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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

Thursday, May 08, 2014

image There’s the generic SaaS (software) and targeted ACaaS (access control) and VSaaS (video surveillance), so why not HAaaS (home automation)? We'll see at ton of it at Connections 2014. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 05/08 at 08:02 AM
News, Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Control Systems, (0) Comments, Permalink

Thursday, May 01, 2014

image Initiative needs more artists like Young, with his Pono download service and player, and Weir, with his Artists for Quality and TRI Studios, to help spread message of high-resolution audio and better-quality streaming.View this story
Posted by Arlen Schweiger on 05/01 at 06:36 AM
Blogs, Audio, (4) Comments, Permalink

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Consumers seem to value your products more than your services, balking at labor that costs more than black boxes.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 04/30 at 06:51 AM
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

image Integrators can use Sony's HRA Xscape giveaway to lure customers to high-resolution audio.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 04/24 at 07:15 AM
Blogs, Audio, (0) Comments, Permalink

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

image Richard Glikes, leader of the Azione dealer network, provides 6 great business tips for integrators, but errs in telling dealers to avoid distribution.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 04/22 at 08:15 AM
News, Blogs, Business Resources, Distributors, (10) Comments, Permalink

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