Verizon Home Monitoring and Control service is now available

Sigma Designs and manufacturer of Z-Wave wireless technology, announced today that  Verizon Home Monitoring and Control service is now available.The system will enable customers to lock doors remotely; see what's going on at home via networked cameras; and set, adjust and control lights, smart thermostats and appliances -- all by using a smartphone or a computer or through their FiOS TV. The solution is controlled by a gateway device that will eventually enable Internet-based connections from Android or iOS tablets. This service is available to all Verizon broadband customers.  

LG develops world's most energy efficient LCD TV panel

LG Display has developed what it claims is the world's most energy efficient LCD TV panel. The new 47-inch 1080p LCD panel uses a new vertical single side LED backlight technology that helps to consume less electricity while still delivering high levels of brightness. LG claims that although 47-inches in size, its panel uses less electricity than typical panels LCD TV panels 40-inches in size and even normal PC monitors over 20-inches in size. LG explains further that its panel uses only 28W of power. A typical 20-inch PC monitor uses between 30W and 50W. The LCD panel also delivers 400 Nits of brightness suitable for HD TVs through a three-film structure, which helps focus and diffuse light, together with local dimming technology and energy efficient LED bulbs.

Netflix abandons plan for Qwikster DVD service

Netflix is going back to the future. The digital video delivery company said Monday that it is reversing a plan announced only weeks ago to spin off its DVD-by-mail business from its streaming video service. CEO Reed Hastings announced on Sept. 18 that the company's movies-by-mail service would be rebranded as Qwikster and would add video games to its catalog, while the Netflix brand would be dedicated to streaming video. Now Netflix is abandoning that plan. "Instead, U.S. members will continue to use one website, one account and one password for their movie and TV watching enjoyment under the Netflix brand," the company said in a statement. Netflix issued its second mea culpa in as many months, acknowledging the consumer outrage about its Qwikster announcement.

How Steve Jobs changed everything

Jobs didn’t make microchips go faster, he didn’t increase the capacity of hard drives, he didn’t invent optical storage drives, bitmapped graphics, cellular radios, Ethernet, or even the mouse. If Jobs wasn’t around, we’d have had all of these advances anyway—and people like Bill Gates, Andy Grove, Michael Dell, and Larry Page would have turned these technologies into computers, phones, and music players.  If Steve Jobs hadn’t been around, what might that stuff have looked like? To appreciate how Jobs changed what you do every day, you’ve only got to look at how entire industries shifted after Jobs pushed Apple into them. Think of the BlackBerry, the Palm Pilot, the Creative Nomad music player, or MS-DOS. These are all perfectly serviceable technologies, things that got the job done. But none of them was transcendent. None was a dream to use, and most were a pain.

Xbox 360 Rolling Out TV Streaming Platform

Microsoft Oct. 5 said it is launching a repurposed TV streaming platform via Xbox Live that will offer content from more than 50 media companies globally beginning during the fourth quarter. Content holders include Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the United States; BBC in the United Kingdom, Telefónica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy. Xbox Live has more than 35 million registered users globally, including millions who pay an annual membership fee. Usuers spend a combined 2.1 billion hours a month on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft.

Kindle Fire Teardown Shows Tablet A Loss Leader

A breakdown of the components used in Kindle Fire shows Amazon is losing about $10 per tablet sold, lending credence to the view that the e-merchant sees the device not as a profit center but as a conduit for selling subscription media services and physical goods. Analysts at market watcher iSuppli tore down the Kindle Fire and estimated that the total cost of its components is $209.63. Amazon is selling the tablet for $199. The analysts said Amazon will make up for the loss through the additional sales generated by Kindle, particularly sales of physical, high-margin consumer goods. "The real benefit of the Kindle Fire to Amazon will not be in selling hardware or digital content," said iSuppli. "Rather the Kindle Fire, and the content demand it stimulates, will serve to promote sales of the kinds of physical goods that comprise the majority of Amazon's business."

Verizon Expands Home-Monitoring Service Plans

VFTTH Council Conference 2011 - Verizon Communications Inc. is showing off a new home monitoring and control service it will launch on Oct. 11 as part of the FTTH demo home here this week. For $9.95 per month, plus the cost of the equipment, Verizon's broadband subscribers will be able to remotely monitor their homes via video, secure windows and doors, track energy usage, and remotely control lights, temperature, appliances and door locks. The service is initially available to Verizon's FiOS and DSL customers, but it will ultimately be sold on its own and could be a linchpin service in Verizon's larger connected home strategy, launched at CES in January. By rolling out a service that undercuts pricing by major home security firms like ADT, Verizon is staking out new turf -- albeit turf the Comcast Corp. and other cable firms also are exploring.

Control Protocol Design

This document is for developers of hardware devices which are intended for external control by automation systems, specialized control applications, or hardware controllers, via some sort of wired or wireless connection. Any such device must expose a 'control protocol' which defines the form and meaning of commands and information passing between the two involved parties. This document describes how to create a high quality control protocol, and the considerations thereof. The information in this document is intended to improve the quality of automation at the most fundamental level, because automation systems are no better than the extent to which they can reliably and conveniently provide control over the customer's devices, and long experience has shown that far too many devices have substandard control protocols. This document starts out fairly simply and generically, so if you already have some experience in this area, you may wish to skip forward a bit to the more detailed technical sections.

Cooling Large Home Theater Installations

The easiest way to overcome the noise and control issues is to use cooling devices that: are located away from the enclosure, turn slowly, and are controlled by the temperature within the enclosure.

Facebook … The Next Best Thing to Buy, Like

While 93 percent of Facebookers like "Like" buttons at least monthly; the action/commitment means different things to different people.  With some, it's merely a way of social bookmarking so they can quickly find the location again. Companies, brand managers and communications people walk a fine line as they begin to engage more and more with customers and users on a one-to-one basis.  But with more than 800M (and counting) Facebookers out there brands simply have to work harder, do more to be Liked … and stay Liked.

HDMI: Extension, Distribution and Switching via Cat5e/6

Due to the fact that Cat5e/6 is not designed like HDMI cable, additional connectivity hardware is needed to interface between the HDMI equipment and the Cat5e/6 cabling system.  This connectivity hardware comprises three main functions; Distance Extension, 1xN Distribution and Matrix Switching.

Health, Privacy and Security within the Smart Grid

On the surface, a smart grid system sounds like it has great potential from controlling our appliances and saving us money to keeping the world green.  On the other side, we could face security, privacy and health issues.  These concerns need to be addressed before we can feel comfortable with the smart grid.

Home Automation Protocols, Networks and the Smart Grid

We have a long way to go before AV, lighting, HVAC, and appliances come together within a home automation network that will work with smart meters and the utilities' back office system to communicate both ways flawlessly, controlling how and when energy is wisely consumed.  Strides are being made in each area and we will see more systems coming together for the perfect balance of energy consumption and energy savings. 

Home Surround Sound vs Movie Surround Sound

For one thing, it's a heck of a lot cheaper to fill your living room or dedicated basement home theater with top performing surround sound than it is a big movie theater. What's even better, you'll enjoy even greater fidelity and natural surround sound in your home if you get your home surround sound speakers from a dedicated hi-fi speaker manufacturer with a long history of research into loudspeaker design and surround sound setups.

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 4 - Everything Else

This is the last of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater. Here is a link to Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 Well, we are getting close to sitting back and enjoying the movie experience in your own home. Just think how much you will be saving on popcorn by not having to take out a loan to see a movie on a commercial theater screen.

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