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Smart Home Companies Showing They Need CEDIA Channel, Says Control4 CEO

Custom integrators are showing more self-confidence, and that’s drawing new players such as Amazon and Google to the CEDIA channel, Control4 CEO Martin Plaehn told us in a post-Expo interview. Plaehn referred to “noise” about CEDIA dealers’ staying power … Subscribe to Read >>

Subscription Music Market Taking Off as iHeartRadio Joins Mix

The subscription music market -- heating up with Pandora’s on-demand offering promised before year-end and its new Pandora Plus mid-tier service -- will get another high-profile contender in January. That's when two paid music services launch from iHeartMedia, said … Subscribe to Read >>

State Notification Laws Apply to Yahoo's Data Breach, Give Much Leeway, Say Experts

One big question raised about Yahoo's revelation that a half-billion user accounts may have been compromised in a data breach dating back to 2014 (see 1609220046): Why did the company take so long to reveal the incident? Subscribe to Read >>

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Amid NRDC Accusations, Samsung ‘Immensely Proud’ of Its Energy-Saving Technologies

The “motion lighting” and automatic brightness control functions on Samsung TVs “are default settings” and are “designed to save energy for consumers in real-world viewing conditions,” Samsung said in an expanded defense against Natural Resource Defense Council accusations that it’s misleading the public on TV energy usage (see 1609210068). Motion lighting “reduces screen brightness when the picture on the screen is in motion,” Samsung said in a statement posted Wednesday on the company’s U.S. newsroom site. Automatic brightness control “adjusts the brightness of the TV automatically according to the ambient light level to reduce power consumption,” it said. “Both are part of a range of features we have developed to help reduce the environmental impact of our TV technology.” Samsung’s TVs also have “additional viewing settings for specific user preferences” in which motion lighting and automatic brightness control “are not active by default,” Samsung said. Contrary to NRDC allegations that switching a TV’s picture setting out of default mode will disable the energy-saving features in a manner unbeknown to the user, “consumers are notified of this,” Samsung said. “Our TVs are compliant with U.S. government guidelines and regulations,” the company said. “We are immensely proud of our energy saving technologies, and will continue to innovate further in this area. Samsung is the winner of the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for the last six consecutive years.” … Read More >>

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