We take you through some of the top tech trends and controversies of 2011.
Passive Aggressive
Is the iPad replacing the touch panel?
Flex Theaters
Android Catches Up with iOS
Netflix Bombs
Apps for Every Component
Smarter and More Social TVs
Big Affordable TVs
Streaming vs Stored Music
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Is the iPad replacing the touch panel?

As more control and automation companies offer apps, more customers ask why they can’t just use their iPads to operate their systems rather than the more expensive dedicated touchpanels. There are pros and cons on both sides of the issue, but it boils down to the fact that a tablet designed for a wide range of uses doesn’t always make a good primary control device (jack of all trades, master of none). Well, if your control system is designed around iOS it might, as seen in this Savant-controlled home.

Read Sunset Uses Savant and iPad for Smart Show Home

Read Controlling Your Home Theater with Apps

Read What’s Wrong with Apps for Home Control

Read All About Touchpanels

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