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Wireless-Multiroom Brawl

Competition in the wireless multiroom-audio market is turning into a bare-knuckled street brawl.

Newcomers entering the market have made some indirect but uncomplimentary comments about Sonos, the market pioneer that launched the first wireless multiroom-audio system a decade ago. Many newcomers contend their products will be more musical and offer more margin than Sonos products.

With the number of newcomers hitting a new high this year, Sonos is fighting back to defend its turf.

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Watch List

The Watch List is an ongoing series that focuses on CE start-ups reaching out to consumers via crowdfunding and other non-traditional methods.

Notti Smart Light

Dek: 
Three crowdfunding projects to keep an eye on
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A DIY Solution To Home Radon Testing

Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, radiation-filled gas that can seep into buildings from the surrounding soil through foundation cracks and openings and even directly through concrete. Exposure to radon in homes causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year in the U.S. It is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that one in 15 American homes may have elevated levels of radon. 

Dek: 
This week is National Radon Action Week in the United States
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Macs & Chromebooks Take PC Prizes

Chromebooks and Macs were the big winners in the third-quarter PC business as consumers continued to gravitate to the blazing speed and cheap price of Google’s new category, and to the heavy-duty processing and lighter form factor of the Mac and MacBook Air, apparently at the expense of iPads and tablets.

According to ABI Research’s “Media Tablets, Ultrabooks & E-readers Market Research” study, Chromebook shipments enjoyed another strong quarter, increasing by 67 percent quarter over quarter and are now projected to double in size from a year ago.

Dek: 
Q3 sales growth leaders trump tablets, Windows products
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Gas Prices, Part Deux

When last we spoke, I was waxing poetic over a $30 fill-up at the gas pump for my compact.

This past weekend it was the minivan’s turn. It was close to empty, which usually sets me back about $60.

Dek: 
For many consumers, an extra Jackson in their pockets is significant.
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The Path To Abundance Through Technology

I‘m reading a terrific book right now. It’s called “Abundance: The Future Is Brighter Than You Think.”

It was written by Peter Diamandis, the chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation and a longtime veteran of the technology industry, along with tech journalist Steven Kotler.

Among other credentials, Diamandis has degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering from MIT, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Dek: 
Technology and science offer optimism for our world
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Wireless Multiroom Audio: Growth And Challenges

By all accounts, wireless multiroom-audio systems represent another long-overdue success story in home audio.

They appeal to a new generation of audio enthusiasts who don’t sit down in front of a refrigerator-size rack of components to listen to music but who listen to music as a backdrop to their daily activities. They appeal to consumers whose appetites for multiroom audio have been whetted by the proliferation of installed systems but who don’t have the money for it or find it impractical to retrofit a system.

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