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Kodak has introduced a new line of all-in-one  printers rather ambitiously dubbed “Hero” that, in addition to your normal printing methods (via a computer and home network) can print from Google’s Cloud Print service.

New study says only about 10 percent of builders are putting technology in kitchens and baths of new homes.

The percentage of builders putting A/V in the bathroom of a new home is about the same as the number who put technology in the kitchen, according to a new study.

Research from Professional Builder shows 10.6 percent of builders "always" put an "office/computer nook" in their new homes, while 23 percent put technology in "most" of their new homes.

The biggest group of builders (42 percent) report that "some" of their homes have technology in the kitchen

A group of electronics manufacturers, including Intel, Panasonic and Texas Instruments, have met to discuss creating a new worldwide standard for home networking, the AP reported last week. The group, known as the “HomeGrid Forum,” would create standards for power lines and phone lines, as well as coaxial cable, and would certify products that meet those standards. What do you think about the idea of a standard? Talk about it in the Dealerscope forums.

Tom Huff, the manager in charge of 20 full-time salespeople at Schaefer’s TV & Appliance Center, Lincoln, Neb., remembers the dark days of consumer electronics. It’s not that the store’s business ever suffered. As a 62-year-old independent business that started out as a corner drugstore, Schaefer’s has a great track record at evolving along with its marketplace. But there was a time when the trend was to keep things dark ... literally. “In the 80s and 90s, it was big to keep things dark in electronics departments,” he said. “Everyone thought that was the way to sell TVs. But on a

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