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5 Apps for iOS and Android to Help You Be More Energy Efficient this Winter
From a vampire power calculator to knowing how much energy your A/V devices consume. These iOS and Android apps will help you save money.

6 Robust Speech Recognition Utility Apps
Speech recognition technology is one of the most promising aspects of today's mobile and consumer market. Siri, one of Apple's most interesting default applications, as well as other speech recognition and speech to text mobile application, are changing how we react to and interact with new technology. The benefits of hands free are numerous. From safer cell use in the car to more streamlined options for sending information, speech recognition is a valuable tool in today's heavily mobile environment. There are two main categories of speech recognition apps: speech to text and personal tasking apps.

Experience Church Uses Its Own Tech Expo to Evangelize Technology
Small to mid-sized churches are often at a disadvantage when it comes to audio and video. They tend to lack to operational resources, relying heavily on volunteers led by part-time supervisors who themselves may have only minimal knowledge and capabilities when it comes to A/V technology. A show devoted to them is just what they need.

TechDecisions Guide to 6 Game Changing, Affordable Multi-format Video Switchers
This guide shows a selection of affordable multi-format video switchers with universal input capability and flexibility needed to handle just about every conceivable format, and also produce outputs to meet almost any display or projection device’s requirements, has become available for well under $10,000. In fact Roland's V40HD lists for $4,495. Each will help you make showing any presentation format possible and at a very low cost compared to even last year.

9 Emergency Preparedness, Alert and Recovery Apps for iOS and Android
This collection of emergency apps highlights the true capability of technology in the face of nature's toughest scenes. From first aid apps to radar scanners and disaster-specific apps, this collection provides some of the best resources for disaster preparedness and monitoring from trusted emergency organizations. Check out apps from The American Red Cross, FEMA, Base Velocity LLC. and ME911 for your Android or iOS smart device.

First Reformed Church’s Upgrade Strategy Paves the Way for Excellent Sound
Replacing two consoles at the same time and using the same brands eases the learning curve of volunteers and saves money.

The iOS M7 Chip: 4 Fitness Apps for the New Year
Apple M7 chip was introduced in September 2013 with the iPhone5S, is a motion co-processor that collects sensor data from integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses and offload the collecting and processing of sensor data from the main central processing unit (CPU). This new chip allows new iOS smart devices to collect data, even when the device is powered down, for more detailed reports and low power consumption.One of the most obvious applications for this new asset to the iOS is a personal tracking app. Specifically, released alongside some of the more visible personal smart wristbands, personal fitness apps.The newest fitness apps to hit the market take on the responsibilities of conventional fitness apps and personal health tasking apps, but also function less-than-smart personal fitness technology like pedometers. By tracing individual movements, these apps not only allow you to manage how much you eat, but let you keep track of how much movement you make during the day.

8 Audio Modulation and Music Creation Apps for Android and iOS
Audio modulation apps can be considered the next tier of music creation apps. From programable sequencers to vocoder apps, the world of audio modulation is the base from which effect presets and pre-made loops is built. Having control of sound in a creatively focused way is essential for getting the most out of your mobile device as an instrument. Check out apps from developers like Jonathan Mackenzie, Skrivarna Software, Square B, LLC, Alexander Zolotov, VirSyn, Niko Twenty, Alexandernaut and Holderness Media Inc for Android and iOS.

2014 TechDecisions Guide to 28 Pico Projectors
2014 product guide to 28 pico projectors. Under 1,000 lumens, but these ultra portable projectors go where you need them and can project a surprisingly large image. Pico projectors are super useful for smaller-sized environments, impromptu meetings and for traveling. There are a multitude of products out there so your choice really depends on your application.

6 Cutting-edge Personal Tasking Apps
As the mobile market moves swiftly towards personal networking as the focus of most apps regardless their purpose, it makes sense that the newest apps on any marketplace serve a more personal purpose than just simple mobile utilities. Personal tasking apps offer a whole new take on the idea of a personal device, these apps organize your schedule and user experience based on your geo-location, personal entertainment and social trends, as well as, commerce decisions, to provide the user with a completely personal networked mobile utility.

Small Church, Big Holiday Show
Starting small when building a control system for A/V/L for a holiday pageant is the way to go, says A/V specialists for GraceWay Bible Church. Add to the show by adding support technology over time and you will see your pageant prosper and dazzle.

Best of 2013: Inspired Digital Signage Installations
Eleven digital signage installations from different types of facilities to help kick start your idea process. Plus a complete guide to digital signage content management systems available now.

Smart Mobile: 6 Network Monitoring and Access Apps for Android and iOS
The best network monitoring and access apps. These iOS and Android mobile apps cover a range of functions: monitoring and testing networks, file access and management throughout a network and Wi-Fi connection and congestion troubleshooting. Bolster your mobile IT toolbelt with these professional and secure network monitoring and access apps for your smart device. Check out apps from developers like Lysesoft, Metago, Kenny Root and Jeffrey Sharkey, Farpoc, Techet and Comcsoft for Android and iOS.

5 Pro Router Control Apps for Protecting Your Network During the Holidays
Hosting the relatives or friends for a Holiday get together can be a trying experience, worrying whether your home network is secure and able to handle increased mobile activity should not get in the way of your plans. Router management and WiFi access apps offer you the tools you need to manage your network anywhere in your house. Router management apps let you control essential router settings like guest access, parental controls and VPN labels, making sure your network is accessible as you see fit. These apps detail your router to help you see hosts, devices on network, VPN range as well as manage how your device connects to the network.

Sony Announces 4 SMB File-Sharing Devices
Sony introduced four device- and laptop-based file sharing products that are aimed at consumers but could be very useful to small and medium-sized businesses.