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Chairman: Tax on CE is ‘Terrible Idea’
The FTC was mulling a 5% tax on technology to subsidize
the "reinvention of journalism" but FTC chief
Jonathan Leibowitz said in a hearing yesterday that
the idea is stupid. It looks like the Federal Trade
Commission won’t subsidize newspapers by taxing
technology after all. They must have read my memo (followed
by CEA chief Gary Shapiro’s plea in the Huffington
Post). In a ridiculous proposal to bail out journalism,
the FTC had considered a 5% tax on... read
Why smartphones may replace your remote control.
Well, TV remote control, it was a very impressive 60-year
run. But it may soon be time to say goodbye. No
more lost weekends between the couch cushions. No more
swapping the order of your AA batteries to get a few
more seconds of juice in order to click away from a
blaring infomercial. At least, that seems to be the
writing on the wall-sized HDTV. The living room electronics
convergence that was promised back in the late '90s
has finally started to materialize. Our video game consoles
download movies. Our set-top cable boxes can display
our friends' Twitter....
House – Home automation reduces electricity by
One of our friends (@IanMercer) showed us his home automation
project which used 40% less energy than he used to use.
He is able to obtain these results by simply creating
a home that is smart about energy and gas usage. For
example he has programmed his home to shut down lights
in an entire zone of the house when not in use. Also
his home is able to differentiate between an eventing
out and a long vacation and change energy settings to
best fit each situation. Imagine the possibilities:
keeping the lights dim depending on the amount of sunlight,
shutting down power...
Overlooked Home Areas to Automate
Lights and thermostats aren’t the only items you
should think about automating -- consider gates, windows,
weathervanes and more. It’s always good to think
outside the box, especially when it comes to your home.
After all, who wants to live in a cookie-cutter kind
of abode? Having an automation system installed in your
home is a good first step to creating a house that’ll
have the whole neighborhood buzzing. Driving by sophisticated
processors and able to be programmed by a professional
custom electronic professional, an automation system
can manage, control and communicate with just about
anything with an electronic pulse...