Many Years In The Ad Agency Trenches

Getting good marketing counsel and work product from an ad agency or consultant has a profound effect on the future of your business.

Power Protection and Management

A 'smart grid' implemented with a higher level of automation and a grid architecture that is more robust can offer significantly higher levels of reliability. It is expected that the number of outages can significantly decrease in the future.

Referrals Tips That Generate Business

Most technology companies rely on "Word of Mouth" to generate referrals. The ironic part is that most businesses do not have a referral strategy in place.

Social Media…The Hunted Can Become the Hunter

The world of new media - widgets and social applications - looks like a beautiful marketing communications hunting ground.

The New State of Whole-Home Entertainment

I'm a fairly typical home-entertainment geek with 2 TiVos with Cable boxes attached (these are the primary reason for my desire for whole-home entertainment - I want to watch my recorded shows from anywhere in the home)

Touchscreen Button Dimensions and Spacing

When it comes to touchscreen buttons, size plays an important part in usability.

Panasonics Plasma Crowned King Of HDTVs

Trusted HDGuru Gary Merson says the Panasonic TC-P54V10, a 54-inch plasma 1080p set, is "the new king of HDTVs." The next level up from Panasonic's well received G10 plasma line, the series uses the same NEO PDP panel but adds significant features including three color modes (up from two), user-controlled gray scale setting, 96Hz refresh rate for 24Hz sources and a thinner profile. The set is available now in 50," and 54″ diagonal screen sizes, with the 58″ and  65″ versions due sometime in August. HDGuru has a full in-depth review of why this is the new go to replacement for Pioneer's discontinued Kuro plasma HDTVs line.

$999 1080p Projector Available In August

Vivitek announced that they will be releasing in their new H1080FD projector for only $999. The H1080FD features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 1800 ANSI lumens, 5000:1 contrast ratio and it'll will based on the Texas Instruments' S450 chip / light-engine design with Dark Chip II technology. Other features include two HDMI ports, composite / S-Video / component inputs, an RS-232c control connector and a 12v trigger. The company plans to have the projector ready for purchase sometime in August.

Compact Foldup Barbecue

The new Plek 66 is a folding compact barbecue grill with side shelves, designed for the space conscious homeowner and can be attached to the wall or take small footprint in a garden, porch or balcony. Once folded the barbecue looks like a rather thin rectangular box. Rocal made the most out of this compact design, incorporating a double grill and a large charcoal container. The integrated side shelves provide all the space you need and accommodate anything related to grilling. The bottom drawer holds charcoal and is combined with a storage compartment where you can keep various utensils including meat tongs and shovel for charcoal.

Cityscape Blinds

A simple but cool idea. Elina Aalto's cityscape blinds are perforated black out roller blinds that allow light to seep through the small cut out holes creating an image of a city by night. The cut-outs represent the light in the windows of apartment buildings and office complexes in the city. Source.

Tube Amp With USB And SPDIF Inputs

Neuhaus Laboratorie's T-2 Amplifier has to be one of the first vacuum tube amplifiers with digital inputs. The amplifier has a built in digital-to-analog converter so audio is sent to the amp in pure unaltered digital form from your computer. The DAC is Windows and Mac compatible. The amp outputs 20W x 2 with a frequency response of 10-30KHZ, output impedance of 4ohm-8ohm and harmonic distortion of 1.5%(1KHZ). MSRP is $795.00 and Neuhaus Laboratorie's website has more pictures and video of the unit here .

Cablox Cable Organizers

The Cablox is a 4×4 inch square covered with plastic nodules. Peel the back and stick it to the desk or wall and you can thread cables through and have them kept firmly in place until you need to move them around. Priced at $20 for two but currently only available on this Danish online retailer.

LaCie's LaCinema Rugged HD

LaCie's new LaCinema Rugged HD is a 500GB, USB-powered external hard drive that can also output 1080p video to a TV over HDMI. The LaCie LaCinema Rugged HD hard drive will be available for $349.99 from LaCie's website soon . Additional features include composite and optical A/V connectivity options with supported for MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB, IFO, ISO), MPEG-4 (AVI, XviD), H.264, WMV9, and VC-1 video codecs.

Speaker Block Painted With Fireworks

The AUX Level speaker by Italian brand Outline is a simple minimalist amplified 2.1 speaker designed for mounting below your wall mounted flat screen. 100cm wide but only 16cm tall and 20cm deep and features a 400-watt amp with the subwoofer section covered by two specially designed 5" drivers set in a shared side slat bass reflex design. Available in simple black or for an additional fee you can have artist Roberto Muscinelli give it a one of a kind paint job using fireworks and paint .

Version 1.0 Of VLC Media Player... Finally

The well-regarded open-source VLC media player has finally reached version 1.0.0 - over eight years after its original release. Overall it is the same solid application capable of playing just about anything you throw at it, but also includes improvements in playback control and support for AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, True HD/MLP and Blue-ray Linear PCM. VLC 1.0.0 is available as a compiled program for various Linux distributions, Windows (2000 or later), and Mac OS X (10.5 or later).

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

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!