Ornette Coleman and Christopher Lee Die – The alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the main innovators in the history of jazz, died yesterday at age 85 in Manhattan. His work made jazz less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm and further away from The Great American Songbook. He was sort of a musician-philosopher, with interests well beyond jazz. His duo with trumpeter Don Cherry became well-known in jazz circles. His 2007 album Sound Grammar won a Pulitzer Prize.
English actor, singer and author Christopher Lee had a nearly 70-year career. He became known for his roles as Count Dracula and others in the Hammer films, and in the ‘70s was in a James Bond film, has been a villian in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and was in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He sang in several opera and musical pieces and appeared with heavy metal bands. He was knighted in 2009.
Consumer Electronics Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment for 2015 – That mouthful is a new report from the Research and Markets company in Dublin, Ireland. CE devices are those containing electronic circuit boards used by people in their everyday lives. It includes a wide range of products, including audio, TVs, DVDs, tablets, camcorders, digital cameras, smartphones, printers and many more. It also includes the many new wearable devices. Most can be connected to the Internet wirelessly via a third party tool. Smart home devices include intelligent security systems and special appliances that can be controlled via iOS or Android devices to turn a home into a smart and connect home.
Flat Panel TV Shootout at CE Week in NYC – Value Electronics is hosting its 11th annual Flat Panel TV Shootout June 24 & 25. It will reach an evern-wider audience of media and influencers to educate about critical viewing and help to choose this year’s “King of TV.” CE manufacturers competing for the crown are Panasonic, LG, Samsung and Sony. It has become a go-to source for video enthusiasts to help make the best TV purchasing decisions.
Smart Plug Automates Electronics, Lighting, and Boosts Wi-Fi Signals – Amcrest, an advanced video surveillance solutions provider, offers their Wi-Fi Smart Plug (AH357) which turns an iPhone or Android smartphone into a home remote for all of the electronics, lighting and gadgets we use every day. Its Wi-Fi Direct feature provides immediate activation for any TV, AVR, computer, appliance or light fixture. Enhanced Wi-Fi Mode strengthens and extends wireless signals in homes or offices. The Connect App allows one to set up multiple custom tasks on a specific schedule so that devices can turn off or on automatically, helping to save energy and money.