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EveryZing Makes It Easier to Find Everything: NBC Universal to Use EveryZing to Improve Video & Audio Search & Discovery on Internet Sites

EveryZing Makes It Easier to Find Everything: NBC Universal to Use EveryZing to Improve Video & Audio Search & Discovery on Internet Sites

If you can’t find it, it has no value… that’s the generally accepted wisdom about content whether it’s on the Internet or buried away somewhere in a VOD system being offered on by your pay TV provider. So it’s little wonder that there’s so much energy and investment behind… Continue

Added by Patti A. Reali on May 11, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Linking Up Your Tunes at Home Wirelessly, Courtesy of Linksys

Linking Up Your Tunes at Home Wirelessly, Courtesy of Linksys

When we moved into our suburban Philadelphia stone center-hall Colonial home in 1996 we were delighted that it came with so many bells and whistles: an in-ground sprinkler system, alarm system, work-out room with cable TV hook-up, energy efficient heating/cooling system, finished lower level (fancy talk for… Continue

Added by Patti A. Reali on April 23, 2009 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Feedback Wanted: Whole-House Internet Video, Audio, and Telephony Solutions

There is no doubt that Internet-based services have transformed our worlds of entertainment and commmunications especially in the last 10 years. Many folks have come to rely on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions from providers such as Vonage and cable companies like Comcast. iTunes and digital music have become the mainstream, and new digital audio streamers such as Sonos have grown… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on November 18, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Wireless speakers

Why can’t I use these speakers to play music from my computer?

      I’m sitting in my room at my parent’s house, watching the NBA playoffs on TV. Above my TV, I have 2 fairly large speakers that are hooked up to a relatively old stereo. The idea: convert these 2 unused speakers into wireless speakers that I can use from my computer.

      After doing a little research on wireless speakers I was not impressed. Most of the conversation is focused on surround sound or home…


Added by Brian on May 15, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

CablesToGo Podcast: Simplifying Our Digital Clutter

As a follow up to our coverage of their Wireless VGA Kit , we had a chance today to record a podcast with CablesToGo in which we broadened the conversation to get an overview of their other products for the connected home. As their name suggests, CablesToGo since its founding 24 years ago has focused on all of the… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 11, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Installing a Home Automation System?

Whether you are looking to install a new syste, retrofit or upgrade the electronic systems in your home, the task of installing a home automation system can be daunting. What a dream… manage all your home electronic systems from one device to control the lights, audio, video, security, and thermosat.

Start by assessing your present and future needs and what do you hope to achieve in bulding one unified system.

Here is roadmap for starters…

(1) Choose an “ open system” that… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on June 9, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Simple and Easy with IOGEAR: Video Round-Up Part 6

Sometimes simple and easy is the way to go. While we have discussed some fairly sophisticated and comprehensive Internet TV media streamers and adapters in our recent coverage, it is important to note that there are also some fairly simple plug-and-play options available too.

IOGEAR is one of them. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, IOGEAR offers a range of convergence solutions such as KVM (a way to connect… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 29, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Video Part 7: Cables to Go Wireless USB to VGA Adapter Kit

Not to be outdone in the simplicity category, Cables To Go, a division of Lastar Inc., introduced its Wireless USB to VGA Adapter Kit at CES. Once again, I was impressed by the simplicity of a solution that uses plug-and-play USB technology to send media wirelessly to your TV.

Cables To Go has been a provider of computer, datacomm and audio/video connectivity solutions since its founding in 1984, and… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 30, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Be Like Kirk with Neutrano’s Nutec WristFone (nerdy Star Trek uniform sold separately)

We cover a lot of different product categories at Trender Research, so it is not often we get to talk about a product that covers, well, ALL of them. Or just about. The new Nutec WristFone by Neutrano was launched at the CTIA trade show in Las Vegas yesterday and it puts checkmarks down the list: mobile- check, communications- check, photography- check, audio- yup, video- sure, accessory- yes, the thing can EVEN tell time!

