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Pitching Your Company in Three Sentences

June 29,2015 —If put on the spot to give a succinct elevator pitch about your company, how well can you do it? I’m talking about trying to impress a poten...More

Is Tomorrowland a Reboot Vehicle for Disney Parks?

The release of the Brad Bird-directed movie Tomorrowland got me to thinking about the amazing power of Disney, and how my family and I like to share our favorite aspects of Disney parks and ideas for ...

IoT Jumps the Shark

I’m still hip to this Internet of Things thang, but last month, for about one week, there was a huge amount of buzz about something called the Amazon Dash Button that I think, ultimately, was a big st...

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Management More Management>

Four Tips for Creating Websites to be Used as Marketing Tools

June 01,2015 —An effective web presence has evolved to become the central crucial element in the process of marketing your tech business. But the truth is...More

Staying in Tune with the Times

Competition is great, especially for the tech industry. Without the perpetual thirst to one-up competitors with better designs, innovation would stagnate.

Temporary Help

If your business is experiencing a sudden uptick and you are not sure that you have the ability to get all the work done, consider hiring an intern of your own. When you do, here are a few pointers to...

Home Theater More Home Theater>

Trust, but Verify Video

April 30,2015 —You need to have a systematic approach to verifying the audio and video performance of your installations–using reliable test vectors and do...More

InterNetworking More InterNetworking>

Apple Watch’s Role in Home Control

June 29,2015 —I’ve had my new black sports band Apple Watch for about three weeks and have now developed some first impressions on what I think its impact...More

Watching Apple

On March 9, Apple announced that it would start shipping its new watch at the end of April with prices starting at $349.

More on the Rachio IRO

While the Rachio IRO product is a great leap forward compared to the smart irrigation residential controllers that are currently on the market there are a few items that I would like to see implemente...

Back to Business More Back to Business>

Is it Time to Rethink the Showroom?

June 09,2015 —I’ve visited dozens of dealerships that had installed a theater and vignettes in years past, and for the most part, their demo facilities we...More

Behind the Business More Behind the Business>

Control4’s Miguel Perez Talks Customer Satisfaction

June 02,2015 —Control4 has been putting in a lot of work lately to improve its dealer and end-user training to deliver the best results possible to its cu...More

Marketing More Marketing>

Maximizing Your Value Proposition

July 08,2015 —After living for too long with substandard wireless connectivity at home I decided to install a commercial-grade wireless system.

Three Formulas to Master Sales

I know that many residential systems integration professionals feel like artists from time to time, but if you want to grow your business effectively, take a stab at practicing these three proven form...

Theater Design More Theater Design>

Designing Professional Screening Rooms for Private Homes

June 22,2015 —Designing private theaters is a great business.

Going Forward More Going Forward>

Florida Home Gets One of Sony’s First Ultra Short Throw 4K Projectors

June 30,2015 —When Randy Rock first contemplated moving full-time with his wife Lydia to their winter residence in Boynton Beach, FL, he faced a tech-love...More

A Faster Smart Host

Savant went to its annual integrators conference Austin, TX, last month to unveil a smaller, single-chassis version of its Smart Host home-automation controller and replace wires for Wi-Fi in an expan...

Beyond the Apple Watch

There has been a lot written about the Apple Watch, but not as much on other announcements made last month by Apple.

Control4 Adds Products, Upgrades OS and App

Control 4 has unveiled its 2.7 smart-home OS and multiple products compatible with it, including a new wireless thermostat, new in-wall and tabletop touchscreens with HD video intercom, and a handheld...


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