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Thursday, March 26, 2015

image The increasing need for high-speed support throughout the home is putting installers in the awkward position of having to solve problems often times without support from the companies offering the service. View this story
Posted by Robert Archer on 03/26 at 07:41 AM
Blogs, Networking, Wireless A/V, (2) Comments, Permalink

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

image E-signatures on contracts using software with weak security may be legally valid but could be ruled inadmissible in court. Here's how to protect yourself. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 03/17 at 09:28 AM
Blogs, Business Resources, Legal, (7) Comments, Permalink

Monday, March 16, 2015

image Analyst says low-cost home automation systems like (non-existent) Apple HomeKit and (now-defunct) Revolv will kill Control4 and other pro-installed smart-home providers. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Friday, March 06, 2015

image SecurityMan adds solar power to make dumb surveillance camera look smarter.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 03/06 at 12:47 PM
Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Security, (0) Comments, Permalink

Thursday, March 05, 2015

image Privacy advocate EPIC asks FTC to investigate Samsung for collecting users’ voice commands for its SmartTV speech recognition engine. Complaint is ‘epic overreaction,’ says CEA's Gary Shapiro. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 03/05 at 05:16 PM
News, Blogs, Product News, Displays, TVs, (5) Comments, Permalink

image Integrators are so desperate to hire quality employees that openly encouraging convicted felons to apply is on the table. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 03/05 at 12:17 PM
Blogs, Business Resources, Buying Group, Legal, (2) Comments, Permalink

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

image The custom installation business is projected to grow by 60% over the next several years, but some integrators are 'standing their ground.' If you do not grow, you are losing market share to competitors and not providing opportunities to your employees. View this story
Posted by Steve Firszt on 03/04 at 10:10 AM
Blogs, Business Resources, (0) Comments, Permalink

Monday, March 02, 2015

image A new Parks Associates study shows awareness of smart home installation services is still completely unknown by 80% of U.S. broadband households. The industry needs its own Ice Bucket Challenge moment to break out of obscurity. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 03/02 at 02:00 PM
Blogs, Research, Home Automation and Control, (2) Comments, Permalink

Thursday, February 26, 2015

image The FCC's support of net neutrality helps to ensure that service providers do not discriminate their service preferences to consumers. View this story
Posted by Robert Archer on 02/26 at 02:03 PM
Blogs, Video, Digital Media, Legal, (17) Comments, Permalink

Friday, February 20, 2015

image You can stop sending me links to that video showing Nest Protect smoke detectors driving a Google engineer mad, and the Gizmodo piece about Wink that has the “F” word in the title.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 02/20 at 03:42 PM
News, Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Control Systems, Lighting, Permalink

Thursday, February 12, 2015

image This former installer and current manufacturer's rep from Vivateq is super-excited about Origin Acoustics at ISE 2015.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 02/12 at 02:47 AM
News, Blogs, Videos, Audio, Speakers, Events, ISE, Permalink

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

image The end of the Radio Shack era leaves behind years of consumer electronics memories that include Realistic Solo 4s, walkie-talkies, early cell phones, and the battery card. View this story
Posted by Chuck Schneider on 02/10 at 07:27 AM
Blogs, Slideshow, Audio, Permalink

Monday, February 02, 2015

image Gross margin and markup on equipment are not the same thing. Many integrators are losing money on every project by not calculating it correctly. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 02/02 at 01:11 PM
Blogs, Business Resources, Permalink

Friday, January 30, 2015

image In a hilarious SmartThings home automation thread, husband shares text messages from furious wife; readers share some equally hilarious advice.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 01/30 at 10:33 AM
Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Permalink

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

image Integrators are still leaving way too much money on the table in their network audio system sales based on 3 'deadly' misperceptions that the category is less profitable, more DIY focused and unreliable. View this story
Posted by Curt Hayes on 01/28 at 09:53 AM
Blogs, Business Resources, Audio, Distributed Audio, Distributors, Network, Wireless A/V, Permalink

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