CustomRetailer June 2010 issue


3D Entertainment Is Extraordinary...and Expanding!

First there was a string of 3D concert presentations and an ambitious commitment from Hollywood Studios to put over 30 3D films in production through 2012.

A Space for Apple

We've come to count on Apple to deliver the greatest innovations in electronic entertainment. Apple gave us the iPod, which revolutionized the way we listen to music. It gave us the iPhone, which changed the way we use personal communications. But when it comes to incorporating Apple technology into custom home entertainment systems, things can…

Cozying Up to Hospitality

There is no single template for handling installation projects in hotels—or, indeed, any building that offers accommodation services to those in short- or long-term residences

Following the Money Trail

Good news is finally starting to come in: According to the Los Angeles Times, the sales of luxury goods is on the increase.

Francis Ford Coppola Endorses SIM2

In a candid interview from his Rubican Estate Winery in Rutherford, Calif., legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola explained why he sought a relationship with projection system manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia. Explained Coppola, "After Apocalypse Now, I knew that if the cinema became electronic it would be like unleashing a genie from a bottle. And now it…

Heading to 50

CustomRetailer: Concept Blade was shown at CES for the first time in North America but it was stated that it won't actually become a real product. Why is that, and what was the purpose of the showing? Isn't there still a market out there for aesthetically unique, ultra-high-performance, high-ticket loudspeakers that are "technology statements," like…

Old and New Methods for Generating Business

Our recent economic woes have changed the way residential systems integrators do business. If you're not willing to diversify, you might just get left behind in the future.

Password Management 101

Some time ago, Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates) was speaking at an RSA Security Conference, and he stated that the way most people set up and use passwords don't stand up to the challenge of actually providing security

The (New) Trade Show

Registration for CEDIA EXPO 2010 is now open. Have you made plans to attend yet? For 2010, CEDIA EXPO returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta September 22-26

What’s a Custom Retailer to Do?

Let's begin with The Problem. Over the past 18 months, the financial and business worlds have completely altered. Economic fundamental changes mean that the audio/video industry is forced to change how we do business—in a big way.