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Thursday, April 23, 2015

image A look at how CI companies could benefit from industry standards to run their businesses.View this story
Posted by Steve Firszt on 04/23 at 09:33 AM
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

image An 8-minute segment on ABC's 'Nightline' takes on a skewed perspective to point out every possible flaw of smart home technology, from hacking to voice control to cost, but never even mentions professional installation option.View this story

Monday, April 06, 2015

image Lack of financial standards, ill-defined career paths and no national installation player will hurt custom installation's growth prospects over the long term. View this story
Posted by Steve Firszt on 04/06 at 08:00 AM
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Friday, April 03, 2015

image The custom electronics industry suffers from the inability to scale. Could an install-it-yourself model work? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 04/03 at 12:03 PM
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Thursday, April 02, 2015

image Unless there is a scalable business model and nationally branded distribution, consumers will continue to flock to low-cost or DIY solutions.View this story
Posted by Steve Firszt on 04/02 at 07:44 AM
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Indy-based CEDIA 'does not support discrimination of any kind.'View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 03/31 at 09:42 AM
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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, 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, 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, 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, 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
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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
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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, 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, Permalink

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