In all… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 1, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Podcast: Roku’s Internet Video Player— It’s Not Just for Netflix Anymore

In our continuing podcast series on Internet video, we spoke with Roku’s Tim Twerdahl, Vice President of Consumer Products. A little over a year ago, Roku’s Netflix Player was spun out of an internal development effort and launched the first version of its Internet Video player in May of 2008. Since then it has become clear that the box, originally named the “Netflix Player by Roku” can be a platform for a range of… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 15, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Internet Video/Audio/Telephony Part One: Problem Statement

OK. Here is the first part of the analysis of the evolving "connected home" market. First task in understanding any new trend is defining the problem statement. I will start with Internet video since that is perhaps the most dynamic of the three.

Internet Video

People like to watch TV. A lot of TV. Ever since the big black and white piece of furniture arrived in the home people were hooked. Families gathered around. To be informed, entertained, made to feel… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on December 9, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

High Tech "Wake and Shake"

iLUV has done it again by bringing out a unique product for those who cringe at the sound of the morning alarm. The iMMM 153 desktop alarm for your iPod has a bed shaker you can tuck under you pillow to shake you out of your slumber along with your favorite music. The alarm has built-in speakers to hear your music with depth and clarity and features a large, easy to read display with a dimmer control. You can listen to the sounds from your IPod,… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 5, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tonium’s Pacemaker Makes You a Digital DJ: Audio Round-Up Part 1

This week we are covering some fun CE topics including audio, digital photography, digital peripherals and accessories, and we will close out on all the delicious new HDTVs coming out this year as well as the larger TV and Internet TV trends we are seeing.

One thing that has been clear for a long time is that digital everything is here to stay. Pretty much every device you had before is being digitized, many times enabling a whole set of… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 4, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Belkin FlyWire and Trender Podcast

Belkin did not have a booth at CES this year but I had a chance to catch up with them today for our first Trender podcast. I chatted with product manager Rob Fleck and PR person Melody Chalaban. I am knee-deep in my research for an upcoming report on home audio/video and wanted a chance to hear from one of the leaders building devices around the new Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) standard for distributing HD content throughout the… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 14, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Control the Power and Costs...

Is working from home costing money? I know bypassing the commute is worthy, but unless you invest in energy saving equipment to meet home office and entertainment needs, the tradeoff is an increase in your home energy bills. Homeowners are now factoring energy efficiency into purchase decisions of consumer electronics in an effort to reduce home energy costs, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) (5/8/09). The study finds homeowners using electronics to reduce… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on May 11, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

CES: Day One First Thoughts

Got into Vegas yesterday for the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show, which is really the biggest one week toy store in the world. My focus for the show is the future of whole house audio/video for an upcoming report (including next-gen HDTVs, various set-top boxes, networking, Internet devices, etc.), but I am also taking a look at the latest in telephony and mobile technologies; technologies geared towards parents/children, handicapped,… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 7, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Did I mention....I LOVE my iphone!

It has become the most valued piece of technology I own. It feels like there isn't anything, except maybe put the kids to bed - that I can't use my iphone for. I depend on it for so many day-to-day needs that I can hardly remember life without it. Most of the time it is looking up information on the web, from how to remove glue from hair to what is a timber rattlesnake. Keeping projects moving forward while I am running errands or away from home has also become invaluable. I recently spent 4+… Continue

Added by Wendy Brown on June 8, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Podcast #2: Active Video Networks Talks Internet TV Strategy

Last week I had a chance to catch up again with Active Video Networks. As you might recall, Active Video Networks is a provider of a lightweight platform for interactive TV and all the cool applications that go with it. I spoke with Ed Forman, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer and Edgar Villalpando, SVP Marketing. Active Video… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 18, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Video Distribution Round-Up Part 2: AppleTV

In previous posts we provided an overview of some of the major players and content options for Internet video, audio, and telephony and helped to define the problem statement. We also started to take a look at the future of home video distribution with our coverage of… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 26, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

CES Home Security/Management Round-Up Part 1: Black & Decker

It happens almost every night. I just get comfy in bed and my wife asks me that dreaded question: "Did you lock up downstairs?" Uggh, time to go traipsing throughout the house, making sure the doors are locked, deadbolts activated.

But thanks to Black & Decker’s new line of motorized electronic deadbolts, that worry is a thing of the past. Not only can you wirelessly control your door's deadbolts from anywhere in the house, you can also make… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 15, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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