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The OTHER Big Crestron News at ISE 2016 By Julie Jacobson, February 12 2016 It might seem there were only two stories about Crestron for ISE 2016: the company’s just-announced withdrawal from CEDIA (Expo) 2016, and its rollout of the new PinPoint app for life in the workplace. But if you managed to get past those two dramatic developments, you saw some really useful new applications for home automation. First, let’s get...
Make the Move to Managed Services—But Don’t Rush It By D. Craig MacCormack, February 12 2016 In Part 1 of this series on ConnectWise’s Ultimate Guide to As-a-Service, CI editor-in-chief Tom LeBlanc looked at four ways that model can result in better profitability for your company. In this section, we’ll focus on considerations you’ll need to make to launch the model at your firm. Part 2 of the ConnectWise guide, titled &ldquo...
CE Pro People & Places: Ortner Joins Catalyst Group; TiO Hires Lanza; LifeSafety Appoints Virga By CE Pro Editors, February 12 2016 CE Pro People & Places is a daily feature on CEPro.com. Please submit your “On the Move” news to [email protected] If you are looking for a job, or an employer searching to fill a vacant position, in the custom electronics industry please visit the CE Pro Job Board. Feb. 12, 2016 NuTech Group and Tech Source...
Can You Sell Digital Signage for the Home? By CE Pro Editors, February 12 2016 “My view is there's no bad time to innovate,” Jeff Bezos once said. “You should be doing it when times are good and when times are tough—and you want to be doing it around things that your customers care about.” The Amazon founder and CEO shared those thoughts in the aftermath of CES 2008...
ISE 2016: Metra Home Develops Velox UHD cables, Ethereal Gigabit Accelerator By Jordan O'Brien, February 12 2016 ISE 2016 attendees are seeing new feature upgrades to the Ethereal HDM-GA1 and Velox Cables, alongside a new range of Helios mounts, Metra Home Theater Group has revealed.  One big focus at the show for Metra Home is the HDM-GA1 Gigabit Accelerator, which now supports in-wall cables extending over 55 feet. Installers using the HDM-GA1 will be able to...
KanexPro Switcher Manages HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA Signals By Robert Archer, February 12 2016 The days of people walking out their doors and down to their jobs like some TV sitcom family from yesterday are long gone. These days people travel more than ever, and even when they are not flying somewhere for meetings, they are commuting greater distances.  Helping businesses to manage the diversity of their employees is the Brea, Calif.-based...
PSB’s Barton Develops Dolby Atmos Speakers at NRC By Robert Archer, February 12 2016 Paul Barton, founder and chief designer of PSB Speakers, is one of the most respected professionals in the consumer loudspeaker category. Adding to his list of accomplishments, the Canadian speaker engineer and his company have introduced the Imagine XA Dolby Atmos speaker for Dolby Atmos-enabled home theater applications.  The Dolby Atmos module speakers are designed to instantly transform new...
Totem Acoustic Answers Soundbars with its First Sealed Speaker, KIN Mini Flex, at ISE 2016 By Julie Jacobson, February 12 2016 Taking a slight diversion from its usual array of loudspeakers, Totem Acoustic has introduced the KIN Mini Flex ($395 each), a small speaker with the ultimate flexibility. Showcased at ISE 2016 this week in Amsterdam, it’s the first sealed speaker cabinet from the company, which has been making ported versions for years. Flex can be placed almost anywhere: mounted vertically,...
Product Briefs: QMotion Products are Kid Safe; Amarra TIDAL Software; CEDIA Business Xchange By CE Pro Editors, February 11 2016 So many product news items come across the CE Pro desks, and we don't want to miss them. Neither do our readers. This is the place where we tell you what's now shipping, which reps and distributors picked up what new products, which products are newly compatible, how public companies are faring, and other briefs in custom electronics. ...
CE Pro Video Weekly News: Changing Business Models; ISE Reports By CE Pro Editors, February 11 2016 This week on cepro.com Boston-based custom integrator Joey Kolchinsky of OneVision Resources shares his thoughts on how integrators need to keep evolving.  Kolchinsky is part of the new breed of custom installers that brings a strong IT influence to his company. His commentary this week addresses how integrators can change their business model away from being reliant on...

Dish Launches Powerful, Feature-Laden Hopper 3 4K STB By Robert Archer, February 11 2016 Over the past couple of years no service provider has embraced the custom installation with more purpose than Dish Network. Just prior to the annual CES show in January the company announced its new Hopper 3 and HopperGo products to further aid dealers in providing state-of-the-art entertainment solutions to their clients.   Dish says these next-generation products support the growing dependency...
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Sonos Adds Apple Music, Finds Homes with Music Have More Romance By Robert Archer, February 11 2016 Adding to its already diverse selection of music services, the popular wireless whole-house audio company Sonos has announced it is now offering Apple Music.  The Calif.-based manufacturer says that Sonos system owners can now stream Apple Music, including Beats1, For You, New, Radio and My Music programming to all of their rooms in their homes that contain Sonos...

Wyrestorm Enado Now Compatible with Amazon Echo, and Other Wyrestorm Updates from ISE By Jordan O'Brien, February 11 2016 Wyrestorm is showing off a wide range of new products at the Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam. From new switcher/scalers to software updates to products you already use today, check out stand 5-S110 to see the latest from Wyrestorm. H2 Matrix and Splitter Line Wyrestorm’s latest flagship Class A HDBaseT 4K matrix range will...
The Miracle of HDMI CEC 2.0 Brought to Life by Pulse Eight at ISE 2016 By Julie Jacobson, February 11 2016 Imagine installing an HDMI switcher, connecting up your sources and displays, and using a TV manufacturer’s original remote to operate the entire ecosystem. Just like that. No programming. No IR dongles. No additional hardware. Just a bunch of HDMI cables and connectors. UK-based Pulse Eight offers that very thing, thanks to a mastery of HDMI CEC, the often-derided...
Best Practices for Optimal Network Design in Smart Homes By CE Pro Editors, February 10 2016 It’s not enough to be a network technician or a control systems integrator. As technologists you need to be experts in total system design. High-tech network ecosystems must be carefully configured to not only meet customer needs, but should also be designed for scalability and optimization. This FREE webinar on Wednesday, March 9, at 2 p.m. EST, sponsored by...