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Nexia Brings Echo-Based Voice Control to Home Automation

Voice Command is ‘One of the Great Technological Breakthroughs’

Nexia logoNexia, a division of monster company Ingersoll Rand and supplier of smart home products and solutions, announced this week that Nexia-certified products will now be able to be controlled with simple voice commands through Amazon’s Echo. Clearly joining the new wave of companies who believe voice-command is the “next big thing” in home automation, Nexia is moving quickly to embrace voice control.

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Russound to Get Serious about Commercial at CEDIA

Company Will Premiere a New 70-Volt Line of Commercial Products

RussoundLogoThey’ve been hinting about it for months, now Russound makes it official, they will launch an all-new line of 70-volt products targeted for the light commercial market at the upcoming CEDIA Expo in Dallas in September. Although the company had no specific model/feature information for the press at this time, the news is noteworthy nonetheless as the company is clearly expanding into more commercial-appropriate products this year.

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LCD Kingpin Sharp, Under New Management, Pursues OLED

Sharp to Cut Another 7,000 Employees

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Big changes are coming to Sharp, Corp. in the wake of their acquisition by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co – better known as Foxconn. News out of Japan notes that the deal between Sharp and Foxconn officially closes at the end of this month. According to both parties, the acquisition is proceeding smoothly and is fully expected to close on time.

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CEDIA Seeks Participation in 2016 Size & Scope Survey

Participants Get a Chance to Win a $500 Gift Card

cedia logoThe Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) announced today that its Size and Scope Survey is now open for participation by residential systems installation pros. This survey, one of the largest the trade association conducts every year, collects data from participants to provide market level information that is then made available to members to assist them in planning their business.

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Samsung’s Head is in the Clouds; Acquires Joyent

With Samsung’s Backing, Joyent is Poised to Become Major ‘Cloud’ Player

Samsung logoSamsung announced late Wednesday that it has acquired Joyent, a relatively new start-up company that offers cloud computing services, according to a report by Recode. The specifics of the deal were not disclosed, but Joyent management has said it will be joining the Samsung management team.

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Azione Unlimited Sets Fall Member Conference

Event to be Called ‘Veridic Vistas’

Azione Veridic Vistas logoAzione Unlimited announced on Wednesday that it will hold its 2016 Fall Conference at the Monte Carlo Resort in Las Vegas, NV, from October 18-20. The event, called “Veridic Vistas,” will include a full agenda guiding the three-day conference.

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Control4 Rolls Out New ‘Smart Skills’ Training

Control4 logoControl4 Corporation announced Wednesday that they are rolling out an interesting new augmentation to their overall training efforts – short e-learning modules called Smart Skills. Smart Skills are short videos made available to certified Control4 dealers that offer focused training on one specific topic.

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InfoComm 2016 Said to Break All Records, Again

InfoComm 2016 OpeningInfoComm 2016 is the commercial AV technology industry trade event that just wrapped up last Friday, June 10, after an apparently very successful week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to the organization, the event set all-new records for: number of exhibitors, exhibit space sold, training class enrollees, and number of attendees.

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Control4 Names New SVP of Worldwide Sales

Bryce Judd Joins Company from Division of Nokia

Control4 logoControl4 Corporation announced yesterday that it has appointed Bryce Judd as its new Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Judd assumes the role vacated by Jim Arnold who is said to be retiring after serving in the same position since 2007. The company says that Arnold will stay on through the end of the year on an “advisory basis.”

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Department of Justice Says It Will Not Charge Nortek in Bribery Scandal

SEC Forces Nortek to Forfeit Profits Resulting from the Bribe

Nortek LogoThe Department of Justice (D.O.J.) has notified Nortek, Inc. that it has closed its investigation into a corporate bribery scandal involving the company’s operations in China and will take no further actions, according to a report by Reuters. Nortek, parent company of Core Brands – a holding company of several custom integration brands – had revealed the existence an internal investigation into the matter by the company to investors several quarters ago. At the same time, Nortek reported the matter to the authorities, noting that they would fully cooperate with any government investigation.

Nortek “will not be charged because the U.S. [company] had turned themselves in,” Reuters noted. Nortek stock was up 5.19% in late afternoon trading on the news.

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