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February 12, 2013
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  • DISH's Hopper DVR goes on the market in the U.S.
    DISH Network on Monday put its Hopper DVR on sale in the U.S. and unveiled advertisements for the technology that claim "commercials are out of our lives." DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen, however, told an industry event that he does not want to kill off advertising. "But I also don't want to put my head in the sand, and I think the world is changing," he added. The Hopper DVR includes Sling Media's place-shifting technology that allows subscribers to watch their recorded shows on a number of mobile devices. PC Magazine (2/11), All Things D (2/11), Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opinion: Myths about home automation are "common" in consumer press
    A recent CNN story about the future of home automation illustrated misconceptions about the industry that are common in consumer media, writes Arlen Schweiger. Three myths about the service that perpetuated by such articles include that home automation "costs too much," that it involves complicated operating tools, and that "home automation" and "home control" are the same thing, Schweiger writes. ElectronicHouse.com (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EyeSight gesture control requires just one finger
    EyeSight Technologies says that it has developed the "world's first commercial gesture technology to allow users to control digital devices with a fingertip." The software-based solution does not require a touch-sensitive screen, only a common 2D webcam that can be embedded within a device or attached through a port, EyeSight said. It can work with a variety of electronic devices including TVs, set-top boxes, PCs and in-car systems. CNET/Crave blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IRS program can help you to correctly classify workers
    An IRS program offers a reprieve to business owners who have incorrectly classified their employees. Under the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program, eligible employers who come into compliance pay a portion of their tax liability and can avoid employment tax audits for previous years as well as penalties and interest. Generally, workers should be classified as employees instead of independent contractors if they provide the same service as your business, writes Bonnie Lee, the owner of Taxpertise. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DIRECTV Preferred retailers -- Sign up for SBCA membership
    DIRECTV Preferred retailers are encouraged to sign up for SBCA membership and take the new Service Certification Course bundle. The courses provide in depth training on key items required to effectively service DIRECTV technology. These online courses include RF distribution, Network Troubleshooting and Equipment Service. The cost of the course bundle is $100. Learn more about membership. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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