People, Work, Play and Content Are On the Move

Increasingly, people are bringing in their own devices - notebooks, smartphones, and tablets to work.  As more business apps are available, the tablet will be used for even more "office activities" … yeah, right! The challenge for IT people will be ensuring that they have adequate security in place, which is still  an issue with the iPhone your boss told them to support.  IT managers are quoting Count De Monet, "It is said that the people are revolting." When the pain level drops, IT will add business/enterprise applications for the tablets.  Don't worry, you'll still leave the office with your notebook, smartphone, tablet…knowledge warriors have to be prepared for anything.

Project Showcase - Come Fly with Crestron

Crestron DigitalMedia 8GTM Provides Ultimate Entertainment Experience at Virgin Airlines Lounge in Heathrow Airport. The DigitalMedia system, complete with the latest 8G technology, required each display device to have a dedicated cable to supply HD video, device control and Ethernet. This presented some logistical challenges as within Clubhouse there are no access hatches in the ceiling - a feature designed to preserve the sleek, seamless look of the interior.  Avensys ran all the cabling around the perimeter of the area where some ceiling grids were removable, while other cables ran under the floor.

Protecting Projectors from Vibration Sources

As most causes of vibration are equipment such as an HVAC Unit attached to a Building's Steel Framework, installing the Projector on the same Steelwork results in vibrations between 0-30,000 Hertz being transmitted directly to the Projector. The solution for an Installer in these cases is to eliminate these unwanted effects by attacking the problem at the Projector. The absorbing grommets used in the Nigel B Design's Mounts absorb these vibrations by lowering the frequency levels below the excitation or disturbing influences that occur and in combination with the Isolation Mounting Elements, result in a cure.

Review - Square Connect SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App

The SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App is an excellent solution for turning your Apple iOS device into a universal remote control that is better than most Logitech Harmony remotes and rivals the capabilities of a Philips Pronto. Now that other z-wave options like the Logitech Harmony 890, the Monster Central remotes and the UEI Nevo have all been discontinued the SQ Remote is an excellent way to protect the investment you've made into home automation - or get started at an affordable price. Don't forget that this review covers the home automation capabilities of the Square Connect SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App but if you want to learn more about the A/V control capability and the SQ Remote itself please click here to read Remote Shoppe's first review .

Tellywood Works to Reach You Any, Every Way They Can

NAB is still sorta about TV and movies...but with a difference. The difference is huge.   They're trying to figure out how to hook you up with their content, stuff, rather than letting the other guy suck you in.  So they're playing all the angles smartphone, tablet, notebook.  Heck even the TV and theater. Seems as though you've given up work, exercise, just about everything to watch content anytime, anywhere, anyhow. They haven't figured out exactly how to make money on it all yet but they do like what Netflix has done over the past year.  Maybe they'll try their own channels of distribution shortly...maybe. " You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up ." - Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), Sunset Blvd., Paramount (1950)

The iPad® as a Dedicated Controller:

The iPad's true potential as a controller lies in accessing home systems when away from the house. With a WiFi connection and an app from the control system manufacturer, users can check in on their security systems, turn the lights off if they left them on, or adjust the temperature before they get home from work, all from pretty much anywhere in the world. This provides an amazing added value and convenience to any control system, while providing the "wow" factor that consumers are looking for.

Vizio's Vudu Button Highlights Race to the Remote Control

Consumer electronics manufacturer Vizio is adding a Vudu button to remote controls for its connected TVs and Blu-ray players, adding one-click access to the video-on-demand service. The button provides easier navigation to an increasingly popular streaming service, but it also highlights the struggle video publishers face when they want to reach viewers on connected devices and differentiate their services in a rapidly growing ecosystem of TV apps. Nearly a dozen new Vizio models will come with a remote control that features the Vudu button. Like the Netflix button announced earlier this year, clicking on the Vudu button will instantly launch the video streaming service. That will give users instant access to more than 20,000 titles for rental or purchase from the Vudu store.

SAVANT'S ANTITRUST CASE AGAINST CRESTRON PROGRESSES FORWARD AFTER FAVORABLE RULING

In a ruling on Thursday, May 19, 2011, Judge Edward F. Harrington of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied a Motion to Dismiss by Crestron Electronics, Inc. in a suit filed by Savant Systems LLC charging Crestron with violations of the antitrust laws and with other claims of unfair competitive practices. Among other charges, Savant asserts that Crestron has unlawfully coerced and/or induced dealers to refrain from carrying Savant's products. This is the second time that Crestron has attempted to dismiss Savant's suit and the second time that the court has refused to do so. In the May 19 order, Judge Harrington noted that Crestron's arguments for dismissal of the complaint were "without merit". Crestron will now be required to file a substantive response to Savant's complaint and the case will then proceed to formal discovery.

Legrand to Acquire Middle Atlantic Products

The completion of the transaction is anticipated for mid-June and is subject to the satisfaction of certain requirements, including regulatory approval. Prior to closing, Legrand and Middle Atlantic will continue to operate as separate, independent companies. The acquisition will help Legrand to fulfill one of its key objectives to establish a leadership position in the fast growing markets for AV infrastructure products, systems, and solutions, according to the company. Middle Atlantic has a sales relationship with more than 3,500 integrators in the U.S. and Canada. Once this transaction is completed, Middle Atlantic will offer an expanded product lineup, access to enhanced specification services and tools, and more complete AV infrastructure solutions. The combined offerings of the firms would include more than 5,000 AV products and services. After closing, Middle Atlantic would operate as an independent business within Legrand. Mike Baker, president of Middle Atlantic Products, would lead a new, fifth division - commercial AV - for Legrand in North America.

