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Thursday, August 07, 2014

image AMX's contribution to Dallas's Parade of Playhouses strikes close to home. Check out these crazy cool homes for little people.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 08/07 at 03:30 PM
Blogs, Home Automation and Control, (0) Comments, Permalink


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

image CE Pro's Julie Jacobson changes her tune: For the 132 million homes in the U.S., smart bulbs will absolutely become a very important factor in lighting controls. View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 08/06 at 08:52 AM
News, Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Lighting, (0) Comments, Permalink


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

image Speculation mounts: Crestron Pyng is a finalist in CEDIA's Manufacturers' Excellence Award, but no one seems to know what it is. Trademark filing gives some clues to the new home automation platform. Update: related patent application.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 08/05 at 10:58 AM
News, Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Events, CEDIA, (17) Comments, Permalink


Thursday, July 31, 2014

image MikroElektronika shows how to wire a light bulb to a microprocessor connected to a voice engine for a very cool science project.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 07/31 at 09:22 AM
News, Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Lighting, (2) Comments, Permalink


Thursday, July 24, 2014

image It’s never easy to re-examine your business processes, expenses and overhead, but doing so will allow you to trim the fat and beef up your bottom line.View this story
Posted by CE Pro Editors on 07/24 at 08:00 AM
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

image Some of these industry T-Shirts have traveled with me to eight homes in three states. It's time to let go.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 07/17 at 08:50 AM
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

image While munching burgers at the Professional Audio Associates (PAA) annual show, an informal poll of integrators reveals their biggest challenges (selling remotes and TVs) and victories (selling Sonos) of 2014 so far. View this story

Thursday, June 19, 2014

image NYC integrator Stereo Exchange has found one way to drum up attention for a showroom event. Its 'Audio in the Nude' evening will feature iconic album covers being painted on naked 'stunning models.' View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 06/19 at 08:17 AM
Blogs, Video, Media Servers, (2) Comments, Permalink


Thursday, June 05, 2014

image If you call a customer one year after an installation, are you frightened they’ll tell you they never use your stinking remote?View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 06/05 at 07:18 AM
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

image It doesn't take a home automation zealot to recognize the rumor mill lead up to Apple's eventual home automation announcement left a lot to be desired. View this story
Posted by Robert Archer on 06/03 at 05:23 AM
Blogs, Home Automation and Control, (9) Comments, Permalink


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

image The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) would have created new federal model building energy codes and offered tax credits for upgrading HVAC equipment, lighting control, water heaters and other devices that connect to the smart grid.View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 05/27 at 01:45 PM
News, Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Lighting, Energy Management, HVAC, Legal, (4) Comments, Permalink


image Harman’s focus on audio in the commercial and home markets is perfect complement to AMX’s video and building/home automation systems. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Thursday, May 22, 2014

With a nod to Steve Martin in "The Jerk", Sprint finally notified me that I need to register my cell phone signal booster. The notifications represent a great sales opportunity for integrators.View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 05/22 at 10:48 AM
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Monday, May 19, 2014

image The friendly, laid-back custom electronics industry built on ponytails and love of technology is getting its first taste of age discrimination and corporate blood-letting for the sake of maximizing profits.View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 05/19 at 06:38 AM
Blogs, Business Resources, Events, CE Pro 100, (6) Comments, Permalink


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

image The expectation that prices must permanently fall on consumer electronics products must end...somehow. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 05/13 at 07:03 AM
Blogs, Displays, TVs, (5) Comments, Permalink



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