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Register for Security & Home Automation Trends Webinar: April 1

March 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Free one-hour webinar addresses the latest trends in home control leading up to ISC 2015, hosted by CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson.

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2015 CE Pro Quest for Quality Winners

March 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Based on 8,800+ total votes, CE Pro’s 5th annual Quest for Quality Awards winners exemplify the helping hand given to integrators by the manufacturer/distributor community in their efforts to drive business and innovation.

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Creating ‘Points-Based’ Incentive Program for Technicians

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Surreal Systems in Anaheim, Calif., shares its points-based ‘Achievement & Advancement Program’ that incentivizes installers to boost project profitability and earn more money.

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Creating ‘Points-Based’ Incentive Program for Technicians

Dynamic Range Day’s Shepherd Sees Progress with Mastering Techniques

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Ian Shepherd, founder of Dynamic Range Day, explains why the benefits of high-resolution audio could be lost if engineers continue to dynamically compress recordings.

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The Story of Mint

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

For most people, handing over the login credentials for their financial institutions would be a huge “no no.” Mint seems to defy that notion, offering the everyman the opportunity to improve his finances through consolidating his accounts. Log into Mint and one can view investments, mortgage loans, car loans, profit and loss for the month, and many other useful statistics.

Mint was founded in 2006, and it was always meant to be a free tool for users to track their financial goals. Its first round of funding saw Mint raise over $31 million in venture capital, with one of its earliest investors being Ram Shriram. Some might recognize that name as one of Google’s early investors.

The primary function of Mint is an account tracker. Users cannot initiate transfers using Mint, but they can monitor the state of accounts from over 16,000 separate financial institutions. The company also uses sophisticated behind-the-scenes tools to measure where a user is at financially, and offer some tips to improve. Users with risky credit portfolios, for instance, might see recommendations for new credit cards they qualify for.

Mint also offers a credit tracking service, and was purchased by Intuit in 2009.

Mint has been criticized for its service, and banks have had to respond due to the demand for the service. If Mint databases were ever hacked, critics say, financial information would be leaked for all of its supposed 10 million users. That presents a huge risk. In response, some banks have developed online access codes specifically for Mint users and other online access.


Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Twitter page.

Integrators: It’s The Business, Stupid!

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Barely a word was spoken about technology at recent Azione conference, where the focus was all about making money: ‘The biggest threat to industry is lack of business acumen.’

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8K, UHD-2, HDR Technologies Move Forward

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The electronics industry is doing its part to push next-generation technologies, but its efforts may not be enough if the broadcast market can’t design an end-to-end solution to support these advances.

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Should You Register “.Sucks” Domains?

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Article written by Pierre Zarokian of Reputation Stars.

dot sucks 2At present, companies need to manage public relations as part of their marketing efforts. It’s quite different from how marketing was in the past. Customer feedback had been measured primarily through product evaluation and market testing. Today, customer complaints occur on Facebook, on blogs or in the short messages on Twitter. This is fairly harmless in many cases, but .sucks domain names endanger reputation management, SEO and public relations for any business regardless of size.

Reputation Threats

At the moment, the favored sites customers utilize to release their frustrations include Yelp, PissedConsumer, ScamBook, Complaints.com and ComplaintsBoard. These sites are prominent simply because people can post content anonymously. This creates an opening for individuals to defame whatever brand name for their own gain. These websites usually position highly in Google and other search engines, which means that the issue does not simply vanish by itself.

With .sucks websites, businesses might want to consider whether it is worthwhile to own that Web property or take the chance that their brand name will survive whatever possible disputes may come. There is a short time period approaching where ICANN will let larger companies and superstars invest in their .sucks URL, and accessibility will be available to everyone after that. Still, these organizations have bigger wallets and additional data on managing these types of concerns.

This is quite comparable to the danger that the “.porn” website URL disaster began. Harvard, Microsoft and other significant businesses and professionals instantly registered for their .porn domain because of the possible hazard that leaving the url unclaimed could cause.

Don’t risk your reputation on hope. The suffix “.sucks” is coming, are you going to be proactive about managing your reputation before that happens?


 

Article was written by Pierre Zarokian of Reputation Stars. Check out their website to learn about reputation management services and to read some great articles.

Executive Q&A: Skywalker AV Supply Expands Networking, Security

March 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

CE Pro went one-on-one with Skywalker AV Supply’s Randy Criebaum, who expects to see growth in home automation, networking and security in 2015.

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Executive Q&A: Skywalker AV Supply Expands Networking, Security

Executive Q&A: Skywalker AV Supply Expands Networking, Security

March 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

CE Pro went one-on-one with Skywalker AV Supply’s Randy Criebaum, who expects to see growth in home automation, networking and security in 2015.

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