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Julie Jacobson

Julie Jacobson

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson

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Julie's Latest Posts

SnapAV Acquires West Coast Distributor Custom Plus, Adds 12V to Portfolio

Leading home-technology provider SnapAV acquires Custom Plus Distributing, adding five branches in Pacific Northwest and California, plus a specialty in car electronics.

Julie Jacobson · July 17, 2019

RIP HAI, Home Automation Icon: CE Pro Wouldn’t Exist Without You

How Home Automation Inc. (HAI), now discontinued by Leviton, was responsible for the existence of CE Pro. Plus, photos from HAI and co-founder Jay McLellan in the early days.

Julie Jacobson · July 16, 2019

CEDIA Expo 2019: 5 Wellness Companies You Never Heard of

New wellness-related categories are entering the smart-home channel via CEDIA Expo, showcasing IAQ, water purification, hydrotherapy, HVAC zoning and more.

Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2019

Imagining a Universal Tech-Support Platform for Smart-Home Pros

Can a merger of Control4 and SnapAV, with industry-leading Ihiji and OvrC remote-monitoring platforms, yield a ‘central monitoring station’ model for smart-home pros?

Julie Jacobson · July 02, 2019

How ‘Digital Media Expert’ Shelly Palmer Gets it Wrong on High-Res Audio

2016 CEDIA Expo keynote speaker and ‘King of the CES Tour Guides’ Shelly Palmer says we don’t need high-resolution audio because most people listen to music on earbuds anyway.

Julie Jacobson · June 30, 2019

Sonos Sues Lenbrook for Bluesound and BluOS, Alleging Patent Infringement

After the D&M Denon HEOS patent-infringement lawsuits, Sonos files suit against Lenbrook and its Bluesound and BluOS wireless multiroom audio products and platform.

Julie Jacobson · June 21, 2019

Some of the Best High-End A/V Reps Now Carry … Vivint Smart Home & Security?!

Vivint Smart Home, purveyor of mass-market security and home automation, enlists 10 top custom-install reps for new Authorized Pro program. Here’s why CEDIA-oriented reps are going gaga over Vivint.

Julie Jacobson · June 21, 2019

Midyear Report: SnapAV, Control4, Sonos, Atmos, Tuya Among Top 10 Most-Read Stories on CEPro.com

Top 10 most-read stories for the first half of 2019 relate to SnapAV and Control4 merger, Atmos demos, Sonos prices, Tuya (who?), Crestron Pyng, Wi-Fi as a home-automation standard and other IoT and A/V themes.

Julie Jacobson · June 19, 2019

Biophilia: Nature Sounds vs. White Noise for Productivity and Wellness

Smart-home technologists and commercial integrators should wake up to the sounds of spring water — not white noise — for quelling distractions and improving productivity and well-being.

Julie Jacobson · June 18, 2019

CellBounce Solves Massive 3G/CDMA Sunset Problem for Alarm Industry

Top security and home-automation execs back CellBounce, reportedly the only DIY solution for upgrading 3G/CDMA alarm panels without a truck roll.

Julie Jacobson · June 12, 2019