Content Insider # 110 - Shrinking Computing

Bright Idea - Just so no one missed the fact that Intel's Craig Barrett was talking about another bright idea that the company's engineering teams had developed the events folks put him in front of a light bulb. It didn't work because we could barely see the itty-bitty device he held in his hand at the opening of IDF this year. Source -- Intel

Content Insider #107 - GPU vs CPU There's a World Between eMail, Games

Work or Play - Everyone expects their monitor to instantly refresh. They demand that the graphics to be lightning fast as well as ultra-realistic. Of course that also needs to be wrapped in a low-cost, environmentally kindly system. When all of this doesn't come together we're a little concerned.

Content Insider #108 - The Perfect Storm

Look At That Stuff - Storage folks made it through last year - just barely - delivering enough capacity that just met everyone's/everything's needs. But man if you look out on the horizon - and beyond - it looks hairy. Even having people working round the clock the content tsunami will just keep boring down on us.

Content Insider #109 - We're All Still Talking, Viewing

Flood of Content - The 2008 Olympics sent a flood of video content to the US and around the globe threatening to drown everything in its path. But the Internet infrastructure was able to support the huge online viewing audience easily.

e-Health Opportunities for Global Service Providers a Parks Associates white paper

An aging population with rising incidence of chronic conditions is a threat to the global healthcare system. Each month, the world's elderly population increases by 795,000. In countries such as Japan, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain, the elderly outnumber the children. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) unfortunately come with age and can lead to deteriorating quality-of-life standards. These chronic diseases are not only major causes of death but also among the most costly to treat and cure.

Find Success with Targeted Online Marketing Campaigns

Whether or not you have a marketing staff, you can still promote your business intelligently, efficiently and cost-effectively. Your goal is to successfully communicate your exact message over all the other clutter in the marketplace.

Getting Serious About Energy Management

This TIP is a little different. it's not a how-to tip, it's a "get you thinking" tip. It's about a technology opportunity that has been a personal interest of mine for a long time: solar energy generation at the home. This stuff has become very interesting lately and worth your time to take a look.

Getting VoIPed on a Home Network

I get most of my ideas for tips from what you don't know much about. In each of my home network courses, I always spend a little time on how to provide VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone service to the customer via the home network. If you'reinstalling home networks, VoIP is a no-brainer. It turns out that most of you don't knowor understand the service and what an advantage it can be for the customer. It isn't something you'll make a lot of money on the hardware or the VoIP service*, so you haveto charge for it as a design service.

Highlights from Cedia Expo 2008

I was a bit worried that I would find an economically battered battle field full of horror stories and spilled blood. I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of optomism, some great success stories and the same old entepeneurial spirit that keeps me enthralled with this industry. Yes, there were a few sad faces and sad stories ... but not nearly as many as I had expected. In fact the general consensus for me was ... business as usual ... in many respects.

HomeToys Interview - ZigBee Smart Energy

ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard, easy and affordable way for communicating energy-related information, such as price, over ZigBee wireless home area networks. It is a global, open standard that facilitates the creation of interoperable energy-related devices from multiple vendors to monitor, control and automate the use of energy.

Integrating Home Theater and Whole Home Audio

In an ideal scenario, integrating a home theater with a multi-room system would be accomplished by a single component; one capable not only of carrying the audio content - as digital or analog - but also equipped to convey system control signals and the metadata that frequently and increasingly accompanies the content.

Interview - CEA Mark of Excellence Awards

The Mark of Excellence Call for Entries is right around the corner and who better to give advice to integrators and manufacturers than one of our long time and accomplished winners, Shawn Smith of S&S Electric Co. Inc. Shawn has been a member of CEA since 2002 and his company has been the winner of several Mark of Excellence Awards. In this exclusive interview, Shawn gives some of his advice on how to submit a great entry and the importance of the Mark of Excellence Awards for home technology installers and manufacturers. You can be sure that when the call for entries opens on October 1, S&S Electric will be submitting yet another competitive entry.

It's Time to Personalize Surround Sound

Most people think that Star Wars (1977) was the first movie shown in movie theaters using surround sound technology. It wasn't. Although Star Wars ushered in the new era of surround sound (despite being named Dolby Stereo), it was Walt Disney that utilized Bell Lab's Fantasound technology in the movie Fantasia (1941).

LG Techorator Tips Fall is the Perfect Time to "Tecorate Your Home"

As the LG Techorator, I know how important it is for your technology to integrate seamlessly into the home and with your lifestyle. With a few easy "techorating" tips, you can make sure your new technology works with the look and feel of your home, rather than overwhelming the space.

New Options for Technicians

In today's perceived slow economy, we hear that individual technicians and owners of installation companies are seeing increased downtime across the board. This issue has technicians looking for new opportunities to increase business and get their days back to fully efficient.

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