Visions for 2009

Despite what a lot of "financial experts" say (weren't they the ones who got us into this position?) things aren't real bad -- yeah they're not real great either. But people in the business/consumer computer/entertainment/communications industry have never been short on optomism or ideas. Looking up from what is near the bottom of the valley it is fairly obvious that it will be a long, hard trek back up to the top of the hill. Some firms won't survive by this time next year. Those that focus on developing a strong consumer centric strategy and lead/listen to the marketplace will be light years ahead of the competition when we enter 2010. What's it going to take? What will the the leaders do? We've got a pretty good idea...hope you agree. We know most have what it takes to survive and prosper!

What Happened To The Smart Home?

Ten years ago, the "smart home" was all the rage. Almost every company in our market had a concept center or display house that showed the functionality of the digital home.

Brand Messaging: Manage your message or someone else will.

Ask any six people in your company the following question: What does our company do? If your employees don't answer consistently, your brand is likely weak and diluted. Identifying key messages and communicating those messages throughout the organization, and then externally, will improve the productivity of your communications and strengthen your brand. When the organization communicates with consistent messages and a unified voice, you will earn trust. Trust is the foundation of a strong brand.

Choice of Storage Media for Portable Multimedia Players

Unlike in the digital audio player market, the fight between NAND flash and hard-disk drive (HDD) on the PMP platform is far from over.

Classic Home Toys Installment #19 The Final CD Format: HDCD

HDCD is capable of higher quality sound reproduction because HDCD encodes the equivalent of 20 bits worth of data in a 16-bit digital audio signal by utilizing custom dithering, audio filters, and some reversible amplitude and gain encoding. Peak Extend, which is a reversible soft limiter and Low Level range Extend which is a reversible gain on low-level signals. There is thus a benefit at the expense of an increase in noise.

Content Insider #111 - Cloud Computing Netbooks, Cloud Computing - Work, Play Without Boundaries

Hammer Repair - Netbooks and cloud computing are great for certain times, certain activities and they will be used by lots of people - young and old - who just want to stay in touch. But when it comes to working with important information/material nothing beats a higher performance, higher capacity, heavier notebook.

Content Insider #112 - The Entertainment Choice TV Viewing Without The TV Set

Our son has it tougher than we did growing up. Oh sure he's got his content wherever, whenever he wants. But we had power. We had juice!

EHExpo Fall 2008 - HomeToys Report

One feature of the show was "Demo Alley". This is a series of rooms with product demonstrations ranging anywhere from remotes to full home theatres. The demo that stood out to me was put on by a group of manufacturers to demonstrate a complete home theater system.

Even The Best Isn't Perfect

Regardless of the fact that you spent a minor (or major) fortune on your home stereo or theater system, it still is possible that a breakdown can happen. Since loudspeakers always manifest the problem regardless of where it actually occurs, many are quick to blame them. Sometimes folks are right - the loudspeaker failed. But often there is a failure elsewhere in the system that is merely being passed on to the speakers.

GPS Mileage Logger

Are you deducting the miles you drive for business? Are you logging them accurately or automatically? If not, you're losing 58.5 cents (IRS rates) per business mile. If you drive a lot for your business, you cannot afford not to deduct your business miles? With the 2008 Business Mileage Deduction of 58.5 cents per mile, and with gas prices at record levels, it's really a no brainer!

HDMI Football

HDMI, like many cutting edge technologies, lives on the hairy edge of functionality. Like THX certification before it, clever marketing and over zealous, under-informed publishing convinced the consumer HDMI was a must have technology, even long before it was of any use to them.

HOME HEARTBEAT®: Peace of Mind through Wireless Home Monitoring

For most people, their home is their most valuable investment. As a result, having the knowledge of what's going in their home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, would be invaluable to many homeowners. In addition, to be able to be immediately notified of a concern in their home would provide further Peace of Mind for any homeowner.

iAM - Serving Your Senses

Introducing iAM© - bringing sophisticated, yet affordable, touchpanel control to your iTunes© library. iAM© enables you to enjoy your media for a whole-house experience, without the need of expensive media servers, iPods© and associated docks, or lugging your PC around with you.

In Prosperous Periods Promote Tactically, In Down Times Promote Strategically

Economists are unanimous that regardless of what governments do it will take time, a lot of time, to rebuild faith in financial institutions and rejuvenate the economy.

Interactive Television: Will advertising be the next wave of success for this much maligned industry

Interest in interactive TV services is growing due to improved infrastructure, real-time two-way communications and feature-rich consumer devices. Advertising is a key focal point, this year, because of its potential to deliver more effective and relevant experiences for consumers and advertisers.

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