Guide to Audio Signal Flow & A/V Receiver Setup.

In this article we will go over each individual section of your receiver. We'll keep it simple and break down one fragment at a time. We'll also discuss some of the highlights and why you might consider using a particular input or output.

Share Audio With The Dante Audio Protocol

In summary, you can route audio independently between software applications and/or hardware devices on or connected to your computer; and you can share your audio with other users and devices on the Dante network.

Your Guide To Immersive Sound: Atmos, Auro-3D, And DTS:X

Immersive sound takes the traditional multi-channel surround experience to a whole new level by using height or presence channels (speakers mounted high on walls or a ceiling) to create a dome of sound.

The Status of Wide Color Gamut UHDTVs

Wide color gamut TVs are capable of producing colors that are outside of the Rec. 709 standard. In the TV market, this is generally meant to apply to TVs that have a color gamut capability that includes the 709 standard as well as additional colors outside of this standard.

CES 2016 - Autonomous Cars Set To Dominate

BY DAVID GILBERT For International Business Times:   As cars become less about horsepower and torque and more about the technology inside, CES has become one of the most important showcases of the year for auto manufacturers. It's a sea change in how cars are built and marketed, with technology now the core, rather than an added feature. Connected, autonomous and electric vehicles will all be on display at CES 2016, with some of the world’s most talk-about companies in the field looking to make a major impact. First up will be Faraday Future, the secretive startup based in Los Angeles and backed by a Chinese billionaire. It is set to unveil its first ever concept design on Jan. 4, and while all the company has said so far is that it will be an electric vehicle, it is widely believed to feature autonomous capabilities. While Faraday Future is a relative unknown, one of the world’s biggest automotive companies, Ford, will also be at CES announcing news about the autonomous car it has been testing internally for several years. Among the announcements expected is apartnership with Google to build some of Google’s fleet of self-driving cars.   Cont'd...

The LEOPARD Project

An ideal loudspeaker would reproduce sound which a listener would find indistinguishable from that coming directly from a sound source.

Three Hometoys Related Kickstarters

SPIN remote - The Simplest, most Stylish remote ever / TOG: The Ultra-Small Bluetooth Enabled Button / iCamPRO FHD

Bluetooth and ZigBee: A new standards war brewing?

Just like there are WiFi/Bluetooth combo products today, capable of "talking" both WiFi and Bluetooth, there will be devices in the future that can "talk" both ZigBee and Bluetooth. Trying to pit one technology against the other does not do right to either of them, creates a standards war, and stalls the market.

The Pros, Cons of Software vs. Hardware RAID

With today's vastly improved, more powerful CPUs, the performance differences between hardware and software RAID options have been virtually eliminated.

Islands of Things (IoT)

Today's IoT reality is that we've got an enormous and rapidly growing number of Things being connected to the Internet, but very few of them talk to each other.

Broadband Internet to Fuel Connected Home Applications

Improving bandwidth throughputs will combine with home networking and monitoring offerings and usher in new connected home applications.

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