Boxee Box survey floats the possibility of premium channels, PPV sports

If you're wondering in which direction the developers over at Boxee may be thinking about heading you can consider the questions in the latest survey mailed out to users. The second round of questions gauges the interest people may have in subscribing to premium channels over the internet, like HBO or Showtime and how much they would be willing to pay, with another question focusing on the possibility of pay-per-view football games. Of course, actually negotiating for access to premium channels (HBO Go works through the browser after the v1.1 update) or anything NFL Sunday Ticket-related is a more complicated issue, but it is a possibility. Previous polls checked the temperature on features we've seen added like Netflix or a $199 price tag for the Boxee Box, and things that haven't shown up so far like CableCARD / OTA support or a version for videogame consoles. Get your opinion counted at the source link and yes, there is a write in portion for you to request updates for the PC version.

Elan Expands Controller Options For IP Control Systems

Elan will expand the selection of controllers for its g! System series of home-control systems with the June shipment of a 10-inch in-wall color LCD Touchscreen. Elan's $2,200-suggested TS10 controls home systems connected to the company's g! series of IP-based home-control systems.The $2,200-suggested TS10 will join 7- and 4-inch touchscreens, the HR2 handheld remote, g! control apps for Apple's handheld devices, and user interfaces appearing on PCs and TVs. All deliver a standardized interface. The controllers work with Elan's $3,000 HC12, $2,400 HC8, $1,950 HC6, and $1,100 HC4 IP-based home-control systems to control security, climate, lighting, entertainment, irrigation, and other home systems. They also manage music, photos, and stored security-camera video. The 16:9 widescreen TS10 features composite video for viewing TV sources or security cameras, backlit hard buttons for frequently used functions, built-in speaker and microphone for messaging, non-volatile flash memory, and a screen saver mode that displays photo. It is available in white, almond, light almond, ivory, and black.

Will Standalone Streaming Media Players Continue?

Providing further evidence that consumers are moving toward streaming content is a new study by In-Stat that finds shipments of streaming media players to reach 3.6 million worldwide in 2011. However, the firm notes that streaming appears to be following a direction whereby it is a function within a more common consumer electronics products versus being a central function of the device. In-Stat, thus, is quick to warn that the road ahead for standaone streaming players will be "bumpy." Consider devices like the Sony PlayStation 3, which can serve as a video game console, Blu-ray player, and streaming devices for services like Netflix. With the increasing availability of Internet-connected TV sets and hybrid set top boxes, this will also impact the long-term viability of the streaming media player market. Nevertheless, Apple TV, a product developed solely for streaming, remains the leading product on the market.

LG Display, Samsung see depressed LCD market turning

Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Display, the world's top two flat-screen makers, expect the depressed LCD market to start rebounding as demand rises in China and new TV models are rolled out. Global LCD makers are hoping China, widely expected to become the world's biggest TV market this year, pulls the sagging flat-screen industry out of a year-long downcycle when oversupply pushed prices lower. European demand is faltering due to the region's debt crisis and U.S. consumers are showing little sign of significantly boosting their spending on big ticket items. After falling by one third over the past one year, TV panel prices are finally showing signs of bottoming out. Prices of 40-42 inch panels have edged up 1 percent since late April, industry data shows. In interviews with Reuters this week, Choi of LG Display and the head of Samsung's LCD business sounded upbeat on the outlook for an industry that posted widespread losses in the first quarter. Both companies control around one quarter of the flat panel market, although Samsung has a marginal advantage in revenue terms.

Report: Netflix Largest Single Source of Web Traffic

The streaming beast that is Netflix just got bigger. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based service now represents nearly 30% of peak down streaming traffic in North America, according to a new report from Sandvine. The Ontario, Canada-based online traffic management service said Netflix accounts for 29.7% of peak traffic, compared with 21% last fall. Noteworthy is that Netflix also bests file-sharing website BitTorrent (10.37%) and YouTube (9.85%). Social networking site Facebook generated 1.91% of peak downstream traffic, while Hulu generated 1.09%. Sandvine found that "real-time entertainment," which includes video and radio streams, accounts for 49.2% of peak traffic, followed by file-sharing (18.8%) and Web browsing (16.6%), among others. The report forecasts that the real-time entertainment category will represent 55% to 60% of peak aggregate traffic by the end of 2011.

Dish, NCR Spar Over Blockbuster Brand for Rental Kiosks

Dish Network Corp., the U.S. satellite-TV provider that acquired Blockbuster Inc. last month, told NCR Corp. that its contract to license the Blockbuster name on movie-rental kiosks is invalid. Dish rejected the contract as part of Blockbuster's court- ordered bankruptcy proceedings and sent NCR a termination letter, expressing its intent on ending the pact, NCR spokesman Jeff Dudash said. NCR disagrees with Dish's conclusion that the contract is void, and plans to continue to brand its movie kiosks with the Blockbuster Express name, Dudash said. "There will be legal proceedings to address this that will come up at the end of the month," Dudash said. No lawsuits have been filed yet by either company. NCR builds kiosks, often placed in grocery and convenience stores, that allow customers to rent and drop off movies. The company pays Blockbuster for the use of its brand and collects all revenue from rentals. NCR says the Blockbuster Express name, design and related trademarks are held by a trust that wasn't part of Blockbuster's bankruptcy filing. Duluth, Georgia-based NCR has branded more than 9,000 kiosks with the Blockbuster name, Dudash said. If Dish successfully voids the contract, the Englewood, Colorado-based company will decide whether it wants to own the kiosk business, renegotiate deal terms with NCR or find another company that makes kiosks to license the name.

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