New Apple TV, Roku media streamers race to break one million in sales

Curious timing, no? This morning, Cupertino's PR department has blasted out a blurb stating that the newfangled Apple TV -- which only started shipping three months ago -- is expected to cross the one million mark in sales prior to Christmas Day. The obvious remark is hard to ignore: "That's a lot for a hobby." And yeah, it is. But it probably has more to do with trends in consumer purchasing and a delightfully low $99 price point than anything else, and if you doubt that logic, you should probably have a sit-down with Roku CEO Anthony Wood. The folks at Business Insider did, and Wood confessed that Roku media streamer sales have actually doubled since the introduction of the second-gen Apple TV. As the story goes, Jobs did the whole sector a solid by refocusing consumer attention on the set-top box realm, and with the most basic Roku retailing for just $59, it's pretty clear that the outfit drives a tough bargain. Roku's also expecting to sell its one millionth box by the close of this year, but of course it's had a lot longer than three months to do so. Still, for an up and comer, selling one million of anything (let alone looking at $50 million or more in annual sales) is quite the achievement.

Toshiba Glasses-Free 3D TV Debuts in Japan

Toshiba's groundbreaking glasses-free 3D TV will go on the market in Japan this week, with the product set to go global in the next year, the Wall Street Journal reported. The devices arriving in Japan are 12- and 20 inches, although the version coming available worldwide will be 40 inches. For the 3D effect to work, users must sit within a 40-degree area in front of the TV. The no-glasses 3D TV will be shown at CES, according to IDG News Service.

HUFFINGTON POST CO -FOUNDER AND EDITOR -IN -CHIEF ARIANNA HUFFINGTON FEATURED SPEAKER, ALONG WITH NETFLIX KEYNOTER HASTINGS, AT THE 2011 CES LIT DINNER

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will be a featured speaker at the Leaders in Technology Dinner

HAI Now Shipping Hi -Fi 2 by HAI Multi -Room Audio Systems

HAI announced that the Hi-Fi 2 by HAI multi-room audio system is now available for worldwide distribution.

Cabasse Announces New Integration Series

StJohn Group to Market Five New Models Comprising In-wall / In-ceiling Range with High-performance Features and "Stealth" Magnetic Grilles

INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES INCREASE PRESENCE AND ENHANCE GLOBAL FOCUS AT THE 2011 INTERNATIONAL CES

International Exhibitors Increase By 25 Percent With More Than 1,200 at 2011 CES

FutureDash Unveils GridLock™ Secure Home Energy Monitoring

FutureDash's GreenDash with GridLock™ home energy monitoring software with encrypted security keeps personal energy data secure, private and confidential, so that only the originating homeowner's gateway has the ability to decrypt and display it.

The 10 Apps Every Smart TV Should Have

The popularity of app stores is bleeding over from the smartphone and tablet market and into the living room. Many new TVs come pre-loaded with popular apps to deliver on-demand streaming video, music, and news.There are even a few app stores with free and cheap add ons to download directly to your TV. If you're looking for an upgrade, check out our picks for the apps your TV should have. Click here to see the 10 apps every smart TV should have →

Mobile App Returning to CES

The official International CES mobile app, which was downloaded over 26,000 times during the 2010 event, will return in 2011. Core-apps, LLC will once again appear at the 2011 event. The app, which reached as high as 4th in Apple's App Store download rankings, will be available for Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices as well as on the web. Exhibitors at CES are invited to purchase sponsorships of the app. For a $25,000 Silver Sponsorship, exhibitors can purchase a video, a booth specially colored on the app map, a free banner and landing page and more; only two such sponsorships are still available. Exhibitor banner advertisements are also available for $2,000, while multimedia packages go for $3,000.

Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews

Google TV has just enacted its first programming cancellation. The Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas was meant to be the great coming-out party for Google's new software for televisions, which adds Web video and other computer smarts to TV sets. Although Google already has a deal with Sony for its Internet TVs, other television makers - Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp - were prepared to flaunt their versions of the systems. But Google has asked the TV makers to delay their introductions, according to people familiar with the company's plans, so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception. The late request caught some of the manufacturers off guard. And it illustrates the struggles Google faces as it tries to expand into the tricky, unfamiliar realm of consumer electronics, and drum up broad interest in a Web-based TV product that consumers want. Google has a long history of putting out new products and then revising them on the fly. But in the consumer electronics market, companies place big, well-timed bets - to attract holiday buyers, say, or back-to-school shoppers.

Crestron Awarded GSA Schedule 70 IT Contract

Crestron to Provide AV Control & Automation Solutions to Federal Government

Home Technology Specialists of America Selects ihiji as a New Vendor

The partnership expands ihiji's sales network, while providing HTSA members with full access to invision, ihiji's award-winning real-time remote access monitoring and servicing solution

Increasing online viewership intensifies competition to develop cross -platform video audience measurement system

Parks Associates identifies Nielsen, Kantar Media, TiVo, Arbitron, and Rentrak as firms leading development

GE study: ZigBee is better than WiFi for smart grid home communications

A recent GE study on energy efficiency and wireless communication options for smart grid devices found that ZigBee is at least two times more cost-effective and efficient than Wi-Fi. "To realize the benefits of the smart grid, it is critical that the underlying communications technology consume as little power as possible," said David Najewicz, manager, external technology programs, GE Appliances, and one of the paper's authors. "Because of the widespread use of these communication technologies at the residential level in home area networks and in smart devices, the choice of technologies is critical." GE found the two technologies that best meet the overall performance and cost requirements for home-area network communications are Wi-Fi (802.11/n) and ZigBee (802.15.4). These were evaluated under typical HAN, smart-device conditions and in a configuration representative of future mass-production implementation. On average, the ZigBee system consumed 0.39 watts over a 24-hour period, while the Wi-Fi solution consumed more than twice (2.2 times) as much, a total of 0.87 watts over the same period.

Kramer Introduces RC -63DL 6 -Button Room Controller with Digital Volume Knob & LCD Group Labels

The RC-63DL room controller is an advanced, standalone, wall-mounted room controller that integrates audio, video, and room control into a centralized system.

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Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!