How to Keep a Smart Home Smart (Even When Disconnected)

July 10, 2018
If there is any issue with your internet connection, your smart home is out of luck. So much goes into smart home controls, and most of it is in the Cloud. Have you ever really thought about all that goes on behind the scenes when you give a smart home command? It’s not simply saying “Alexa, turn on the bedroom lamp” and the light goes on – there are a whole lot of relayed commands in between that make the smart home a reality. Let’s look at a normal scenario – and you’ll quickly realize a major missing link in the smart home network. read full blog

The Lynx Five Golden Rules of Hackathons

May 03, 2018
In the early days of tech we had bakeoffs. Remember them? One tech or device pitted against another with the hopes of “winning” to secure bragging rights. The term was a play on the Pillsbury bakeoffs that were popular the middle to end of last century in the culinary world. read full blog

Lynx Enters the Smart Home

January 03, 2017
Today I’m proud to announce our entrance into the Smart Home market with our new product, SmartLynx.  If you know Lynx, our beginnings go back to a company called PacketVideo.  PacketVideo began with a mission to watch live TV on a feature phone, way back in 1998.   Since then the company has evolved into Lynx, and our focus has been on connected home use cases around photos, videos and music.   We have become extremely adept in providing robust and reliable media sharing solutions to consumer electronics manufacturers and service providers across the globe.   We are somewhat invisible to the end consumer, but believe me we are there when they are beaming their favorite videos and photos to connected TVs, or playing their favorite tunes on their connected speakers.  We have been providing this capability for 13 years now, and have improved and innovated it every year. read full blog

Glossary of Industry Terms and Acronyms

March 07, 2016
Every industry has its jargon, and the technology industry is no exception. As you read the Lynx Technology blog and read about the connected home, you will come across a variety of industry terms and acronyms. Here is a handy post that will help explain some of the more common terms you will most likely encounter. We hope it is a helpful tool for our readers. read full blog

Highlights from CES and Parks CONNECTIONS Summit

January 28, 2016
Earlier this month I attended the two-day Parks Associates CONNECTIONS Summit that was held during the CES conference in Las Vegas. Our CEO John Driver was a panelist for the‘Cloud-based CE and Virtualization: Converging Video Services’  session that addressed the challenges and opportunities presented as OTT, broadcast and pay-TV worlds converge in a virtual space. (Among other things, our CEO pointed out that market adoption in North America is further along than elsewhere in the world; in much of Europe and Asia, for example, more consumers own their premium content than pay an OTT service provider. He also discussed how internet speed and bandwidth inside the consumer’s home varies across geographies and how it plays a major factor on the quality of an OTT experience, which certainly influences market adoption.) read full blog

Highlights from the Parks CONNECTIONS Europe Conference

December 07, 2015
In mid-November I attended Parks Associates’ annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe conference in Amsterdam. The agenda this year included the technologies, solutions, challenges and opportunities around the connected home, along with a closer look at the emerging smart home market. The attendees included set-top box manufacturers, security companies, smart device manufacturers, and software solution providers. Consumer consumption habits are changing, particularly when it comes to premium content consumption (like TV shows and movies) both in and out of the home. As the Parks Associates graphic below illustrates, consumers today are using a variety of smart devices in their everyday lives, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and computers. read full blog

The Naming of Lynx Technology

December 03, 2015
Following the acquisition of PacketVideo’s North American and European operations in March, our new entity (privately owned by J.M. Driver LLC) needed to come up with a company name. Thus began an exciting chapter for any new enterprise. read full blog

Announcing the Release of Twonky 8.2

October 20, 2015
Earlier today Lynx Technology announced the latest release of Twonky 8.2, the newest version of the world’s leading software development kit (SDK) for media connectivity. While Twonky has been the premier media connectivity solution for the connected home for more than a decade, this is the first update released as Lynx Technology. read full blog

DIAL Comes to Twonky

October 07, 2015
When Netflix introduced the DIAL (DIscovery And Launch) protocol in 2012 to allow for discovery and launch of the Netflix app that was embedded on certain Smart TVs, consumers appreciated how the protocol allowed second-screen devices to discover and launch apps on first-screen devices. Soon, these simple APIs were adopted and utilized to launch additional embedded apps on Smart TVs, including for YouTube, Hulu, Spotify, BBC and many others. After the app is launched, all further communication between the Smart TV app and the mobile controller is proprietary. read full blog

IBC Spotlight -The Future of Media Content

September 30, 2015
Earlier this month I had the pleasure to attend IBC2015in Amsterdam. This year’s conference attracted a record-breaking crowd of 55,000 attendees from over 170 countries, representing a broad range of broadcast, telecom and IT companies. If you want to learn more about the hottest trends across the creation, management, delivery and monetization of content across connected devices and new media, this is a great event. read full blog

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