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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

The CE Pro Complaints Choir

What would a CE Pro complaint choir sound like? A new musical genre called Valituskuoro is finding favor among millions of malcontents around the world.  Finnish for “complaints choir,” the term originally was meant to describe situations in which a lot of people kvetch simultaneously.  But some enterprising artists took the term literally, launching a […]

Julie Jacobson · February 14, 2008

Porn Industry Warms Up to Blu-ray

Leading video producer Digital Playground to ship first XXX title in Blu-ray format, after year-long success with HD DVD.

Julie Jacobson · December 20, 2007

Escient Says Vision DVD Server Complies with DVD CCA and DMCA

Ripped DVDs maintain copy protection; cannot leave the Escient network

Julie Jacobson · December 19, 2007

Nortek Companies Embrace Digi5 Home-Grown Cat5 Audio Technology

Elan, Linear, Niles, SpeakerCraft and Xantech to develop multiroom-audio products around their own Cat 5-based Digi5 technology.

Julie Jacobson · October 14, 2007

Planar’s Acquisition of Runco: No End to the Party

Runco is known as much for creating “the world’s finest home theater products” as throwing the world’s greatest parties. The company announced yesterday it would be acquired by Planar Systems, a publicly traded company with considerably less sex appeal.

Julie Jacobson · May 24, 2007

High Definition Doesn’t Scare Porn Stars

Tidbits from the Adult Entertainment Expo, which took place next door to CES 2007.

Julie Jacobson · February 22, 2007

Sculley, Metcalfe Debate Growth of Home Automation

3Com founder Bob Metcalfe thinks energy management might spur automation; former Apple CEO John Sculley says custom installers are the ticket.

Julie Jacobson · February 15, 2007

Lennar Embraces Best Buy, Exceptional Innovation, ConnectedLife.Home

Best Buy is going to sell a packaged solution of Media Center plus home automation by Lifeware. Literally, it’s a package — a box that is shipped to the customer and later installed by Best Buy. We have all the details and plenty of opinions on the matter.

Julie Jacobson · December 25, 2006

Circuit City Firedog Employees Defy Cargo Pants Rule

An exclusive investigation into just what makes up cargo pants.

Julie Jacobson · December 22, 2006

Circuit City Firedog Employees Defy Cargo Pants Rule

An exclusive investigation into just what makes up cargo pants.

Julie Jacobson · December 22, 2006