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The real explosion in the home automation category will be – figuratively, that is – in boomers’ kitchens. That was the opinion offered by Specialty Electronics Nationwide executive Jeannette Howe in a presentation to integrators at the Long Beach, Calif. Fall EH Expo. “IP-based appliances – appliance control -- is where it will all take off,” she said, citing ABI Research stats that show the worldwide home automation business bringing in $14 billion in revenue currently and ballooning to $85 billion by 2011. Products like the IP-addressable TMIO IO intelligent oven, which doubles as both an oven and a refrigerator, are

How J&R Music and Computer World prepared for the unimaginable to happen and persevered when it did By Ron Goldberg There's no question that the September 11 events have affected, and will affect, the CE industry everywhere. But nowhere has the impact been more closely felt than at venerable New York retailer J&R Music and Computer World. Located just one block away from the World Trade Center and widely considered a New York institution in its own right, J&R's story of perseverance in the wake of tragedy directly parallels the spirit of the city it's so closely identified with. The story of

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