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Weekly Reading: A Threat to HDMI — Yes!

So apparently this is a thing: My son plugged his iPhone Lighting cable into my new car’s USB port so he could listen to tunes while driving around. It got stuck. Like, really stuck. I wish it had been an HDMI port. Remember when cables would fall out of those if you looked at them […]

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Trouble with HDCP: Q&A with Aurora Multimedia’s Paul Harris

In 2000, Intel Corporation came up with a way to encrypt discs for Blu-ray and other types of digital standard devices to prevent content pirating. High-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) is the digital form of encryption comparable to what Macrovision used to do to protect content on analog devices. It creates a secure pathway from one unit to another, and from the source to […]

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Weekly Reading: Putting the “C” into Connectivity

Did I force the visual and literary connection between USB-C and vitamin C, my favorite vitamin in the whole wide world? Yes, yes I did. Was it hard to find a stock image of vitamin C that actually spelled out “C” — as in putting the “C” into connectivity — rather than just showed healthy […]

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Weekly Reading: A Control Interface on Your Wrist?

By all accounts, last week’s InfoComm Connections in San Jose, Calif., was a great success. Think the big InfoComm show, complete with education, exhibits and keynotes, but on a smaller, more localized level and geared a lot more toward technology managers and in-house AV pros. Now what? Now we turn our full attention toward June’s InfoComm 2015 […]

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Why Loyalty Matters to Manufacturers and What They Can Do to Earn It

“You seem to really prefer working with the ____ rep team. Why is that exactly?” As a member of a hardware manufacturer, I am part of an elite group. Depending on the economic cycle, product curve, or current trend of the moment, I’m allowed to vent about shifting bid specs, slow payables, having to predict […]

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