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The 5 Biggest Home Tech Stories of 2016

By Jason Griffing | December 5, 2016

With 2016 rapidly coming to a close, it’s time to take stock of what became of the last 12 months in home technology stories. There is a lot to cover here, so let’s dive right in with the five biggest home tech stories of 2016.

Finding the Right Tech Gifts for Your Best Clients

By Todd Anthony Puma | November 29, 2016

It is that time of year again when I rack my brain to figure out what to give some of our best clients and industry partners as holiday gifts. I really like to make our clients feel special. While we try to do that every day with great service, I also like to provide a little “thank you” at the end of the year, as well.

DIRECTV NOW and Sling Cloud DVR Take OTT Further

By Michael Heiss | November 29, 2016

In a world where traditional cable and satellite services compete with apps, services, and “skinny bundles” from a variety of companies, the most interesting thing about yesterday’s announcements about DIRECTV NOW and Sling Cloud DVR is that both came from services that are part of major media purveyors.

My Kaleidescape Behind-the-Scenes Tour

By John Sciacca | November 28, 2016

For years I’ve wanted to visit Kaleidescape’s corporate headquarters, but time and circumstances just never made the visit possible. But during my recent visit to the Bay Area, I made a special trip to Sunnyvale to meet with the team and tour through Kaleidescape’s new offices.

Dear Builders, Why Don’t You Return Our Calls?

By Henry Clifford | November 28, 2016

Dear Local Builder: it’s us, your local home technology professionals, we’ve been growing this year, and 2017 looks poised for even more expansion (thanks in large part to projects we have cranking with your competitors). We’ve been doing some thinking about why you won’t talk to us. A few thoughts came to mind.

Case Study: Two Zones, One AVR

By Todd Anthony Puma | November 23, 2016

This week, my colleague Mark Feinberg had an interesting situation with a client. He got a call from someone whose AVR had blown and needed to be replaced. When Mark showed up for the consult, the system was pretty hacked together.

Dolby Unveils the World’s Ultimate Theater

By John Sciacca | November 22, 2016

On November 17, Dolby Laboratories unveiled Dolby Cinema at 1275, the newest and largest of more than 100 working labs at Dolby’s San Francisco headquarters. I was fortunate enough to attend a Dolby Cinema Master Class at the new lab, followed by the world’s first screening at the newest Dolby Cinema.

Are Consumer-Grade Mesh Wi-Fi Systems a Threat or Opportunity?

By Jason Griffing | November 21, 2016

Had you asked me a year ago to predict the biggest home technology stories of 2016, a number of ideas would have jumped to mind. The emergence of Wi-Fi as a sexy tech product, particularly in the consumer smart home market, would not have been one of them. But, as we enter the dusk of 2016, it’s hard to imagine a category that’s seen more development.

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