Apple's iPad tablet PC has become the device of choice for some CE integrators building home-control systems. RS Audio Video Design, for example, recently completed a system in which a Control4 iPad application runs a 4,300-square-foot home in Rhode Island.
Home-control manufacturer Control4 is set to upgrade its systems to ZigBee Pro this summer in a move that will eventually allow its more than 1 million ZigBee-based installed devices to interoperate with a range of third-party offerings. The effort has some industry watchers predicting that the open-source ZigBee protocol will emerge as the long-awaited standard format for home-control applications.
Amazon, Netflix or Apple will probably beat out other consumer-electronics, cable and telecom giants in dominating the digital-video-downloading space, BusinessWeek predicts. All three companies are in the midst of or have announced projects to let viewers download or stream content to their TV sets.
Adobe Systems begins shipping today a new version of its Media Player that allows users to view more TV and film content than earlier iterations. The company's Version 1.1 player also capitalizes on a new deal with Sony Pictures that involves full-length movies such as "Men in Black," "Jerry Maguire" and "Ghostbusters."
The executive vice president of Best Buy's customer operating group recently outlined the five-part plan he hopes will help the electronics retailer double sales to $80 billion over the next five years. The five moneymakers are: steady industry growth; additional stores and boosted product categories; new product categories such as musical instruments; new business models; and international growth.